10 Unlikely Things I’m Grateful For

by Abby on October 28, 2013

So we’re all on board with having an attitude of gratitude and counting our blessings and thinking positive and all that, right? Scientific studies have shown that it may even improve your health. The trick is, you have to focus on what YOU are grateful for — you can’t force gratitude on someone else. Because I’ve tried. Like when I tell my husband, “You should be grateful SOMEONE in this house actually changes a roll of toilet paper and Swiffers the floor now and then!” But shockingly, he does not seem all that grateful. I know!!

And you also can’t just lame out by saying you’re grateful for your health and family. Yawn. Who isn’t? Have some creativity, will ya? For instance, here’s my list of 10 things I’m grateful for today:

1) That the mystery rash on my little guy’s face is only poison ivy. And not, say, a highly contagious flesh-eating disease.

2) Dog Halloween costumes. Hysterical.
dog dressed in Ewok costume

3) My DVR. Sometimes my idea of a hot date on a Sat. night is flopping on the couch and catching up on Nashville, Elementary, and The Daily Show. Sorry, 22-year-old me.

4) Cheap wine. How lucky am I that my tastes run toward $10 bottles of wine like Apothic Red and Revolution Malbec instead of $150,000 cognac?
Apothic Red wine

5) That I like my own cooking. Takeout’s fine and all, but I can whip up a pretty darn tasty frittata or pasta puttanesca in a pinch. Goes well with that cheap wine.

6) That my kids have good imaginations. Today they entertained each other for hours playing time-traveling ninjas and making themselves into human sandwiches with the couch cushions.

7) That my kids are funny. Miles was looking a picture of a naked mole rat in a magazine and Riley goes, “He’s naked? Why, what does he usually wear?”

8) AFV. Speaking of funny, I don’t care who you are, if you can’t laugh at a fat guy wiping out on a trampoline or a cat singing Happy Birthday, there’s something wrong with you. Don’t even get me started on the toddlers stuck in toilets.

kid in toilet

9) Mini Reese’s peanut butter cups.

10) That I get to write random lists like this and people will read them – AND contribute their own personal and unlikely things they’re grateful for. So… whatcha got?

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Lou Mello October 28, 2013 at 7:55 am

Love little Reese’s cups. Grateful for a small group of trick or treaters this Thursday so I will have a stash of goodies.


Abby October 28, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Yeah… “Oops, guess we bought too much candy! Darn.” 😉


Stacy KK October 28, 2013 at 9:48 am

Even though I have a TON of bills I’m grateful for the fact that my husband and I have jobs that pay us enough to pay all these bills.


Abby October 28, 2013 at 7:42 pm

That’s a good one, Stacy!


Rachel October 28, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I’m grateful that my kids are still little and we get to spend our days goofing off!


Abby October 29, 2013 at 6:55 pm

You mean like making each other into sandwiches with cushions? 😉 I hear ya!


Angie Mizzell October 29, 2013 at 8:53 am

I love Apothic Red! And this might be lame but I am seriously grateful for the Keurig machine and how I have a hot cup of coffee within a minute of waking.


Abby October 29, 2013 at 6:55 pm

If you remember to put a cup under it, that is. 😉


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