Thankful Thursday 2 December 2021

Happy Thursday! Happy December! It’s hard to believe that there are only 29 more days left of 2021. I feel like 2020 and 2021 were a combined year and that 1-1-20 was yesterday. 1-1-2021 was just an extension of 2020.

I know I haven’t been blogging much this week. Hanukkah is this week and I’ve been busy celebrating. I’m also having Tom over tomorrow night and Saturday, he’s going to help me finish celebrating the last two days of Hanukkah. This will be his first Hanukkah – we agreed to celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas together (he celebrates Christmas… I celebrate both anyway). I’ve been cleaning the house like crazy. I’ll be cooking for him on Saturday as well, and this will be his first time meeting my parents. We’ll be hanging out in the basement, and I threw away a lot of things. I only have my scrapbooking stuff now.

You can see the before in the video

Hanukkah is feeling a little bit more “normal” this year. Center City Kehililah had a Menorah lighting last night, but I didn’t go. I get done work at 4:15, it was at 5:15, I would have been late and it didn’t make sense to travel an hour to the city for a 45 minute program. I am glad they had it in person this year, however, albeit masked.

Instead, my job had a Menorah, Christmas Tree, and Kinara (Kwanzaa) lighting last night. I went to that instead and got to see all three of them get lit. I enjoyed the festivities, and I even met the commissioners. They let me hop in a few photos, which was awesome of them. Tuesday was my 3 month anniversary at my new job, it’s going very well, and this photo helped seal the deal.

I remember when dad was still working full-time, he told me one of his coworkers is in a metal band. I like metal (I like most music, regardless of genre) and last month, we were talking. He finally brought in one of his CDs. I can’t wait to get home, take out my walkman, and listen to this. Thankful Thursday indeed.

I’m thankful for Tom. Last Saturday we met up in Philadelphia and had a great date day and evening. I love exploring the city with him. I love going on adventures with him. It’s nice to have a partner in crime now. I want to share a few photos. Tom is teaching me how to skateboard, I’m teaching him how to ice skate, and we are just grateful for each other.

This Hanukkah brings a lot of light and joy. I am thankful for my friends, family, co-workers, Terry, and Paul. I’m thankful for everyone in my life.

What are you thankful for today?

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One thought on “Thankful Thursday 2 December 2021”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    Thanks for bringing us up to date on your celebration of Hanukkah and your preparations for a big weekend with Tom, bringing him home for the first time to meet your folks. You have the place looking great. I am happy that you are introducing him to the Hanukkah experience and you and he will both celebrate Christmas. Your video showing off your 2020 scrapbook was much better produced this time. I could hear you loud and clear, and you are quite good at explaining the content of the memory-filled pages. I like how you named it “The COVID-19 Zone.” The pictures taken at the lighting ceremonies are beautiful. Cool that your dad likes metal and shared his music with you. I loved that clip of the live band. Another fun date with Tom and the pictures to prove it. I hope all goes well when he visits you this weekend.

    Have a nice Friday and a safe and happy weekend, dear friend JM!


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