- Mr. H-B. He has put up with so much craziness in the last year.
- My family. My parents, siblings, and sisters-in-law have all rallied around me as I try to get over the dissertation proposal hurdle.
- My in-laws. I am learning to appreciate the way Mr. H-B's family works (very differently from mine).
- My church family. I've really appreciated the friends that I have made in our new congregation.
- My church. I am grateful to know what I know.
- My friends. They listen. I listen. How did I get so lucky?
- My department. I am so blessed to be a part of my department. I've heard horror stories about hyper-competitive grad students. My experience has been one of supportive friends who are willing to share ideas and materials.
- Greta. She forces me to go for walks and get fresh air, even when I don't want to. She snuggles when I have a total meltdown. She makes me laugh with her antics.
- My psychiatrist. Also, antidepressants.
- My therapist. I pay her to listen and she does an excellent job. With her help, I've realized I need to change the way I deal with a lot of things in life. She has also helped me to see the way that I have changed the way I deal with a lot of things in life.
- Money to buy food and pay for heat and hot water.
- Our apartment. It has an office where I can pile my eleventy-billion library books and not trip over them every time I go in the kitchen.
- Netflix. I've discovered some truly wonderful television shows and movies. Also, some truly appalling ones.
- 4-month checkouts at the university library.
- A washer and dryer in our laundry room. I've had them since I moved to the Midwest, but I am even more grateful for them now than ever.
- Swagbucks. I've earned $100-something in Amazon gift cards to help pay for important things like textbooks. And nail polish.
- My new laptop. My sad, sad, iBook G4 finally bit it completely in August. I replaced it with a bare bones PC. It has made my life much, much easier to have a speedy laptop so I can listen to all of my dissertation data.
- My dissertation proposal. It has been brutal, but I have learned a lot about my area, but even more about myself.
- Cherry Coke Zero and Red Vines. These have gotten me through a lot of late nights this year.
- Nail polish. I like looking at shiny, sparkly nails while spending hours typing.
- Comfy shoes and warm socks.
- Down comforters.
- Cameras, blogs, and Facebook. I can keep up on my adorables nieces and nephews.
- East-facing windows. Sunlight sure makes getting up in the morning a little easier.
- My developing organ skills. I love learning to play, though I'm still afraid to tackle the pedals. Added bonus: my piano skills are getting better too.
This year, I have so much to be grateful for. In no particular order (except maybe the first few):