Chaffin: Random things I’m thankful for this year


Andrea Chaffin - Editor



Every Thanksgiving serves as an opportune time to think about the things for which we are thankful.

Common answers include family and friends, a roof over your head and a full belly, but I think it’s also important to be grateful for the little things we often overlook.

Here’s my B-list of things I’m thankful for:

• The last London City Council meeting ended early enough last week that I had time to pick up won-ton soup from Happy Wok.

• A pair of black tights without any holes in them.

• Pizza. No further explanation required.

• The guy at Subway who has my order memorized. He saves me a good 30 seconds every week.

• Getting old enough to not be carded every time. Ask me how I feel about this in another 10 years.

• When the plastic wrap tears in a perfectly straight line and doesn’t stick to itself.

• A perfectly accurate Fortune Cookie reading.

• Summertime stuff in Ohio like homegrown tomatoes, sunburns and sunsets.

• The $10 bill I found in my winter coat from last year. Because that’s exciting.

• Chris Stapleton’s recent performance of “Tennesse Whiskey” at the Country Music Awards.

• Dog hair in my bed, because it means I have a furry best friend to cuddle with every night.

• Lint rollers, because dog hair sticks to business dresses and suits.

• That pulled pork sandwich I ate on the first Sunday night of the county fair. Still thinking about that.

• The snooze button.

• Chocolate from the London Federation of Women’s Club’s candy shoppe.

• The fact that the mirror does not go all the way across the wall at Xpress Fitness in the ZUMBA room. Because I really do not want to see myself trying to do a Cha-Cha booty shake in double time.

• Wine. I don’t have to explain this to you.

• Finding the perfect item on the clearance rack when you’re prepared to pay full price.

• When every sock coming out of the dryer has a mate.

• Public records requests filled with full cooperation.

• Farmers.

• The phrase “LOL” when someone texts me something awkward and I don’t know how else to respond.

• Every animated GIF featuring Jennifer Lawrence, because she’s hilarious.

• Nailing the high note when I’m singing in the car.

• Snapchat. And Snapchat’s new filters.

• Politicians providing the perfect quote during a fiery discussion.

• Winning any amount of money on a scratch-off lottery ticket

• Butter that is perfectly softened.

• Nice comments on The Madison Press website and Facebook page. (Thank you, all three of you.)

• When the wi-fi automatically connects and I don’t have to remember the password.

• Handwritten letters.

• Good advice right when I needed it, but didn’t want to hear it.

• Karma.

Here are a few things I’m not thankful for:

• Changing my last name. Again.

• Cold floors during winter.

• Ohio State’s loss to Michigan State.

• Uninformed complainers on the Internet, especially on Facebook.

• Having a birthday so close to Christmas.

• People who don’t return phone calls.

• The weight I’m going to gain from eating all that chocolate from the London Federation of Women’s Club’s candy shoppe.

• Forgetting to ask for no bleu cheese on my salad.

• Winter Ohio things like driving in the snow, walking in the snow and dressing for the snow. Really, just snow in general.

• Feeling very old on a college campus.

• Candidates in the 2016 presidential election.

• Nicki Minaj. ‘Nuff said.

• Pickle jars too tight to open.

• Accidentally turning on my phone camera in selfie mode and seeing my double chin staring back.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Andrea Chaffin

Editor

Andrea Chaffin is the editor of The Madison Press. She can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619 or via Twitter @AndeeWrites.

Andrea Chaffin is the editor of The Madison Press. She can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619 or via Twitter @AndeeWrites.

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