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21 November 2006

Happy {almost} Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is just two days away. I can't believe how fast this year has gone by. This semester has been incredibly busy for me and I've had a million things go wrong. Besides the whole laptop business (see last post), my car died. Well, the engine is going to die. So I got another one and that one died. Now I'm in another one and so far so good. (Knock on wood...) Nevertheless, it is a time of thanksgiving and I just wanted to write a few things I am very thankful for in my life.

I'm thankful for my family--my grandmother who has supported me through college, my big sister, Tiffany, who has supported by listening and giving me advice and helping me this semester with a new laptop. My little sister, who even though we don't talk as often as I'd like, I know she's just a phone call away. My mom, even though we have our ups and downs, will at least listen to my long, very detailed stories. My step dad, Jeff, for taking me on vacation this year even though I am 26 years old and for taking me to see Miss Saigon. My brother-in-law, who helped me as well with the whole laptop business, listens to me and has been giving me advice on grad schools. My little niece and nephew, who I believe are the two most precious children on the face of this earth. All my friends, Latasha who helped me go car shopping, picked me to be her maid of honor, even though I was totally broke and helped me pay for my dress so that I could be in her wedding. Elizabeth, who even though we only talk once in a while, listens to me and gives me advice and makes me laugh. My friend Tarah, who helps me remember the good old days. Latasha's hubby, Jonathan, who helped me go car shopping, and who is a fabulous partner for my bestest gal. All my school friends, too many to name, but have been around for me when I need them. My "ma" who has always been there for me in times of need. Trish, who helped me car shop the second time, helped me pay for the car and who has been a huge support. Dr Lee Sanders, who has tutored me through math and now formal logic and expects nothing in return--she is a true inspiration. Dr Kelli Johnson, who will always be my most favorite professor in the entire world, who has treated me to lunches and dinners, listened to me, believed in me, and is one of my biggest inspirations. Dr Whitney Womack-Smith, who has given me babysitting and cat sitting jobs along the way to help me financially, along with Dr Susan Haun who has done the same. All of my professors both past and present, (Dr Kathy Burton, RIP), who have educated me, guided me and given me the most precious thing in the world--a wonderful education. My boss, LaDonna, who has been beyond supportive and understanding and has taught me so much. Dr Michael Carrafiello and Dr Robert Meckley, who are my bosses as well and have given me the opportunity to learn and grow while working with them, my two kitties that provide me with laughter and lots of entertainment, My health, my mental well-being, (at times), my counselors, Laura and Mary who have listened to me cry and put up with my craziness. My poetry and writing. Sylvia Plath, Allen Ginsberg, Raymond Carver, John Cheever, Flannery O'Conner, Sandra Cisneros, Dorothy Allison, Alix Olsen, all writers whom I greatly admire and give me inspiration. My eyesight. My hands so I can write. My mind. My heart and soul. My ability to be a free thinker in this world that is so crazy sometimes I'm scared to admit. My feminism. My yoga mat. Good food and excellent drinking water. Hot baths. Bubbles and minerals. Laundry mats so I can wash my clothes. The ability to vote. The ability to have an education. The ability to grow and love and think and dream.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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