11.27.14 - And We Give Thanks

A friend wrote me yesterday asking for a few sentences on what I’m grateful for this Thanksgiving. I dutifully gave her my list, which I assume is similar in nature to most others. Family, friends, gifts, etc. 

But there are a lot of things in this world I am thankful for this year. So, in no particular order, a (non)exhaustive list.

  • Writer friends who let me whine and buy me wine 
  • Non-writer friends who look at me like I’m insane, or brilliant, or both
  • Parents who are living, healthy, still married and rather fun to be with
  • Carmex. Enough said.
  • Those little fur mice that my cats adore; it’s so nice to find them wet and soggy underfoot in the mornings
  • Earl Grey tea
  • A husband who unloads the dishwasher and makes tea for me in the morning
  • My MacBook Air
  • Being surrounded by professionals who have my best interest at heart
  • The love of strangers
  • Progressive lenses
  • The freedom to pursue my dreams
  • The people who fight for me so I can pursue my dreams
  • And stories. Thank God for stories.
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram - no, really.
  • Pinterest - and this one is special, because, you know, VISION BOARDS!
  • Hot showers on cold days
  • Warm crackly fires
  • The dust that rises in a poof when you open an old book long on the shelf (not to be seen as a commentary on my housekeeping skills)
  • Laughter
  • Smiling
  • Rembrandt tooth whitening toothpaste
  • Creme de la Mer
  • Birkenstocks
  • Boots and skinny jeans and leggings 
  • 80s music aka “First Wave" on Sirius XM
  • The Clash
  • That I’ve been given a gift, and the ability to share it with others
  • My very old Coach dayplanner cover that fits my new Quo Vadis Exaclaire Journal 21 perfectly
  • Amazon Prime
  • Indie bookstores
  • Inappropriate movies
  • Harry Potter
  • Cameras
  • Advil - All. Those. Bookshelves.
  • Diamonds
  • Cashmere
  • Hot baths
  • The moment when you start reading a book and realize it’s going to be a brilliant ride
  • Pillow forts
  • Kittens
  • Ghost kittens
  • That article in the Daily Mail that suggested I lay off wheat (adios, 15 pounds this year)
  • Gluten-free pie crusts
  • Stevia
  • YOGA!
  • That my body still does the things I ask of it
  • Redecorating to address needs. Like a yoga room. And more bookshelves.
  • Did I mention the best husband in the world? 
  • Cowriters
  • Those awesome little cloths that actually clean your glasses
  • Kind Bars
  • iPads
  • Rainy days in Paris

You get the idea. I could go on and on. But entirely non-irreverently, I am so very thankful for you. For coming here, and reading, and cheering on, and all that. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

What are you thankful for today?


J.T. Ellison

J.T. Ellison is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of fifteen critically acclaimed thrillers and is the co-author of the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. With over a million books in print, Ellison’s work has been published in twenty-five countries and thirteen languages. She is also the co-host of A Word on Words, Nashville's premier literary TV series, which airs on Nashville Public Television. She lives with her husband and twin kittens in Nashville. Visit JTEllison.com, and follow her on Twitter @Thrillerchick or at Facebook.com/JTEllison14.