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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Thankful Thursday 3/17/2016

Happy Saint Patrick's Day and Happy Thursday! Since today is a very green Thursday, that means that today is thankful Thursday. It seems like I have a lot to be thankful for today and I want to share it with you all.

I'm thankful for my friends and family of course. Dad bought me a turkey hoagie on Monday to take for lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday - he bought me a turkey hoagie since I don't eat pork anymore. The hoagie was really good and I'm glad dad bought me one. He also gets me coffee in the morning and from time to time a muffin. I'm really thankful for that.

Mom is also in Chicago this week for business. She sent me a text message of a shirt she bought me. It looks really awesome! I am thankful for this too.

I'm also thankful for my memories. I started writing more poems about my 2005 trip. Here is a poem I wrote leaving Virginia.

My belly is full from biscuits and blueberry jam
to last me through our travels out of Virginia—
I have always loved Cracker Barrel’s jam biscuits.

Mom places my Skynyrd CD into the tape deck,
“Sweet Home Alabama” plays as we pass mountains;
the Appalachians look stunningly beautiful

against the gray sky with sun trying to peak out,
Confederate soldiers wave to us on the side
of the road, Yankees advancing quickly, sneak

attack—violently siege the capital’s courthouse,
yet the former Confederate capital looks untouched;
the border of North Carolina welcomes.

I started working on the BMW Factory poems too. I love reflecting the great time I had on that trip, seeing Dani again, and being in South Carolina for the first time. I started reflecting my 2nd time in South Carolina in 2009. I went alone to see Anna that time and that was what started my obsession with getting pierced. I also saw Madea Goes To Jail, which made me love Madea movies, and Watchmen. I'm thankful for the experiences I have had with Anna and I would love to see her again since it's been 7 years. We keep in touch via Instagram now.

Speaking of piercings, here is a #tbt to 2012 when I had my rook pierced in March 2012. I am going to write a poem about this experience because my piercer called me a war horse that is unflinching to pain. He was gracious about having someone take pictures and was really nice about letting me get a picture with him at the end.

What are you thankful for?


  1. Rook pierced? What does that mean? It sounds scary. I'm thankful because today is my dad's birthday, and I had him on Earth long enough to appreciate him.


  2. Hi Janie,

    A rook is an inner ear piercing. Let me know if you can see my piercings:

    Happy birthday to your father! I hope you all enjoyed your day!


  3. Hi, Jessica!

    I want you to know that I have nominated you for the Music and Words Award. Come to SDMM to view the post. I felt you deserve this award because you share my love of rock, metal and rap and occasionally post it on your blog. You are also a devoted friend and for that I am thankful.

    Congratulations on receiving the MWA, dear friend!

    1. Hi Shady!

      Wow! What a wonderful surprise! I saw this comment when I was at work and was beaming all day. You really made a crappy morning great. :)

      Thank you, dear friend!

  4. You're braver than I am!! I really want the industrial done, but I'm terrified. Which makes no sense, as I have no fear whatsoever when it comes to tattoos.

    I love this post, it's always good to be reminded of all the things we should feel thankful for.

    1. I didn't think the rook was bad at all... the industrial was painful, but it wasn't the most terrible thing either. Apparently I have a high pain tolerance. I'm not tattooed; I've thought about it, but I'm not sure. Piercing is just one and done, I'm not sure how I'd do with tattooing. Was it painful or weird feeling or both?

      Thank you! I try to be grateful for each day. I started a gratitude jar on 1-1... though I haven't filled it each day. Oops.:(