With this being the traditional month for counting blessings and all, the Gnome Slayers decided to do some Deep Thinking (maybe not too deep) and come up with a list of things we're grateful for. So here's mine, in no particular order:
1. Emma, my 2002 Toyota Echo, who got me through college and all the way across the country and back. She's a great little car, even if she smells like a barn and required a new battery and spark plugs this past week. Sigh.
Being a good sport in Vermont after the Great Valentine's Day Blizzard of '07. Isn't she cute?
2. A great job where I get to play with horses every single day and never have to bother with make-up. It also funds said battery and spark plugs, along with all of my other expensive habits: writing classes, conferences, travel to far and exotic places, the upkeep of various and sundry pets, and books, books, books.
3. A family who puts up with me, mostly because they have to.
4. Good friends: my Writing Peeps and my Welsh Peeps and my Animal Peeps, who all share my same kind of crazy. Seriously, it could be so lonely being a nerd.
5. Capable mentors, including a Literary Godlike Instructor who's not afraid to kick my butt. Repeatedly. For years. (I know, I will finish the novel. Someday. I promise.) And in whose class I met my fellow Gnome Slayers and Story Smashers.
6. My own little personal Gnome, Fangxiety, who makes every difficult or scary thing I do that much more meaningful because I always have to beat him with a large kitchen spoon first (that's right, I'm on to you, buddy).
7. McVities Dark Chocolate Digestives, gelatto in general, and red Swedish Fish in particular.
8. A menagerie of animals who provide therapy and stress relief by requiring constant care and feeding.
9. All the people out there who actually take time to read the stuff I write. (No really, I'm astounded that anyone is interested in my quirky little musings.)
10. Last but not least, I'm just grateful to be here. Life can change at any time, but I don't have much to complain about at the moment.