Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Simple Things...

I find myself complaining about things more often than being thankful.  So I'm compiling a list, but it's by no means complete.

Things that I'm thankful for...

  • a cup of delicious, chocolaty Ovaltine.
  • a Three Stooges short with Curly (and not Shemp or Joe).
  • instant sports results via my iPhone.
  • lazy Saturday mornings with my sweet daughter and Faithful Pup Scout.
  • a late summer evening drive with the top down.
  • the start of football season.  Go Terps!  Here we go, Steelers!
  • diners at breakfast.
  • the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.
  • my Tivo.
  • any movie starring Jimmy Stewart.
  • Laura Benanti.
  • maps.
  • Oldsmobile 442s.
  • pizza.  Any kind, really.  I've only met a couple of pizzas I haven't liked.

  • almost five years of wonderful marriage.
  • young love. Romantic love.  True love.  Godly love.  Past love.  Forbidden love.  Unrequited love.  Brotherly love.  New love.
  • Pixar.
  • the music and musicianship of Yes...
  • October baseball.  Go Bucs!
  • March Madness.
  • awesome, loving, supportive parents.
  • the City of Pittsburgh.
  • the relaxing Saturday night service at Grace.
  • a great message by Mark Norman, Mitchel Lee, Tom Kaylor, Jim Shirlen, or Chester "Pap" Freed.
  • roller coasters, especially the Loch Ness Monster, Millennium Force, the Thunderbolt, Apollo's Chariot, and the Cyclone.
  • New York City.
  • Chipotle.
  • Godzilla movies.

  • women who respect themselves, but don't take themselves too seriously.
  • faith.
  • a great smile.
  • our US servicemen and women.
  • Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream.
  • "Take Five" and "Forty Days" by the Dave Brubeck Quartet and the incredible alto sax playing of Paul Desmond, my biggest musical influence.
  • the Black Hills of South Dakota.
  • road trips.
  • western Maryland.
  • snow!
  • community.
  • friendship.
  • back and shoulder massages.
  • health.
  • happiness.
  • God's love, grace, and blessings!
Have a great weekend, everyone!

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