50 Happy Things 2016: Bloggers Flood the Internet With Gratitude

My fellow blogger friend, Dawn, did this gratitude post last year and it was awesome, so I am joining in again this year.  Read my list and then see below for how to join in!

50 Things I am Grateful For, and/or Made Me Happy in 2016

  1. My son
  2. My husband
  3. My house – making it feel more like a home
  4. Potty training my son – no small feat
  5. Getting pregnant and all the anticipation that comes with that
  6. My health
  7. My family’s health
  8. My ability to practice self care
  9. Reading to my son, both with and without my husband
  10. Watching my son grow and learn with amazement and pride
  11. Hillary Clinton
  12. The hope that Hillary’s campaign brought to my life
  13. Last Week Tonight – you know, John Oliver’s show
  14. Discovered The Newsroom – makes me wish that show was real
  15. The local moms I have met and gotten to know.  They are so kind and willing to help me out.  Giving me baby things and watching my son for free – it’s amazing and I am so thankful.
  16. My OB.  I found a new one and she’s funny and smart and no-nonsense.
  17. My Portland friend who listens and helps without blinking an eye.  Thank you.
  18. Blogging and writing.  I hope to do more of it…someday.
  19. Sleep.  I’m on the verge of not getting much anymore, and so I cherish it now.
  20. The new bed we bought this year.  Seriously.
  21. Trips into Portland for good food.
  22. Trips to California to see our families.
  23. My family of origin, who visit and help out and love me and my son.
  24. Thankful that I am ready for baby to come, and also ready for Christmas.  The feeling brings peace when her arrival is so unpredictable.
  25. The look on my kid’s face when he’s discovering something new, exciting, enchanting, or delicious.
  26. Singing, and music.
  27. Really good books.  Like Amy Schumer’s book, which I just finished.
  28. Alan Rickman.
  29. Harry Potter.  I can’t wait to share these stories with my kids!
  30. Robin Williams.  I still end up quoting him almost once a day.
  31. Laughter.  Especially the shared kind.
  32. Baking. (and eating what I bake)  I don’t do it nearly enough.
  33. A really neatly wrapped present.

…aaaaaaand the timer just went off, so here I stop.

UPDATE:  So I totally thought of a few more things after I originally posted this, so I am adding them here:

34. Yoga.  It centers me, it calms me, it makes me feel strong.

35. Barack Obama.  I am REALLY going to miss that guy.

36. Michelle Obama.  She is a class act and an amazing role model and source of hope.  When they go low, she goes high.

37. The snow, when it insulates the world and makes everything magically QUIET.

38.  The pouring rain, when I am inside and warm and cozy in bed.

39.  Summer.  My god, summer.


Want to do this too?!  GREAT!  Here’s how:

  1. Set a timer for 15 minutes
  2. Just write as many things as you can, even if you go over or stay under the 50
  3. Then add links, photos, whatever, after the timed part is over
  4. Publish it, and link back to Dawn’s post or mine (or both) and if you wanna be included in the InLinkz, see instructions on Dawn’s post.

I’m definitely not done with 2016 yet, but so far, it’s been real.


Bloggers for Movember: Cancer Sucks

Sometimes I feel like cancer is everywhere.

Well, when it happens to your dad, it really is everywhere.

My dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer about 1.5 years ago, and it was a huge emotional blow.

It brought up my own crap around my own cancer experience, but it mostly reminded me of human mortality and that my dad wouldn’t be around forever.  It was uncomfortable.  It was scary.  It was painful.  It was overwhelming.

I am thankful for several things around this experience with my dad.  I am thankful that he got treatment right away.  He listened to his body and he knew there was something wrong, and so he went and got checked out.  Thank crazygoodness that he did.  My dad got the treatment that he needed, and to this day, he’s still cancer free and healthy as a horse again.

I am thankful that my dad was able to talk about his experience.  I think my family was put to the test when I got cancer almost 10 years ago now, and my dad and I were actually able to bond over our similar medical experiences.  My dad also told his friends and coworkers about his cancer, and you know what happened?  Because my dad had the balls to open up and talk about what he was going through, he found out that he wasn’t alone.  Not by a longshot.  He found out that some of his friends had also had prostate cancer, and friends of friends, and fathers of friends, brothers of friends.  They were able to trade stories, give advice, and comfort each other.  That part was pretty awesome.

So, I have four things to say, whether you’re male or female:

1. Listen to your body and go to the doctor.

You know your body better than any medical professional with a white coat and a God complex.  Advocate for yourself.

2. Talk to people you trust about your health.

You’ll be surprised just how many people have been through what you are going through.

3. If you have a loved one going through cancer, please don’t stay silent.

In my experience, often people feel so overwhelmed and afraid to say the wrong thing that they end up saying nothing at all.  Please, if you don’t know what to say to a loved one, just let them know that you care and ask if there’s anything you can do to help.  Trust me, just knowing that there are people out there who care and who are thinking about you really means a lot.

4. Contribute to the cause.

USA: follow this link – you can also donate by phone: 1-310-450-3399;

Canada: follow this link – you can also donate by phone: 1-855-447-6966;

Check out Le Clown’s post on Movember and get inspired!

Where’s YOUR ‘stache?!