Wednesday, February 01, 2012

What Three Things Are You Grateful For Today?

As regular readers of this blog will know, I am a devoted fan of ShelfAwareness. I'm a particular fan of Marilyn Dahl, the book review editor, who is very influential in my book buying choices (MATTERHORN springs to mind, as does DARK END OF THE STREET.)

I read her article in the Readers edition of Shelf Awareness about gratitude.  It's here: Resolution Restart

Here are the three things I am grateful for today:

1. Cafe Bustello. It's a consistent pleasure to drink this coffee every morning.

2. Being able to work from home on days like today when the galloping crud is having its evil way with me.

3.  Marilyn Dahl of course. 

What three things are on today's list for you?


Ali Trotta said...

1. Coffee. Without it, I am an unintelligible heap of vowels and consonants.
2. Pink notebooks, purple post-its, and lavender pens. Without those, I am horribly unorganized.
3. My folks. Whenever I have news, good or bad, they listen. Sometimes, they mock, but teasing is an affectionate act in their case. :-)

Leah said...

1. My daughter's preschool teacher has agreed to let her NOT NAP, so she will go to bed at a reasonable hour and I can resume my writing career;

2. I have a haircut scheduled for tomorrow; and

3. Chocolate and red wine. I am always grateful for those.

Patty Blount said...

1. Chocolate.
2. Books
3. My boys. (You've met one!)

Oh, and not necessarily in that order.

AngiNicole said...

Three things -
1. Coffee..that's a given.
2. That my horribly evil cold/bronchitis/small demon living in my chest is beginning to pack and move on.
3. February is one month closer to spring.

Benjamin LeRoy said...

1. Words and the geniuses who commit them to paper/e reader/audio permanence.

2. The great people in my life who have been equally as permanent. That list includes you, Janet.

3. This spring weather masquerading as winter. February in Wisconsin is bearable this year. I appreciate that.

Nathan Rudy said...

1) My wife and daughter being healthy;
2) The YMCA membership we just bought as a family;
3) NJ Giants in the SuperBowl!

Cindy C said...

1. Sunshine and warmth on February 1!

2. Creative and talented people who provide me with books, music, and movies

3. Friends and family who listen to me whine and like me anyway

Michael G-G said...

1. My wife, who for almost 22 years has schlepped off to work so I can stay home and write.

2. My kids, the three amigos, who are the reason I don't write as much as I should.

3. My eyesight, so I can read, write, and chauffeur the kids as necessary.

Another devoted fan of "the beloved" Shelf Awareness.

Calorie Bombshell said...

(1) A wonderful employer who allows me to work from home - especially today with a similar galloping curd
(2) Coconut almond tea
(3) A cat with silky fur who loves me no matter what

Evangeline said...

1. Mama cooked a breakfast with no hog.
2. Nobody I know got killed in South Central LA
3. I didn't even have to use my AK

Sage Ravenwood said...

1. My blind working dog. I'm not blind she is. I'm deaf and she's been my ears for six years now before she began to lose her sight.

2. The things I still hear through Pickles - the new sounds she still alerts me too.

3. My laptop which gives me the freedom to write whenever.


Rebekkah Niles said...

1. Delicious hot tea.
2. Having a full-time job with a company I like and coworkers I get along with.
3. Brazillian wandering spiders and Australian funnel spiders don't live in America.

Feaky Snucker said...

1. FINALLY having a job that I LOVE. Being a librarian fills me with more glee and fulfillment than is entirely wholesome. There's a world of difference between having a job you don't hate, and having a job you love. I get to connect readers to books and authors they might have missed, and maybe put a book in their hands that changes their life. I also get to fondle the shiny new books when no one's looking!

2. Music that doesn't provoke my synaesthesia. I'm a singer and composer so it's easy for me to make this music, but when bands make music I can listen to, it makes me feel like skipping around throwing hundred dollar bills around so others can experience the joy. *I don't, seeing as how I'm poor. But I would if I could.

3. All the industry professionals who share their time and expertise with me (mostly indirectly) online. There are too many to list here, but writers, editors, publishers, agents - they get me one step closer to getting published by showing me both what to do, and what not to do. Not only that, it makes me feel like I'm a real part of a community. It's way too easy to isolate myself (just ask my husband), but these daily distractions, I mean, interactions - are sometimes the only perk in a day of self doubt.


Natalie Zaman said...

1. Marisol for my lovely haircut <3
2. My iPad--very handy and always something new to discover.
3. Vincent and the Mert for not getting up on time--we got a few extra minutes to chat driving to school :)

<3 Nat

Anne-Marie said...

1. It's February in Toronto and the temperatures are in the 40s!
2. My dog did not track the mud from the dog park past the front hall on our way in!
3. I have flavoured coffee (Belgian chocolate!) and fresh strawberries win front of me as I settle down to write for the afternoon!

Alejandra Ramos said...

1. Being able to make my own hours and work from home. I'm currently typing this (and other work) while stretched out across my bed wearing satin pajamas and a towel turban.

2. Gorgeous 60 degree weather in New York City in February

3. Toast. Made from homemade whole wheat bread that I brushed with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkled with flaky kosher salt, and toasted until just slightly charred on a hot cast iron skillet.

Sheila JG said...

