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To all my USA friends/readers/what have you, Happy Thanksgiving! To everyone else, Happy Thursday!

I have always thought Thanksgiving is an exceedingly stereotypical American holiday. I mean the basic premise of the holiday involves sitting down and eating a truly obscene amount of food. Oh, and spending time with one's family. Or avoiding them. And probably watching American football.

Someone in the #yuletide chatroom yesterday said Thanksgiving was "Christmas, except without presents". Which yea, just about sums it up.

No matter the purpose of the holiday however, I have it off of work, so I have a three day weekend! I could have gone down to my parents' house for the holiday, but they're having all of my mom's side of the family over, and I... decided to avoid the crazy. So, as we've done for the past three years, [personal profile] everchangingmuse and I are going out to a restaurant to get our requisite fill of turkey and all the trimmings. Then we'll come home for some tagging and/or movie watching. Not sure exactly what yet.

Ideally, Thanksgiving is about reflecting on the things in life you are thankful for, and while I'll admit to being cynical about those sorts of meaning having gotten lost in the rush of consumerism and all that, I think it is a very good thing to reflect on. So, without further babbling, the things I am thankful for:

My parents, whom I love, and who love and support me.

[personal profile] everchangingmuse, whom I love with all my heart, and who somehow loves me and has put up with me for these past 10+ years.

[livejournal.com profile] flower_ballet, for being the most amazing little sister-of-my-heart as well as one of my best friends.

All my other amazing friends, both online and off, who share in, encourage, and/or put up with all my idiosyncrasies.

My job, which not only pays he bills, but I actually don't hate.

Select members of my coworkers who I not only don't hate, but who are actually pretty damn awesome.

Yuletide/#yuletide IRC chat for being the one month of the year when I remember how much fun writing fanfic is

My computer, which despite being almost 5 years old, still runs pretty dang good

And all those other little things that get overlooked. By me. Right not. But that I know I'm still thankful for.

So have a happy day, everyone, and USA-folk - try not to eat too much!

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