(in no particular order)
-for Fyodor, how he leaps on me every morning to wake me up, and bites my toes; for all the ridiculous things he does throughout the day that make us smile.
-for Matthew!, for he's a jaunty good fella. and he has the best eastern bloc accent, and the best toothy smile, and he makes the best onion rings, and he'll bend over backwards for you. really. not just me, for just about anyone. and i think he is amazing.
-for my mom & dad, how just being near them feels like my engine's been jumpstarted.
-for my in-laws, for their hospitality and kindness and understanding.
-for my sister & fernando, how i know (just know) they will always have my back.
-for megan & brian, though frankly i would be even more thankful if i got to see them once in a while... (we miss you!)
-for friends to laugh with and make sushi with and play euchre with -- friends who notice if you're worried or stressed, friends who do what they can to make things better.
-for our grandparents & aunts & uncles & cousins - seriously, guys, you're like family to us. ;-)
-for God how he gives us hope and pushes us forward.
-and for all the other nice things, like flamingos & coconuts & prehensile tails & a newfound enjoyment of swiss cheese & screen plays being finished & apartments with wallpaper & milwaukee & cute kids who give me bags of chilli powder & not being allergic to the cold & glasses & prison break & lost & electric guitars & etc.
A visit home to Washburn Wisconsin
6 days ago