Going into the third year of the pandemic, I’m often

  • angry
  • sad
  • depressed
  • tired
  • lonely
  • unbathed and feeling gross
  • wanting to just go out to a bar like normal
  • just wanting a burger from Grizzlebee’s in a sit down restaurant
  • wanting to show my face to folks, to smile again

I have it relatively good considering during all this. I’ve resolved to say what I’m grateful for rather than dwell in doomscrolling all the time.

This won’t last forever. My house was built in 1913 and some folks lived out the “Spanish flu” then here. It gives me some historical perspective to think of the previous occupants.

I want to use this personal space to post things I’m grateful for, when I can.

5 thoughts on “Gratitude”

  1. I’m grateful I got to see my brother yesterday, albeit on the porch. We haven’t seen each other in years.

    And I had a good shift today. I didn’t cry and then I was on top of the leaderboard (again! as is customary, lol).

  2. I’m grateful I had some nice customers today.

    I’ve been at my job long enough that I’ve worked with some customers quite a bit and gotten to know them over the years. They recognize my name cause it’s unique at my workplace and then it’s typically female. So, memorable.

    I had a few of the nice regulars today, just setting up DNS records and installing SSL certs and simple stuff. They are always so grateful. And that makes me happy when someone says, “Thank you, Anna!”

    And especially if they’re women, particular older women, I love helping them with their craft site or breast cancer fundraiser. Or some guy running a food pantry in the midwest. A wedding photographer. Someone running a landscaping business. All those folks are helping make the world a better place in their own way and I’m helping them.

    There are toxic regulars as well, but this is not the place for that.

    I had a good shift today at work and I feel like I helped. And I’m grateful for that.

  3. I’m grateful I had my tubes tied when I was 27 and thus don’t have to worry about sourcing birth control & the accompanying gyn visits. Nor dealing with screaming children I have to somehow provide caregiving to and/or homeschool. Being a parent during pandemic seems like a juggling act where something always falls.

  4. It’s been cold here, I’m grateful to have a heated mattress pad and lots of blankets.

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