It's Pumpkin Pie And Turkey Time (To The Tune Of It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time)

Happy Thanksgiving Week Blogstalkers!

I love this week because on Friday I can officially talk about Christmas to anyone and everyone without coming across as crazy.  Well at least not as Christmas-Crazy.  I think we all know I always come across as Regular-Crazy.

Ryan sort of hates when this Friday comes every year.  He especially hated it last year because I rewrote We Three Kings for him and the dogs and performed it for them that evening.  And I changed one of the lyrics to "Queen forever, ceasing never, over you all to reign," as I made a grand gesture toward Ryan and the dogs.  And he was like "::sigh:: Forever is taking way too long to end."  And I was like "Shut it cranky pants, I have four more verses."  And then I adjusted my crown and continued.

Anywho, In the spirit of the holiday that celebrates giving thanks, I'm going to do a cliche little post and list all of the things for which I am thankful.  First though I want to tell you a little Thanksgiving story that explains why I am the way I am.

When I was a child and had to sit at the kids' table with all of my cousins on Thanksgiving, our parents, to keep us out of their hair, made us go around the table and say one thing for which we were thankful.  The answers were obvious "Toilet Paper" and "NOT my sister, that's for sure."  So eventually the little game got boring.

Until we came up with the greatest/worst idea of all time.  We kept the crescent rolls tightly wrapped up in a cloth so they stayed piping hot and then when it was your turn to say what you were thankful for, you had to grab a biscuit, rip it in half, shove your mouth into the biscuit, and inhale really deeply.  Then say what you were thankful for.

Except you couldn't.  Because you would collapse into a pile of sputters and coughs everyone else would laugh and laugh.  And then they would take their turn.  Because it was fun.  Obviously.

One time my Aunt Terri came into the room and saw us playing this irrational game and was all "Oh My word, whatever are you children doing?!" And then my older cousin Jon was like "Oh YOU KNOW, just gettin' high on biscuits."  And we all died of laughing even though some of us were too young to know what that meant exactly.  (Everyone died of laughing except for my Aunt Terri, who remained very concerned.)

To this day though, whenever my cousins and I ask each other "Hey what're you doing on Friday?" The answer tends to me "Oh you know, just gettin' high on biscuits."  Sometimes with a "It's just how I crescent roll," thrown in.  It is my favorite Thanksgiving memory of all time.

So there's that.  Moving on.  Breathes in deeply on biscuit.

Things For Which I Am Thankful - An Abridged Version - Otherwise This Would Read Like A Product List At The Cheese Emporium.

1. That last night, after I saw what I supposed was a leftover piece of popcorn on the table when the lights were dimmed to watch a movie and shoved it in my mouth, I had the werewithal to spit it out instead of swallowing it when it turned out to be a cotton ball instead.  Yes this happened.  I don't even want to tell you what the original use of that cotton ball had been.  I will tell you though that Ryan now says he is never kissing me again.  Which is JUST FINE BY ME.

2. That my dad owned a grocery store while I was growing up.  Because the grocery store had a claw machine (The Claw! The Claw!) and he let me play with it endlessly (as long as I promised to leave everything I won in the shute so it could be replaced directly back into the machine without my grimy child hands touching it.)  Because today, I am excellent at claw machines.  Like seriously, I can't fail.  Even Ryan admits that when it comes to claw machines, I am an anomaly.  It's one of my proudest achievements.  And sometimes Ryan even consents to taking me to an arcade (as long as they have a bar) so I can win all of the toys for any children hanging about and feel a bit like Santa Claus.  And then the arcade tells me I can not play with the claw machine any longer.  Seriously. This has happened.

3. That I have a BFF who is dreadful at giving driving directions.  Because it is a never-ending source of hilarity when she is telling someone how to get somewhere and she says something like "Turn left at the tree that looks evil, I think, Hold on, let me call my dad to make sure."  Her boyfriend calls it "Vanessa GPS" and now we all do it and have actually made a game out of it.  Just last week Ryan was driving me to my uncle's house for a party and I turned off our navigation system toward the end and told him I knew the way from here.  And then I was all "Keep going straight past the house of the kid that stole the statue of Grimace from the town McDonald's when I was in Junior High."  And Ryan was like "Dammit, I've been Vanessa GPS'd"  And then he had to buy me a lottery ticket and a Mountain Dew Code Red, because those are the rules of Vanessa GPS.

4. Speaking of McDonald's - That I have a husband who understands that the perfect amount of sausage biscuit from McDonald's is one whole sausage biscuit plus one bite of a second.  And so he lets me get two sausage biscuits when we are in the airport early in the morning (the only time I eat McDonald's) even though he knows I am not going to finish the second.

Sidenote: This habit of mine came about as a effect of that fact that I used to go to work with my dad really early on Saturday mornings and he would stop at McDonald's on the way and I would always ask for two sausage biscuits and he would be like "But you NEVER eat the second one!" and I would be like "But I'm STARVING today!" and then he would let me get two and I would eat one and be super full but take one bite of the second just so my dad would see that I really did need two.  Every single week.

5. That I have a sister who is so burned out by weddings (she's at that age where EVERYONE gets married) that she called me yesterday to inform me that when she gets married it is going to be in her backyard and it is going to by BYOLC.  Bring Your Own Lawn Chair.

6. And this is a real one.  I'm grateful for all of you.  You all have made the last 1.5 years of my life simply amazing.  I would not be the person I am today without all of you reading this silly little blog I put out into the world.  So yeah, thanks.

And in the spirit of that, I am going to send a couple of you care packages this holiday season.  Completely personalized and handpicked.  If you're interested in perhaps getting a care package full of inane goodies from me in December then just comment and tell me one thing for which you are thankful.  I'll pick a couple of winners randomly on Friday.  If you win I'll just ask for some of your 'likes' via email and use that to fill up a box just for you.  Because I am ALL ABOUT spreading cheer. I'm not going to do any extra entries for tweeting or sharing this post on FB or anything this time since I don't want anyone that doesn't have Twitter or whatever to be at a disadvantage, but feel free to do it all the same. :)

Oh and yeah a little reminder (the last one I swear) if you want a holiday card from yours truly send your address to LaurenRaeGallagher@gmail.com.  And then you will officially be on my mailing list.  And sometimes I send really random stickers and candy to people on my mailing list in like..August or February or something.  OH and for everyone asking to send a card back (and you totally don't have to) I'll post my new P.O. Box sometime this week.

Thanks so much Blogstalkers.  I couldn't be me without you.

UPDATE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  THE WINNERS ARE MRS. H (who is thankful for hula hoops) AND MEGAN  (who is thankful for whiskey). IF YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE TWO PEOPLE PLEASE EMAIL ME AT LaurenRaeGallagher@gmail.com TO COLLECT YOUR PRIZES!!!!

258 comments:

  1. Lisa P.11/19/2012

    This is going to be really dorky, but I'm thankful for my husband (yuck! I know! How lame!). I'm so glad he and I have the same sense of humor. I suppose I could have married someone like Brad Pitt, but then couldn't have turned to him out of the blue and said "sex panther! Rawr!" (Anchorman). He would just look perplexed and walked slowly away.

    I'm just glad to be tied forever to someone who gets me.

