Thursday, November 25, 2010

time to give thanks

autumn in oslo

i don't understand why thanksgiving isn't an international holiday. i think it's the best holiday of them all. a day that's completely about hanging out with your family, eating loads of special food, playing lots of games (if you're a member of my family) and thinking about being grateful. but alas, i'm in manila. working. and while it's fun to crack the whip, i do wish i could at least do it with the smell of roasted turkey wafting in the air around me.  we will manage to find a thanksgiving feast this evening (happily, there are many Filipinos with family the US, so lots of places serve turkey and all the fixins).

but regardless of where you are, thanksgiving is a great time to think about the things for which you are grateful.

i'm grateful for...

...working with the group of people i'm working with these days - they make me laugh and they impress and amaze me with their thinking and creativity.

...being able to bring sabin along with me and share this beautiful place with her.

328:365 home away from home


...the staff and service at the Manila Peninsula hotel - they are kind, friendly and simply top-notch.

...the international herald tribune.

...a husband who can build stuff. and loves to.

...my macbook air, iPhone, iPad and iMac (sorry, apple goes on the grateful list every year - i'm generally grateful for good design.)

...free public wi-fi.

...film cameras.

...people who share their inspiring creativity online and in real life.

...those people who get me. really get me.

...gmail video chat.

so here's wishing all of you a happy thanksgiving! thank you for stopping by my little corner of the blosophere! and happy thanksgiving from a warm, sunny  manila.

10 comments:

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Hello Julie

Thanksgiving is a time to be greatful and this is a very important Thanksgiving for me, because I have been giving a second chance at life!

I enoyed reading your list!

Best
Tracy :)

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Sorry--I enjoyed reading your list

Char said...

that is a lot to be grateful for - life is good, very good, and as my father would have said, much better than the alternative. ha.

hope you have a wonderful weekend.

nacherluver said...

I am thankful for my family and friends, my husband's job which supports us, the food that will nourish us later today, and the time I have to clean up this house!!! before everyone gets here to eat!

Wishing you a blessed day from the cold and cloudy midwest.

Gran said...

Wonderful post! I hope you are having a great day.

Sammi said...

Happy Thanksgiving Julie, hope you have an awesome time in Manila...

I totally agree, really why isn't thanksgiving an international holiday... if only for Black Friday afterwards :D

heidikins said...

Happy Thanksgiving, my dear Julochka. I hope your Philippine turkey dinner was fantastic. ;)

xox

Marilynne said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too. We are also far from home, but with our family so it's a happy occasion. You surprised me by being in Manila. At least it isn't all that cold there.

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

As always, a joy to visit your blog and read of your thankfulnesses...

Joanna Jenkins said...

The Peninsula Hotel anywhere in the wold is pretty darn great and much to be thankful for. Pure paradise!

And I'm with you-- Thanksgiving SHOULD be an international holiday so everyone takes a moment to give thanks.

Hope you're having fun! jj