Thanksgiving weekend was a busy one this year, including but not limited to (and in no particular order):
- working on Saturday morning (due to the project I’m working on requiring some data daily for a few weeks, so everyone on my team has taken on some weekend shifts)
- lifting weights up and putting them back down again, on two separate days this weekend
- playing hockey – and winning in overtime!
- watching the traditional Thanksgiving movie, Venom
- battling for a mythical Pokémon
- getting a massage
- snuggling my cats
- buying a new heater for the frog tank, since the old one didn’t seem to be working
- recording a guest appearance on a podcast1
- working on the course I’m teaching this semester (a combo of marking assignments and preparing slides for this week’s class)
- writing alt-text for the images in my textbook so that the book can be a little more accessible for people with visual impairments
- cooking Thanksgiving dinner2
- more importantly – eating Thanksgiving dinner!
- packing up all the leftovers so that I will have delicious lunches all this week
Anyhoo, since it’s Thanksgiving I should probably be blogging about things that I’m thankful for rather than just listing all sorts of things that I’ve done this weekend! So here’s a list, in no particular order and definitely not an exhaustive list, of some things that I’m thankful for:
- I’m thankful that my family and I are all healthy.
- I’m thankful for Scott, particularly his kindness and generosity and willingness to put up with me doing all the things all the time.
- I’m thankful for my cats and my frog3.
- I’m thankful that I have a roof over my head and food on my table.
- I’m thankful that I have an amazing team at work – we have lots of fun while working hard and producing high quality and useful information to help inform decisions that are important to the health care system.
- I’m thankful for all of my wonderful friends.
- I’m thankful that I’m playing hockey better than I ever have before – and for that, I owe thanks to my amazing trainers at the gym. They’ve coached me to be stronger and more powerful than I ever have before.
- I’m thankful that I live, work, and play in a safe and beautiful place, and I acknowledge that I do this on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and QayQayt Nations.
- I’m thankful that I have some upcoming vacation and that I have the means to do some travelling for my vacation.
- Territory acknowledgement is from the CAUT “Guide to Acknowledging First Peoples & Traditional Territory.”
- Turkey image created by Ibrandify – Freepik.com
- More about that to come later, when it’s released! [↩]
- It was a bit of an unorthodox dinner, as we roasted a chicken instead of a turkey. This may or may not have been due to the fact that I was too disorganized to order a turkey and so the only available turkeys at my butcher shop were ones that way eleventy thousand pounds, which is a wee bit too much for just Scott and I, so I decided to get a chicken instead. We had all the other fixings: mashed potatoes, stuffing, and several kinds of veggies! [↩]
- Sadly, we lost some frogs over the summer and are down to just one frog: Copernicus the Third. He’s looking a lot less energetic than he used to, but he’s still with us. [↩]