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  2. I am thankful for my job, but even more thankful that you write this blog that entertains me while I'm at my job on the Monday of Thanksgiving week, and one of two people in the office. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! :)

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  3. I am thankful that my fiance and I have a large enough house that when my mother-in-law's husband beats her, she can move in with us. (She'll be here tomorrow!)

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  4. This is probably one of the most epic Thanksgiving posts I've read.

    This year, I'm thankful for melatonin. Not only does it put my daughter to sleep, but it makes my husband sleep. And it gives me insane dreams, involving zombies, John Stamos, and hamburgers.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving (aka- the day of anticipation before my husband lets me decorate!)

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  5. Samantha Kerr11/19/2012

    I'm thankful that you posted the link to this post on Facebook at the EXACT moment I sat down for my break at work. :-)

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  6. I am thankful for a lot this holiday season. I'm thankful for my job and being able to support myself, for my fiance who is truly my best friend, thankful that he supports my crazy horse habit because he knows it's the one thing that keeps me sane, thankful for family and friends, and my best little dog friend Rusty.

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  7. Lauren,

    I love this list. You want to know the oddest thing I've found recently I'm greatful for? My anxiety. Odd to say, but true. It turns out anxiety can help make someone a very compassionate, caring person. I actually finally spilled the beans about having OCD on my blog today but in a very "don't feel bad for me, it doesn't deserve it" way. I hate even putting it out there, but it's kind of something I have that effects how I write sometimes sooooooooooo yep. I did it. With a stubbornness the whole way. Haha.

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  8. I'm pretty thankful to be living in Minnesota & not wearing a coat today, because the weather is so mild.

    But - to be serious - I'm really thankful that Thursday morning this week, my partner, his son, his father & I are all going to be volunteering together for the holiday. His father is 83 & I don't know how much longer we'll be able to have family holidays like that.

    This life has let me build my own little, amazing family & that it something I'm thankful for every day.

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  9. Megan M.11/19/2012

    I am thankful that I have yet to be forced to host a Thanksgiving. May I always live close to someone higher in the family hierarchy than me.

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  10. I'm thankful that I have a boyfriend who accepts my desire to become a cat lady in the future and also continued to let me eat way too much quaso after the doctor told me to slow it down.

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  11. Melissa Herndon11/19/2012

    I am Thankful for Netflix instant streaming.Somedays its the only way I get things done around here without the kids being underfoot... Oh yea, and I am super Thankful for my family, but I think that is a given.

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  12. I am thankful that my husband *finally* got a new job that will actually pay our bills and now we don't have to cancel Christmas. After missing our car payment for the first time ever, it was looking a little dicey. Another month or so of heavy lifting, we should be back on track. Yay!

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  13. Michelle11/19/2012

    I am thankful that HILARIOUS people like you and Jenny Lawson have blogs that I can read on a several-times-a-week basis. That is for reals.

    And I am thankful for my way-more-patient-than-he-should-be husband, my boys, who are a pain but also amazing, and my almost-8-month old puppy, who is her own brand of crazy.

    Michelle

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  14. I am thankful for indoor plumbing, and toilet paper! Also, for books. Which should NEVER be used as toilet paper. Unless it's the phone book, because we have google now.

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  15. I am thankful for my clients. They aren't the population that I ever anticipated working with but they make me feel valuable and needed everything I go in. I'm thankful for my family who accepts that I bake too much, like cartoons more than almost any other show on tv, aren't weirded out by my fascination with true crime shows and who eat all the stuff I bake and cook and seem to enjoy it. I'm thankful that I had my father in my life as long as I did and the he let me know I was his princess but never crushed any of my dreams and encouraged me to do more. I'm thankful that Oreo made limited edition cookies that I finally got my hands on and they are freaking delicious. And I'm thankful that blogs like yours exist because it reminds me that we're all funny and quirky and can share all of that with others.

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  16. Jen Parker11/19/2012

    Internet. Nuff said.

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  17. I am thankful that I still have not had to host a Thanksgiving meal! I can still prepare one dish and drive to my mom and dad's house :) I am also VERY thankful for my awesome husband and 2 beautiful girls!!!

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  18. I'm thankful for my incredibly supportive friends and family network. I love them all so much. And I'll cheat and say I'm also thankful that I get to see two of my nieces this Thanksgiving and I CAN'T WAIT. I just saw a picture where the 6 month old looks like her head is as big as the three year old's. Given the three year old is tiny, but still, GIANT BABY. CAN'T WAIT.

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  19. Katrina R11/19/2012

    I'm thankful for ALL THE THINGS! heh. Mostly having a job, a car, and a fella who barely notices that I put the Christmas up a week and a half ago. Care package in December would be a combined b-day present!

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  20. Christine11/19/2012

    I am thankful for a few minutes to catch up on my favorite blogs :).

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  21. Pumpkin Pie and Turkey Time is going to be stuck in my head for at least the rest of the week. AWESOME. (not sarcasm.)

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  22. I am thankful for a ridiculous amount of things, mostly my kiddo who thinks I'm awesome even when I'm feeling lousy and no one else thinks I'm awesome. And my sister (but don't tell her) for putting up with me and my three-year-old as roommates and making every night a sleepover and somehow accidentally letting me have two cats even though she hates cats. Have a magical Thanks-foritalmostbeingChristmas-giving :)

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  23. Guys Love11/19/2012

    I am thankful for *YOUR* Husband! Boom

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    2. Haha Kande, you hit the nail on the head.

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  24. I am thankful for my dog Miles. He is such an endless source of frustration and joy, and he gives the absolute best snuggles and I am grateful that having him around has made me more responsible/hilarious I think.

    I am also super thankful for my manfriend Dony because it is so friggen cool that there is another person out there who perfectly compliments my quirks and wonder.

    I am also thankful to you for writing what is probably one of my new favourite blogs of this year (next to dogshaming.com).

    Thanks yo!

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  25. I'm thankful for my fiance, who kept me sane last week during a trip to California with my dad and wore personalized Mickey Mouse ears ALL DAY with me at Disneyland without me having to beg and plead and make more of a scene than all the little kids put together. Because I TOTALLY would have. Now I just have to convince my boss that mouse ears are business casual!

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  26. I am thankful that Ho Hos will most likely live on after Hostess closes (anyone want to go in on buying the recipe rights?)

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  27. Miranda11/19/2012

    I am thankful for my dogs (miniature dachshunds!) they make every day incredible and fun.

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  28. I am thankful for my wonderful sister, who is always there for me!

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  29. I am thankful for my sneaky kitty cat and sweet husband.

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  30. I'm thankful for my husband and the family we're building...since his family hates me so much we're not invited for the holidays...oh well!
    and your blog, cause it makes me laugh, lol.

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  31. I'm thankful that my husband's recent concern about his age and health means I get to cook with VEGETABLES other than green beans and corn for the first time in over 6 years of marriage. Oh, zucchini and mushrooms, how I've missed you!

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  32. Anonymous11/19/2012

    I am thankful that I have a job that I like on most days.

    I hope I win! Like you, I am a big fan of Paper Source and I spend too much of my money on paper.

