Thankful Thursday 2 July 2020

We’re half way through the year, can you believe it? I was looking at the Happiness Box and since we’ve been inside since March, it’s not as full as it normally would be at this time. Usually, by the time Happiness Box is half way full. Right now it’s quarter of the way full. I’ll make some scrapbook pages of my vacation to put in there.

My full-time job decided since 95% of us weren’t comfortable coming back, they wouldn’t send us back, and the 5% who had to go in for their job would be the only ones going in. I can only go in when I have a print job and I’m relegated to one day in the building if I have to print. I had a print job this week and I went in today. It felt weird going in today, after 4 months being away. One of my co-workers was there and she wished me a happy birthday. I had a card waiting for me by my monitor from her. That made my morning and I’m so grateful she remembered. Another one wished me a happy birthday yesterday via e-mail.


I took home my Tundra calendar, since I forgot in March, and took home some pictures because who knows when things can change. Since they invested so much into work from home and since cases keep rising, they might tell my manager that we can’t go into print at all. If they want to save money; ink, paper and postage cost a lot of money, they may tell us to do everything digitally at home and not even bother coming in for one day from time to time.  I like being proactive and honestly, I missed having Tundra in my Happiness Box. Some of my favourite comics from March, April, May, and June, I’ll just cross out the month and day and put the day in July, August, September, October, November and December. Fortunately, there’s only a handful from those few months that I can use for July (July seems to be a miss). Anyway, today was a nice day, it was nice to catch up with the one co-worker and I just feel grateful for it all.

Yesterday I received a card from Flo. Flo is Mary’s sister, the one who died in March. I was so verklempt that despite everything she remembered my birthday and sent me a card. It felt weird not seeing Mary’s name on the card, however. If I see her sitting outside, I’ll see her and thank her. If not, I’ll call her tomorrow and thank her. I can’t believe my birthday is on Saturday.

Kathleen asked for my address and now I’m curious. I’m thankful for her friendship. I’m also thankful for my parents and friends.

Tuesday was our last daily zoom meditation through my full-time job. For the rest of the year, we’ll meet on Mondays. Avi, Joel, and I were the first three there on Tuesday and Stef said to us, “I’m so happy to see you all! You’re the three I can count on and you always help start the meetings.” We had a dance party for the last daily zoom and since it was the last day of Pride, which I am so happy that the company acknowledged this year, we danced to “We Are Family.” I am so grateful for these meetings.

Joel and Avi are starting a weekly Torah/Bible study and since I want to learn more about the Torah, I’m joining. They are both in Florida and they’re really nice people. I’m grateful that they are starting this and creating more ways to build community in isolating times.

What are you thankful for today?

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I also took Lyft this afternoon and my driver was such a joy.

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Creator of the Happiness Box Project Initiative, a project where you write your happiness or gratitude each day, then open the box in the New Year. The Initiative is to teach joy and gratitude, to pass it on to others.

One thought on “Thankful Thursday 2 July 2020”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    That’s right, I almost forgot. Your birthday is coming up two days from now, “born on the 4th of July.” I will wish you a happy day right now, but I have a feeling I’ll see you again before or on your big day.

    I’m happy to know you encountered co-worker love and birthday greetings when you went into the office. I am also glad you are appreciated for your loyalty and punctuality in attending the Zoom meetings. “We Are Family” is a great Pride anthem and appropriate for any celebration of tolerance and diversity. I hope you learn a lot about the Torah in that study group. I am also happy to know you had a warm and fuzzy Lyft experience.

    Happy TT to you, dear friend JM!


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