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I am grateful for coffee with ground cacao nibs brewed into it, so gentle and fragrant. I am grateful for online shopping, for music sharing, for jersey cotton - soft on my skin. I am grateful for nasal spray anti-inflammatory and decongestants even if they are ten seconds of ouch. I am grateful for ripe fruit in the summers, for wifi that works and connects me to people. I am grateful for Summer that keeps most of my aches at bay. I am grateful that I know how to keep pushing at fanfic when I am discouraged. I am thankful for life, and that I know how to fight for it.
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I am grateful for headache medicine. I am grateful that [personal profile] numb3r_5ev3n is a compulsive baker. I am grateful for Netflix, and BPAL, and people who will forgive me if I am not always up for the activism I have planned. I am grateful for fandom as a way for people to connect. I am grateful for fanfiction as a way to tell the stories of the under-represented (including me). I am grateful for coffee, for air conditioning, and for cell phones.
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I am grateful for the celebration of giving that makes winter the holiday season. I am grateful for the Tylers, for Christmas parties in below freezing weather, and for good companionship. I am grateful for The Lion, for pudding based alcoholic drinks, and for mulled wine and tea. I am grateful for Zoey and Brett and maybe for Shane, too. New friendships are good.
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Since today is Guy Fawkes Day, and nearing Election day, maybe it's time to get political with the gratitude posts. I am not someone who hates compromise, like so many of my generation have been taught to be. I can see that disenfranchising tactic for what it is: a way to alienate people from the political process. If you are trained to think part of governing is somehow dirty and inherently corrupting, you can be led to avoid the whole process that much easier, led to think of everyone involved with it as tainted and amoral instead of as human people doing what they can in difficult to reconcile circumstances. Compromise allows people with diverse needs and goals to coexist peacefully. At its heart, that's what politics IS.

Accepting a less than perfect solution as part of the way to an eventual better solution is seen as demeaning. But the subtle message that compromise in a situation is always equivalent to being treated as subhuman does not serve the interests of the electorate. It serves the interests of those willing to radicalize the few while dissociating the many. And that is a bargain those in power are willing to take.

So I am grateful for the compromise that lets me live in peace with those I disagree with. I am grateful for its part in the political system that protects me from those who hate me and would do me harm. And when polling time comes, I do my part to lead my country to the best compromises that we can find for it.

And for my place in this wider community, I am grateful, too.
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Today I feel grateful that I am not depressed, that I don't have to do anything desperate to avoid it any more. I am glad for perfumes and for spicy sashimi salad and for fanfiction. I am grateful that I live and work among networks of caring people who have been there for me when I needed them. I am grateful for to do lists and calendars and smartphones that help me keep my life together. I am thankful for vitamins and research and neuroscience for what is currently keeping my brain above water and hopefully helping me heal years of damage.

I have problems, but I can manage them, and I am grateful for that, too.
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I am grateful for aspirin. For the ability of headache medicine to keep my headaches from progressing into migraines. I am grateful for food that keeps me from losing weight and having to buy new pants. For candy that makes me feel better, even if I should eat less of it for tooth and inflammation response reasons. For the restorative power of sleep.

I am grateful for predictive text algorithms and Cosmos, and Carl Sagan. And Neil deGrasse Tyson. And science begetting beat poetry.
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I am grateful for the celebration of birthdays as an excuse to celebrate people. For sandalwood, and chocolate, and peppermint humbugs, which are delicious. I am grateful for books, which are a different kind of delicious. I am grateful that I can pick up where I left off with my friends before I started hermitting, as long as I don't leave it too long. I am glad that I no longer need the tramadol now that I have both sets of nerve medication. I am grateful for both sets of medication.

I am grateful for the relative availability of mental healthcare in modern times, that so few of the people I love have been locked up or committed suicide. I am grateful for systemic change, that may move slowly but the rising tide of which lifts all boats.
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I am grateful for chocolate, lobster cakes, prepackaged food, comfy socks, 5 year anniversaries, tramadol, gabapentin, decongestants, violating drug interaction recommendations, friends who visit me ([personal profile] ot_atma), friends who only require text based friendship, and all other friends who are going along with my plans to become a hermit.
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Long-standing clients that let me take the best care of them. Cotton t-shirts soft from washing. Steroid nasal sprays. Brownies, and people who make them. Anniversaries. Poetry. Science. Friends who link the good stuff.
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My Cupcake car. Repaid loans. Friends' blog posts. Microwave burritos. Beads. Rainy weekends spent at home with no driving. Rest. BPAL's Fae. Warm butts. Cartoons.
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Paying $3 for silk pants. Having work pants that fit. Getting Ghost linen shirts. Buying superhero underwear to grope my husband in from the gayborhood. Soylent 2.0 being awesome and tasty. Frimps. Indian food leftovers. Chocolate scented perfumes that come in more than one scent.
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People who love me still love me when I am not capable or strong.

I have a whole collection of scent stims for bad days now.

I am still capable of enjoying things on bad pain days.

I got better at being human without professional help for twenty years.

I have friendships that are almost old enough to drink. I'll be celebrating that next year.
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I am grateful for TED talks, for today not being as gaspy-about-to-panic-y as yesterday, for things that smell like goodness, and food, and safety.

I am grateful that my car's electrical system and sensors are now fixed, and in a hundred miles of driving I can get it inspected. I am grateful for the music of Alanis Morisette. I am grateful this scarf is almost done, and will soon be sent to my father-in-law.

I am grateful for knitting, for having a soothing thing to do that makes stuff, so that at the end of a period of rough time I can look back and a scarf came out of it, something tangibly good.

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