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      Crap! I forgot to sign off.

      xoxo,
      #1 blog stalker

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  33. I am thankful for bandaids and not the plain bandaids either. I have two little boys so I own Transformers, Sponge Bob and Star Wars..They come in handy when your 6 yr old steps on your foot and literally breaks your second to littlest toenail in half. This actually happened to me while on a visit to the Fire Station on Saturday with my son's Cub Scout pack. I got home with my bleeding toe and my husband asked if I had gotten First Aid from the Hot Firemen and all I could think was Dammit! There was even an ambulance there and I totally forgot about it. So I am thankful for small kid bandaids that are the pefect size for a small toe crisis.

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  34. Angie M11/19/2012

    I am thankful that my husband gets my sometimes terribly funny and sometime terribly lame sense of humor, he gets my family which isn't easy, and he is the best dad I ever could have imagined for my child. As I type this he is taking her out to get finger paints while I work, just because she wants to do an art project. And I am thankful for that 5 year year old little monkey that can convince her dad to go buy fingerpaints. She is a complete joy.

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  35. Cassie L11/19/2012

    I am thankful for my husband who is just as much of a geek as I am and totally gets it when I make a nerdy joke and for the three beautiful little babies he gave me that haven't learned how to be embarrassed at their dork of a mother.

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  36. I am thankful for my husband who just makes everything more fun. I am also thankful for our two kitties with all their quirks and our new goofball puppy who has reafirmed my concern that I am nowhere near ready to have a child.

    Also, whiskey. I am very thankful for whiskey.

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  37. Okay OBVIOUSLY I am thankful for all the normal stuff like my awesome husband, our house (and the fact that it hasn't fallen down yet), and my cats. But what I'm REALLY thankful for this year is that as soon as I heard about the death/bankrupcy of Hostess I went out and bought the LAST 4 boxes of Twinkies in my town and now I will survive the zombie apocalypse for at least 2 days.

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  38. I'm thankful for my two crazy kids. Most days they make me want to pull out my hair, but the little things like holding each other's hands, giving each other love for no reason, or when they are quietly tucked in their beds, snoozing so peacefully, those moments erase the day of fights, and bickering.

    I'm also thankful for bloggers like you that give me that little bit of escape at nap time! ;)

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  39. I'm thankful for Thanksgiving Parades. And I am really serious, I cry at the start of parades because I get wrapped up in the emotion and the excitement and then I cry. And I am thankful for a family that knows this, and makes sure I don't miss the start.

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  40. I am thankful for so much this year! But especially my son. He is 7 and he is just the most fun person to hang out with. He makes me laugh every day and is just such a joy to be with!
    I love love love LOVE the "Vanessa GPS" part, because I am horrible with directions and cannot tell you what streets to get there, but I can do landmarks.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  41. I'm thankful for people like you who totally crack me up and make dreary Mondays a little bit brighter!

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  42. LOVE this post! I'm thankful for my sweet husband who puts up with me (even when I do the ugly cry during sad movies). Oh, and funny blogs like yours that make me laugh during particularly hellish days at the office :)

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  43. I love your blog - seriously! I'm thankful for my wonderful babies. The love I feel for them, I cannot even explain. It makes me crazy how much I love them. It makes my heart hurt how much I love them - in a good way. :)

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  44. I am thankful for my family. Not only my husband and amazing son but that I still have my parents because they are the best and made me who I am today. I feel so lucky to still have them as many of my friends have lost theirs in recent years.

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  45. I am thankful for Spanx, because they let me get through the day without my thighs rubbing together and causing a small fire.

    I also just had Coco Puffs for the first time in my life, and I have to say - I am thankful for them, too.

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  46. I know the PC thing to say is my daughters. And I am grateful for them, believe me. But the thing I am most thankful for every single day is my beloved husband who saved me when I was a scard 20 year old college student, and he continues to save me every single day. He shields and protects me from the dysfunctional family that I am still trying to survive, including parents who didn't come to my wedding because "this won't last so we will come to your next wedding".....25 years of wedded bliss later, who's got the last laugh? I know I am alot of work but he tells me I am just the right amount of crazy for him and the reward is worth the effort. I love him for loving me when most guys would have left skid marks fleeing me. And without him, those 4 perfect, gorgeous daughters of mine wouldn't exist. He is the person who made me believe I could be a mother, that there was a better way to do this, and that he would NEVER leave my side. He has kept every promise he has ever made to me and even when I am being most ridiculous he still has my back and takes my side.

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  47. I am thankful every day for my wonderful, weird, funny as heck son, who brightens my day, even if he did abandon me and move to texas.

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  48. I am thankful for:
    1) my husband who loves me despite all my crazy
    2) your blog which cracks me up every day
    3) my wonderful fur babies (2 dogs, 2 cats) who always side with me when arguing with the hubs
    4) my bffs (since we were 2) that regularly help me get into mischief

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  49. I'm thankful that it's Thanksgiving week, since it's my favorite holiday, and that my husband's family is coming to celebrate with us. That said, I'm also thankful that his family will be staying in a hotel! Love them, but there's only so much family togetherness a girl can handle ;)

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  50. The silliest thing that I am thankful for: for now having a new goal of being so accomplished at the claw game that I am asked to stop playing. Thanks, Lauren!

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  51. Anonymous11/19/2012

    I am thankful for my husband, Tony. Because, like Ryan, he lets me let the crazy out!

    Carol Dickerson

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  52. I am thankful for my family, my husband, and the new little baby kitten that we just adopted!

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  53. I am thankful that my mother still puts up with me insisting that she cook the stuffing EXACTLY the way she did when I was younger, which for a woman who cooks by eyballing it and has never made something the same way twice is very difficult. Seriously, I should probably stop hinting that it must be exactly the same and then standing over her to test whether it was too moist, too seasoned, not seasoned enough etc....

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  54. I am thankful for reruns of Grey's Anatomy on lifetime everyday. I am cleaning and baking during my daughters nap and it is keeping me entertained. And also reminding how good it used to be. And how crappy it is now.

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  55. I am thankful for your blog because you inspired me to get in touch with a bunch of my friends and ask them for their addresses again since they were lost in the great switch-over from blackberry to iphone. The addresses were lost, not the friends. And I'm actually going to send them all Christmas cards for the first time in many many years. So thank you!

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  56. I am thankful for books that I can escape inside when I need a break from all the stressors in my life.

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  57. I am Thankful that I have a husband who really likes to cook so every year when we spend Thanksgiving at home, he makes the whole dinner and all I have to make is the dessert (which I totally volunteer for). It totally makes Thanksgiving less stressful since its his family we cook for when we stay at home, now if only he would clean the house too.

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  58. I am thankful for an office mate who has not tried to fit me with a straight jacket even though I spend my days bouncing on a stability while rocking out to ABBA. I am also thankful for the Glee episode where Mr. Schue wiggles his tushy while singing the Thong song. And most of all I am thankful for bloggers like you who are willing to share your lives with complete strangers letting us know we are not alone and bringing sunshine to my day.

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  59. Mirabel11/19/2012

    I'm thankful for so much, but if I really had to name one thing is my family. They love me even when I'm snarky and selfish. I mean we do annoy one another, but accept each others flaws and all.

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  60. I am thankful for aged Gouda and for my dad coming through triple bypass surgery this month. Not in that order.

