I'm thankful for a kind, funny, supportive, loving family. For parents who are still best friends and crazy about each other after being married for 43 years (though the installation of a new hot-tub everywhere they move is...a little unsettling). For the best, most thoughtful and generous, most hilarious sister anyone could ask for—and a truly kick-ass brother-in-law. For the smartest, funniest, most talented 2 1/2 year old nephew on the planet—and the one who'll get here in March.
I'm thankful for a job that lets me do what I'm best at—but still challenges me and frustrates me and teaches me something new every day. For coworkers who work hard, ooze creativity and laugh—loudly—countless times a day. And for the opportunity to work for a company that does something I unreservedly, unabashedly, unapologetically believe in.
For friends who get who I am—and for every chance I get play, talk or goof off with them. For Tantrum and Spite and Poke and Improv Thunderdome. For the kids in Exit 16, who give me more than I could ever give them. For that feeling you get when you create something from nothing—and realize it wouldn't exist without those people in that moment.
For health, comfort, time...all the big things it's so easy to take for granted. For goofy things...like good wine, cats who curl up under the covers during the winter, Texas and Georgia football, The Daily Show, wireless internet and MacBooks, and the occasional Strawberry Frosted Poptart.
And for a new leader who inspires hope and optimism instead of fear and cynicism. For the feeling that things are really, finally going to change for the better...in ways we haven't even begun to imagine.