Friday, November 27, 2009

'Tis the Season: What I'm Thankful for This Year

So this is a day late, but in light of the holidays (yesterday was Thanksgiving Day for us in the States), I think that a day late is forgivable. So what am I grateful for this year? I have a lot to be thankful for and I'm sure that my brain will forget some very important things, but let me give it a shot:
  • My jobs and bosses. While I know that a lot of people were having problems finding work this year, a few weeks ago I had the conundrum of trying to decide which jobs I wanted to do next semester, which is a nice (if somewhat guilt-inducing) dilemma to have.
  • My family. Even though they can be crazy, they are very supportive (even if my mom sometimes tells me that I could have been a real doctor for all of the time I've spent in school).
  • My proposal/ dissertation is slowly but surely starting to take shape (finally!).
  • Not working retail anymore. I have worked more Black Fridays and holidays than I care to remember. While the people I worked with were usually great, the customers were enough to make even the most optimistic people into complete Grinches.
One small side note regarding retail and Black Friday: although Black Friday can be a trying and crazy day in retail, it has been my experience that it is nothing compared to the day after Christmas. The day after Christmas will make you doubt mankind's innate goodness.

I've got to run and do some Christmas baking. Coming soon on the blog: another rundown on more of my favorite Christmas specials and songs plus my usual rant on the more annoying aspects of the holidays.