50 Thanksgivings

Since this is my 50th post, and it’s Thanksgiving, I’m going to list 50 things I’m thankful for. You don’t have to read them all, but you might be T

one of them! In no particular order:

  1. My parents (as a unit) for supporting and encouraging a late bloomer. And for showing me a great example of long lasting love.
  2. My mom (individually) for her passion.
  3. My dad (individually) for his loving advice.
  4. Mike for your perfect balance of goofiness and seriousness. And sexiness hehe!
  5. Heidi and Rye for always being there and loving me no matter what.
  6. Reilly and Marla (my cats) for warming my heart.
  7. Sojo, Stacey, and Kelley (my writer’s group) for keeping the dream alive.
  8. Hannah and Matthias for all the great entertainment.
  9. Walter for being awesome and making us feel so welcome.
  10. Ren and Mandi for reminding me that good friends never change.
  11. Word Press for offering a great free service and making this blog possible.
  12. Virgin Mobile for having awesome phone service for just $25 a month.
  13. Molly for consistently going after her dream.
  14. My health.
  15. Tim Tams (I’ve just discovered these amazing cookies from Australia).
  16. NYC Business Solutions for offering free business classes and counseling.
  17. Wikipedia for being an endless source of free info. And on that note, the library as well.
  18. All the people who have visited my blog and left comments.
  19. Tara, Tracy, and Tiffany for your motivating and often funny posts (wow I just realized all of your names start with Ts!).
  20. The farmer’s market. I don’t go often enough, but it’s nice to know that exists.
  21. Mike’s family for inviting me into the circle and for all the great Polish food.
  22. The internet for having an answer to all my questions.
  23. John Irving, Bill Bryson, and Barbara Kingsolver for making think, laugh, and turn the page.
  24. Lisa for your positive spirit and being an artist in every aspect.
  25. Little kids who wear polka dots or stripes – it always makes me smile.
  26. Hot coffee on a cold morning. (Although this makes me wish I had a porch)
  27. HSBC for canceling 2 overdraft fees back when I was still trying to get the hang of a checking account.
  28. Craig Fishel for getting rid of my back pain.
  29. Laser hair removal for never having to shave my legs again!
  30. Modern Family and Happy Endings for making me laugh.
  31. Adele, Tori Amos, Liz Phair, and Regina Spector for giving me something to rock out to in the shower.
  32. Andrea for being my best friend when I really needed one.
  33. Carter for expanding my awareness of the world.
  34. Spell Check for obvious reasons.
  35. Maria for taking the reigns and continuing the Nicaragua project.
  36. The Met, The MoMa, The Guggenheim, The Whitney, PS1, The Tenement Museum, The American Museum of Natural History, and Museum of Moving Image (in my neighborhood!).
  37. Cat Stevens. You were my first great love.
  38. Amy for making the Challenge Day happen.
  39. Mrs. Meyer’s Geranium scented dish soap. You make me like cleaning the dishes.
  40. Ben, Alia, Sarah, Noor, and Coralie for making college special.
  41. Birth control for making it possible to focus on my own life before I start a new life.
  42. Spring and Fall. I always forget how beautiful you are.
  43. Priscilla for your carefree spirit and for making Mozambique even more of a unique experience. Iliana for being my best friend on the Mountain.
  44. Marika and Robin for making my siblings happy.
  45. Cheese. And most other dairy products.
  46. Theodore Roosevelt for creating the National Parks.
  47. UNESCO for preserving incredibly beautiful and historic sites all around the world.
  48. Other people’s family photos – they always make me laugh.
  49. TLC for helping me create the life I want.
  50. And of course, the holidays for bringing everyone together and reminding us to be grateful for what we have.

For the next few days I’ll probably think of 50 more things I should have put on the list. If you’re not on the list it’s because I’m so grateful for you that I couldn’t even put it into words.

So take some time and think of what you’re grateful for. And if you have some extra time, leave a comment about it 🙂


  1. Oh Tracy, I am so grateful for so many things as well. Shall I list them?
    1. James for his love and for being so grounded, smart and kind
    2. Heidi for teaching me that all mistakes aren’t bad, indeed some bring you more joy than you could imagine — I got pregnant with her using a diaphragm
    3. You for your open, big heart and patience
    4. Rye for his intelligence and for not holding grudges
    5. Marika, Mike and Robin for, as you say, making my kids happy
    6. My friends and co-workers (who are all friends) for being there for me and for their honesty
    7. Theater! For giving me joy and letting me bring joy to others!
    8. Assessors – They made it easy for me to make money so I could pursue what I love
    9. My house – James built it and put so much love in the details that he makes me feel like a princess
    10. My body – even though I bitch about it, it’s what gave life to my three precious children
    11. The times we live in — Fifty years ago it would have been very difficult for Rye to have lived as a trans man. I’m thankful he was able to live his truth
    12. Gay Marriage! Yes! It’s about time!
    13. Traveling – Seeing the world slowly but over time, has been one of the great joys of my life
    14. Reading – I can’t imagine life without books – and yes, libraries too
    15. 600 thread sheets which are so cozy and comfy
    16. My cats who I wish would use the litter box. Their existence makes me smile
    17. Learning – there is almost nothing I enjoy more
    18. Games – what would my life be without ping pong, scrabble, and charades?
    19. Music- particularly deep rich male voices
    20. My life — I realize that everything I’ve done up until now – no matter how trivial it may seem – has brought me to where I am. I know that had I turned 1/1000 of an inch when my children were conceived, I would have had different children. So yes the butterfly effect is omni-present in my life.
    Thank you Tracy for being so open, loving and articulate in your posts! I’m grateful for the Heso project!


  2. I meant to thank you for the shout out! 🙂 So good to know you have so many things to be thankful for. I am also thankful for you! I love reading your blog and I’m glad we have connected. I strongly believe there will only be more and more to be thankful for in the near future. 🙂


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