Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksmas anyone?

I love how so many of you shared what you were thankful for in the days (and sometimes month) leading up to Thanksgiving. I always love reading what other people find important to them, because, isn't that what we're always most thankful for?

I lay wide awake in bed last night (another day of awful drivers who should not be allowed on the road. Or at least within 100 miles of me) still wired from the 10 hour drive home (which should have only taken 7. See first note about bad drivers.). As I tried to quiet my mind so I could go to sleep, I realized that I am truly thankful for the things in my life, kooky/quirky/maddening as they may be.

I'm thankful that Mr. Potts is such a rock for me. I'm also thankful that he understands my issues with bad drivers & the tendency I have to let them know they're bad drivers by giving them thumbs down. And sometimes telling them to have a super freaking fabulous day - but only where they can't see it flying.

I'm thankful for the ball of fur we call Pepe Cat. The one who howls the whole way home from my mom's & acts as our own personal siren. You know, in case people didn't see us coming, they can hear us. Yes, he is that loud. He meowed at a person in another car last night & the guy turned to look at what made that sound.

Pepe Cat was indeed on my lap, because in the carrier he hyperventilates and gets so worked up. Better on my lap (Mr. Potts was driving) where I could at least cuddle him some and keep him calm.

I'm thankful for Hayden, our yellow lab who loves to lick. She licks anything. My car interior included. I'm thankful that she doesn't have an odd tick that involves peeing a lot. Tons to be thankful for there!

I'm thankful for my mother. My mother who will send me home with a jug of plant food so that I hopefully won't kill my plant.

I'm thankful for my niece & nephew who always make me smile & definitely make me laugh. These little kids who deserve so much.

I'm thankful for Mr. Potts' niece & nephew. They make mine look like angels. I can't tell you how often this weekend I was in tears from laughing so hard watching them dig for extra "treats". And then in turn thoroughly disgusted.

I'm thankful for my Meme. And yes, she's my Meme now. She's the only grandmother I have & she's adopted me.

I'm thankful for Mr. Potts' father & step-mom. They love good food & good wine. They're also incredibly understanding of the way we are pulled whenever we go home to see everyone.

I'm thankful for Mr. Potts' mom & step-dad. Because while my mom can drive me crazy sometimes, when I leave his mom's house, I know how lucky I am. She worries & fusses over everything. No one can do anything without her having to know about it. There is no conversation she doesn't dominate.

Don't we all have quirky families? Don't we all add to the quirkiness that brings everyone together and usually causes so many laughs?

Even though it is fun to see Mr. Potts' family, the drive is unbearable. After yesterday's 10 hour debacle, I've had enough. I suggested to Mr. Potts that we see how Thanksmas would work.

We'll pick a long weekend the first part of December & go up there every year. Doing that may alleviate the cost & allow us to fly. We'll miss the holiday traffic & my nerves will be calm.

Do any of you do this - pick a weekend that may not necessarily fall over a holiday so that you can avoid the traffic & the frayed nerves?


Christine said...

no we don't currently do that...But I Love the idea and think that would make things so much easier!

Lindsey said...

We should do that! What a great idea!

Anonymous said...

I'm going to ask Dimples about that tonight! Thanksmas with his parents!

Annie said...

ugh, that is a long time to spend in the car!
my extended family on my mom's side usually gets together in january to celebrate christmas. we all go to a hotel and swim, eat and exchange presents. it's so much fun!!
glad you have so much to be thankful for hun! :)

Michelle said...

Holidays are hard when your family is spread out and so, um, blended. Trust me, I know!!

I think Thanksmas is a GREAT idea...super smart & it makes a whole lotta sense!!

Brown Girl said...

Quirky families? Mines that worst! Ha, loved your thankful list!

MCW said...

I cannot believe you were in the car for 10 hours! UGH!
My brother, sister and I always wonder which side of the family is more mom's or dad's. Usually a toss up.

Carrie said...

That is a really long drive! I think that's a great idea to visit in between the holidays. It feels like Christmas the whole month of December for me, why not spread it out?

Jane said...

My family did this this year since I had to work the day after Thanksgiving and on X-Mas. It worked out really well and it was still lots of fun!

Brittany Ann said...

I HATE HOLIDAY TRAFFIC. I'm so sorry; I feel your pain.

But I love your thankful list, and I'm very thankful for you:)

P.S. LOVE THE SWAP IDEA. Signed up earlier at b.e.g's but I am pumped about it! You two are too good!