Daily Archives: November 24, 2011
I should go to bed. I have to get up in the morning and wash my jeans and make a caramel apple cheesecake pie because I made one for the work potluck lunch and now my Mother will kill me if she doesn’t get any. Instead, I’m writing up a Thanksgiving post. (I should be asleep. Or trying to reach today’s word goal for NaNo.) A lot of things have happened in the past year. Some good. Some bad. But here are the things I’m most thankful for.
1) My family is all still alive and in relative good health. This includes my cat, Boots, who decided it would be fun to get pancreatitis last week but is now on the mend and doing fine.
2) I was able to finally move out of my parent’s house after waiting longer than anticipated for an apartment in my chosen complex to become available. Hallelujah! Freedom.
3) I still have a job and while it still has its moments, I am happy to be there.
4) I have made wonderful friends through my book blog, which is only a few months old. I’m having so much fun, even if I am sometimes tearing my hair out over WordPress.
5) I am thankful for all those little occasions of good luck, even those I don’t know about. The time I caught myself before I could fall down the stairs. The raccoon I missed hitting on highway 94 by pure luck. All the times I haven’t dropped, hit, or otherwise done something stupid just because that’s life and those things happen sometimes. I’m thankful for the times those little moments didn’t happen to me.
Tomorrow, I’ll head over to my parents’ house and have turkey and pie and I’ll be bored after a few hours and wish I had brought my laptop so I could write. Because that is what happens every year. But that’s okay. I’m thankful for that too.
I just learned that legendary sci-fi author Anne McCaffrey died on Monday at the age of 85. She had apparently been having health issues the last few months. A stroke is suspected. McCaffrey is most noted for her Dragonriders of Pern series and helped pave the way for female writers everywhere. She will be great missed.
Her family released this statement:
Anne McCaffrey ended a long and enormously successful life early Monday evening, November 21st, at her home in County Wicklow, Ireland. Surrounded by the reassuring presence of family and close friends, her passing was swift and without suffering. We, her children, are hugely comforted by the outpouring of sympathy flowing now from all over the world. Our mother’s talent was known to countless fans. Yet her greatest gift to us all has to have been her enormous heart. That she was able to touch so many with her tender and loving heart is the greatest source of pride we will forever enjoy. Words cannot express how grateful we are to the universe of her admirers, whose heartfelt condolences beguile us in our grief, which pales beside the joy we know Anne McCaffrey brought to so many people.