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  61. I'm thankful for several things.

    1. Doctor Who. It keeps me sane when my children are acting like zombies and trying to drive me to the asylum or randomly coming up and trying to bite my ring off my finger. (Seriously, yesterday, my almost 2 year old tried to rip my husbands failed wedding band (note within a note: He bought this wedding band first and had a quote inscribed in it but got the wrong size so now I just wear it on my middle finger.) off my finger than my son came up while I was playing a game on the computer and tried to bite the ring off my finger. Therefore, they are both nicknamed Gollum.) And now you understand WHY I NEED DOCTOR WHO!

    2. My family. Including my husband *because he just tripped walking upstairs and I laughed so hard at him I forgot what I was typing. And because he accuses me of being clumsy all the time.* my kids, my in laws, my grandmother and my mom. They're always helping us out if we need them.

    3. Your blog because you never fail to make me laugh when I'm upset.

    4. Brita water bottles. True story. I can take it everywhere and I always have yummy CLEAN non chlorine tasting water. It's a big thing for me since I LOVE water and drink it constantly.

    5. My home. It's not the best place to live but it provides a shelter for my kids and us and a stable environment.

    6. Music.


    Yeah. I have a gigantic list. It was hard to just pick one.
    :)

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  62. I am thankful for blogs....seriously. Yours and a few others that make me feel less alone when I'm having a down day. Which is the reason I can't listen to my iPod in the car, I MUST listen to radio because there are people in the radio and I'm not alone.....FREAK! I know.

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  63. Natalile11/19/2012

    I am thankful for having a family that I want to spend time with, for my husband who woke up extra early to rake up all the leaves in our front yard before work while I slept, and for not having anything too big to complain about.

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  64. I am thankful that I am not a turkey. Among other things...

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  65. There are so many things I'm thankful for, but right now I'm going to go with my friends :) I have such an amazing support group and I can't imagine life without them!

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  66. I'm thankful that my co-workers forgot my birthday last week, so they took me to lunch today and brought me yummy cookies... it's like a never ending birthday! And of course I'm thankful for the usual... my wonderful husband, family, the baby I'm currently growing, awesome friends, fun blogs to read while I should be working and last but not least, cheese!

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  67. I am thankful to finally be a mother (after 4 years of infertility). My husband & I cant wait to watch our 10 month old scarf down some yummy thanksgiving eats!

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  68. I am thankful for you & your blog for making me giggle while in the waiting room at physical therapy. I secretly enjoy it when people look at me like I'm nuts.

    I'm also thankful for being single right now. I know that sounds totally insane for a 31 year old woman with 2 cats to say, but it's really true. I'm thankful that I didn't marry the jerk I was engaged to and I'm glad I didn't marry any of my other ex's simply because I wouldn't be who I am now. While yes, I would love to have a boyfriend eventually, I'm glad I've been single long enough to learn about myself and never take a relationship for granted.

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  69. I am thankful for my best friend who gets my sense of humor and knows all of my secrets. We've been best friends since third grade and I am so glad she's in my life

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  70. I am thankful for cake, huge amounts of wedding trial cake. Where you have to eat all of it (otherwise you'd be cakerude)then when you're so full that you feel sick, that's when the hiccups start. Then you get so violently sick in the car that a little bit of icing shoots out your nose and you smell dulce de leche buttercream for the rest of the night.(which you oddly enjoy, the icing smell not the shooting out the nose thing)
    Hmm..maybe I'm thankful for nose icing and not so much for cake. Will think about it.

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  71. I am thankful for:
    (1) kids who will watch Dora so I can read blogs
    (2) having blogs to read so I don't have to watch Dora
    (3) that me sitting on a couch surfing the net while my kid sits on the same couch watching Dora totally counts as awesomesauce parenting and bonding time
    (4) the movie Elf
    (5) that Jim Carrey passed on the role of Elf
    (6) that I have the perfect gift for my nine year old this year, which will be such a huge surprise and she willl be the happiest kid EVER because she deserves it!
    (7) that one time I saw a picture of a person who looks like a total mashup of Ryan and OJ, because now I am never bored as instead can wonder ... DID they figure out a way to reproduce woman-free? Is this their lovechild? Is it possible to have a lovechild the same age as them ( maybe, approximately)? If I followed this person to a ski hill and pulled off their headphones at the top and he was playing the exact same playlist as Ryan/OJ would that prove anything?

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  72. I'm incredibly thankful for:

    1)Garrett's Chicago Mix popcorn
    2)Red Velvet cupcakes
    3)Goat cheese
    4)When our cat sits on my lap and purrs like she's the never been happier in her life
    5)When my 6 month old niece snuggles into my chest and pats my face with her little bitty hand
    6)Magic Mike
    7)My amazing group of girlfriends
    8)When Rob comes home from Whole Foods with the super fancy gelato that I love
    9)Rob
    10)Books books books books books!

    And Lauren, we're all thankful for you. You put your life out there for all of us to read, and you do it with honestly, humility and utter hilarity!

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  73. allison creekmore11/19/2012

    I am thankful for everything in my life. I may bitch and complain about some things in my life but if I didn't have challenges it would probably be a pretty boring life.

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  74. Brittany B11/19/2012

    Lauren, it is incredibly hard for me to find something to be thankful about right now (depression sucks), but I will say this: I am NOT thankful for Hostess shutting down! Oh, and yeah, totes grateful for my cat, Piewacket. She is the only one just letting me be, yet loving me anyways right now.

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  75. I just moved to a new city a few months ago, far from any family. I am thankful for my new friends here, a lot of whom are in the same situation as I am, and the fact that we're all going to get together Thursday and have a big dinner and watch football together. It's been such an easy transition to Nashville and I've made such good friends here that for the first time in my life, I can actually see settling down somewhere.

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  76. I am thankful I have a job, hoping to keep it for a while longer. I am thankful for my adorable kitty who occasionally tries to cheer me up, if he's not too busy.

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  77. Anonymous11/19/2012

    I am thankful that there are handy people in the world that will do shit around my house for money. If hubby and I had to build the deck stairs, it would take 3 years, 10 x as much money in wrecked supplies and we would likely divorce at the end.

    kendralacrosse@hotmail.com

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  78. I'm thankful that this will be the last holiday my husband has to spend away from us this year!

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  79. I grow more thankful every day that I'm taking deep breaths despite my anxiety/depression/ridiculousness, finally letting life take me where I need to go (and that my boyfriend supports me enough to come along for the ride, even when it gets bumpy - ESPECIALLY when it gets bumpy - because apparently life doesn't come with seatbelts). I am so thankful that blogs like yours exist to create a community for like-minded people to meet/share/crack each other up/commiserate when we may have otherwise never been able to do so (thanks, interwebs!). So beyond cheese, kittens/puppies/wombats/slow lorises, art, guacamole, foggy walks in the park and mp3 players - thank YOU.

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  80. I am thankful for my fiance who understands and knows me. He knows that I shouldn't eat ice cream but will still get it for me and will get me a water with it because I need it. He knows to ask waiters for boxes when they come by and I have my mouth full of food. I'm thankful that he's going to pay off one of my credit cards for Christmas AND still get me actual presents. He also let me buy star ornaments last night despite me saying I wasn't going to decorate for Christmas this year.

