Heartfelt Thanks

November 23, 2010

Happy Almost Thanksgiving, Dear Readers!

Time has been scarce here, but I’m sure your lives are no less full; I actually get deeply torked off at people who always ass-ume that they have more on their proverbial plate than others, so I’m not going there, I promise.

I thought instead that I’d share a few things, a few little nuggets of gratitude and glitter–things that lifted my spirits the last week or so. There’s a time to wallow and there’s a time for tears, but Thanksgiving is about finding light. It’s about celebrating abundance, even in lean times.

So without further ado, here’s some Intentional Happiness. Thank you ck and Sarah, and to all of you wonderful people who’ve reached out and given me tethers to grip in Sucktober and Suckvember. Thank you, so much,  for encouraging me not to give up and to look for the !!!

!!!: Not having to eat this on T-Day. Mama and Daddy, you rock. And I promise our Big Fat Greek Feast will be full of food, big hugs and plenty of mischief.

!!!: Finding new uses for leftover Halloween Candy. And for family who agree to help you decorate because you ain’t feelin’ it this year.

!!!: This picture of “Mommy at Work.” Thank goodness Miss M. didn’t draw me plunging toilets. And yes readers, I did fess up to the plumber about the “alien object” that was flushed down the commode. The poor guy was maybe 26 years old and seemed rather horrified that old crones like me possess such items. Kid turned beet red, but at least he laughed.  And no, I haven’t grown a rectangular midsection; that’s a laptop, and it appears to be permanently attached. Hmmm, maybe this item isn’t so !!! ? Plus, is that a camel toe? Alors!

!!!: An impromptu visit from someone I haven’t seen in quite some time. Someone who was happy to make my girls feel like Fairies for a day. And yeah, I’m framing these little beauties.

!!!: The return of the Hideous Gumdrop Man. Growing up, I was the only one who saw the beauty in this ornament, and every year, I’d have to rescue him from the back of the Christmas tree. I have sole custody now, so HGM hangs proudly front and center, in all his razzle-pink glory. So suckit, Sis! Hideous Gumdrop Man will not be denied his position of influence ever again!

!!!: You steadfast, caring, generous, funny folks in the blogosphere. I’m hoping to slowly creep back from hiatus, and I’ve missed you greatly. Thanks for sticking with me. I’ll require further patience from you, if you can spare it. But I’m inching, bit by bit, out of the hole.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends. I love you. You rock my Freakshow Planet.

If you are missing my nasty attitude and need a little shot of vicious, you can check out an oldie but goodie here. Snark for Thanksgiving–why not? Also, don’t forget to stop by Friday for words from my dear friend Bryan.

{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen November 23, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Gumdrop man rocks. Love him, and love the tree. I’m sorry you are having a rough couple of months. I hope your thanksgiving is peaceful and wonderful.


leslie November 23, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well!


Privilege of Parenting November 23, 2010 at 6:06 pm

I love HGM, seems like he could have a playdate at PeeWee’s Playhouse… or with Mr. Hankie. Sending All Good Wishes on the ironic holiday we call Thanksgiving.


Jennifer November 23, 2010 at 6:48 pm

I’m glad it seems like you are feeling much better. And that you don’t have to have a white Thanksgiving. :)


BigLittleWolf November 23, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Actually, I think I’m crushin’ on GumDropMan… (Does he like shoes?)

You have a great Thxgiving, too! Hugs to you and yours,


Mrs.Mayhem November 23, 2010 at 7:30 pm

I’m a tad envious that you have escaped from cooking the dreaded turkey this Thanksgiving. But, at least, a Greek feast is one more reason to feel thankful!


bryan November 23, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Poking your head out a little huh!?! Nice to hear from you. Rest up my friend I hope to see you after the the holiday.


Stephane in Alaska November 23, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Hey, suck-berfest, suck-off!

Nothin’ but sunshine-filled wishes for you, toots.


Leslie @ five to nine November 23, 2010 at 8:39 pm

What, no turkey gyros?
While my actual plate will soon overfloweth with Thursday’s feast, my proverbial one is just pleasantly full – a whole week off work. Voila! I’m all ready to cook up some pies and roots (my assigned side) tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving!


Heather November 23, 2010 at 8:55 pm

HGM rocks! He certainly deserves front and center with lights glowing all around him! Glad your spirits are starting to lift. It hasn’t been the same in blogosphere without you :) (((hugs)))


Shawna Cevraini November 23, 2010 at 9:53 pm

As always, you are so great at giving that little peak into your life that makes me feel like I’m not the only one! Thank you! You really are amazing!

I love the Christmas tree especially! Awesome!

We miss u and we’re here for you. Take care my friend!


Christine November 24, 2010 at 5:03 am

Happy Thanksgiving to you my friend. Always here for you. Thinking of you lots, and hoping you have a bountiful holiday!


Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon November 24, 2010 at 6:36 am

Happy Thanksgiving Kitch. I’m not sure whether I should be horrified that you already have a Christmas tree up and decorated or in awe of said lollipop tree.


Erica@PinesLakeRedhead November 24, 2010 at 6:38 am

Love the lollipop tree!

Sorry you’re having a rough time. Suckvember is almost over. :)

Happy Thanksgiving!


Phoo-d November 24, 2010 at 6:59 am

Love the lollipop tree! Hope that December brings a big change of scene for you.


