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Things I am grateful for (or that, depending on the phrasing), daily during November.

past days, for my own reference )

  1. The happy and fulfilling life my mom has made for herself.
  2. Chad, full stop.
  3. All of you, friends and acquaintances and readers.

This has been a pretty interesting exercise, and on most days it did help me keep things in perspective. I don't know whether I'll do it again next year, or at least do it publicly, but we'll see.

kate_nepveu: preschooler's line drawing of person's face and hands with "KATE" written to side (me (portrait by SteelyKid 2012-11))

Things I am grateful for (or that, depending on the phrasing), daily during November.

past days, for my own reference )

  1. Even on tough days, the kids enjoy each other's company so much, it's kind of amazing—better than I'd ever dared hope.
  2. SteelyKid! Singing songs, making up games, giving great hugs, learning to read, running "faster than a cheetah" around the house, drawing family portraits (see icon for preview and behind the cut for the full thing), and just generally being fascinating to watch grow up.

    portrait of me, Chad, and SteelyKid )

    (The change in color for Chad's mouth is in the original.)

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Things I am grateful for (or that, depending on the phrasing), daily during November.

past days, for my own reference )

  1. A financial situation that is both stable and comfortable.
  2. Copious local access to quality healthcare.
  3. The revolution in personal digital devices: my ereader, netbook, and iPod all make my life happier daily.
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Things I am grateful for (or that, depending on the phrasing), daily during November.

past days, for my own reference )

  1. I feel shallow saying this, because second Thanksgiving (it's like second breakfast, but with way more food) was just as lovely as early Thanksgiving, but honestly right this minute the thing I'm most grateful about is being able to watch an entire Patriots game all by myself for once, and a most pleasing one to boot.
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Things I am grateful for (or that, depending on the phrasing), daily during November.

past days, for my own reference )

  1. Dental insurance.
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Things I am grateful for (or that, depending on the phrasing), daily during November.

past days, for my own reference )

  1. Did daycare dropoff this morning (the kids go to the Schenectady JCC) and was reminded how much the kids enjoy it there and how much the staff enjoy them. Stable, professional, loving child care is, as many of you know, no small thing.
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Things I am grateful for (or that, depending on the phrasing), daily during November.

past days, for my own reference )

  1. Online legal databases with powerful search tools.
kate_nepveu: closeup of toddler holding hand to mouth with furrowed brow (The Pip - serious eating (2012-11))

Things I am grateful for (or that, depending on the phrasing), daily during November.

past days, for my own reference )

  1. Cheese. Ice cream. Cream cheese. Butter.

    That is: yesterday I officially weaned the Pip, so that I could eat whatever I wanted for early Thanksgiving. (In practice, a piece of cheddar cheese tasted weird, and I haven't had the middle items yet, but buttery rolls and mashed potatoes were great.) I can also now eat soy, which was not something I craved itself but is in all kinds of food.

In other food-related news, the Pip would like you all to know that eating is serious business. *points at icon*

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Things I am grateful for (or that, depending on the phrasing), daily during November.

past days, for my own reference )

  1. We've never had a serious health problem with the kids.
  2. Both sides of the family together at Thanksgiving. So what if we hold Thanksgiving dinner on a Saturday to make it possible? That just makes it a family tradition.
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Have some Internet things:

One: The guys on an ESPN football show apparently decided to work in as many Princess Bride quotes as they could into a half-hour. Hilarity ensues, by which I mean, I hurt myself laughing at this 1:38 clip video pulling out all the references.

embedded video )

Two: I've started re-reading The Hobbit chapter-by-chapter over on Tor.com; here's the Chapter 1 post. Do stop by, it should be fun.

Three: SteelyKid has started sending email. No, I'm serious, she hunt-and-pecks the letters, sometimes asking us for spelling but not always, and then we click "send" together. She's visiting Chad's parents right now and behind the cut I have the very best email chain ever.

emails from SteelyKid )

I'd send her back a smiley-face but I'm not sure she's understand. Gosh I love that kid.

Four: [livejournal.com profile] con_or_bust is now taking requests for assistance from non-white fans/fans of color to attend SFF cons in January, February, and March 2012—including Arisia, FOGCon, and EightSquaredCon (the 2013 Eastercon), which have all donated to support Con or Bust. See this post for information on how to request assistance.


Things I am grateful for (or that, depending on the phrasing), daily during November.

past days, for my own reference )

  1. Gotta go with the Internet today, for all kinds of things, not just the above.
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)

Things I am grateful for (or that, depending on the phrasing), daily during November.

past days, for my own reference )

  1. Tonight, I tripped and fell while playing Flying Baby!! (holding the Pip belly-down and whooshing him through the air), but did not hurt or even scare said Baby!!, somehow.
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Things I am grateful for (or that, depending on the phrasing), daily during November.

past days, for my own reference )

  1. Days off—unexpected ones, even (I never wrote down on my work calendar that work was observing Veterans Day on Monday, so I had no idea we had it off until a co-worker mentioned it on Friday).
  2. Team parenting.
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Things I am grateful for (or that, depending on the phrasing), daily during November.

past days, for my own reference )

  1. Thank you, veterans, for your service.
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)

Things I am grateful for (or that, depending on the phrasing), daily during November.

past days, for my own reference )

  1. Dry fallen oak leaves: the satisfying crunch, the slightly sweet smell, the enormous piles that can be raked up, and the fun that can be had with those piles: picture )
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Things I am grateful for (or that, depending on the phrasing), daily during November.

past days, for my own reference )

  1. The Pip was astonishingly calm about his physical today. The only thing he objected to was his shots, and only for long enough to eat a couple Cheerios after.

    Also enormous baby is enormous: weight: 25 pounds 14 ounces, 96th percentile; height: 31", 89th percentile; head circumference: 48.25 cm, 95th percentile.

kate_nepveu: book with "LEX" inscribed on it, carved in bronze (law book)

Things I am grateful for (or that, depending on the phrasing), daily during November.

past days, for my own reference )

  1. Today's 10,000+ word brief went out with minimal high drama.
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)

Things I am grateful for (or that, depending on the phrasing), daily during November.

past days, for my own reference )

  1. No need to wait until the end of the day for this: the Pip is one today. Happy Birthday, buddy!

The Pip at one: )

Morning ETA: Chad has a couple of pictures.

kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)

Things I am grateful for (or that, depending on the phrasing), daily during November.

past days, for my own reference )

  1. It's ten to twelve and all the TV networks plus the AP have called it for Obama, without relying on Florida—so I get to be grateful for both the content and the timing of the news.
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)

Things I am grateful for (or that, depending on the phrasing), daily during November.

past days, for my own reference )

  1. I've weaned the Pip to the point where he's only nursing twice every twenty-four hours, which means NO MORE PUMPING.
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)

Things I am grateful for (or that, depending on the phrasing), daily during November.

past days, for my own reference )

  1. Chad's parents, who I get along with so well and who are so generous to our family.

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