I'm just going to update last year's Thanksgiving post, because, thankfully, a lot of the same things I was grateful for last year are still around, but I do have some notable new additions, of course.
In my family, Thanksgiving is pretty much about eating... but we're Italian, so that's to be expected. Still, it's nice to actually stop stuffing your face for a second and think about what you're thankful for. Here's my list. If you blog a list of what you're thankful for, tag it "thanksgivinglist" on del.icio.us... I'd love to see what everyone else appreciates... and when you write the list, don't forget to tell others to tag it as well.
- Most importantly, I'm thankful for my family... My parents, my grandmothers (both 90 in February), and my brothers and nieces. It hasn't been an easy year for everyone, but we're all still here and getting by.
- I'm thankful that Shri introduced me to Mere (@ptrain)--the needle in the proverbial haystack. I wish she was closer, but what can ya' do? I look forward to her entry into the blog world come winter break and her entry into my world at some undetermined point in the future. :)
- I'm thankful to be working on Path 101-- a project I am incredibly passionate about. I had no idea this was what I'd be doing a year ago, which shows you how unpredictable life can be, but I'm very fortunate to have the support of enough people who believe in me to help me and Alex get this off the ground. I'm also very thankful for having convinced found Alex and convinced him to join in the first place--we make a great team.
- I'm thankful for great friends--some really special people in my life. My schedule is always crazy, but a handful of people have managed to hold on for the ride... some are new and some are old, and some are old friends that have become new in a way... coming back from college or grad school to continue and strengthen friendships from the past... To Brian, Suzie, Allison, Deirdre, Pastore, Ryan, Tommy, MaryAnn... thanks for sticking around. I'm also thankful for my friend Amy and her new little girl.
- I'm thankful for my health... no major softball, kayaking, dodgeball, football, biking, skiing, or driving injuries quite yet... *knocks on wood*. Speaking of which, I'm thankful for my various dodgeball and softball teams... Dodge This! is moving on to its seventh or eight season, I lost count, and although we had a Mets-like slide this year, Four of Us Had Lyme Disease is still together after five seasons of its own.
- I'm thankful for the Downtown Boathouse... not just the buildings
or the activities, but for the community. It's my second home five
months out of the year and I've made some terriffic friends through
it. More importantly, it's given me a new appreciation for the
conservation of nature in this city and a new perspective on New York.
- I'm thankful for this city... the only place I've ever really wanted to live and ever have. There's no place like it anywhere else, and I couldn't ask for anything more than to always be able to put a roof over my head here and to be happy with my life here.
- I'm thankful for the success of nextNY.... or rather... I'm thankful that it's success has enabled me to meet so many fantastic people that I can relate to and who have a vested interested in developing the NYC technology community. That's really what has been the most fun for me... the people are great and my new geek friends are too many to name.
- And lastly... I'm thankful for this blog. Seriously. Blogging has led me to three jobs (because I'm pretty sure I'd still be looking for a tech partner if I wasn't a blogger), two relationships (directly or indirectly), an adjunct gig, countless connections with really interesting people, on time furniture delivery and an elementary school reunion. It's been a great sounding board for my ideas and a lightning rod for people with similar interests. Thanks for reading... thanks for commenting, thanks for sharing on your own blogs and linking over... Your attention is much appreciated.
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