But I still have things to be thankful for this year, and I'm going to focus on those:
I'm thankful for food on my desk. I went through some "I can't afford to eat" phases this year, which have brought my attention to how nice it is to be able to go into a grocery store and buy things I want to eat. Earlier in the year, I'm enormously thankful for Goodman's Center food pantry, who made sure I didn't starve over the summer. My goal this coming year is to donate at least twice as much food to them as I used out of the pantry, and I hope that some of you will think of the GC food pantry when planning your giving for this year.
I'm thankful for my job. I've been there nearly 7 years now, and it's a good job. It pays well, I have benefits, I'm getting overtime these days, they're paying the majority of my tuition, and I'm feeling pretty secure there.
I'm thankful for technology. I have a functional computer that brings me entertainment and information and education. I have a reliable iPod that keeps me from loosing my mind at work and brings me hours and hours of educational material each day. I have learned more from my iPod than from any other source since high school. I have a really cool new phone that amazes me with the ability to watch silly or touching videos and communicate with my friends and family anywhere and anytime I like.
I'm thankful for my cat. Tegan gives me a reason to come home, someone to chat with when I do, and warmth and cuddles when she feels like it.
Most importantly I'm thankful for the people in my life who I love and who love me. My parents are really outstanding people who keep me around and love me despite my faults. My siblings are amazing smart and deeply good people. My boyfriend is hot, and sweet, and a huge pleasure to be around. My friends... I completely depend on you guys. I cannot express my gratitude for all who helped me through this year, with fun experiences, pep talks, shoulders to cry on, opportunities to learn, and simply love. You mean the world to me. Thank you.