Tiffany November 24, 2010 at 8:24 am

Happy Thanksgiving. I love ya!


Jenna November 24, 2010 at 9:31 am

Love this post! The scary gumdrop ornament . . . the picture of you with a laptop permanently attached to your torso . . . the candy ‘ornaments’ on the Christmas tree . . . glad to see you back for a little bit!


Yuliya November 24, 2010 at 9:32 am

And a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points November 24, 2010 at 9:39 am

I want a hideous gumdrop man for my tree!

Cause he’s awesome.

And sparkly!


Kittycat November 24, 2010 at 9:50 am

Love it! Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a great Thankgiving with your family.


Barbara November 24, 2010 at 10:21 am

Anyone who does your Christmas tree for you (!!!!) deserves a HUGE reward! Wow.

Glad you are pulling out of the doldrums…

I can only guess what went down your toilet. The funniest thing that ever went down ours was a Wise Man from the Christmas creche. It appears he swelled up and clogged the works. Right before a New Years party for 100. Kids are such fun, aren’t they? Somehow, mine grew up to be real people! Nice ones too.
Hang in there.
And Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.


Sherri November 24, 2010 at 10:43 am

Happy Thanksgiving!


SuziCate November 24, 2010 at 11:06 am

a lollipop Christmas tree…it would soon be bare because I’d eat the ornaments! That wooden turkey is adorable!


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday November 24, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Hideous Gumdrop Man would be more than welcome on what my family calls “The Tree of Rejection”. It’s kinda like the island of misfit toys for Christmas ornaments.

HGM would hang with pride near the likes of Retarded Snowman and Killer Santa.


Rudri November 24, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Glad you are back with some intentional happiness! Happy Thanksgiving Kitch to you and yours!


Allison @ Alli 'n Son November 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! Love that Christmas tree. ;-)


Paula (Salad in a Jar) November 24, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Wishing you a relaxing and peaceful Thanksgiving. You make me laugh even when you aren’t smiling so much yourself. Love ya.


rebecca @ altared spaces November 24, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Sharing childhood ornaments with a sis…Whew-Boy! I’d have to take cover for a number of decades! But then, being the youngest, I just can’t boss about ANYTHING. Can’t go there. huh-uh.

Getting away with the most? Oh yeah.


Foodiewife November 24, 2010 at 10:06 pm

I just read your Dear Food Network rant. I almost went my sweatpants, reading it.
So, um, I guess you’re unimpressed with the fact that I recently learned to like butternut squash… I miss you, Oh Snarky One. Be well.


camilla November 24, 2010 at 10:15 pm

It sounds like you need a fabulous few weeks ahead of you! Happy Thanksgiving, enjoy your Greek fest, something I am truly envious of!
My boys love the lollie chrissy tree BTW xx


Contemporary Troubadour November 25, 2010 at 1:04 am

Oh to have been a fly on the wall during the plumber’s visit. That is priceless.

Much love to you, Kitch. I’m glad there is !!! aplenty — may Thanksgiving offer even more.


Biz November 25, 2010 at 7:14 am

Love the drawing Miss M did of you! And I laughed out loud about the camel toe reference :D

Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving! :D


Kelly November 25, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Love your !!!s. Can’t wait to hear about the greek fest. Also? Sucktober and Suckvember may be my new favorite words.


subWOW November 26, 2010 at 1:52 am

Happy Belated Thanksgiving! Hope your day was filled with good food and great company!

I love the Gumdrop Man. Our family has the Ugly Potato Pirate that is huge and hideous. Every year I try to find a place for it that is in the BACK of the tree. LOL


Chiara November 26, 2010 at 2:02 am

I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful and I hope it was the end of your sucky, unlucky stretch. Hugs!


Velva November 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm

I wanted to stop by and wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

Cheers to you Girlfriend!



Emily Z November 27, 2010 at 10:40 am

Been missing you, and happy to see some posts pop up from you. Hope the craziness goes away soon, I do miss the snark. ;) Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Gale @ TDT November 29, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Well, I actually had a rectal exam last week, so Christmas is looking pretty good to me!

As for Gum Drop Man – is this the same GDM from your childhood? Or does GDM get recreated from fresh gum drops every year. These are important things to know!!

Welcome back. And fudge? Way to come back with a bang! Missed you.


Maria November 29, 2010 at 6:49 pm

I have SO missed you! And your tree made me giggle in remembering the year I was pregnant with Joshua. We put up our artificial tree (that is already strung with lights…) and I just wasn’t feeling it that year either.

So, I made construction paper stars, put shiny curling ribbon on them. I made about 30 and had the boys help me hang them sporadically throughout.

I kept them, and every year since, whenever I see one of those yellow construction paper stars, I smile at the thought of how we all survived that year, including having my oven die Christmas eve night and then catch fire with a house full of people…Different story for another day!

Missed you. Glad you are semi-back!


Futureblackmail November 30, 2010 at 9:20 am

I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

And I know exactly how you feel about HGM…there are a few ornaments I’ve taken custody of as well.


Naptimewriting November 30, 2010 at 11:34 pm

You post too often for me, love. I can’t keep up. I do adore you, your mind, your inner world, and your gumdrop man. I just can’t get here as often as you do.

How in the h-e-double-hockey-sticks do you do it?


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