I’m stunned that Thanksgiving is here already, but there’s nothing I can do to turn back the clock. Here are a few of the things I’m thankful for this year:
- For Anthony Horowitz, because he finally wrapped up the Alex Rider series before Alex got too morose to hang with anymore, and for writing a new Sherlock Holmes mystery. Will I feel grateful after I’ve read Scorpia Rising and The House of Silk? We’ll see.
- For Phil Rickman, because he published another installment of the Merrily Watkins mysteries. Now if it would just become available on kindle in the US…
- For the end of my addiction to General Hospital. My boss is even more thankful.
- For DVDVideoSoft, for allowing me to put some new music on my mp3 player on a tight budget.
- For Shah Rukh Khan, because he’s in two movies this year instead of the usual one.
- For RetroTV and MeTV, because with all the bad new TV shows on the major networks, I can still be entertained by the classics.
- For YouTube and twitter, although a little less of both during work hours might be a bigger blessing.
- For Da Vinci’s Inquest reruns, but also for having watched every episode already, because now I can go to bed earlier.
- For the two Redbox machines around the corner, saving me from the long Netflix queues for new releases.
- For Alan Cumming, because his introductions to Masterpiece Mystery always make me think he’s enjoying himself more than we are.
- For Josh Groban, because I enjoy his music, but also because he doesn’t take himself too seriously. His “Kanye West Tweets” video started the year off, and it still cracks me up as the year ends.
- For Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, Raj, Penny, Amy and Bernadette. The Big Bang Theory consistently makes me laugh, and I’m especially grateful for this joke (paraphrased, I’m sure): “Let’s watch Star Wars on blu-ray before George Lucas changes it again!”
- For Hadley Fraser and Ramin Karimloo, because of the music and videos and tweets, but mostly because of the new friends I’ve made this year through following them.
- For the community at St Agnes, who have become a part of my family, and who continually remind me that there’s more to life than entertainment.
- For my boss, because she trades book recommendations with me, tolerates my endless chatter, and is always willing to watch a good movie—or even a bad one, as long as there are good snacks.
- For my friends, because without them to share it all with, it just wouldn’t be any fun.
- For my family, because they make me laugh a lot. Besides, they’re stuck with me, and they rarely complain about it.
I wish everyone a peaceful, uplifting, delicious Thanksgiving. May your teams win, your in-laws get along, and your holidays be blessed.