Although it's not a celebration day here (in fact, Bailey and I are housebound today; yesterday she went to the doctor and diagnosed with two ear infections and a perforated eardrum) we are in the mindset of thanks (and preparing to have friends over tonight to eat turkey).
Of course there are lots of major areas of thanks, such as gratitude for my fab little family, the extended family, good health, dear friends, a very satisfying and stimulating job, President-Elect Obama, a fun house, a car that runs and isn't embarrassing to drive, and lots more. These are the things I appreciate each day.
I'm also thankful for the small things, the little joys making life a bit more enjoyable, comfortable and intriguing. Here's a short list of what falls into that category today...
The Economist. This magazine is fab. It offers a short (usually a page or so) update on just about every aspect of the world economy. It's written in plain-speak and comes out weekly, so I'm never that behind.
Jarvis Cocker. Not only the lead singer of Pulp (who put out gems like Help the Aged and Babies), but he's a smart solo act and a fascinating man to follow. He also interrupted Michael Jackson's ridulous and rather disgusting (considering Jackson filled the stage with little-kid dancers) performance at the 1996 Brit awards, by mooning the performers and audience. For this, he will always be considered a genius and a patriot in our house.
Simon Armitage. Yes, he's still on the what's-hot list with me and it's because he's so very smart, poetic and engaging. This recent clip of him deconstructing This Charming Man keeps me coming back for more.
Twitter. I resisted for so long, but why? It's so cool.