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  81. I am thankful for the new heater my landlord just had installed. After two weeks of strange HVAC men coming in and out of my home to give bids and long, cold nights I am ever so thankful for peaceful heat!

    I am also thankful for my husband who stuck by my side during the "I am so cold" crazies.

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  82. I am thankful for my family. Is that too cliche? If so, I am thankful that my dishwasher finally got fixed so I don't have to hand wash dishes for 8 on Thanksgiving.

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  83. i am super thankful for my best friend and how she loves how weird i am and still goes out in public with me when i have crazy hair and forgot to shower (again).

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  84. I am thankful for you and your wonderful sense of humor and your willingness to share it with everyone. I am not feeling very thankful this year, which is completely unlike me, and you brought some cheer into my day. Thank you so much.

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  85. I am thankful for my nieces and nephews. They all have so much personality and I love them to bits.
    I am also thankful for the many blogs that I read that help pass the time at work when it gets really slow and boring and I have nothing better to do.

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  86. I am thankful that after a month of living with basic cable & no DVR after our move, we finally got satellite installed last week. First world problem, I know, and a sign of how shallow I am. But it's still true!

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  87. sarah h11/19/2012

    I am thankful for an awesome family who never even blinked an eye when I decided to go to pharmacy school at age reallystupidold and has encouraged and been my cheerleader even when it has been pure hell.
    I am also thankful for all the OJ pictures 'cause they make my eyes all smiley.

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  90. I'm thankful for family :)

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  91. I'm thankful that my husband's deployment is almost over - seriously - only four more months! (Okay, four months is still a long time, but in the grand scheme of a year it's really much better.) That being said, a box of happy things would really make this season a little bit better.

    Every November I do 30 Days of Thanks on Facebook - that means that I post something different that I am thankful for every day, silly, serious, and in between. I am thankful that so many of my friends have joined in over the years because it makes the home page so much more cheerful.

    I'm also so much more thankful after reading everybody else's thanks!!!

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  92. I am thankful for many things - the orange Hostess Snowball that is waiting for me in my kitchen right now (it may be my last one. . .sigh), warm socks because my feet are actually just two blocks of ice attached to my legs, books to entertain me all the live long day (well, when I'm not working, spending time with my son or doing other stupid adult things like cleaning), my son and all the people who made his adoption possible, books again because it is really worth repeating, this new spreadable cheese that I got at Costco which is delicious on the Carr's cracker selection also purchased at Costco, let's throw in Costco because having large amounts of things makes me way happier than it should, and, finally, wine and chocolate because I am a teacher.

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  93. Christy G.11/19/2012

    I'm thankful for my husband because no matter how moody I get he will always share his bowl of ice cream with me even after I have eaten mine....and the rest of the carton.

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  94. I am thankful for my friends who have stood by me while my Job has been eating away at my sanity. I am thankful that they lie to me when I insist that I am a miserable person who can only complain about how awful everything is. I am thankful that they remind me that I am a good person, who will get through the next 8 months and get as far away from my Job as is possible. Seriously, without them I would be lost.

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  95. Heather L11/19/2012

    I am thankful for pugs who have paws that smell like Cool Ranch Doritos, wine and watermelon jolly ranchers.

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  96. I'm thankful for my friends, real and online (this includes YOU!), and my wonderful family. :) thanks for making me laugh on the reg!

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  97. I'm thankful for my son. It took me four very long and emotionally draining yearsto get pregnant with him. Even now that he's an incredibally opinionated toddler I love him more every single day

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  98. I am thankful that I have children that scream, "THIS IS MY JAM!" whenever Alex Clare comes on the radio and say, "Is this a girl or a boy?" whenever it's Justin Bieber. I'm also thankful that I had to google Bieber to see how it was spelled.

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  99. I'm thankful for you! Seriously your stories have the ability to cheer me up on the rough days! (which are most days this year!)

    I'm also thankful for my amazing boyfriend who just today told me I could change jobs even though I would make quite a bit less money because he knows my job is making me totally miserable. He rocks.

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  100. I am thankful that my husband gets to spend Thanksgiving with us this year. We are a military family so holidays are not always guaranteed. I am also thankful for all the men and women who are spending theirs away from their families defending our freedom.

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  101. I am thankful for my friends and family. I love them all and am very lucky to have them in my life.

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  102. I am most thankful for my husband. He still gives me dirty looks sometimes, but he lets me be me. He works really hard to make sure we're provided for and has been my best friend for over 12 years. <3

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  103. katrina11/19/2012

    I have been feeling thankful for most everything lately. I watched the live fundraiser for hurricane Sandy a couple of weeks ago and cried the entire time. Seeing so many who lost so much makes me grateful for all I have.

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  104. I am incredibly thankful for tater tots - they are the most perfect food ever (made perfecter by adding melted cheese)

    I'm also thankful for the love of my life who has put up with me for 10 years...and he better put a ring on my finger if he would like to not be pushed off a bridge.

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  105. Amanda Waddill11/19/2012

    I am thankful for my cute little cat that is cuddled up next me as a type this. She is curled up in that little ball where she flips here head upside down so her chin is showing and she looks so sweet and cute and not evil like she (sometimes) is.

    And for your blog. I check it everyday and you are fab.

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  106. I am thankful for my husband and kids...and Miller Lite.

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  107. I'm thankful for having a best friend who's like my older sister who is always there when I need her and I'm thankful for having a loving boyfriend who helps me through the heartbreaking grief I feel on the anniversary of my mom's death. Ooo I'm also very thankful for wine....love wine....

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  108. I am thankful that we will have loads of family visiting this year, and I'm also thankful that my youngest son still likes it when I come help in his class, he even hugged and kissed me today before I left

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  109. I am thankful for Wine, lots and lots of it....

    Honestly, I am thankful for those I have. I lost my dad in January at the age of 50 very suddenly, most of my family is coming together for Thanksgiving and my brother is even flying out from Illinois for Christmas (gasp!). It will be nice feeling like a family, fights and all.

    And this is where it returns back to how happy I am that wine was discovered!

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  110. In addition to being thankful for the awesomeness of your blog to read, I am super thankful for my hula hoop. Yes, I realize this makes me sound like an 8 year old, but I am a real adult... you know, age-wise. I just never could keep a hula hoop spinning when I was a kid but then read that it might be because I didn't have a properly sized hoop or something. So I got a custom hoop and now I hula hoop in my living room whilst watching TV shows and my husband just chuckles at me and tries to pretend that he doesn't think it's totally hot. And it's helped me lose a little weight, so yay.

    I'm also thankful for some of the more traditional stuff: awesome husband, adorable baby, warm home, crazy dogs... but hula hooping is pretty wonderful.

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  111. Jamie Boros11/19/2012

    I went through an insane phase with the claw machine last year. I had to force myself to quit because after like 90 million stuffed animals, the excuse of "but it's for my 1 year old" loses it's validity. I still gaze at them longingly as I walk by in the grocery store. *sigh*

    I would totally love a Lauren treasure package. Sign me up for that drawing my friend! :)

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  112. I would very much love to win a care package!

    I am thankful that I found a job that I like that is not boring and has much nicer people at it than my last one.

