Obviously I haven’t been blogging in a while — the holiday weekend this year was particularly eventful and didn’t leave me any time to really get anything done. My fiance came over to visit, which was great, since he currently lives in Illinois, and I do miss him terribly. Mostly we rested, relaxed and used every single dish in my apartment while experimenting with food. I re-discovered my addiction to the game Spore, and Jason and I spent some time recreating ancient amphibians and idealized models of our favorite animals with the game. It was a good week.
However, the point of Thanksgiving really is to remember those things which we are thankful for, and while I am not really enamoured of the holiday spirit, thankfulness is a good and healthy thing. It allows up to step back from the mundane, niggling worries of our lives and really focus on the good things.
So, with that in mind … here is what I am thankful for this year.
- My family, especially my mother. We had a huge falling out last year, that has just begun to patch up, and it has allowed me to look at her in a completely new light, and recognize self-sacrifice and kindness in her that I did not see before (even if we still disagree about everything).
- My fiance, for being wonderful.
- My lab and the professors in my department who have been helping me with my research project. The amount of support and encouragement that I have gotten to tackle a snarly question have been pretty amazing, and I am feeling more confident than ever that I will get the grant money and data that I need.
- Stargate. My friend Meg just started watching SG-1, and her fangirling about it made me want to rewatch the entire series. The show is an amazing work of awesome, silly escapist drama, and it’s one of my regular guilty pleasures.
- Books, of all kinds, shapes and sizes. I admit that right now my reading list is pretty significantly reduced, what with school and projects and everything, but I am reading in most of my free time (when I am not playing Spore). Right now, I am on a fantasy kick: I just finished reading The Secret History of Moscow, which is a lovely, brooding story that makes use of some atypical, but wonderful mythological elements and have just started re-reading an old favorite: Diane Duane’s So You Want to be a Wizard, which is probably one of my favorite books in the world. Even though it’s marketed to the YA crowd, the imagery in the book is incredible, and I would recommend it to anyone.
- Snow! It snowed here last night. Soon enough, I will be able to go skiing and snowshoeing. I can’t wait.
So, what are you thankful for?