Thanks!

Aug. 23rd, 2008 11:33 pm
jlh: chibis of seamus and dean wearing party hats (SD birthday)
Thanks to everyone who offered birthday wishes here and on Facebook and texts and everyplace! I wanted to be low key this year, but I'm having a nice weekend-of-birthday, spending today with [livejournal.com profile] bhanesidhe and tomorrow with [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose. I did have cake today—two Funny Bones—and even some sparkling wine. My card from Mother has a feature I haven't seen before: a detachable plastic card, suitable for keeping in your wallet, festooned with pink and purple hearts with sentiments under the heading "Daughter." Those of you who have met her shouldn't be surprised.

Oh, and my day started with a text from Barack Obama! I feel so special!
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Chibi Clio)
Thanks to everyone who commented on my various "thanks" posts over the last six weeks, the last of which I posted last night. I'm so glad that I was able to add a little bit of positive energy during a time that is so difficult for so many of us. It meant a lot that you folks appreciated it, and thanks again to [livejournal.com profile] ecwoodburn for having the idea in the first place.

Personally, I feel like I got hit with a metaphorical shovel during my 48 hours with my family at Christmas, and I find that at the moment it is difficult for me to be around negative energy. Sadness and confusion is fine, and I'm happy to be of help, but anger and annoyance is difficult for me to be around. (Anyone who saw me midday on New Year's Eve, that was the problem.) I seem to just soak up that energy and I have little outlet for my own anger, much less everyone else's.

No time right now, but my goal for this evening is to go through my mail and acknowledge all the lovely cards I received this year!

Also, cryptic note: Two down, two to go, though I tried to do #3 last night and the site was down! Grr! [livejournal.com profile] calloocallay, do you know any reason why it might have been down, since it's a site you visit often? Also, I finally read the email and no, it wasn't a message of horror; it was fine. Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] tea_and_toast!

Epiphany.

Jan. 5th, 2005 10:30 pm
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Chibi Clio)
A week of thanks: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday.

So it is Twelfth Night, and time for my little experiment to end. I've tried for each day to put in something that actually affected me on that day, big or small, though of course there were some things that I wanted to make sure I was thankful for along the way. I always meant to end with this, and then it ended up being completely appropriate, so there's fate for you.

Today, as on most other days, I'm thankful for C. And that, as they say, is that.

Thankful

Jan. 4th, 2005 09:25 am
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Slash)
I'm thankful to have slept in my own bed last night. The holiday was necessary but be it ever so humble there's no place like home.

Thankful

Jan. 3rd, 2005 12:30 pm
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Slash)
Today I'm thankful for being from Maine. It's as though my feet are rooted in the soil there. I'm thankful for the sense of place, of belonging that came from the culture even if from no place else. I'm thankful for a place I know is home, even if I never live there again.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Chibi Clio)
Oh, I'll go back and make some posts, but this week was really busy, and I was running about with Holly and Theo and things. It's been a wonderful holiday in many ways and I feel very odd to be going back to work on Tuesday after nearly two weeks away.

The Blacks threw an excellent party, where the New Year toast led to Dance Dance Revolution which lead to a LOT of chair dancing, lap dancing and interpretive dancing. I danced off all of my Target jewelry and nearly my dress, actually. I sang myself hoarse to eighties and seventies songs and in what had to be the most excellently horrifyingly bittersweet moment of the entire party, I walked out of the living room where Holly, Theo, Tony, Angela and a bunch of other thirtysomethings sat recovering from two hours of dancing up a storm into the kitchen where the twentysomethings (Val, Cassie, Ruby, et al) were furious that not much music from the nineties were being played.
Ruby: "When are we going to stop with this eighties shit?"
Clio: Blinks. "Eighties? Try the seventies. We haven't been in the eighties for about a half an hour."

I felt old and yet I did not care. It was fucking brilliant, and the best New Year's present I could ever have received!

Here is wishing everyone a very safe, happy and successful new year!

Thankful

Jan. 1st, 2005 11:30 am
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Slash)
I am thankful for water.

And cheesy eggs for breakfast.

And cheesy has-been rock stars on the TV.

At times like these, it doesn't take much.

Thankful

Dec. 31st, 2004 11:50 pm
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Slash)
I'm thankful for parties! And friends of friends! And dance music and all sorts of craziness and oh, everything that goes with it!

Thankful.

Dec. 30th, 2004 04:40 pm
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Slash)
Today I am thankful for modern conveniences! I don't even want to think about cleaning up without them! I am also thankful for caterers, or it would have been a long damn day, let me tell you.

Thankful.

Dec. 29th, 2004 09:40 am
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Slash)
Today I'm thankful for mornings. I have both my best and worst energy in the mornings; I get tons done but I get highly depressed as well. The light and the air are so clean, not used up yet. I'm often alone at that time of day which is good and bad. And there's that lovely feeling of the whole day stretching out before you with as Anne used to say, no mistakes in it yet.

Thankful

Dec. 28th, 2004 06:33 pm
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Slash)
Today we were eating dinner and I realized I was thankful that so many of my friends have really cool spouses: Theo and Evan, of course, and S's husband A, and my friend Julie's husband Paul, and L's husband B, and then D's excellent boyfriend C and Jenny's cool girlfriend M. It makes things so much better, to have people with people you like to be around. It's also nice when your friends get married and have children that they don't make you feel like a maiden Aunt!