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  113. Mary P.11/19/2012

    There are so many things for which I am thankful,it's hard to pick just one. But if I really had to I'd say Belletoile Triple Cream Brie. Amen.

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  114. I am thankful for my pets. We have nine dogs, eight rabbits, nineteen cats and a partridge in a pear tree. Okay, I lied. We don't have a partridge (or a pear tree).

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  115. Puppygirl11/19/2012

    I'm thankful that Thanksgiving is celebrated in Canada in October. That way I can start talking about Christmas on November 1st. (My husband is thankful for that, too. So I keep telling him.)

    I'm thankful when my dogs stop fighting and pretend like they are good dogs.

    I'm thankful for my husband who puts up with all of us. (Though the dogs were his fault-- he was the one who picked them out. On second thought, I'm also his fault. He picked me out, too. Lucky boy.)

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  116. I am thankful for my BFF. I rent the apartment in her basement. The rent I pay her goes toward her total house payment that is hard to make since her husband is newly returned from deployment and doesn't have a job yet. But my wonderful friend is currently cutting me a break on my rent because I have been on disability since August when I broke my leg and ended up being diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. (Let this be all of y'alls reminder to get your mammogram!!! :) )

    I am also thankful that I found your blog because some days I just really need a laugh and I can always count on you!

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  117. I am thankful for family and friends who let me stay at their houses while I figure out what my illness is. Im also thankful for my mom and furbabies who are always there for me. And one more thing, Im thankful for the your blog because it makes me smile, and we all need to smile!

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  118. I am thankful for family and friends who let me stay at their houses while I figure out what my illness is. Im also thankful for my mom and furbabies who are always there for me. And one more thing, Im thankful for the your blog because it makes me smile, and we all need to smile!

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  119. I am thankful for my cat Boogerface. He is my wonderful little weirdo, and my best friend. He is also keeping my feet warm while I write this.

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  120. I am obsessed with the title, only because one of my kiddos at work L-O-V-E-S to dance to this song, and will in fact still do the accompanying "banana dance" if we dare play any other song.

    And therefore, I am thankful for these wonderful amazing children with whom I work, because my life would be so boring without them. (Also, kids are just cute.)

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  121. Hailey Erin11/19/2012

    I am thankful for my roommates and the fact that they keep me (somewhat) sane throughout my semester!

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  122. I am thankful for my healthy boychild who thinks he's a manchild and is rushing headlong into the scariest time in a parents life......the teen years!!!! Oh, the horror! I am also thankful for finding awesome people online this past year (ie. the Bloggess, and our dear, sweet, musical Lauren) who have encouraged me (totally unintentionally) to let my freak flag fly (so to speak) and to become more myself than I have previously been in front of people. Thanks for letting it all hang out Lauren!!!

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  123. I am so very thankful for my husband. We have been married 7 years today, together for 14, and I broke my knee ( seriously, BROKE MY KNEE) Saturday night. He has been awesome and supportive and wonderful. How can you not love a man who brings you Percoset and chocolate at equal intervals? I am so lucky.

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  124. I'm thankful for chocolate and ridiculous pop music that I can turn up loud and dance around my house to.

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  125. I'm thankful for the little aliens that live in my head and keep me company and for my Hubby who loves me because of them.

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  126. Ok so a goody box would be awesome because you make me laugh and smile.
    That being said, here is what I am thankful for-My very very best friend died of cancer last March at the age of 29, leaving behind a husband and a 7 year old son. I am so thankful that years ago my husband and I were determined that if we bought a house it had to be right by theirs, so that now I still get to spend lots of time with her husband and her son, and that my daughters love him like a brother, and that even though we have to do the holidays without her here this year, I am so thankful for the opportunity to keep her spirit alive for her son and to include her son and husband in all we do in the hopes that it will make this a little easier for them.
    And I am thankful for having had the opportunity to love her more than I have ever loved most people, because having known that kind of love for someone is priceless and I know that I am really quite lucky to have had her in my life, and thankful that I can love her still, even if I don't get to have her with me.
    And obviously NOT thankful for cancer, which can suck it big time.

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  127. im thankful that the GM's creepy brother in law (aka our IT troll) broke our computer, or at least the accounting software portion of it & it doesnt look like its going to be back up & running this week. guess whos getting 6 day PAID thanksgiving vacation? whats that? oh sorry, i gotta go, i hear my couch & tivo calling me.............

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  128. That's a sweet story, about the perfect amount of sausage biscuit. (I had to Google what a sausage biscuit is because that combination of words was unfamiliar to me.)

    I am thankful for my best friend, who understands me. I am thankful that I got to have my Grandma in my life as long as I did (she passed away last month). I am thankful for my friends from class who are becoming real friends, I hope, and without whom I don't know how I'd get through my studies during depressed periods. And I am thankful for you because you make me laugh and cheer me up and make me feel less alone in my anxiety and weirdness. (That's sincere, not sucking up to get a care package, but I am not above sucking up if need be.)

    Happy Thanksgiving Week!

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  129. Rachel M.11/20/2012

    I am thankful for my 5 year old daughter who keeps me young and makes every day fun with her quips and hugs!

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  130. Great post. :) I am thankful that my husband and I were able to get away for a much-needed date weekend recently and go run from zombies at the Run for Your Lives race in Maryland. In nearly twenty years of being together it was definitely one of the top three weekends we've ever spent together. The entire seven-hour drive there and back we kept looking at each other and saying, "We can do ANYTHING we want," and then giggling. Odd that you should mention crane games because I kept joking that we should just stop at a rest area, find one of those machines, and just stand by it silently--joyfully!--without having to repeat over and over, "No, you can't play the game. Nobody ever wins this game." Little did I know that I just need to have you come to Boston and teach my children the secret!

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  131. I am thankful that my son has discovered this creepy little laugh he can do. He laughes backwards... I giggle about it all day!

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  132. I am thankful for Skype and What's App for keeing me connected to my honey who is far far away, but most thankful to have the blessing of my dear mother to run off to that far far away place to spend Christmas and New Years in honey's arms! Happy Thanksgiving, Lauren ane Ryan!

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  133. I am thankful for you! You really make me laugh!

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  134. I love this post!! Because it is the little things most of the time that deserve the "thankfuls." I am thankful for my wedding. Not necessarily the wedding itself, although it was AMAZING, but more for the weekend and the occasion, because it really reminded Brian and I of how many people love us and were willing to travel from all over the country just to spend one day with us to celebrate us getting married. We live so far away from most of our family that it can sometimes feel lonely, and so I think we needed that reminder that no matter how long you go without seeing someone, or even hearing their voice, that you're just one plane ride away from picking up right where you left off. Our friends, and our family are all so fantastically loving and funny, and it was just the perfect day with them and with each other. :)

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  135. I am thankful that I live in a world with people like you! You can make me laugh (ok, giggle.... at work, when I so should be working and NOT playing on here)on days when the world is just kinda Blah....(work tends to cause the blahs). Oh and Lottery Tickets...cause I'm so gonna win....soon...hopefully.....

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  136. Jen Scherer11/20/2012

    I am thankful for my three kiddos, who make my life better and brighter every day. I am rooting for you on the baby thing Lauren- they're pretty terrific.

