Monday, November 29, 2010

Days 43-50 - A Whole Lot to Be Thankful For

First, I know dear friends, you are very disappointed. Shame falls from my teary eyes and I hang my head in penitence. I ended my title with a preposition. I know. Dastardly! I know you are disappointed and wish to send the syntax police to my doorstep, but hear me out. "A Whole Lot for Which to Be Thankful" just sounds pretentious. (Notice me shifting the focus from my lack of posting lately to my lack of pretentious syntax? Oh yeah - I am that good!)

Well, much has happened since my last post. A major holiday came and passed. Thanksgiving. A day to give thanks. A whole day where the working world shuts down (mostly) and families gather to eat and visit and eat and nap and eat some more. It struck me last week that this is really a very powerful thing and we tend to just gloss over it like it's nothing. Think about it; we set aside a whole 24 hours for something called Thanksgiving. Thanks giving. Giving thanks. But as I listened to 93.7 the Bull last week, I was overcome with something more than just my irrational love of Christmas music. I was saddened. As I was bombarded with talk of Black Friday shopping and Christmas presents, church at midnight, and other Yuletide goings on I felt a distinct lack of Thanksgiving acknowledgment.
Now I know, we live in a fast paced world where if you snooze you loose, but dear friends, we are wishing our lives away. We have this beautiful opportunity to spend a day counting our blessings and we basically eat ourselves into a stupor and wish for Christmas. I'm not pointing any fingers, mind you; I am just as guilty of this as the next person, but what an epiphany! So this Thanksgiving, I tried to focus on my blessings. Whether it be thankful feelings for lists -

For pumpkins and turkeys -

For just a simple cup of coffee in the quiet before a big day -

Or for surviving my first Thanksgiving hosting -

I tried to be thankful the little things if nothing else. What blessings did you realize this Thanksgiving? I know I don't get a lot of comments on this blog, but I would love to hear how others were blessed this Thanksgiving.

Continuing with the business this time of year brings, Josh and I were lucky enough to attend the wedding of a friend this weekend. Leah if you read this, you were beautiful. Best wishes and warmest congratulations. Needless to say, after hosting Thanksgiving, we were pretty exhausted and happy to be home Saturday night.

I want to also say that I am really getting into the Christmas spirit already and hope to put up my Christmas tree tomorrow.

I shall conclude this evening's post with something a little different. Today is day 50 of my project 365 so it was high time to try something different. I have been reading a little about a photography technique called TtV - Through the Viewfinder. Basically you take a photograph through the viewfinder of a camera you are not using. For today's example, I took a photo with my Nikon through the viewfinder of my medium format Yashika D. I think it has a really interesting affect - 

Well, dear friends, I'm sure this post was more than enough Ezzy even if we are catching up a whole week. So sleep sweetly and have a blessed tomorrow!

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