Top Ten Tuesday – Thankful List


Happy Thanksgiving week everyone!  Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is simply my thankful list.  So without any preamble, here we go:

  1.  I’m thankful to my God.  I am a Christian and I do believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for mine and everyone’s sins.  So simply put, I’m thankful for that one major act of selflessness.
  2. My Husband.  My partner in crime. My lover.  The simple reason I love to read books about the beginnings of love, new love, and first love.  I will never experience new romantic love again, because I don’t imagine spending my life with anyone else.
  3. My Children.  I have been blessed with 3 amazing beings who teach me more and more everyday about life and love and happiness than I ever learned anywhere else.
  4. My Friends and Family.  Life would not be full of fun and laughter nor heartbreak and [healthy] discord without them. This includes my family, Justin’s family, my church friends, my work friends, my internet friends – I love you all dearly.
  5. I’m thankful I live in a country where we have the freedom to do things like vote, and pray, and worship, and work.  I’m thankful that we have choices – even though sometimes the repercussions of those choices may not be what we imagined them to be.
  6. I’m thankful for my job.  I don’t love my job.  Some days I don’t like my job at all.  But I feel respected there, I feel appreciated. I’ve been able to provide for a family of 5 in times when my husband has been at school.
  7. I’m thankful to be healthy both mentally and physcially.  I do some hefty things with my body at times…like squat almost twice my body weight, but I’m able to do it.  I get sick, but my body knows how to heal itself. I don’t suffer from a mental illness that plague so many.  I hope I have many more years of this.
  8. For teachers who care.  My son has been on an IEP (Individual Education Plan) since Kindergarten.  In Second Grade he was diagnosed with Dyslexia.  If it weren’t for teachers who love and care about my children almost as much as I do, I wouldn’t have gotten the news this year that all of his OT was dropped, and he’s doing so well in school, many of his accommodations are being reshaped and helping him to become more independent.
  9. This one is going to seem petty…but I’m thankful for the van we started leasing in August.  I’ve been driving a vehicle that was made when I was 8 years old for many years, and the cars I’ve had before that weren’t that great.  I’ve dealt with so many stupid car issues, I’m just so happy to finally have one that seats all 5 of us easily, and is dependable.   And yes, if I’m honest, I like all the brand-new (this century) features that came with it.  My old Buick had a tape player.  😐
  10. I’m thankful for my cats.  Because I love them.

Top Ten Tuesday: Movies

Trying to jump in on this weekly post and see how it goes. This week’s is an easy one – it was for Movies. It could be any kind of movie category we want, so I’m going to make it nice and easy and go with simply my favorites:


1. The movie that I have to stop and watch whenever it’s on – no exceptions: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

I don’t know what it is about this movie, except that maybe I started watching it about the time I didn’t like school much anymore and dreamed of my own ‘day off’ so to speak. Ferris was my hero too! I loved the entire movie and all of it’s cheesiness, and even today if it’s on, I’ll stop and watch it.


2. Book to Movie Favorite: Harry Potter

True, they missed a lot of details that the books had, but these movies are magical! Literally! My family starts…well, about this time a year…every year to rewatch these movies. One movie per week until they are done. This year we’ll end it with a trip to the ‘cheap seats’ to see the new Magical Creatures movie as well.


3. Favorite movie based on a book I’ve never read: The Count of Monte Cristo

GASP! It’s true, I haven’t read this book. But I absolutely love the movie!


4. Movie where the book was NOT better: How to Train Your Dragon

Also known as my favorite animated movie. Still. This is such a cute movie, and imagine my disappointment when I picked the book up to read to my kids and it….well, it didn’t suck exactly, it just wasn’t right. Maybe it was even a little boring.


5. Classic Book to Movie: Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Another movie I watch a lot. It’s been a while since I put this one on, but I love it. Especially just the art of the movie- the story that is being told visually with no conversation happening. Maybe it’s time for a re-watch.


6. Favorite Romance: 27 Dresses

Meh, this doesn’t need much commentary, does it? I’m a girl. I’m “into” sweet romance books, and I’m “into” sweet romance movies. Sue me. I will say, though, this kind of movie doesn’t seem to be nearly as popular now. I haven’t seen a new good one in a long time.


7. Favorite Super Hero Film: Doctor Strange

I just saw this over the weekend, and I HAD to add it. I really loved this movie! I mean, I love The Avengers too, but everything about this movie was so much more Me than any of the others. Although, I think Wonder Woman is going to give it a run for its money!


8. Favorite Fantasy: Labyrinth

Dance Magic, dance magic. I created a category for this one, just so I can add it. I wanted to dance with the Goblin King at a masquerade. Even with those strange tights.


9. Movie I couldn’t get enough of as a kid: The Goonies

Adventure, Pirates, treasure…what’s not to love?!


10. Movie(s) I didn’t really expect to enjoy: Star Trek (the new movies)

Yup, not a Trekkie. Hated the shows and movies as kids, but I relented when everyone wanted to see the new movies and I love them. I don’t think I’m alone either, I think there are many people out there just like me.