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Today I am thankful for the two hummingbirds that were hovering around a bush on my morning dog walk being adorably decorative and unusually noncombative.
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Today I am thankful for substitute yoga instructors. Whenever a new person teaches the class, I learn some new technique or stretch or way of thinking about a pose. Variety is very helpful to my personal practice.
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Today I am thankful for my climbing gym. We took Morgan this afternoon, and they gave her a harness to try out even though she doesn't weigh enough to reliably come down when slack is given in the rope (it's okay, she wasn't climbing any higher than our heads anyway, so if she'd gotten stuck we would have been able to pull her down). A most excellent time was had by all, and Morgan leaned valuable lessons about things that are both scary and fun.
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Today I am thankful for transcontinental airplane flights. I complain, yeah, but also I can go basically anywhere I might want to be in less than a day (maybe two days if I am going to literally the other side of the planet). That is pretty cool, you guys. It's not teleportation but it sure beats walking.
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Today I am thankful for my lovely tough hiking boots, which so wonderfully support my ankles.

We are in Virginia, visiting Brooks and Suzanne's relatives! Today we went hiking in the rain, and got really close to a deer which was in no way concerned about us.
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Today I am thankful for stained glass and the artists who put it together.
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Today I am thankful for airport play spaces. (Hello from Chicago O'Hare!)
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Today I am thankful that the shampoo bottle in the shower says "Shampooing Dompte-Frisottis" (frizz-taming shampoo). Something about that phrase always makes me a little more cheerful. It's so bouncy.
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Today I am thankful for my bicycle. Whoooosh!
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Today I am thankful for chocolate. I commend to your attention Martha Stewart's Double Chocolate Brownies and note that if you don't have bittersweet chocolate, unsweetened plus 1 tablespoon sugar per ounce appears to be a cromulent substitute. Good lord these are intense.
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Today I am thankful for washing machines and clothes dryers.

Top Five

Sep. 17th, 2015 09:11 pm
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In which I steal a meme from [livejournal.com profile] wordweaverlynn:
Ask me for my top five of anything, and I will try to answer.
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Today I am thankful for soft cushions. There is nothing like a sofa for lounging.
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Today I am thankful for modern dentistry, anesthesiology, and medical professionals who are legitimately good with kids. (Morgan needed several fillings but was too anxious to cope with the dentist while awake. Everything went very smoothly and she is all better now.)
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Today I am thankful for the increasing self-entertainment capabilities of children as they age. Also for the ability to speak for stuffed animals, invent scenery and imaginary props, and adapt to their play partner's preferences in matters such as "Shall we play more chase or shall we lie here on the bed where we have fallen?"

Also for a kid who is willing to tidy up after art projects with minimal prompting and no complaining.
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Today I am thankful for Google Maps. Hooray, turn-by-turn directions to arbitrary destinations!
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Today I am thankful for artichokes, and for the fact that we live near the fields where most of the artichokes in the US are grown. Mmmmm, artichokes. Thank you, unknown domesticators. "Let's eat this thistle" is a crazy idea but you stuck with it and it paid off. Well done.
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Today I am thankful for [livejournal.com profile] andres_s_p_b, particularly for his mad kid bedtime routine skills and enthusiasm. The color pirates salute you, sir.
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Today I am thankful for tiny delicious very ripe strawberries. Yum.

Also, yogurt. Good stuff. Kind of bizarre in concept but very tasty in execution.
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Today I am thankful for pipes. We're right in the middle of a truly nasty multi-year drought, and I can still turn a knob to make clean water, at any temperature I want, fall from the ceiling. That is pretty cool, you guys. Heck of a technology, running water.

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