11:11 #1111 on 7/11/17

300 Reasons to be Grateful

In an effort to practice ongoing gratitude for the gift that is “the present”, here’s a list of three hundred people, places, and things I’m very grateful to experience in my life so far. Work in progress!


300 Reasons to be Grateful

  1. clean drinkable water
  2. flushable toilet
  3. indoor plumbing
  4. electricity
  5. the library
  6. books
  7. internet access
  8. bus
  9. train
  10. subway
  11. shoes
  12. antibiotics
  13. vitamins
  14. painkillers
  15. eyeglasses
  16. medical insurance
  17. dental care
  18. medical professionals
  19. mental health
  20. physical health
  21. neighbors
  22. community members
  23. friends who take me to the airport
  24. friends who look after my children
  25. friends at work
  26. notebooks
  27. pens
  28. knitting supplies
  29. having work that is meaningful
  30. making a positive difference through my work
  31. framed pictures
  32. stationery
  33. postage stamps
  34. handmade card supplies
  35. Sharpie markers
  36. the New York Times
  37. the Washington Post
  38. my library card
  39. Google calendar
  40. my family
  41. airplanes
  42. traveling the world
  43. rivers
  44. lakes
  45. streams
  46. mountains
  47. beaches
  48. valleys
  49. deserts
  50. jungles
  51. teachers
  52. pens
  53. pencils
  54. crayons
  55. construction paper
  56. scissors
  57. markers
  58. glue
  59. the Montessori method
  60. public education
  61. sponges
  62. dishwashers
  63. forks
  64. chopsticks
  65. knives
  66. spoons
  67. refrigerators
  68. woks
  69. mixing bowls
  70. spatulas
  71. black tea
  72. Earl Grey tea
  73. coffee
  74. green tea
  75. chamomile tea
  76. rice milk
  77. whipped cream
  78. peppermint hot cocoa
  79. Korean instant coffee
  80. Prêt lattes
  81. organic options
  82. locally sourced produce
  83. sustainable agriculture
  84. fertile soil
  85. rainfall
  86. grass-fed
  87. free-range
  88. hand-made
  89. family farms
  90. people who care about the humane treatment of animals
  91. Cara Cara oranges
  92. Fuji apples
  93. Cotton Candy grapes
  94. Bartlett pears
  95. bananas
  96. fresh raspberries
  97. blackberries on the vine
  98. blueberries
  99. Manila mangos
  100. sweet ripe strawberries
  101. orange juice
  102. lox
  103. everything bagels
  104. cream cheese
  105. bacon
  106. eggs
  107. spinach
  108. butter
  109. baguettes
  110. strawberry jelly
  111. arugula
  112. baby kale
  113. baby spinach
  114. swiss chard
  115. watercress
  116. romaine
  117. baby lettuce
  118. butter lettuce
  119. carrots
  120. radishes
  121. broccoli
  122. asparagus
  123. brussel sprouts
  124. zucchini
  125. cucumbers
  126. green beans
  127. snap peas
  128. cabbage
  129. radishes
  130. chard
  131. hamachi sushi
  132. saba sushi
  133. spicy tuna rolls
  134. california rolls
  135. rainbow rolls
  136. white rice
  137. brown rice
  138. soy sauce
  139. edamame
  140. vegetable tempura
  141. angel hair pasta
  142. peas
  143. bacon
  144. parmesan cheese
  145. white sauce
  146. alfredo sauce
  147. tomato sauce
  148. pesto sauce
  149. lasagna
  150. ratatouille
  151. Marcona almonds
  152. walnuts
  153. macadamia nuts
  154. raw almonds
  155. pine nuts
  156. Brazil nuts
  157. pecans
  158. peanuts
  159. cashews
  160. pistachios
  161. Toblerone
  162. peanut butter
  163. almond butter
  164. cashew butter
  165. goat cheese
  166. brie
  167. cranberries
  168. blueberry muffins
  169. banana bread with walnuts
  170. rocky road ice cream
  171. Jalapeno Cheetos
  172. Pocky
  173. florentines
