So, two things.
(1) I'm sorry I've been a spotty blogger lately, and I promise to step it up better. (2) I'm discouraged that so few of you are leaving comments! I don't know why, but the comment leaving aspect of blogging is pretty important, and cool, and more conversational and positive than blogging to silence.
This past week I got to meet a BLOGGER FRIEND!!!!!! Tamie and her boyfriend Jon are on a 6 week road trip and they spent 3 nights including thanksgiving with us [Canadian thanksgiving; not to worry, my American friends--you didn't miss thanksgiving somehow, yours is yet to come (Rachel: this means you)] and it was FANTASTIC!!!!!! I love Tamie even more in person than on her blog, and it was supersuper cool to hang out and talk and go for coffee and cookies and really good panini, and go for walks, and just be together. I also like Jon a LOT and think them a good pair, which is heartwarming. I like to see my friends happy, don't we all?
Things I am grateful for:
-Vitamin B complex/Vitamin D/omega3 fish oils/St John's Wort/PS 100 adrenal supplement (omygoshomygoshomygosh, I have a whole new respect for medication as a part of treatment of mental illness--I always thought it could be good, but kind of judged its overuse...which I still do, but I have a new, healthy respect for how it can help. So much of my energy in the fall and winters goes into surviving my mood, that it is hard for me to embrace and experience life fully. But it is so much smoother with these natural medications...)
-an inordinately sunny autumn this year so far
-living close enough to my kids' school that we can walk to and from
-having a warm, safe, nice home (though i'd like a bigger one with no strata, please)
-living in a country with free education, free access to health care, year long maternity leave, wonderfully full ranged opportunities for women, funded midwifery care, breastfeeding support, and etc
-my wonderful, handsome, unique, funny, longsuffering, patient, kind, perfect partner husband
-my sweet, smart, funny, yummy kids
-my cousin Sara
-supportive in laws
-MY BED (we have a king sized monster that is so fabulous I don't understand how ANYONE SLEEPS IN ANYTHING ELSE--I would cut a hole in my house to make this bed fit in it. I love it. I wish I could spend all day and all night in it, every day)
-FOOD, especially cheese [Rachel, we need to get married]
-freedom from anxiety [some days are more hard won than others]
-Heather Armstrong at Dooce.com and It Sucked and Then I Cried, that book I told you about...it ROCKED.
-open air markets (Cranberry Festival!)
-even more love