Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

  1. I am grateful for warm Sprite and weak tea.  Oh, and saltines.
  2. I am grateful that I don't get food poisoning often and that my wife does not travel often.
  3. I am grateful my Beloved is coming home tonight.

Wednesday, October 24,2012

  1. I am thankful food poisoning does not kill.  It just feels like it does.
  2. I am thankful that I have friends who are doctors.  And who love me.  And who call me withing minutes of receiving a text that says "Call me."
  3. I am thankful my son is so good and mature and helpful.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

  1. I enjoyed N.C.'s bar mitzvah so much.  It was so joyful.  I miss that.  I am so glad we were invited!
  2. The Universe smiled on me today!  A Brooks Brothers trench coat for only $15!  A Kenneth Cole suite for $25!  I'm verklempt!
  3. It was so nice to spend the whole day with Michelle & Noah.  Walking on Central Street in Evanston, samples of bread at Great Harvest Bakery.  Singing in the car on the way home.   I love them.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

  1. I am thankful for coworkers who understand.  One in particular.  One who makes going to work an okay thing.  I'm pretty lucky that way.
  2. OK.  This sounds douchy.  I made a really good yeasted plum tart for desert.  It was really, really good. So I'm glad I made it and thankful for the writer who published the recipe.
  3. My son doesn't have a lot of homework this weekend.  I love him bunches, and I hate to see him work so hard, day after day.  He deserves a break now and then.  I'm grateful when he does.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

  1. My beloved cousin, Sister C., had a successful knee replacement today and will be up walking on it later today.  She has some difficult rehab ahead of her, but G-d and the doctors will see her through.
  2. I found a surprisingly affordable, lovely winter coat.  It is everything I was looking for, and softer and more beautiful than I expected to find in my price range. I'm gonna be smokin' in Paris come December!
  3. I got to talk to my friend, Nancy, today.  Nancy was in Africa for work for a couple of days, and I missed her.  Best of all, she's coming for Shabbat dinner on Friday, so we will get to hear all about her trip!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

  1. I am grateful for my story.  Life isn't easy, and mine is no exception.  But my story is mine, and it has made me who I am, and I am all right with that.  I am comfortable in my own skin -- finally.
  2. I am grateful for laughter.  Today I celebrated with a friend who will have a double mastectomy on Wednesday.  She and I and 100 of her closest friends laughed a lot.  And that is good.  That is healing.
  3. Today I had a wonderful apple.  Perfect.  I believe it was a Tango varietal.  It tasted like apple cider. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012

  1. I baked brioche this morning, made a mincemeat pie, and made choucrute garni with five kinds of meat for dinner.  I am grateful for the ability and opportunity to do something I love -- cook -- for the people I love.
  2. I am thankful my friend Nancy returns from over 2 weeks in Africa.  Moreover, I'm thankful I have a friend like Nancy.
  3. I have a neighbor who, when she noticed the woman who was supposed to come and clean the cottage, came and cleaned it herself.  On one hand that's a little weird, but it means I didn't have to do it myself -- and after having the new roof put on, it was desperately in need!  So I am grateful!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012


  1. The sun is shining, it smells like fall, and we have nothing to do this weekend but enjoy it.
  2. It was really busy at work today, but I still managed to get out reasonably on time!  This means I got to the cottage earlier than expected.
  3. I love our little cottage.  I love being here.  I don't think I've ever been as happy as I am today.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012


  1. I have had a great week at work, I've gotten a lot accomplished, but I am still glad today is Friday Eve.  The weekend will be welcome and the rest earned, and for both of those things I am grateful.
  2. There was a young woman giving out free samples of Jimmy John's sandwiches on the corner.  That and a cup of soup made for the perfect lunch.
  3. I am grateful for Jessye Norman and her recordings of Spirituals.  I listen over and over, year after year, and never fail to find comfort or inspiration or awe.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  1. I don't know how long it has been since I've been able to say this, but I slept through the night and didn't have a single panic/anxiety attach today.  I feel like myself, and I am grateful for that.
  2. I found a strange, hidden away place for lunch near my office that had Hungarian goulash as the special!  I mean, what are the odds?  I love goulash!
  3. My wife, after 21 years, can still make me laugh.  I am lucky to spend my life with someone I love.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


  1. I had a good day at work.  I got a lot done.  I completed a project ahead of when I thought it would be completed.  This feels good.
  2. I enjoy knitting lace.  It is good to make progress, even if only a couple rows.  I'm glad I picked up my needles.  
  3. My son is amazing.  He's 15 and already three feet smarter than his Pop.  I thank G-d every day for him.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012


  1. I am so grateful for my group at Gilda's Club.  Every person there has been through so much, yet group is like 90 minutes at The Improv.  Laughter is great medicine.
  2. I am grateful Pret a Manger has brought back their tomato & feta soup!  Only 195 calories in a bowl, so I can have two rolls (100 calories) to go with!
  3. I work with some really talented, knowledgeable people who teach me new things every day.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Saturday, October 6, 2012


  1. I am grateful for the sound of a gentle rain on the trees and the roof, the cool breeze, and the hooting of the owl outside my bedroom window.
  2. I am an excellent baker and I am thankful to have the means to bake wonderful things whenever I wish and also that I have so many friends with whom I can  share my baked goods.
  3. I am grateful for this weekend alone.  I wouldn't want to do it every time, but I feel almost like I am on a retreat this weekend.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012


  1. The beatiful reds and golds of the fall trees makes me so glad to be alive.
  2. I love my little cottage in Michigan.  I love the quiet.  I love the calm.  It is my refuge.
  3. I am grateful for the slow, steady snoring of a sleeping dog.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thursday, October 4, 2012


  1. I am not alone.  I am loved.  I matter.
  2. I have excellent health care.
  3. I have not had a drink in 10 years, 8 months and 22 days.  I haven't had a cigarette in 10 years, 3 months and 3 days.