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  137. I'm thankful that my 10 year old still believes in Santa and the Tooth Fairy. It makes everything more fun.

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  138. TraceyM11/20/2012

    Thank you for this post! Just the pick me up I needed on a morning when I'm feeling down. Your blog always makes me smile.
    I could say I'm thankful for my husband, or my kids, or my home, which I am thankful for, but honestly, right now, I'm most thankful that this epically craptastic year is almost over. 2012 is going to go down in the books as one of the worst ever, only topped by the year my sister died, and right now I just want it OVER.

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  139. I am thankful for finding a career that has meaning to me and one where I feel like I can help others (I work as an advocate for individuals who have experiences sexual assault, stalking, or relationship violence on a college campus). I am also thankful for having a family and significant other who recognize how important this is to me and support me in my work.

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  140. I'm thankful for friends who keep me laughing each and every day, and for my nephew who makes my life brighter even when his 19-month-old grubby hands leave fingerprints and stickiness all over my iPhone.

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  141. I'm thankful that my last day of work is tomorrow!! I'm quitting to take a TEFL course and hopefully teach abroad next year (I'd love for everyone to cross their fingers and pray for me!)

    Anyway... I'm even more thankful because my coworker is my husband's aunt and she is absolutely insane!

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  142. I am thankful for popsicle sticks. And popsicles. But mostly the sticks. They are the perfect craft item in many, many ways.

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  143. absolutahnie11/20/2012

    thankful for my boyfriend who insists on making me lunch everyday because if he doesn't i won't eat anything until dinner time!

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  144. I am thankful for my awesome husband and our beautiful December born Christmas loving daughter. They are my world!

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  145. Jessica11/20/2012

    I am thankful for my family and friends, who make me laugh even when I want to strangle someone. :) Love your blog; you crack me up!

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  146. I am thankful for my boys (including my husband)! They are so much fun,even when they are up and puking in my bed (the husband doesnt puke in the bed!)! I asked my oldest what he was thankful for and he said Nuggets and French Fries. Awesome!

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  147. I am thankful for an IT department the doesn't block all the fun blogs that I wasted time on every date at work.

    I'm thankful for my little family. My husband and my daughter are the things I live for. Also, strangly enough, my in-laws. Their love and support are amazing, and I'm so lucky to have them.

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  148. I am thankful for my boys (including my husband)! They are so much fun,even when they are up and puking in my bed (the husband doesnt puke in the bed!)! I asked my oldest what he was thankful for and he said Nuggets and French Fries. Awesome!

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  149. Love this post!

    I am thankful for my husband, Ryan, and for the inspiration that has struck me over the head like a baseball bat. Can`t stop drawing, getting ideas, and smiling. That`s the best thing, ever!

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  150. I'm thankful for my 2 boys (the 3 year old and husband)

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  151. I am thankful first for my husband and children. They all bring me joy each & every day (yes, even my husband.)
    I am thankful for my little puppy too even when he poops on my brand new area rug & I am cleaning it up at 5am. Yes, I am thankful for him too.

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  152. I am thankful for my fiance. I've had so much on my plate this year, and he has helped support me and keep me sane.

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  153. This year I'm thankful for the new friend in my life who not only convinced me to try therapy, but also found me a therapist, called me before and after my first session to make sure I was ok, and continues to stand by my side when the crazy gets crazier. And also I'm thankful for my new puppy, because he's adorable and he runs into things more than I do.

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  154. Veronica11/20/2012

    I am grateful for the wonderful people I have in my life. My friends, my family, my boyfriend. They rock.

    And you ALSO rock for making me chuckle at my boring boring job. I'm totally gonna try to get high on biscuits.

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  155. I'm thankful for my daughter. She reminds me every day of all the the things I miss about being a kid, but I get to live through them again with her. Also she is really funny, and makes me laugh every day. I don't know where she got it because I am definitely not funny, but the girl has perfect timing when it comes to jokes. She has the ability to figure out the funny quotes in movies and repeats them at the perfect time. Did I mention she is only 6?

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  156. I'm just commenting because I get prodded by my Inner Voice to come out of lurkerdom sometimes when I read a good post. And not because I want to so badly win the cheer gift. Because, ahem ahem, I live in India and the postal charges to my city would be plain old injustice to you. Now I am throttling myself because I am about to write that it is indeed unending greed that made me comment all of a sudden.
    Sigh. Thank you very much, flippity fingers. My typing efficiency is one thing I am not thankful for.
    What I AM thankful for is a good home and content state of mind and an ink pen which is rolling off the table right now. The problem of plenty is something I am thankful for.

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  157. I'm thankful for my kid. She saved me in a thousand ways she'll never know....and getting high on biscuits. :) Happy Thanksgiving.

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  158. Besides all the normal stuff people are thankful for like family and friends and good food, I'm thankful for good memories, and pictures. Life hasn't always been sunshine and roses, but there are good memories that will always outweigh the bad. Some of those amazing memories have even been captured on film and I can look at them on a regular basis and reminisce and remember little things that we forget when life gets insane.

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  159. I am thankful for my family, friends, and pumpkin pie. I am thankful I am able to go to school full time, do well, and remain working full time. I am also thankful for the internets where I find awesome blogs like this one, and even better, have awesome, funny, and gorgeous writers!

    Happy Turkey Day!

    PS - You should know, I totally read "It's Pumpkin Pie and Turkey Time" in the PB & J melody before seeing you side note!

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  160. I'm thankful that my eyes still work well enough to read all the books I've yet to read, and all the blog posts you've yet to write!

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  161. Anonymous11/20/2012

    I'm thankful my family understands sometimes I crack myself up, it is a trait I am thankful to have passed down to my children.

    Kelly D

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  162. I am thankful for you because you brighten my day when you post. No, I'm not sucking up, it's true. I'm also thankful for my husband for putting up with me and my 4 son's (when I don't want to kill them all or leave them on the side of the road somewhere).

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  163. I'm thankful for a close family, best friends, a comfortable home, the ability to travel, good books, nieces and nephews, a (somewhat) reliable car, and a job I love. I'm so blessed.

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  164. I am thankful for finding your blog. Becasue sometimes when I am having a bad day (like today!) I come here and I read about how you are wonderful and you do silly things and I don't feel like I am the only quirky person on the planet (I swear this was all a compliment).

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  165. I am thankful that at the ripe old age of 30 I still have all four of my grandparents and they are relatively healthy. And talk to me every week, even my grandfather who is mostly deaf. (Those are the best phone calls because then he emails me to make sure I caught what he was saying . . . I am not deaf). I am also grateful that my three siblings and I are so close and equally gross to the point our significant others never want to read our texts to each other :-) Not the most grown up list, but all true!

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  166. I am so blessed by my daughter, Kate. She regularly fills my days with joy (by hacking my iPhone and leaving mustachioed pictures of herself all over it, and by smiling and singing random songs about Borscht and baby talking to my dogs that are much, much larger than her)and I am so thankful for her presence in my life. And for run-on sentances full of love.

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  167. As a single mama, who lost my mama in 2007, I am thankful for my two girls.

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  168. I'm thankful for writers like you who keep me entertained with books and blogs throughout the year! I'm also thankful for cheese.

