For these things I am thankful

In no particular order, these are just a few of the many blessings that have made 2012 the best year of my life:

  • my apartment — it’s taken many years of survival in New York City, but I finally have a supercute apartment in a neighborhood I love as a reward for my persistence
  • my dog, Max, who has made it through another year of canine life without any major health crises
  • all of my dear readers, who have given me assurance that I am not completely wasting my time by writing stories about themes in girls’ lives
  • my coworker who sends me funny memes of fat, dancing, angry, and snuggling cats to brighten my days, and my coworkers who venture with me to Starbucks for sanity breaks and inspire me with their work ethic, generosity, and ambition
  • my friend who reads all of my work to give me feedback before I finish manuscripts
  • the good health and support of my family — we are so fortunate to have each other
  • my baby niece and nephew, who are both beautiful and hilarious
  • keratin hair straightening — for real, this has changed my life
  • Mayor Bloomberg taking charge before and after the hurricane — the hurricane was bad, but things could have been so much worse if we didn’t have such a strong leader in New York

And I’m thankful for a million other things, big and small, some frivolous, and some important, including my young friend Eddie’s recovery from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma this year, the little squirrels who hang out on my fire escape and greet me each morning, sunny days,  piping hot soy lattes, long naps, Daniel Craig as James Bond (hubba hubba), this season of The Walking Dead, the outgoing neighborhood cat named Biscuit who lets me pet him, democracy in the U.S. and the right to vote, my functioning computer, journalists who risk their lives in dangerous places to bring us the news, and the friendliness of my local deli guys, who make Theraflu for me when I am sick and sneak miniature Ritter Sport chocolates into my bag. I have a beautiful life and I am thankful for a day off from work each year to reflect on how graced my existence is, especially because on this day it is 100% acceptable to eat unlimited quantities of pie. This is my very favorite time of year, guys, and I hope all of you are filling your hearts with love today in preparation for the next few weeks of holiday fun.

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