  174. Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips
  175. Trader Joe’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups
  176. Coffee Rio coffee candies
  177. Sour cream and onion Pringles
  178. Macadamia nut chocolate-covered shortbread from Big Island Candies
  179. Zzang bars
  180. Jelly Belly jellybeans
  181. electric lighting
  182. beeswax votive candles
  183. matches
  184. fireplaces
  185. sleep
  186. fluffy pillows
  187. fresh sheets
  188. flannel pajamas
  189. ceiling fans
  190. clean sheets
  191. garbage pickup
  192. recycling
  193. compost
  194. outdoor educators
  195. Thinx underwear
  196. kittens
  197. kindness in strangers
  198. people passionate about their work
  199. people who #makeapositivedifference
  200. our planet
  201. longitude
  202. Antarctica
  203. the Arctic Circle
  204. the prime meridian
  205. Tropic of Cancer
  206. Tropic of Capricorn
  207. Southwest Airlines
  208. Hawaiian Airlines
  209. jet blue
  210. airport lobby wi-fi
  211. MacBook Pros
  212. iPads
  213. iPhones
  214. Communication in general
  215. the Chrome browser
  216. Gmail
  217. Google Calendar
  218. Outlook for Work
  219. Shared photo albums
  220. Viber for group texts
  221. Nancy Ringwald
  222. Brian Cox, for recruiting
  223. the Finger Lakes region
  224. Ithaca
  225. Risley Hall 4th and a 1/2 floor
  226. Frank H. T. Rhodes
  227. Professor Ron E. Pitt
  228. Professor Daniel Krall
  229. Professor Louis D. Albright
  230. Professor Jean Hunter
  231. Professor Jane-Marie Law
  232. Professor
  233. the Panama Canal
  234. the S.S. Universe (Semester at Sea)
  235. Our 10 port cities on the semester at sea:
  236. Nassau Bahamas
  237. La Guaira, Venezuela
  238. Salvador, Brazil
  239. Capetown, South Africa
  240. Mombasa, Kenya
  241. Madras, India
  242. Penang, Malaysia
  243. Hong Kong
  244. Beijing
  245. Keelung, Taiwan
  246. Kobe, Japan
  247. Seattle, Washington
  248. windsurfing
  249. France, and particularly Paris
  250. Peru
  251. Machu Picchu
  252. the Nazca Lines
  253. Bolivia
  254. Lake Titicaca
  255. Capetown
  256. South Africa
  257. Burkina Faso
  258. Cairo
  259. the Nile River
  260. Turkey
  261. The Grand Bazaar
  262. Jerusalem
  263. Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  264. Dome of the Rock
  265. Shiraz
  266. Esfahan
  267. Now Ruz holiday
  268. Travelling with good friends
  269. Great backpacks
  270. Hefty garbage bags
  271. Avon Skin-so-Soft as a mosquito repellent
  272. shampoo bar
  273. hot showers
  274. slippers aka flip-flops
  275. Molokai
  276. Honolulu
  277. Maui
  278. the Road to Hana
  279. California
  280. Spy novels
  281. Sci-fi novellas
  282. Short stories by Flannery O’Connor
  283. Rudyard Kipling, “If” and the Jungle Book
  284. Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
  285. China Mieville, all his work but especially Perdido Street Station
  286. Alice Walker, The Color Purple
  287. Tracy Chevalier, everything — her books get better each time I read them
  288. The Sparrow, and Children of God, by Mary Doria Russell
  289. Fairy tales
  290. Disney movies especially Moana
  291. AndrewsHoney.com and Andrew Coté
  292. Dear ones in New York City — Sabina, Alex and Rebecca, Alex B, Miguel and Ana
  293. Relatives in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Oregon, California, Hawaii, the UK, the Philippines, Japan
  294. Bessie, JAA, Sarah, and others who have been friends for many years
  295. My wonderful parents
  296. My beautiful sisters
  297. My supportive spouse
  298. My son
  299. My daughter
  300. My youngest child ;-)

Make your own list!