Time to slaughter some turkey, bitches!

Fuck yes! Doesn't he look excited?! The kid, I mean...

Yes, it’s that time of year again.  Honestly, I can’t believe it is already Thanksgiving and getting closer to Christmas everyday.  It may be freaking me out a little.  I am looking forward to many things on this holiday.  First, the long break – obviously.  This work week is only 2 1/2 days for me and I will enjoy the much needed days off to spend with friends and family.  Second, spending Thanksgiving with my mom and boyfriend.  I honestly can’t remember how many years it has been since I have spent a Thanksgiving with my mother and having her in Las Vegas now is a great addition to this year’s festivities.  Having Mike with us is as well.  He already got to meet my little absent minded mom briefly, not too long ago.  She likes him, he likes her, he likes my accent that magically appears when I talk to her…it will be fabulous.  Third, I will be making dinner this year.  I have not made Thanksgiving dinner for a group since I was with my ex and I am so looking forward to it.  I dreaded holidays with him and having my home bustling with people, feeding them and making them happy, is an amazing gift.  Warmth and love come to mind.  Too bad I don’t have a real fireplace.  I had this vision of inviting everyone I knew that didn’t have family and didn’t have anywhere to go on Thanksgiving over to my house.  It is really a great idea and one year, when I have an actual house and not a small condo…I might just do that.  Or maybe I’ll be ambitious next year.  I miss my domestic side.  Mike, poor thing, will get to see my OCD and need for control in full effect…but I guess it’s good that we go ahead and get that out of the way.  I really rocked domesticity during the periods where I stayed home with the kids…when I wasn’t fully depressed and in my pajamas all day. Heh.  Anyway…
In the spirit of Thanksgiving and conformity (since everyone else is doing it, too), I will list a few things that I am grateful for.  I tend to be an over-positive person and appreciate the little things, so I will try to stick to major things that I am thankful for this year and leave the little chipmunk that I see at work out of the mix.
My home and my job.  In this economy, I am so thankful that I was able to find this job with this group of amazing women.  It also led to me finally finding a home that I am so happy to be in…it is the first time that my kids have had their own rooms in forever and the first time that they have been in a place for more than 1 year since I don’t remember when.  I am so glad that I am able to provide them with the stability they deserve.
Mine and my childrens’ health. I don’t think this needs any explanation.
Mike.  He showed up as Mr. Amazing, out of the blue, just when I was starting to think that there might not be a person in my near future that was meant just for me.  I never really understood that whole “he’s my other half” soul mate stuff or when people talk about having an empty space inside or missing pieces or something.  I told myself it was total crap, but hoped that it wasn’t every time I felt alone. Then he hugged me, took me to paint pottery, and fit himself right into my puzzle.  I don’t think I will ever be the same.
My truck.  It is a beast of a vehicle.  It is ugly (in my eyes, it has character).  It is the most awesome truck ever.  It has given me no problems this year what-so-ever, no matter how much I beat it up and use the shit out of it.  I love that truck.  I am keeping my promise to give her the love and attention she deserves when I get my tax return next year.  Mama’s gonna fix that body and make her all pretty again, I swear!
My friends.  That includes the ones that may have come into my life and left again, for whatever reason.  I am an accumulation of everyone that has crossed my path and if they are no longer around me, then hopefully I took away with me the lessons that I was supposed to learn.  But to all my constant friends, I love you.  Some of you I have known for years, but I feel like none of my friendships have blossomed more than they have in the last two years.  You guys make me laugh and my life wouldn’t be the same without you.  I still am not sure how I ended up being labeled the wild one (ok. that’s a flat-out lie.)  I think it’s their fault.  Hehehe.
My mother.  Words cannot express how utterly fantastic it is to have her around.  We spend time together on a weekly basis and I am so glad that she is finding her niche in this city.  She is allowing me the gift of having family around and she is also allowing me to create a life for myself, as an individual, by graciously spending time with the kids when I need it.  We continue to build our mother/daughter relationship and I am thankful that she made the decision to move closer to me.

I think I may just leave it at that.  Those are very generic things to be thankful for, but for very good reasons.  I could have been creative and said vibrators, because beer-drinking Jesus knows that I have gotten good use out of those this year.  Or PBR, booty calls, Red Handed Tattoo Gallery, Facebook, men in general…
But I’m keepin’ it clean.  Sort of.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!  Eat lots of dead animals, mass amounts of pie, get drunk with your family (whether it is for fun or just so you can stand being around them), enjoy your day off, and go topless at least once.  It’s an order.  And send good vibes my way that I won’t ruin Thanksgiving dinner. (hahaha. i said “vibes”)

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