Most of my friends on Facebook have been posting daily lists of what they’re grateful for and I love reading those posts every day. I love seeing that people are taking time out of their days to recognize what’s good in their lives. That’s what Things I Love Thursday was about, and that’s what today, Thanksgiving (in America) is about. It stemmed with the pilgrims giving thanks to the Native Americans right down the street from where I live.
And you can be jaded and angry with how the English treated the Native Americans. I don’t blame you. It’s a shitty thing to do to take over someone’s land, accidentally give them hundreds of diseases and kill most of them.
However, right now in 2011 that’s not what Thanksgiving is about anymore. And it feels a lot better to shift the focus and appreciate what you do have in your life.
Ashley Lorelle said it best when she said, “Remember this as a time to be thankful for what you have, not a time to lust after the things you want.”
So here’s my list. I’m grateful for:
my family taking the day off today to cook and eat dinner tonight
tissues. they’ve gotten me through the past week
the fact that I have a job and I’m not one of the hundreds unemployed
friends with the same political views as me, because that’s the only time I talk about it (I’m not up for that political debate)
late trips to book stores
trying new Indian food
all the free coupons I have in my e-mail/ mail because of my birthday
finding an exfoliator that actually makes my arms feel normal
that I have the time to write a 50,000 word novel in November
the fact that I have working legs and eyes that see
I have a means of transportation
the home that I live in
and the opportunities I have
And lastly, I’m thankful for all of you guys, my readers who clink on my posts through Facebook and Twitter, who have me in your Google feeds and who comment on my posts. You all make me feel like I’m not just talking to myself.
What are you grateful for today?
Don’t forget daylight savings tonight, set your clocks back before you go to sleep and you’ll get an extra hour!
Things to do with your extra hour:
write some of your NaNoWriMo novel
take a class at the gym
drive somewhere further away than you usually drive
take pictures of your hometown
catch up on laundry
try a new recipe
comment on blog posts
start your own blog
No one ever comes to our house to trick or treat. And I kind of have no reason to dress up this year.
But I wore festive socks to work today.
And I plan on watching a festive movie. (Though I can’t find my Coraline DVD so that’s out).
Last year I was Luna Lovegood. This year I was going to be Hello Kitty (love my headband?).
Last night I went on a Ghost Train ride at a place in my town. It was fun to ride through the woods in the dark and hear historical stories (whether or not they’re real stories, I’m not really sure).
How’s your Halloween looking?
This is what life should be like:
Cute – may your days be filled with an adjective you adore. Tiny houses, energetic puppies, endless fiction, lasting love, cute interactions (or cute boys or cute girls, etc.)
Peanut butter frosting – may you stick with someone you adore (but not be permanently attached all of the time)
Cupcake – individual but room to adapt
Pumpkin – the essence of Autumn (okay, or any season you like)
Spice – excitement! Lust! Life! Emotion! Exclamation marks !!!
Whipped cream is the cherry on top, it’s the final puzzle piece, the sweetness that’s necessary in life.
What do you think life should be like?
Have you guys noticed that it’s fall? I mean, we’re already a month in and I haven’t made 200 posts about my favorite season yet. Obviously I’m falling behind!
That being said, everything I was going to post about, I’ve pretty much already posted about last year. So without making this a cop-out post, I’ll write about the last scary movie I saw.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
I’m a huge fan of Guillermo Del Toro’s work (Pan’s Labyrinth and The Orphanage) so when I saw there was a new moving coming out that Del Toro wrote the screen play for (and also produced) I knew I had to see it right away. Unfortunately, it took me until this past weekend to see it, long after the movie was out of most theaters.
Sally has been sent to live with her father in Rhode Island in a house he’s remodeling with his interior design girlfriend. Sally thinks she’s just there for a visit, and when she learns she’s there to live, she becomes even more upset. She begins to feel she is unwanted. And then she starts to hear whispering of her name. The whispers tell her they want her to play with them. They lure her into the basement so she can free them.
Once Sally tries to befriend the source of the whispers she soon realizes their intentions aren’t pure.
I’m terrible at summarizing so I’m going to stop there. I enjoyed this movie. It wasn’t terribly scary (to me at least) but it was haunting and enchanting and it definitely pulled me in. It’s something to watch that’s festive but not just a cheap thrills murder story.
Moving on, my greatest complaint about Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is the creatures they used. I hoped the movie would be more ghost/spirit based (though by the end of the movie I had less complaints about that factor because it does rework itself so that the creatures aren’t really random).
If you’re looking for suggestions for other Halloween movies (though none of them are really horror stories) here are the ones I can’t do without.
If you’re looking for more fall reading, be sure to check out last years posts:
Easiest Pumpkin Cupcakes Ever
An Open Letter to Daylight Savings
Fall in Massachusetts Part 1
Fall in Massachusetts Part 2
So, dearest Daylight Savings, although I lose an hour in the spring, I happily welcome you and the chance for you to bring extra daylight into my life for the eight-ish months when you’re around. I realize that you were created for farming purposes and I was intrigued enough about you to ask if you exist in Portugal (where you do, though who knows what it’s called there, because “Daylight Savings” as a foreign term when mentioned). I realize that all good things must come to an end, but seriously? Let me just tell you the reasons why I think it’s pretty shitty that you have to end, especially in New England where I reside.
First off, I feel like you do not need to end. I think that it would be much better if we all turned our clocks ahead next March and just let our clocks STAY that way. Then come November when we gain the (much appreciated) extra hour.
Because I have to be a “mature, responsible adult” I work roughly a 9-5 schedule weekly. (Trust me, I’m working on figuring out how to do without that because who needs that, really?) This means that I do not see daylight when I get out of work. The sun has already set. I can’t take my dog for a walk. I have no real sense of time when it’s ALWAYS dark. My poor dog is more depressed than ever, laying around moping because he can’t get out enough to go out and play and pee on every blade of grass while we walk down the street. There’s no way I would walk in the cold and dark night when I live surrounded by woods and possibly weirdos.
Ever heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder? Seasonal depression? It’s caused my lack of sunlight. So it’s bad enough in the winter when the sun isn’t even sure how to shine the right way, but go already and throw in your ending and there’s just that much less sunlight while any person is not being a slave to the mundane 9-5.
It’s also really depressing to wake up while it’s still dark out. I guess the worst part is when you wake up in the winter and it’s freezing already, you look out the window and feel so hopeless because even the sun is too depressed to shine.
Please regard my opinions in your thoughts next year about existing. Thank you very much.
Note: This blog post was featured in WordPress.com’s “Freshly Pressed” on November 15, 2010. Thanks everyone for stopping by!
Here’s some more pictures I took this month.
PS. foliage is pronounced fole-ee-idge. Not foil-idge like I’ve heard two people say this year…