Yesterday was my birthday – the start of my 47th year on the planet – and I had a wonderful day.
Today when I logged onto Facebook it kindly suggested I might like to thank al of my lovely friends for their kind wishes on my special day.
So I dutifully clicked on the link and Facebook headed up my post with Sara Perry is feeling thankful.
And that got me thinking about what I’m thankful for and, perhaps more importantly, why and a list started to form. Which got me to thinking that I’ve not given you lot a lovely list for a while and from all of that thinking today’s blog post was born.
So here it is. My 15 reasons to be thankful (and why):-
- I’m thankful for my new friends here in Cambodia. People have taken me under their wing and let me ask dumb questions and generally made it easy to be here in Phnom Penh.
- Those same friends solved the mystery of the deranged strangled duck noise for me and so now I am thankful for the odd sounding geckos (Here’s what they sound like) who apparently eat between 2-4000 mosquitoes each every night (a fact shared with me by my downstairs neighbour, Paul the Australian Audiologist and clinical Psychiatrist, on my way down the crazy stairs this morning).
- Special thanks must at this point be given for Totie Cabanas who has shared with me how to get one of the above geckos off of my arm should it decide to sucker itself there. Apparently I need to get my cigarette lighter and waft it over the gecko at which point it’ll un-sucker itself and bugger off. TBH I’m kind of hoping I never need to use this piece of knowledge but it’ll hang on to it just in case!
- I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs over the last 46 years. Some of them of my own making, some at the hands of others but, regardless, I’m thankful for every last one of them as that’s what’s led me here on this stage of my bonkers adventure called life.
- I’m thankful for evil cat who stayed away last night, allowing me a peaceful night and no nasty standoffs this morning.
- Referring back to the afore mentioned crazy stairs, I’m thankful for them for 2 reasons: 1. They are helping me be less fat according to my landlady and 2. Any temptation to go out drinking is quickly quashed at the thought of having to negotiate them drunk. Here’s a little vid I made of me going up them (have not been brave enough to film the down journey yet!) Up the stairs we go
- I’m thankful for Wifi – I sometimes forget I’m 6000 miles from home thanks to this wonderful abbreviation.
- Because of number 7 I actually get to see my wonderful family (especially my gorgeous nieces Emily and Grace) and my good buddies on a regular basis rather than having to rely on a hit and miss postal service for the occasional letter.
- And the last wifi related thanks is because it allows me to continue to indulge my guilty pleasure – watching endless episodes of Real Housewives (come on, you didn’t really expect me to give it up did you????)
- I’m thankful for sunshine and for rain. Sunshine because it makes me happy and rain because it cools me down.
- I’m grateful for Laughing Cow cheese – so wrong but yet so right.
- I can laugh at myself. Having fallen over on a busy street, mistaken a gecko for a duck, been told I’m fat and full of sh*t amongst other things this week it’s a bloody good job I can and for that I’m thankful.
- I now live in a land of smiles, a kingdom of wonder where every day brings a new adventure, a crazy twist or turn and generally a big old laugh – why wouldn’t I be thankful!?
- I’m thankful for all fish, Irrawaddy dolphins and other aquatic creatures for their existence as without them my job wouldn’t exist and I wouldn’t be here in Phnom Penh doing my thing.
- Going back to where this post started – I am hugely thankful for all of my wonderful family and friends back home and scattered around the world, who (despite having their own stuff going on) take time, not only on my birthday but every day, to check in with me and make sure I’m ok. You guys are my lifeline and have made the transition to this phase of my life so much easier xxxxxx
Anyway, enough of this mush cookie stuff, tomorrow I’m off to Vietnam (for 20 minutes apparently) so that should make for an interesting blog eh!?