Thursday, November 26, 2009


PaRayde, here! Just hanging out high atop the Macy's Parade. Last year it was Rayflower reminding us of our Thanksgiving traditions. This year it's me....a 200 foot tall floating beacon of shine. See that big smile on my face? That's the helium. When I talk, I sound like a Chipmunks record on 78. For those of you youngsters out there, a record is what we had before CDs. Record players had three speeds. 33 rpms for full size records, 45 rpms for small records and 78 rpms for the really old records. Still confused? Google it or get over it.

Where was I?

Oh yeah, Thanksgiving. I guess we should talk about what we're thankful for. Here are a few things that I'm thankful for:

I'm thankful that somehow, after all these years, Macy's has been able to keep this parade going. Can you imagine how many times a select few Shining individuals have had to convince management that it was more than just a marketing tool and that there was no way to calculate the Return on Investment. How many times has this parade been saved from the chopping block I wonder? Way to go Macy's.

I'm also thankful for the men and women who are in harms way in the military, while we eat ourselves sick, watch football, and try to keep Uncle Mikey from hitting the twelve beer mark before dessert. Semper Shine!

I'm thankful that some Shining inventor came up with the Widget that keeps my Guiness Draught bubbly and fun.

I'm thankful for traffic attorneys that have kept me out of court and out of class. You're worth every Shining penny.

The last thing that I'm thankful for is............

homemade yogurt and granola. You thought I was going to get sappy didn't you? Hah. Never.

So tell me, my fellow sultans of Shine. What are you thankful for?


Heather said...

I'm thankful for my 2 year old, that she is healthy and precocious and sassy and spiteful. As much as I complain I wouldn't have it any other way.

I'm thankful for my husband and the sweet things he does like playing patty cake with Lily in the middle of a crowded store oblivious to the fact that everyone is watching (which would mortify him).

I'm thankful for my amazing friends, the ones I've had for ages who have stayed true despite me moving to Texas and the ones that I've met this year that I couldn't picture my life without.

I'm thankful for all my family, as wacky as they are they love me and I love them.

I'm thankful for the highlowaha ladies and the support they provide.

I'm thankful for having the opportunity to walk in the 3 day and having the friends willing to sign up to do it with me for a second go round!

I'm thankful for my iPhone...seriously that thing is awesome!

BeeKayRoot said...

Happy Thanksgiving Day, HLA peeps!

I'm thankful for the policeman who didn't give me a ticket last night. He was pretty awesome.

I'm thankful for my 2 month old neice. She's so adorable!

I'm thankful for having a good job, good family, and good friends.

Robin said...

I'm thankful for a lot of things but let me give you an example of one:

I got up and had previously purchased everything to make my very own cornucopias. When I opened them - I'd purchased the wrong things. Rather than get upset, thanks to HLA, I got creative and simply refined my plan.

Thanks for saving me from one headache on Thanksgiving!

Katie @ Highlowaha said...

I'm thankful for a family that loves me...even as crazy as they make me sometimes, I can't deny their love.

I'm thankful for friends that are more like family. They are there for the ebbs and flows of every day of my life, and have come to love and understand more than most.

I'm thankful for my education and the opportunity I have to be an educated individual. I know what a privilege that is, and I'm so thankful for that.

I'm thankful for my health and my ability to participate in events like the 3 Day.

I'm thankful for HLA and the ability it has to keep idea fresh in my head and my creativity flowing. I'm thankful for the ladies of HLA and their friendship in my life.

I'm thankful for my youth. As much as I want to just be grown up somedays, it's nice to still be young, single, and without children when I want to run off and do something crazy.

Cheryl said...

Good morning, HLA.

I'm thankful for so many things and I could go on and on but I won't. I'm just going to get caught up with town gossip with my mom and sister. :)

Love Yall!

Claudia @ Highlowaha said...

Happy Thanksgiving, HLA! Did anyone else see the Macy's Day Parade float named, "Shine On"? It was Jimmy Dean's float. Everyone eat some sausage in honor of how cool they are!

What am I thankful for?

I am thankful for my loving husband who supports me regardless of whatever crazy adventure I decide to undertake.

I am thankful for my kids who make the beauty of life more vivid.

I am thankful for my health

I am thankful for the chance to pursue my interests

I am thankful for my friends, who are more like gifts.

I am thankful for my parents and their health.

I am thankful for the chance to check in with all of you each day.

I am thankful for one beautiful November day after another.

And... yes, I am thankful for the Starbuck's Cinnamon Dolce that gets me going in the morning.

Peggy said...

Happy Thanksgiving.... I'll be like a typical guy.... ditto to most everyone's comments!!

I think it's time for a snack!

Karlie said...

I am so thankful that I found HLA! Really - you ladies are all amazing and I can't wait to see you in Grapevine on the 10th!
I am also thankful to Heather and Cheryl for taking the many hours of training to prepare and complete the 3 day event (it is an awesome experience!) From all of us survivors, those struggling through and hopefully even fewer who go through breast cancer down the road... thank you for your energy, commitment and strength - THANK YOU!
I am thankful for my family, my health, my friends, our freedom and those who fight for it! Have a great holiday weekend! Shine on HLA!!!! Karlie

Heather said...

Karlie, so glad to see you on here!
Can't wait to see you on the 10th!