Today I’m thankful for small periods of perfection.
I was having a particularly trying day at work last week. I left at midday to get food. I mostly needed to get out of the building. It was utterly perfect, for me, as soon as I stepped through the door. A light rain had just started and the smell was intoxicating, especially mixed with the greenery around. There’s a church on the other side of the road and their bell started ringing. It was still and exquisite. For about five seconds. As I rounded the building I heard a hard-of-hearing colleague on a call. They are lovely, but notably loud. They’d agree with the sentiment. I laughed harder than I’ve laughed in a while at the sheer absurdity of it. It was I needed, when I needed it.
This is a short one. Today I’m thankful for choices in food.
Today was another visit to the older gal I help with housekeeping. She is endlessly entertaining. As I left she asked if I needed to do anything else. I replied that I still had to bake. She is a marvelous baker and so inquired if it was anything special for Christmas. I told her that I need to bake my tofu. Her expression was immediate, and very funny. She looked like she’d swallowed a lemon slice. She loves stir fried vegetables, and acknowledges the convenience of tofu as a food, but she would rather eat almost anything else. I feel similarly about mushrooms. I truly enjoy spending time with her.
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Today I’m thankful for Red Dwarf.
I’ve loved this show for years. It used to come on late Friday nights and I’d watch it with my dad. The humor is sharp-edged but exceedingly funny. I think you’re probably meant to most identify with Lister, but I’ve got middling-to-large bits of Kryten and Rimmer in my make up. Know thyself and all that.
I couldn’t pick a favorite moment but this one is close. For context, Lister is missing Rimmer after he’s gone to save the universe. Kryten, aware that Lister is being selective in what he remembers, creates a virtual museum to remind the crew exactly how smeggy Rimmer was. There’s a song.
Today I’m thankful for this picture.
There is no deeper meaning here. It’s a picture of pure dog joy and it makes me happy. I couldn’t stop laughing the first time I saw it. The one on the right looks a bit like my sister after trying an avocado. The dog on the left is more like me in the morning. Dogs are about the best damn thing that have happened to humans.
Today I’m thankful for a kid’s honesty.
The relevant small human in my life belongs to my sister and is nearly three. Small human is my favorite person in the world. The kid calls it like they see it, and this is in a family that really doesn’t have filters. I wish more people were similarly open.
Today I’m thankful for Eddie Izzard.
Everything I’ve found indicates Eddie prefers masculine pronouns so those are what I’ll use. I really enjoy his stand-up. I’ve got a loopy sense of humor and deep appreciation of the absurd. He specializes in both. His take on why the Church of England didn’t have an Inquisition still makes me laugh and I first heard it 5 or 6 years ago. It’s a not entirely impossible explanation.
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