Ten Things I Am Thankful For Or, Dude. Thanksgiving is Legit The Best Thing About America Ever.

In no particular order.

Friday Night Lights — The first season is perfect and makes me feel ALL THE FEELINGS. If a sense of hope doesn’t rise effulgent within you while listening to one of Coach’s speeches…well, you might be dead inside. Also, Devil Town by Tony Lucca, Landry, the relationship between Coach and Mrs. Coach, the fact that I cheer just as loudly for the Dillon Panthers as I do for the Miami Dolphins and as ever, Tim Riggins. All day. Every day.

– Rob Sheffield — He is one of the best writers out there and a legit pop culture geek with a heart so damn big, it could crush this town. He wrote two of my favorite books, he writes a consistently good column for Rolling Stone and he’s one of the only writers I’d wanna go out, ply with alcohol and sing karaoke with.

Justified — Seriously, dudes. It’s the best show on TV. No. No. Shut up about Mad Men and Breaking Bad. They’re good. Great, even. But Justified is better.

– President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden — I’m better off now than I was four years ago. Now, let’s get to work on those next four.

– Dogs flopping on their backs for bellyrubs — Not another soul will love your rotten bones the way a dog does and there is no greater joy than giving a dog bellyrubs.

– Mom’s cooking — Not just my mom’s (even though she is legit the best cook ever. Oh, what? Does your mom make her own cheese for mutter paneer? No? Alright then) but anyone’s mom’s cooking. Every mom I have ever met has fed me right. And for a girl who loves to eat, there is nothing better than home-cooking.

– Text messaging — I have these wonderful people who eat well and then, send me pictures of their food. They get it and I love them for it.

– This Hemingway quote:

Because really, what more could you want?

– Any conversation with my sister where we reference Usher and R. Kelly’s Same Girl. Actually, any conversation with anyone where we reference this song.

– This conversation between myself, Biffle and D:

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Happy Thanksgiving 2011 Or, Eat All The Stuffing

Holidays aren’t a big thing in my family

I’ve gone trick-or-treating maybe once in my life, I’ve never had a real Christmas tree and I didn’t really celebrate Thanksgiving until I was 19.

Growing up in England meant Halloween and Thanksgiving weren’t big parts of my life and growing up in a non-Christian household meant we weren’t so big on the whole pine tree and manger bit.

But then, I moved to States and learned two things:

A) Holidays are a big deal here. People decorate their houses and there’s all sorts of seasonal food and music (They have the latter in England too but I had never seen candy corn until I moved here).

B) Thanksgiving is, bar none, the greatest holiday in the history of holidays.

You get a day off of work to eat delicious food (holy McKenzie — can we take a moment to celebrate the sanctified glory that is stuffing? Look, your stuffing/dressing debate concerns me not — just shovel that stuff in a muffin tin, bake it until it gets all crispy and let me inhale it at a rapid clip), watch football, nap, spend quality time with the people you love and appreciate all the good things in your life.

It is a perfect day.

So, in honor of this perfect day: Five Things For Which I Am Truly Thankful

1. The fact that I can call Augs and say, “Remember when Old Biff stole the Delorean and came back to 2015? How come things weren’t different? How come Hilldale wasn’t a bigger shithole and how come Old Biff wasn’t a rich tycoon of industry?” and he actually has an in-depth answer. Yeah, this is why I love this man.

2. The following Facebook post and everything it represents.

3. Cappuccinos with brown sugar.

4. The line in Left of the Dial by The Replacements that goes, “Little girl keeps growing up/Playing make-up/Wearing guitar.”

5. Any instance in my life where I get to proclaim, “YES!” loudly – be it procuring a delicious sandwich, reading a witty tweet, hearing Street Fightin’ Man by The Rolling Stones on the radio, flipping on the TV and seeing that The Dinner Party episode of Seinfeld is on or the knowledge that a bar has Bluecoat Gin.

Here’s to hoping you guys have an amazing Thanksgiving — filled with delicious food, warm naps and warmer hugs. And I really hope you have as much to be thankful about as I do.

Ten Things I Am Truly Thankful For, Or Happy Thanksgiving

1. The people in my life – family, friends and co-workers, all of whom make my world a happier place.

2. Conversations with my sister.

3. Cheese plates and gin cocktails.

4. My gigantic bag filled with everything a girl could ever need – a license, an ATM card, a good book, cheap ballpoint pens, a notebook, a camera, eyeliner and toffee-flavored lip balm.

5. Musicmusicmusicmusicmusic.

6. The First Amendment – “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Take a moment and think about the rights afforded to you by this solitary sentence. And then, think about the billions (that’s Carl Sagan with a B billions) of people who don’t have the same rights. We are lucky bastards (check out Reporters without Borders).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Comfy t-shirts.

8. Writers — whether they write articles, novels, letters, obituaries, poetry, entries, jokes, scripts or lyrics. In newspapers, books, blogs, notebooks hidden under the mattress, on walls in bathroom stalls or on their bodies.

9. Phoebedog peeing with excitement every time we see each other, Ryely cuddling with me in front of the fireplace and Sadie’s happy tail every time I scratch her tush. Dogs are the best thing to happen to humanity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. The internet – without it, Augs and I wouldn’t be together, I wouldn’t be able to stay in such close contact with the people I love and it would be really, really hard to find Mean Girls memes and photographs of Ron Livingston.

Happy Thanksgiving! Now, I am off to make the traditional vegetable lasagna (vegetarians don’t really get down with turkey so much).