La Dolce Vita

So Thanksgiving just passed and although my family has enough leftovers to get us through another scare of Y2K, we are officially into the countdown for Christmas. I thought it was about time I jump on the bandwagon and post a blog of the top 10 things I am thankful for (this year at least).

1. God and Family: This one is always at the top of my list. Without my Savior and the family He has blessed me with, I honestly don’t think I could make it through each day. Many people say that they have the greatest family in the world, but I’m pretty sure any and all families would pale in comparison to the family I have. My family is God’s gift to the world.

2. Friends: Sorry to continue on the mushy-lovey-dovey train but I have some beautiful friends in my life. Friends that are very much like family to me. They fill in the gaps when my family is absent.

3. My job: I get paid to talk. Does it get any better than that?

4. Sunsets: No matter where I am; a Californian beach, the mountains of my home town, a Texas field or in the heart of the Big Apple, there is something about a sunset that soothes my soul. It indicates that the day is done and the battle has been fought. It also symbolizes a time of rest before the morning brings a new hope and a fresh start.

5. Peanuts: Before you write me off as an elephant, you should probably know that I’m not talking about nuts. Well, unless of course you think Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and the rest of the gang are nuts. These little guys will always be a symbol of my childhood. Yearly trips to Knott’s Berry Farm, countless DVD’s, hundreds of newspaper comic cutouts and collectibles… I just love them! No matter how old I get, I will consistently laugh out loud watching or reading Peanuts. Classic.

6. Mattress Pads: One thing I’ve learned since graduating college is that a good night sleep is crucial! In college you’re more resilient and it’s not as imperative, but once that degree hit my hand I aged about 30 years and therefore sleep constantly. I never used a mattress pad growing up. I mean, come on, I only spent a few measly hours a night on it so who cared if it was a silky, cushy, wonderland of memory foam? Now, I’m trying to figure out how to put it in my car seats and office chair.

7. Jeans That Give: There’s nothing more depressing than trying to squeeze into your skinny jeans during the holiday season only to find that your tummy must roll over on itself in order to fit. I recently discovered Guess jeans. Expensive? Yes, but you can’t put a price on the benefits. Cute and comfy? Absolutely, and the best part is that they hug you right out of the dryer and then give you some mobility because they stretch. Bo-nus!

8. Peppermint Mocha: Talk about heaven in a red cup sprinkled with snowflakes. You put one of these under the tree with a bow and I’ll start foaming at the mouth. To say I’m addicted would be an understatement. They say you never forget your first time, no matter how many times you give in to the lust… Well, I never forget a single encounter. Every second that hot minty chocolate goodness runs down my throat is a moment beyond bliss. Now if Starbucks could just learn how to make a drink HOT and not lukewarm. I mean seriously, if I burn my tongue then it shouldn’t be in my hands. Duh.

9. The Coca-Cola Polar Bears: Much like the Budweiser Clydesdale horses during the Super Bowl, I can’t get enough of these guys. I remember having binders with these guys on them when I was a kid. And in last year’s campaign the polar bears became friends with the penguins for the holidays. Now, it’s a party!

10. ICE: No, not the cube stuff in your holiday punch or the “In Case of Emergency” number in your phone. I’m talking about ICE! The sculpture extravaganza that takes place at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas. Where else do you have the opportunity to dress up like the Marshmallow Puff Man himself and step right into a winter wonderland? Everything inside this place is completely made of ice. It’s absolutely gorgeous. And it doesn’t matter how ridiculous I look in that massive coat or how many kids I have to shove out of my way, as long as I get to slide down the slide to the North Pole, welcomed by a myriad of elves with frozen smiles and hugs.

So as 2010 comes to an end, I salute all those things that make life bearable and worth living. Here’s to an even better 2011. La Dolce Vita… the sweet life!

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