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  169. I am thankful for the B Team - which is what we call our group of friends. The B Team is the best team :)

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  170. Today I am especially thankful for coffee because my life justbkeeps getting nuttier and I am short on sleep!

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  171. I am thankful for my sister, who created a Pinterest board called "I hope your monkey has an accident" and totally cracking me up when I was feeling grumpy and out of sorts with the whole world. She rocks.

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  172. I am thankful for the cheese guy, who taught me how to be a cheesemonger at a farmer's market this one time that it was raining, and I worked for cheese (yes, you CAN get paid in cheese), and then kept asking me to come back to sell cheese for cheese. He also taught me about fancy cheeses that I had never heard of and are now some of my favorites. I mean really...it's cheese, which makes everything taste better.

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  173. Anonymous11/20/2012

    I am thankful that we are surviving the economy and can still afford our home!

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  174. Gah! I had a BYOLC wedding in my parents backyard and it was the freaking apex of awesomeness. Still had the flowers and cake and great food and enough alcohol to keep the entire town drunk for a week, but none of the stress. Best. Day. Ever.

    And I'm thankful my husband is just as weird as I am, so when I dance around the kitchen in my socks, singing about how great beets are to try and convince our daughter to eat them, he joins right in and adds a verse about how green beans are made of magic.

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  175. I am super thankful for my daughter. She's the most hilarious and amazing little peanut in the whole world!

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  176. Chandra11/20/2012

    I am thankful for my 2 little kids, they make me laugh everyday, almost as much as they drive me completely bonkers.

    Also my husband whole never fails to, at least a once a week, pull his pant/shorts/ boxers whatever up to his armpits and dance around and sing like an idiot and chase our son to tickle him

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  177. I am thankful for my job and co-workers...I finally have a job I really like to come to for 10 hours (boooo!) and they are so much fun and the funniest people I know! I am also thankful that I have a job to support my family, although I wish hubby was a billionaire so I didn't have to work. But since I DO have to work, I'm glad I like it :)

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  178. I am thankful for the man at the grocery store who made a Thanksgiving week trip a little less hectic by not only wearing a fake bird on his shoulder but also by tweeting a little song the entire time we were waiting in the checkout line. Also, to his wife who just kept on with their conversation as if this were 100% normal.

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  179. I am thankful for surviving the last year.

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  180. Emily M11/20/2012

    I am thankful for my 17 month old son. He is amazing and hilarious, even when he decides that 2 am is an appropriate time to play with all my baking pans.

    I am thankful for my job, teaching science and math to teenagers can be difficult, but I love every moment of it. Except last week when a girl's hair caught fire during a lab.

    I am thankful for my husband, who works very hard at 2 jobs, and then comes home and puts up with me :)

    I am thankful that here in Canada Thanksgiving is in October, so as soon as Hallowe'en is over it is time to start decorating for Christmas! We have had decorations up for 2 weeks already, and this is totally normal!!!

    PS I am also thankful for your blog. It is hilarious, and I often reread old posts while playing with pots and pans at 2 am!

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  181. I am thankful that I get to bake the Thanksgiving pies this year. This means they will live up to my high standards of Thanksgiving pie.

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  182. I am thankful that I get to make the Thanksgiving pies this year, because I have very high standards for pie.

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  183. I am thankful for the baby that is currently growing in my belly. Many years ago I was told this was not a possibility, but our little miracle took us by surprise. : )

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  184. I am thankful that after years of struggling through the wrong career and very difficult schooling, I am able to financially sustain myself. I can help other people now, like they helped me. AWESOME feeling to bless others.

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  185. I am thankful for my student who asked if creating viable offspring was like the difference between "a human marrying a human" and "a monkey marrying a human". And the one who drew a pooping unicorn on his lab packet. They really know how to celebrate the season.

    Camille

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  186. Hi Lauren, I am thankful for the giggles reading your blog at work brings. Because everyone needs giggles at work.

    I am thankful that my kids are happy and healthy. Especially when they get hurt and I watch them try to overcome their injury, because it is just temporary and not a permanent disability. Those kids deserve a freaking medal.

    I am thankful for my beautiful spouse. Especially when he tells me that ‘your vagina is not a clown car yet’ and we can start trying for another baby. Even when the two we have drive us bonkers and never give us any time alone which means it may take us YEARS to make another one. My love keeps me from going batshit crazy, and I am thankful for that every day.

    It is never too early to say Happy Christmas Lauren. So Happy Christmas! And thank you for letting us into your world. We love your words Lauren which means we love you. Thank you for giving so much of yourself to us.

    Happy Christmas!

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  187. Lauren you are such a treat. Your wit makes me smile even during my most "meh" days. I am thankful for finding your blog to brighten my day, even for 5 minutes. That sounds like butt-kissing though so I'll also throw in that I am thankful for my health. Too many bad things going down now to not recognize that simple gift.

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  188. I am thankful for your blog and the two others that I limit myself to reading at work. They keep me semi-sane. And I am thankful for my family, but I swear if my sister-in-law asks me again if I took her fork last Thanksgiving one more time, I am going to pull out a spare fork from my purse and stick it in her forehead. No, I won't do that. But I will want to. I didn't take her fork. Maybe she should ask her mother-in-law that lives with her and that has dimentia? Idk..... Ugh, not looking forward to turkey day, but I am looking forward to your blog. Thanks, Lauren, for being funny.

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  189. Heather11/20/2012

    I'm thankful for many things including (but definitely not limited to) - my family (both the one I was born with and the one I've created for myself), the magic of chemotherapy (which proves that sometimes it pays to not say NO to drugs, and is helping to ensure my best friend's long and happy existence), the 192 books (and counting) that I still have left to read, and the third greatest gift *laughter* (Bonus points if you get that reference!). Happy Thanksgiving Lauren!

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  190. I am thankful for electricity and for pie and that my children are still young enough that I have all the high scores on Just Dance 3. I am relatively new to your blog and I am grateful that I found it - you are a hoot.
    cheers!

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  191. I am thankful for my niece and nephew who keep me endlessly entertained. I can't wait until your blog contains stories of the many children you and Ryan will have. :)

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  192. I am thankful for my husband who keeps me sane (or at least tries to) when everything else seems crazy. And I'm thankful that we finally have a house and can host thanksgiving dinner this year even if my in-laws invited themselves once again and husband's sister will probably drive me crazy or start crying when she's not the center of attention, if she announces she's pregnant though I'm leaving and finding the nearest bar.

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  193. If I just had to name one... I'm thankful for my husband Dave - because he didn't run when I told him during our first phone call (before we met face to face) that I was the craziest person I know... and now when I do all the crazy things - he still stays and just shakes his head and says "I really thought you were kidding".... He gets me...He lets me be me...and he laugs AT me (which really ticks me off - but it's how he gets through my crazies).

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  194. I am thankful for a husband who loves to make Thanksgiving dinner and makes an Incredible pumpkin cheesecake!!

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  195. Samantha Stephens11/20/2012

    I am thankful for my baby girl, who will no doubt do some amazing things one day... when she's done wearing diapers & can, you know, talk :)

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  196. I am thankful for my dog Porter. He is crazy and overly emotional and eats everything. Basically, he makes me feel better about myself. Just like watching Teen Mom.

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