Thankful

Dec. 27th, 2004 02:30 pm
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Slash)
Today, I'm thankful for my friend D. We met on a beach in Miami (at least, that's our story and we're sticking to it) and he was one of my first post-college friends. He was also one of the first people who really wanted to see me often, wanted to just hang out, didn't want to kick me out his door, and he's still that way. Even though he's on the other side of the country these days, we're still close. And while he doesn't think of himself as "good with emotions" he is sometimes the only person who can calm me down, because he's so calmly rational, yet he takes my irrational moments seriously. I love him to distraction . . .

thankful.

Dec. 26th, 2004 07:30 pm
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Slash)
Dude, today I am just thankful to be alive, for two reasons:

Tragedy of unfathomable proportions on the other side of the world. We didn't have the TV on all day on Christmas and I wasn't online, so we didn't see it until the morning. I think of these words of Lincoln's: "The world will little note or long remember what we say her, but it can never forget what they did here." I doubt that my words can add anything to the condolences already shared; it seems trite to even say this much but vulgar to let it go unnoticed.

The other reason is, C and I drove to Boston from Portland tonight on a very snowy highway and there were many, many moments when I was very afraid that my car or his truck was going to fly off into a ditch or another car. We were both just incredibly happy to get to his place, let me tell you!
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Santa Clio!)
I am trying very hard, instead of being upset at the way that certain members of my family treat me, to be thankful that they are still alive and therefore it is still possible that the bridges they burnt can be rebuilt. After all, my beloved C is having his first Christmas after his dad died.

So that's what I'm trying to be thankful for, today.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Santa Clio!)
You know, as a general rule I do understand the evils of the internal combustion engine and the problems that car culture has created for this country particularly but also for the world at large.

But today I was able to drive to my brother's house and then go to my parent's house in a total of 6 hours of travel—1 by train to Greenwich and 5 by car. If I had taken the available mass transit it would have taken me almost 8 hours and still would have left me an hour's drive short of my destination and dependent on others to get me around.

So in the manner of Harriet Vane, who was happy that she had "her own little car", I'm thankful that I can drive, rent a car to drive me, follow directions, and all of those things that enabled me to get from home to Poland Spring quickly and in one piece. I'm also thankful that there wasn't anyone on the road--but that seems a pretty small, selfish thing to be thankful for!
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Santa Clio!)
Okay, I'm loving Adium. No more lost windows! AOL sounds! Animated icons! It rules me.

Thanks to everyone who added to the list in the previous post, also. Much appreciated.

I got a bit off the thanks bandwagon this week because it was an anxious one. I can't really explain why this was, but it was. By the way, I intend on doing this through Epiphany, which is January 6. Here is Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Today I'm thankful for P, my close friend since college. He's had a lot of rough stuff thrown at him and he's handled it all so well. He's grown into such a loving, generous man, a skilled physician, with hard-won independence. I'm so proud of him, and so happy to have him in my life!

It's raining. I'm glad I didn't decide to drive home today.

Thankful.

Dec. 22nd, 2004 04:45 pm
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Slash)
And then there are the friends, fandom and non, who are (often) here in NYC and who I get to see all the time because I'm lucky like that: [livejournal.com profile] epicyclical and [livejournal.com profile] rubydebrazier and [livejournal.com profile] ladyjaida and [livejournal.com profile] tromboneborges. I know I keep using this phrase, but I am lucky to have them in my life. I mean that.

Thankful.

Dec. 21st, 2004 09:30 am
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Slash)
But keep the old, like the people who I met before Nimbus: [livejournal.com profile] folk and [livejournal.com profile] titanic_days and [livejournal.com profile] ivyblossom and [livejournal.com profile] nothingbutfic, and those I met at Nimbus, like [livejournal.com profile] fick_l_rene and [livejournal.com profile] aegeus and [livejournal.com profile] resmiranda. I treasure you guys!

Thankful.

Dec. 20th, 2004 03:29 pm
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Slash)
Make new friends: Today I'm thankful for friends that I have only become close with within the last eighteen months since Nimbus, folks like [livejournal.com profile] littletort and [livejournal.com profile] slytherincess, [livejournal.com profile] tea_and_toast and [livejournal.com profile] maybethemoon, [livejournal.com profile] weatherby and [livejournal.com profile] heidi8. Some of them I knew but not well, and some I didn't know at all. I've met all of them, chat with them often, and can't wait to see them again.

If you had asked me five years ago I would have said that I didn't think I would be making more friends at that point in my life. Oh my, was I wrong, and oh my, how thankful I am for that.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Santa Clio!)
I've started feeling rather Christmasy, especially today. Woke up and watched one of my old favorite Christmas movies, Christmas in Connecticut, and then met Ruby, Josh, Cassie and Maya on 5th avenue to look at the windows. The Tiffany windows were a little weird as it was tough for the jewelry to compete with the Warhol drawings. Bergdorff Goodman was opulent and amazing, with couture gowns in weird settings. One window, with little creatures living underground, seemed very Holly while another, with a woman in a gorgeous brown dress surrounded by chocolate and gold flatware, was made for Maya. We went by the redone FAO Schwartz and vowed to return after the holidays as they have an ice cream fountain! Unfortunately the Barneys windows were pretty boring.

(Speaking of Holly, Spiderwick is mentioned in the People Year-End issue Picks and Pans!)

Then downtown to wander through the craft fair at Union Square and then to Old Devil Moon for a lovely dinner with [livejournal.com profile] sistermagpie and [livejournal.com profile] reenka. Much fun talking to them and Maya about this and that, even if I am (horror!) a Pumpkin Pie type. As we left dinner we saw that the rain had finally turned to snow, which is much nicer even if it is colder, and we all made our way home, me with "Same Auld Lang Syne" in my head.

Today I'm thankful for the return of my Christmas Spirit! I used to have it in spades, and then I lost it for a long while but I think now it might finally have come back. I'm hopeful, anyway.

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