My boss and co workers
I really do have a great boss. He is pretty awesome. He is so generous and kind. He really does care about his employees and he is a pretty funny guy actually. We had our little company Christmas party this last week and it was super fun. We went to a teppanyaki steak house for lunch. It was the first time I had ever been to one. It was seriously awesome to watch. (and that's my awesome boss and his awesome wife in the background)
We had a ton of fun. I work with all women (except for our boss- the doctor) and sometimes it can be a real challenge... but it seems the last little while has been great! We have all been getting along and been working as a great team!
Eryn, Gynene, and myself at lunch
My brother Westley
I don't know if I have ever written a Thankful Thursday post about my brother Westley. He is almost 9 years old and he is the youngest of my biological siblings. He is awesome. He is seriously one of the funniest people I know. He has awesome comedic timing and he is so full of energy. My sister sent me the following picture of Wes. He has been wearing this funny Santa hat and beard off and on the last couple of weeks and one night he fell asleep in it while trying to technically stay "in his room" at bed time and still listen to the conversations and the movie going on in my mom's living room.
We decided to call him Hobo Santa
Its kind of a creepy cat lady thing to do to brag about the felines in one's life... but I don't care. I am going to do it anyway. I love my cats. Even though we had about a year when they were a pain in the butt and I was seriously contemplating sending them to another family to live. Well they both grew out of their teenage years (well months in human time but years I guess in cat time) and they are once again awesome. They love to be outside but they have been spoiled and they now sleep inside at night (especially since it has been near freezing temps here in Vegas over night). I do love them... even if I do have to take a Benadryl before we go to bed since I am technically allergic to them and they make my throat itch- even when they sleep at the bottom of the bed.
One draw back to having inside/outside cats... They still wake me up at about 5:15am no matter what day it is to be let back out into the wild outdoors. ARG
I love it. But only AFTER Thanksgiving. I have enjoyed listening to Christmas music in the car, at work, in stores, and everywhere else my life may take me. It is pretty hard for me to get into the Christmas spirit most of the time... but Christmas carols definitely help. Confession- Christmas is only 8 days away and I have not put a single Christmas decoration up. Yeah- pretty sad!
My church calling
I am so thankful for the opportunity I have to work with the Young Women (teenage girls ages 12-18) in my ward at church. It has been such a blessing. I have been pleasantly surprised that the girls don't think I am too old to be cool yet. PHEW. It was seriously a fear of mine. Actually- I had one of the girls (almost 16 years old) tell me that she wishes that I could come and hang out with her at school. I took it as a compliment. But seriously- I am developing such a deep love for these girls. They are teaching me so much (like how to "shuffle"... which is the Running Man dance from the 80's but just named something else now). I know that it was no coincidence that I was called to serve these girls. I prayed for experiences to strengthen my testimony in our Savior, Jesus Christ and also to gain a stronger testimony of the core principles of the gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I was given this job not very long after my prayers had started.
So sometimes the summers can have brutal days of 110 degrees... but I will take those days for the payoff in the "winter" time. It has been near 60 degrees and it has been FABULOUS! Since I have Seasonal Affective Disorder, the warmer Vegas weather in the winter does wonders for my moods and my well being. I love only having to invest in a light jacket and sweaters in the winter months. I do NOT miss the snow of Colorado and Utah ONE SINGLE BIT! I love that the palm trees and grass (for the most part) stay perky and green for Christmas time!
I know there are many friends and family members that read this blog. Leave me a comment with some of the things you are thankful for.