Gratitudes

Gratitudes

Gratitudes: Time and Time Again

Keeping track of gratitudes helps keep me positive and appreciative. The only rule is people can't be on the list because there are too many to name. Focusing on the small things keeps me mindful. Here's my gratitudes for today.

1. Summer!

2. Summer in the Northwoods is not like summer anywhere else.

3. Patient people.

4. Grapefruits are available out of season. Yummy! (Bad for the world economy to eat fruit out of season, but yummy in my tummy. Darn.)

5. Bread Pudding coffee from Community Coffee – a taste of Louisiana in the Northwoods.

6. An awesome post-grading night’s sleep. Gosh, that felt so effing good.

7. A kick-ass semester in the can. “It’s a wrap!”

 

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Gratitudes: A new day rising

Keeping track of gratitudes helps keep me positive and appreciative. The only rule is people can't be on the list because there are too many to name. Focusing on the small things keeps me mindful. Here's my gratitudes for today.

1. A new semester, crisp and clean

2. Engaged students

3. A new textbook to engage the engaged students

4. Fresh snow that looks like cotton growing in treetops

5. Blankets and a home to protect me from fresh snow

6. Family

7. Coffee, always coffee

8. People who work hard and do their jobs

9. Old school Bic pens.

 

Look! A Link!

Just a Link: Gratitude or Debt

Remodel the kitchen or embrace what you have with gratitude and work for social justice instead? The choice should be easy, but it’s not. I admire this man and his family so much, especially now that I pay two mortgages and consider daily how to remodel this new home in the Northwoods. Maybe I should buy a hammer instead of surf Apartmentherapy. How to use that hammer without succumbing to DIY culture is a whole different question, though.  

Give me gratitude or give me debt: http://momastery.com/blog/2014/08/11/give-liberty-give-debt/

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New Year, New Beginning

Keeping track of gratitudes helps keep me positive and appreciative. The only rule is people can't be on the list because there are too many to name. Focusing on the small things keeps me mindful. Here's my gratitudes for today.

New Year’s holiday gratitudes:

1. Deer outside.

2. Trees heavy with snow so they look like shaggy dogs.

3. A white Christmas.

4. Netflix, binge-watching television, Lillyhammer.

5. Staycations.

6. Cuddling, cuddling, cuddling.

7. Cuban bean soup.

8. Cargo space in SUVs. Thank goodness.

9. Meyer’s soap.

10. Cheap snow boots that still do the trick.

 

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Giving Thanks

Keeping track of gratitudes helps keep me positive and appreciative. The only rule is people can't be on the list because there are too many to name. Focusing on the small things keeps me mindful. Here's my gratitudes for today.

People.

The people who helped me get to the Northwoods of Wisconsin this year – people who wrote letters of recommendation, proofread job application packets, and held my hand; committee members and HR staff who held a job search; family, friends, and my partner who packed and moved me here; my cats who didn’t run away. This is where I need to be and I’m grateful I got here.

The realtors, bankers, and inspectors of Rhinelander who got me into a home in time for Thanksgiving.

The Louisiana students who have told me this summer and fall semester that they miss me, starting from the ones I had in 1999 to the ones I had in 2014; they remind me why higher education is a great job.

Bounty.

Insurance to cover replacing a car I wrecked, a roof damaged by hail, and hail damage on a new car. I was expensive to carry this year.

The abundance of windows in my new house that lets the light in from all directions and the happiness that the cats derive from this experience.

The Fiat Pop is a wee beastie of a machine.

The bounty of Hodags in Rhinelander; what a joy, that.

Heart.

There’s so much love in my life, and I’m sorry I was too busy and stupid to cherish it last year.

There’s a new chapter of life, filled with trees, renewed purpose, 401k’s, and zombie apocalypse supplies. It’s all good.

HandTurkey

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Gratitudes: A brand new sky

Keeping track of gratitudes helps keep me positive and appreciative. The only rule is people can't be on the list because there are too many to name. Focusing on the small things keeps me mindful. Here's my gratitudes for today.

1. Deer corn

2. Hank and Milo coming to life in the Northwoods.

3. There’s still some warmth in the air.

4. Great veggies from the neighbors’ garden.

5. “Aggressive” snow tires that fend off fear of oncoming snow.

6. Butt-warming leather seats in a car.

7. Cider.

8. Phone reception.

9. The first movie in four or five months.

10. A good realtor who brings hope about selling my house in Louisiana. Now that’s something.

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Gratitudes: Time and Time Again

Keeping track of gratitudes helps keep me positive and appreciative. The only rule is people can't be on the list because there are too many to name. Focusing on the small things keeps me mindful. Here's my gratitudes for today.

This morning I read off a litany of complaints to anyone who would listen. I realized it is time to list some gratitudes instead.

1. Lebanese Iced Tea, a lovely concoction served in middle eastern restaurants in Louisiana. I read that it was invented in NOLA. It is mostly lemonade and rosewater. Quite delicious.

2. The new red chef hats worn by the employees at the middle eastern restaurant where I drank Lebanese Iced Tea for lunch today. Bright and happy.

3. All the videos on the intertubez of Fiat 500c’s driving around in the snow. I’m now confident I could drive my car through the Hudson Valley in NY, or to Juneau, AK, or to the ends of the earth, if necessary.

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Gratitudes: Ten Internet Acronyms OMG!!1!!

Keeping track of gratitudes helps keep me positive and appreciative. The only rule is people can't be on the list because there are too many to name. Focusing on the small things keeps me mindful. Here's my gratitudes for today.

Today I am grateful for some old school internet acronyms plus some texting ones that have joined the crew. Don’t ask my why I’m feeling this nostalgia. It just is.

1. OMG (Note: The F has fled the scene.)

2. FML (Note: The F has returned.)

3. LOL (tried and true)

4. BRB (where are you going? You’re leaving?!)

5. BRT (BRB’s texting brethren)

6. OMW (BRT’s texting cousin)

7. WTF (Note: The F persists.)

8. IRL (stands for “in real life,” as opposed to…which…well..yeah…)

9. OIC (oh, I see….I see how it is…)

10. FTW (Also tried and true)

To be clear: I am grateful because they

..make me laugh,

…make life easier,

…and remind me of other times.

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Gratitudes: Burning Off and On

Keeping track of gratitudes helps keep me positive and appreciative. The only rule is people can't be on the list because there are too many to name. Focusing on the small things keeps me mindful. Here's my gratitudes for today.

1. Everyone who cares about how teachers teach and learners learn (cf http://chronicle.com/article/TeachingLearning-About/146403/)

2. Every teacher, professor, PODster, colleague, and faculty professional development expert who taught me about teaching.

3. Every administrator who realized that pedagogy and faculty professional development should be funded and supported institutionally.

4. Every student who put up with my insensitivities, failures, and experiments as a teacher.