Hi readers! How is your Thursday?
That’s me sitting in the driver’s seat of a C-5 (aka Fred) from a West Virginia guard unit. I totally got hooked up with a behind the scenes tour of a C-5 on the flight line today. It was pretty sweet — that plane is so massive and was really fun to climb around in. Most of the pilots had all been at Columbus and Kelly back in the day so we had fun reminiscing. Don’t worry, the F-16 is still my numba one.
You know how yesterday I mentioned that Germans don’t celebrate Halloween? I lied. I had a few trick-or-treaters last night — they looked so adorable in their little costumes. I opened the door and they held out their candy bags (that went all the way to the floor) and then all I heard was, “Süßes oder Saures!” My heart was in a puddle. It is a good thing I had a few extra hippos laying around the house. Kids love those. 🙂 I bet you’re wondering why the heck I gave kids hippos, aren’t you?
Today is the first day of November, the month to give thanks. I think today is a good day to reflect on what we’re thankful for. Give thanks for the experiences we’ve had so far in our lives.
I’m thankful for all the important things that I absolutely couldn’t live without: family, friends, the Viper Pilot, my health, the roof over my cranium, Elle…but I’m also thankful for some rather unconventional things. Some of the things on my list I could probably live with out, well, maybe.
– Colorado. It will always, always, always be a part of my life.
– Modern technology. I can call anywhere in the states from Germany. Oh, yeah and there’s Skype. And the F-16 decked out with all the modern technology to keep the Viper Pilot safe and sound while he flies.
-Slippers, stretchy pants, comfy couches, and I Love Lucy. The perfect way to spend a cold night. Um, and wine.
– Toilet paper. You know you agree.
– Soap and toothpaste. Yeah, you know what I mean. I’ve had conversations with people for whom toothpaste effectively does not exist. It’s not pleasant. Same goes for body wash, a little soap goes a long way. You know, I might as well add deodorant to this list while I’m at it.
– Braces. …and that my parents paid for them. You should have seen how crooked my teeth used to be. There is video footage of my cousin calling me “beaver teeth” once upon a time. I think that is attributed to this bad habit I had as a child…
…which later led to teeth like this…
…and I’m still not over my 5th grade school picture in which I proudly displayed my braces. I’m not going to subject myself to that kind of humiliation.
– Smiles. Have you ever looked a baby in the eyes? How can you not smile?
– Color vision. What would the world be like in black and white?? Boooooring.
– Opposable thumbs. My dog can’t do anything because she doesn’t have thumbs.
– Scissors. Have you ever tried to get a pair of scissors out of its packaging without scissors?!
– Garbage collectors. Here they only pick up the trash once a month. Do you have any idea how quickly junk accumulates?
– Rainy/Snowy days. The perfect excuse for a vanilla steamer with whip, a good book, and a blanket.
– Laughter. The world needs more laughter.
– Animals. They make the world a better place.
– Fingernails. They are essential for scratching that annoying itch, painting up to look pretty, and scratching off the stupid stickers they put on the bottom of dishes.
– Everyone serving our country. THANK YOU.
– Gravity. And having the option to defy it.
– People who strap mattresses OR Christmas trees to the tops of their cars. I get hysterical every. single. time.
– My mother-in-law’s cranberry pecan pie. You have to try one to understand.
– God. For whom all of this would be naught.
– Blog posts that are lists. Aren’t they fun?