30 Things I Am Thankful For

30 Things I Am Thankful For

It's that time of year again
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It's that time of year again folks, where we sit down and stuff our faces, try not to claw the eyes of our unruly relatives out, and then start the consumerist, capitalist agenda that is Black Friday. But on a more serious and lighter note, I believe that Thanksgiving marks the beginning of winter and the last section of the year. With anything that is coming to a close, it's good to take time and reflect. Thanksgiving is a time where it forces you to ask yourself what you are thankful for. As I begin my reflections over the shitty-ass 2016, this list has reminded me that not everything is terrible and grim.

Things I am thankful for:

1. My mentors, past and present: Jonathan Cunningham, Sylvie McQuade and Roberta Fuhr

2. The good relationship I have with most of my family

3. Being able to afford a higher education

4. Growing up with both sides of my family having really good taste in food

5. The friends that I have made at school who make me laugh so hard that I cry

6. The friends that live across the states and the globe who are still in contact with me

7. My goddamn health

8. Growing up in an ethnically diverse and liberal part of the world

9. My mother never giving up on my stubborn ass about learning German

10. The people who have fought for the rights that I have today; the people that are willing to fight tooth and nail for others’ rights

11. To have been able to travel and see different parts of the world

12. To have met people from different backgrounds and with different experiences that they are willing to share

13. Small/local businesses that do well and don’t go out of business

14. The healing powers of a good cup of tea, a cat on your lap, and a good cry

15. Public transportation

16. Drag queens that have inspired my confidence and helped me become less anxious about everything

17. My mother’s strong will with everything

18. My stepfather for actively being in my life for the past 12 years and being the best father figure I could ask for

19. The relationships that have been rekindled

20. How close my family actually is, even though we don’t always get along

21. That I have clean water

22. Being able to see, touch, feel, smell and taste

23. To have experienced two different millenniums

24. The editors of UNHhhh, my favorite web series.

25. To having been exposed to powerful and inspiring characters, real and fiction

26. The ability to taste and be able to use food as a way to bring people together

27. I am lucky enough to have gotten to experience low-land snow growing up

28. That I have the strength and will power to keep pushing through hard times

29. All the resources my school offers me, even though I don’t use them very often

30. To not have experienced a World War in my lifetime

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15 Texts We'd Get From Dogs If They Had Thumbs

"If you're reading this, send Milk Bones."
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Let's be real, anyone who has a dog knows that it if we could, we would text our dogs all day long. If they could text us, our thread would look something like...

1. "Are you coming home soon?! Let's go out!"

2. "So not to be weird... but you never ended up answering me last night... Am I the good boy? Idk I just want to be clear on our relationship I don't want to be lead on if I'm not."

3. "The cat is being such a bit** I literally can't stand her"

4. "Hey, just wondering, are you going to wear those black booties tonight? If you are, I'll chew the zipper out of the brown ones instead."

5. "Okay, so don't freak out, but something not so chill happened on the rug..."

6. "Are there any leftovers in the trash? I'm not gonna get into it, I was just curious. Love u."

7. "If you're reading this... bring Milk Bones."

8. "Hey, what's for dinner tonight?! Purina again?"

9. "Miss you!!"

10. "Are you gonna eat that food on the counter or is that for everyone? Asking for the cat."

11. "I LOVE YOU"

12. "OMG, I can't wait for you to come home on break! Can you sleep in the guest room tho? Mom said I could have your room when you moved out. Love u!"

13. "Ice cream date later?!"

14. "We should go for a walk I need to get my ass back in shape for summer. You should be my workout buddy!"

15. "Netflix and chill tonight?"

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What Your Favorite Thanksgiving Food Says About You

What Thanksgiving food is your favorite?

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As Thanksgiving is fast approaching and family members start rolling with loads of food in tow, figure out what your favorite Thanksgiving food says about you.

1. The Turkey

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You are a traditionalist, you are dependable as well as patient. You depend on your dish to be there and you are patient as others argue over dark to light as you know there will be plenty to go around after the mad rush is over.

2. The Stuffing

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You are the warm and fuzzy type, you enjoy the coziest of all dishes which can sometimes leave you emotionally exhausted. You believe in true love and if you haven't found it you are still probably looking for that missing Turkey in your life.

3. The Mash Potatoes 

Potato, pattern, shadow and light HD photo by Lars Blankers (@lmablankers) on Unsplash

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While some will consider you basic and they aren't wrong in thinking so but you do occasionally add some spice to your daily planned out routine. The pondering question of to add gray or to not does add a little mix into your life.

4. The Rolls

Yeast buns with jam photo by Monika Grabkowska (@moniqa) on Unsplash

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You enjoy the simple things in life, even the simplest of things bring you great joy and happiness. Fall is full of the little things that make you happy the color changing of leaves, the giggle of a baby at your family gathering, fall is a wonderful time for you.

5. The Cranberry Dish

Rustic Cranberry Pie photo by Food Photographer | Jennifer Pallian (@foodess) on Unsplash

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You are sweet and sassy, when life becomes tart you sugar coat your problems in a way that keeps you from having to deal with them directly. So as the weather begins to get icy think about meeting your problems head on!

6. The Vegetable 

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You are conscious, you feel the holidays are no reason to get crazy and forget all about your healthy eating. You gladly signed up for this year's turkey trot because getting healthy is always a conscious choice!

7. The Pie

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You are quite the rebel whether you show it or keep it in the inside you know you want your dessert first! You enjoy having fun and don't feel like waiting around to have your pie and eat it, too.

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