Big 3 - family, friends, and health. Little 3 - the library - it has the book I'm looking for. The policeman who parked next to the crossing guard this morning so she didn't get run over. My son started the laundry w/o being asked.

This reminds me of an article I read about a Happiness Class at Stanford, because the students keep a daily gratitude journal. One assignment is to go out of your way to thank someone for their work. When a football player thanked the woman who cleaned his dorm bathroom, she burst into tears. Nobody had ever thanked her before.

BW said...

1) Hot Tea - with caffene of course

2) Chocolate - Can't live without it.

3) My job - It pays the bills and it is a good place to work at.

The Busy Author said...

I recently decided that I'm grateful that the font in my upcoming book is a serif, that my house has one of those circle designs where you can walk from the kitchen to the living room to the hallway and back to the kitchen, and of course, I'm grateful for coffee.

gregkshipman said...

1. That it's no longer 58 below zero (like Sunday past)

2. heat

3. the forecast for above zero tomorrow

Interior Alaska's a bitch in the winter!

Sara said...

1. Warm weather. Nearly 60 in Boston?! YES!
2. 10-pound rescue mutt. Scruffy and full of love.
3. Dark chocolate-covered pretzel thins from Trader Joe's. Holy yum.

Just Jan said...

1. Intelligent, compassionate, and dedicated employees. Our business couldn't function without them.

2. My biggest cheerleader--my mom. I probably don't tell her often enough.

3. Two dogs. They expect nothing, so anything I offer sends them into transports of joy. Wish everyone had this reaction!

Bonus: Red flowers on a snowy day.

Hope you're feeling better soon.

Britni Patterson said...

I'm thankful for

1) My husb and daughter. I'm lucky to be married to a brilliant, funny man who will have cardboard tube fights with me, and my daughter is objectively considered adorable by many sources.

2) The tea leaf, without which, I would be a goo puddle.

3) Having a roof, food, and enough money to cover our bills month to month.

Also, that I have so far avoided the norovirus outbreak in my home state.

Unknown said...

1) A car that allows me to not spend four hours on the bus each day :)

2) Pandora radio

3) Hot tea

E. Arroyo said...

My mom makes great Cafe Bustello, though, um, it looks more like tar. =)

Unknown said...

1. Corn Dog Nuggets
2. Grandparents
3. A shower

Carolynnwith2Ns said...

1. Indoor plumbing.
2. Eeee...lectricity.
3. Comfortable underwear.

And because my laptop would work in the middle of the woods regardless of flushing and power(for about 3 hours anyway)I'll add it as a braless and bottomless footnote.
Naked in the woods, tapping on a lapstop, scary thought that.

Elissa M said...

1. Sunshine

2. Firewood

3. Most of the snow has melted and the mud has dried.

Unknown said...

1. My kids (They're singing some Little Mermaid right now)

2. 2nd day in a row of writing.

3. The Vanilla Snack Pack Pudding I just had. Those are yummy.

Kate said...

1. My family.
2. Gainful self-employment.
3. Endless learning opportunities.

Fiona Paul said...

1. Freakishly warm weather :)
2. Twitter--makes it so easy to spread the love
3. Friends who totally get (and support) my insanely hectic schedule

T.L. Byford said...

1. My Senseo coffee maker.
2. Sugar.
3. York Peppermint creamer!

Terri Coop said...

1. The fact that I'm professional enough to balance three jobs and keep one step ahead of the wolf at my door.

2. The fact that I'm carefree enough to squee over things like sending my prize booty to the author for autographs and running a meme blog devoted to creepy clowns.

3. That I'm healthy enough to enjoy both (with tea to fuel me).


Heroin Jones said...

1. My six year old daughter. She keeps me laughing. Now if I can only get her to do her homework without a battle... Feed the brain kid.

2. Mad geniuses and the works they have created; Poe, Salvador Dali, Van Gogh, Beethoven, Oscar Wilde, Monet, Keith Richards, Lord Byron, Twain, Michelangelo, Tom Waits, Billie Holiday, Hemingway, Kerouac, Charlie Parker, Jimmy Page, Iggy Pop, Jim Carroll... It's OK to be nuts as long as you're creative.

3. New York City because I don't have to drive, cook or ever be bored. Bookstores, museums, galleries... I can buy clothes that don't look like Tommy Pajamas. Plus it's the only place I know that I can get those chocolate Neccos. If there was a surf break off of Chelsea it would be F'n heaven.

Unknown said...

Sleep, rain, and antibiotics.

Dale said...

being able to do what I love- writing
a character interview which went up today with Abby Donovan one of the main characters from Streets on a Map, my latest novel

Anonymous said...

1. My husband.
2. Skype, so I can keep in constant contact with said husband. (We live in 2 different countries at the moment)
3. Chocolate.

Ash said...

1. Cold showers. At the moment, walking outside is comparable to walking through luke-warm soup! Bleh. Summer in Australia, need I say more?
2. Books. Is there any better way to spend free time?
3. My ever caring Mum. She consistantly puts up with my morning crankies and will read whatever I put in front of her :)

the author said...

1. Tea. This morning Irish breakfast. I don't leave my bed without it.

2. My dogs. Look at these faces. Who wouldn't be grateful to be the object of their adoration?

3. Mom. Among the many fabulous things she does when she visits, she keeps the laundry from breeding.