ON THURSDAY! Hooray!
 Thank GOD for my family Social Worker (a much-needed holdover from Early Intervention). With all the stuff that goes on in my wonderful life, I can hardly keep track of the issues I need to address with her and questions I don’t know who else to ask. She’s always there to help. Always a good listener. And, always has productive and proactive ideas and commentary to help me decide my next course of action.
 I’m so thankful Olivia has embraced the practice of talking to a therapist when something is bothering her. She’s got one tough cookie for a teacher this year. A real yeller. And, it’s taking it’s toll on Olivia. Last night, after a long bout of real alligator tears, Olivia looked up at me and said, “Maybe I should talk to Ellen [the family Social Worker] about this!”
 Thank heavens for the snow. It looks like FINALLY we might get something that stays for a few days so we can go SLEDDING! The kids and I are just dying to hit the slopes.
 Thanks to my husband (and the greater powers that be) for my elliptical trainer and an awesome 12-year-old treadmill that still pulls it’s weight — and mine — to help me achieve my goals (one painstaking pound at a time).
 Thank God for my continued good health that I’m able to USE the elliptical trainer and/or treadmill on a daily basis and not feel crippled! That’s no small feat at my age!
 Thank God the car is fixed and in good running condition again and that our “new” 6-month-old television that turned off for no reason 10 days ago and wouldn’t turn back on is also fixed FINALLY. Not easy to entertain 3 kids when you can’t go out and you have no television!
Simple thankful thoughts make me feel so much better about all the other CR*&^#%&$*P! that’s going on in my life (LOL). Try it. You might like it.