Natalie Goes to Japan

40 year old very married blonde woman having a midlife crisis who heads to Japan alone to follow her dreams. Be careful what you wish for ... you just may get it.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Small Appreciations

Even though I have actually missed Thanksgiving, I'm taking this opportunity to give thanks anyway. I have a good-hearted, smart, funny husband and a lovely mumsy. I give thanks for having the world's oldest large dog. And I don't live in one of the many hard hit natural disaster zones. But once you get over the big thanks, I am also very appreciative of some little things. Living in a foreign county forces you to decide what is really important to you. These are the simple things that make me happy on a daily basis:
My heating pad - it keeps me warm in bed, it keeps my back warm when my legs are toasting under the kotatsu.
Kaldi - the foreign food store the regularly stocks cranberry juice, vegetarian chili, full size tortillas, Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate, Granola, Celestial Seasonings Herbal Tea and vegetarian refried beans.
Almost being healthy - I'm getting to being completely over this cold
My computer - it works every time I turn it on.
Yahoo E-Mail - it brings me lovely, comforting and funny messages from all sorts of people and never any solicitations for viagra or porn.
NPR - It keeps me informed, entertained and keeps me company. I really don't feel alone.
Books and the easy access to them - Hamamatsu has several bookstores with limited but adequate selections and has nearly limitless selections
Good weather - It may be almost December, but most days are sunny and get warm enough to eat outside at lunch. The leaves on the trees are just now started to fall, with much color still everywhere.
And there are others having to do with keeping me warm or fed.
But I am also thankful for happy, cute kids that make me smile. I may complain about my job some, but the truth is I'm loving it. I do have to sing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" twelve times a week, but I also get to tickle and play with some of the world's cutest, funniest and greatest kids.
I hope you found some things to be thankful for in this time of appreciation, too.


At 8:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I appreciate having a smart, adventurous and interesting daughter with a great blog. FEY


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