I’m Thankful For..

In high school (not college thankfully) I was notorious for waiting until the last minute to finish an assignment..and this blog is a child of that principal! Everybody who is anybody has been posting on Facebook daily what they are thankful for and while I’m a bit late to this party, don’t let my tardiness confuse you, I have many many things to be thankful for! The following items meet the Jennifer Shidler “Seal of Approval”


I’m Thankful For…


1.) Cool side of the pillow, your there for me at 3 and again at 7, thank you for being versatile and not becoming jealous when I cheat on you with another pillow. You will always be my number one..and two!COOL-PILLOW_RK

2.) Vacuum cleaners, as I have never witnessed a more life affirming way to scare the living day lights out of my cats while being productive at the same time. Win Win!

3.) Daylight Savings time, fall back (not spring forward), lets be real, who wouldn’t want to relive 2 am on some random fall evening?fallback

4.) Heated seats, cloth seats, not leather! There is nothing more amazing than walking out to your car on a cold winters morning, starting it up and with 10 shivering minutes..BAM hot crossed buns!

5.) Bathroom acoustics. I don’t want to toot my own horn, but for the last 10 years, I’ve been performing 4 solid concerts a week from the comforts of my bathroom with not a single dry eye, or bubble in the house. This shower singing diva continues to give Whitney Houston and Stevie Nicks a run for their money.

Toothpaste_Squeezer6.)The device that forces the toothpaste to come out in an orderly fashion. This little drill sergeant gets the job done and saves me 2 dollars bi-annually in wasted to toothpaste..and that is no laughing matter.

7.)Cute older people who still bring binoculars to public events. If Paul McCartney lost a contact on stage, the lady in section 208 row 6 seat 5 has got his back.e

8.) Whoever made this coat

9.) Whoever coined the phrase "not tonight honey, I have a headache." This phrase brings as much sadness and disappoint as one of my other favorite phrases, “I’m sorry, we are all out of Twinkies” both have ever lasting effects that are not yet known to man. twinkie

10.) Silent and vibrating options on my phone that successfully allow me to fake a phone call in awkward or tense situations, without allowing real calls to come through systematically blowing my cover and making me look like a weirdo. 

11.) Lunchables, the 1.00 snack that is just enough to get me through until my real food arrives!

12.)For the times that the song that comes on the radio is really ‘under pressure’ by Queen and not ice ice baby ‘Edge of 17′ by Stevie Nicks and not Bootylicious’ and “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon and not”All Summer Long” by kid rock

13.) That my iPod lets me skip as much as I want without making me listen to commercials. Take that Pandora.

14.) Thankful or scpelll checiek, because “just sound it out” doesn’t always cut it and because no one wants to be that kid in class that the only word spelled right on their paper is their name..if they are even that lucky..trust me..I know these things.

only-hangers-clear-plastic-top-clothes-hangers_0_400x36015.) Little indents on hangers that keep my clothes from falling on the floor.

16.)The metal wires that held my teeth together for two years. The people of Texas, Indiana, and all that have met me in between thank you. braces

17.)Getting the right key in the right lock in the right direction the first time around, same thing goes with USB drives and cell phone chargers. Getting these right the first time is life’s way of giving you a high five and saying, hey, you did it!

6-13-10 New Vacuum (4)18.) The lines and waves the Vacuum creates on the carpet! It’s a friendly memo that says King Hoover now deems this carpet clean and worthy

19.) Falling asleep on a long road trip and waking up and your half hour from your destination. “What do you mean it takes 16 hours to get from Texas to Indiana? Cause that totally felt like 3 1/2"

20.) Spending a hour agonizing over fries or onion rings, picking one, but having a mix of both in the cup! Life is saying, “Yes, yes you can have your cake and eat it too.”

21.) Sweater shaver. Those cotton fur balls on all my work clothes aren’t going to eat themselves are they? Thank you for making my clothes your steady diet.sweater shaver

22.) The kernels in the bottom of the popcorn bag that refuse to pop. Your stubbornness to conform to the “pressures” around you, is always my favorite part of the popcorn experience. I too, am a rebel!

23.) Knowing friends unlock codes to their phones. What better way to remind them that they should be thinking about you ALL THE TIME, then photo bombing their wallpaper 2-3 times a week.

24.) Digging out a pair of shoes that you once deemed unworthy because they were uncomfortable,  wearing them and realizing there perfect all along.

25.) Making a food item that Finally (after many failed attempts) tastes like how mom used to make it.

26.)Having the perfect comeback at the perfect time. Because yes sir, that IS what she said.

richard_simmons_127.)The moments that I can actually tell when I’m just bored to death and not starving to death. It is dangerous to get the too symptoms confused. Just ask this guy

28.)When the two socks I pull out of the sock drawer match not only color but in style and size

29.) Knowing the automated operator numbers by heart so you don’t have to listen to all the options to know that you need to press 5 for technical support and then 1 for voicemail settings. Take that you automated sorcerer you. 

30.) For Pawn Stars effectively training me on how to spot an authentic civil war gun, samurai sword and babe Ruth card, a true skill set that really rounds out a resume.

31.)The lady at the airport who selflessly tells you everyday "The moving walkway is now coming to and.." Wow, that was a close call.

door32.) Still getting Goosebumps from a favorite song that I’ve heard a millions times over.

33.) The door knobs that easily tell you when the door is locked and NOT LOCKED! No greater reassuring feeling than someone running full speed at your bathroom door like a Velociraptor hunting for prey and that silver button is pressed in and not sticking out. Not today silly velociraptor, not today. 

Published by Jennifer Shidler

I am a Hoosier at heart who has moved to the heart of Texas with my husband Matthew, our cats Rowdy & Mosby and our dogs Lucy & Wrigley. Matthew is a Chief Flight instructor at a flight school in Austin and I care for my mother full time and write random thoughts and posts in between. I started writing this blog as a way to keep people back home updated on our lives here in Texas, and has turned into a way to relax, think and to make others laugh!

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