There’s a lot going on in my life still. There usually is. It’s part of why I’ve let this hiatus from daily blogging go on a little longer than I had originally planned. There’s still unknowns at work, although I’ve now met my new boss and I like her so far. I think she has some good ideas and will be supportive. That’s a relief. I’m still worried about our health insurance changes. And my car insurance, which will double when Emma finally gets her license. And finishing my degree before the teaching position I’m working towards gets filled and I lose my chance. There’s talk of early retirement initiatives and the person who said he’d try to wait to retire until I had my Masters degree may find it too hard to resist a good early retirement package. Those are just a few of the things distracting me lately. A friend noticed that I’ve not been as active on social media and wondered if I was ok. I am; I’m just preoccupied.

So I thought I’d jot down a few more of my thankfuls, just to balance out the worries. Having it on paper is good for focus:

My kids are incredibly accepting–of people, of circumstances, of changes. They’re awesome.

Punxsutawney Phil is wanted. Hopefully his arrest will initiate springtime weather.

The dogs have been pretty well-behaved lately and will start doggie school soon.

My classes are going well, and we are already a third of the way through the semester.

My mom is a nut, in the best possible sense. She’s the definition of optimistic.

Alton Brown is coming to town and we have tickets to his show. Yay!

I’m getting a tax refund that will be enough money to cover a dentist bill.

Finally, and importantly, my guy constantly amazes me. Supportive, understanding, and just snarky enough to keep me wanting to punch him. With a smile.

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