Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Month of Thanksgiving

Two years ago, I blogged a week of Thanksgiving leading up to the holiday. This year, I would like to extend it to a month-long celebration of thankfulness. Every day of November, I'm going to update this post with another thing I'm thankful for. Feel free to join along in the comments!

This November, I'm thankful for...

1.) Appliances. Let's get this out of the way now because I could spend all month listing them off if I dragged it out. I am so blessed to be able to afford a washing machine and dryer, a dishwasher, and my little space heater. They make my life so much more comfortable.

2.) I'm thankful that I have such a good job. I'm in a rough spot because we have a lot of nurses and not a lot of babies right now. I was force-canceled today and while it was kind of like a snow-day for grownups, we can't afford for it to be a regular occurance. Since it's crazy to pray for sick babies (and stupid... not a fan when co-workers say things to that extent on Facebook), I will pray that our manager will stop hiring new people!!! We have the second-highest staffing numbers in the hospital and 14 patients. For real. So I'm thankful for my job, and I hope that I can keep it this winter when our numbers naturally dip anyway.

3.) That today, at least, I didn't wake up to snow on the ground. The cold, cold rain that started last night and is still dripping down is less than pleasant, but it's mentally easier to accept than snow this early in November.

4.) I'm so thankful I got a day off today to catch up on stats homework, even if it was only 2 of the 5 lessons I was hoping to complete. It's going to be a homework-filled weekend around here!

5.) The StayFocusd app on Google Chrome.

6.) The fun dinner plans we had with friends and family this weekend.

7.) I really wan't a fan of the 5pm sunset yesterday, but this morning I was thankful that it was somewhat light outside when I left for work at 6:20am.

8.) I'm so thankful for my Physical Therapist. She is stellar-- she listens to me, takes me seriously, and always finds a legitimate reason for my pain so I feel less crazy. And then most of the time she can get the pain to go away!

9.) I'm thankful that my Global Health class isn't overwhelmingly difficult (since my stats class is). I love my Global Health teacher (a Midwife who's stories make me question my choice to leave Midwifery school... until she mentions 24-hour on-call).

10.) I'm thankful for all the opportunities in my life, even if I'm not quite sure where they're taking me.

11.) For my friend Amanda-- we're so similar and I still forget sometimes that she lives in Kansas City now instead of 12 hours away!

12.) I'm thankful that even after Ross' stressful day, he was able to pray with me before bed and thank God for today. I love him!

13.) For our church and their morning services. Amen!
      *I'm also thankful for and so proud of my brother Tommy, who turns 25 today!*

14.) I'm thankful that I got my homework done more than 12 hours before it was due :-)

15.) I'm thankful that I got to see my mom and my brother Tommy for a few hours this afternoon. I'm also glad that the hit-and-run accident I was in this morning wasn't worse (to clarify: I was hit, the driver behind me was at fault and ran).

16.) I'm thankful for my weekend premium position, and I'm hoping that I didn't trade out a friendship for 6 months of bigger paychecks.

17.) For my Global Health class. I really really like it. It definitely keeps me busy, and I'm learning a lot, but it's not necessarily a hard class. I love my teacher!

18.) For a heater and a warm apartment.

19.) I'm thankful for coffee.

20.) For a good assignment at work. I feel like real NICU nurse again.

21.) That Ross offered to drive me to and from work and even brought pizza home after I worked 3 shifts in a row!

22.) I'm thankful for accupuncture when antibiotics don't help my sinus headache.

23.) I'm also thankful for antibiotics ;-) I don't love taking them, but I'm ready to feel better!

24.) For my family's healthy Thanksgiving meal. Complete with a gluten-free rice dish that to ally satisfied my stuffing craving!

25.) So thankful for family to visit and celebrate with.

26.) I'm thankful for a husband who doesn't mind driving while I sleep.

27.) If I have to wait until the last minute to write a big paper, I'm thankful that there's at least a masochistic thrill I get from finishing after hours upon hours of work all at once ;-)

28.) I'm thankful for a good float day at work because I was so tired after staying up late to finish the aforementioned paper. I'm also thankful that I work with snuggly babies!

29.) A day off, and sunshine :o)

30.) For my brother Daniel, who turns 23 today. I'm so proud of him!


  1. I remember this summer when nurses were being force-cancelled. :( That is terrible to pray for sick babies (and I have heard it - one nurse told me a story about how she wanted a woman to go into premature labor, goodness, don't tell that to a nicu mom!), but I will join you and pray that they quit hiring! My line of work (well, former...) was the same. Our hours would be cut down to next to nothing, but they were doing orientation for 6 new people that we didn't need.

  2. Yeah and I do feel kind of bad when the new grads hear us complaining about it. It's not their fault! But still.