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Happy Thanksgiving! November 26, 2009

Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in Random musings.

To all of my readers who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you’re enjoying some time with friends and family members. I am doing some proofreading this morning, but will be heading to my parents’ house this afternoon for some spinach-artichoke dip and a cheese board (my contribution), turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, assorted vegetables (whatever my mother makes it will be delicious), salad, cranberry dressing, stuffing and gluten-free pumpkin pie.

Here are a few of the things I’m thankful for this year:
* My family and friends. You make my life rich.
* My health
* My clients, most of whom pay on time (some even early – I love them from the bottom of my heart!) and all of whom contact me with interesting jobs
* The fact that I have a job I enjoy that allows me to work from home (in my slippers) and can support me and my champagne tastes :-).
* The typing class I took in high school, because that skill supported me through graduate school and allows me to translate quickly and accurately.
* The opportunities I’ve had to travel to and live in other countries and expand my horizons
* My blog readers and Twitter followers who simultaneously inspire me and keep me on my toes
* The German Language Division
* My cozy little apartment and the backyard
* The fact that I know where my next meal is coming from
* Having heat coming from the vents and fresh water running through the taps
* My wonderful neighbors. I feel safe knowing you are nearby.
* Meetup.com because I have met some really wonderful friends through Meetup, and it gets me out of the house meeting more people and experiencing all the good food and fun events Cleveland has to offer.
* My dog Lily, who is always thrilled to see me walk through the door and is there for a cuddle when I need one

For a good story of a Thanksgiving spent overseas, I highly recommend clicking here and reading one of my favorite local Cleveland blogger’s tale of her Thanksgiving in Italy. She’s a very powerful writer. I remember preparing a four-course meal (corn and oyster chowder, turkey, spinach linguini with cauliflower, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean gremolata, cornbread, salad, apple pie and pumpkin pie) for eight people in my tiny one-bedroom (perhaps 200 square foot?) apartment in Germany one year – in a kitchen that was big enough to allow me just to turn around in. We broke my bed that day too I believe.

What are you most thankful for? Or do you have a story about celebrating Thanksgiving in a different country? I’d love to hear about it!



1. Bob - November 27, 2009

My blog readers and Twitter followers who simultaneously inspire me and keep me on my toes

Did you borrow this from the Urban Muse ??

jillsommer - November 27, 2009

Yes, I did. I probably should have cited the source, but it would have looked extremely clunky. I was inspired by the Urban Muse for this post and really loved that particular quote.

2. Bryant - November 27, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving to a fellow translator!

If you care to take a look, I encourage you to see my own post on Thanksgiving, at http://translation-blog.trustedtranslations.com/thanksgiving-2009-11-27.html.


3. Bob - November 27, 2009

She’s a great writer – it’s a very nice quote!

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