Gosh, that Ten Things of Thankful Blog Hop is hop-hop-hoppin along.
I’m going to save talking about pilgrims and corn and pumpkin and spice until the actual day of Thanksgiving over here.
What’d you expect? I’m a clark. I don’t generally follow rules very well.
But I pretend to.
You know, I was always that good student, the people pleaser.
As I get older, I’m finding that I buck the rules more and more. Even in – GASP! – grad school. I love school and all, love the research, but I’ll let you in on a little secret: I’m not aiming to be at the top of my class. I already did that a couple times before. This time I just want the piece of paper and it doesn’t matter the GPA attached to it.
See below for the reasons why.
On to the reason for this post: what I’m grateful for.
I’m supposed to list ten things. Yes, well…we’ll see how that goes.
1. I am thankful for poetry.
I’ve not flexed this muscle in my brain before. Ever since I went to see the Cuban poet José Kozer, I’ve been hooked.
Maybe I’m just coming into myself.
Here, I wrote you a poem:
The light catches her back
As she walks with her head held high.
Her clothes are shiny, taught and silver
Like a knightess, walking in the sky.
Her horse is her spirit,
Bucking all that is bad,
Her hair wraps the wind in its sheath,
Her life best-lived as a nomad.
Her battles are mental and physical,
As the forces of good unite
She bravely fights for the downtrodden-
She is a Warrior of Light.
Eh…a poem inspired by two things: I was talking about glitter over at Lizzi’s blog and Sue Dreamwalker called me a Warrior of Light. I admit, I didn’t put as much thought as I should have into this poem and it probably doesn’t make sense, but I was in a rhyming mood (I NEVER do that!) and I hope it doesn’t sound dense.
2. I’m grateful for blogging.
You know, I’m not doing this blogging thing for money.
Yeah, I have some stupid ads up for the errant clicker who might throw me a penny or two.
But it’s more because I’ve met some of the COOLEST people in the WORLD through blogging and writing. And now, I’m an addict and I lose sleep over it.
See, I have lesson plans and coursework always to do.
But, to interact in the blog world is something unto itself. They call it “cyber” or “virtual” but I call it making the world smaller and spreading inspiration and goodwill for a better tomorrow.
And if this blogging thing inspires a book or two or ten…I am a contented soul and glad then.
(Sorry…I’m finding out that starting a post with a poem makes me prone to writing everything else in some convoluted form of moronic freeverse.)
3. Enough food.
I know that’s a pretty basic one. But, I get some sort of sick high when I go to the grocery store, take advantage of the sales and save a lot of money all without coupon clipping. I’m just going to show you the receipt from yesterday. I found a coupon while I was at the store. Otherwise, the Thanksgiving sales are awesome!
And really, I enjoyed a new crockpot soup recipe, some fabulous dessert and a wonderful movie last night. A perfect, PERFECT end to my Friday.
4. Having focus.
Anyone who’s followed this blog for awhile probably knows that focus isn’t one of my strongpoints.
Or maybe it is, but that I have way too many interests to focus on just one thing.
I’ve been working on that.
See, I’ve been having a dilemma. I love where I work, but I’m only part time there (though, as any teacher will tell you, teaching part time is really like working full time and getting paid part time – I’m at school every day except Friday!) and I’m otherwise taking graduate courses. When I finish grad school, though, I’ll be out in the “real world” (what the hell IS that anyways…I’m a in cyber-one here and it seems real….) and I’ll have debts to pay for the privilege of attending school.
Part time work a’int gonna cut it.
I’m having to figure out what it is that I really want to do. Yes, there’s the teaching element. And I love to write.
Through meditation and really digging deep to see what it is I love, I’m thinking that I need to explore two concepts to a much GREATER degree: writing seriously as a career (I thought I was doing that, but my standard of living doesn’t agree) and tutoring students individually.
I am a good teacher. Scratch that, I am a great teacher.
I’m not pulling the arrogant card here. If there’s anyone out there who thinks they’re good at what they do, you’ll know they’re really good when they tell you (and show you) that there’s always room for improvement and always room for learning.
This would be why I was at FIVE workshops last week.
You’re probably thinking, boy, she’s meandering a lot with this post.
You’d be right…or write…or rite.
5. I’m thankful I’m halfway through this because I’m getting downright verbose.
They are the best invention, ever.
I realize a geek, dork, nerd – pick your favorite – is probably the only kind of person who’s willing to admit that, but…
As I said on my Facebook page: I have 14 checked out from my local library.
I found out THIS morning that through the University where I’m attending school, I can check out books long term. They’ll even freaking MAIL THEM TO YOU if you’re a distance-ed student like me.
Why? Because I’m doing a lot of research for my YeRo novel. And I wasn’t exactly thrilled at the possibility of having to buy a bunch of Amazon books.
Don’t get me wrong: Amazon is great. But…when you’re doing research, it’s nice to borrow the book and then return it later. For, you know, when you’re not doing research anymore.
7. Oreo Cookies.
They’re so bad for you. But they taste good.
Taste wins. Got milk?
8. My YeRoWriteO Novel.
Oh my god. I’m enjoying this. It’s like for at least an hour a day, I fly into an ancient world of serpents and jaguars, hieroglyphs and magic.
This is why I’m not trying to be the best grad student that ever graduated. Nobody will see my GPA. A lot of people might see my novel, though.
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9. Caramel ice cream with chocolate. And apple dump cake dessert.
If anyone knows how to change my genetic code to get rid of my sweet tooth, I’ll give you 1,000,000 fake dollars.
10. Fall. Autumn. This time of year.
Because the colors are spectacular. And they make for fabulous picture-taking:
Yeah, I edited it with Be Funky. That’s another thing I’m thankful for. Is that #11? Oops.