W.W.O.D.?

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  1. geewits says:

    I’m glad 99.3% of your year was good! Mine was more like 94% what with the hail crashing into my house, the shower leak, the hot water leak, the pnuemonia and my husband denting my truck. But those, they were minor inconveniences. And the Oprah did help me get a bra that fits!

  2. SQT says:

    Oh God, I love this post. I need to write a “I’m thankful” list just to remind myself how easy I really have it. And no, I can’t afford a friggin’ thing on Oprah’s list.

  3. Hammer says:

    Oprah no longer lives in the real world and has totally forgotten the address.

    Glad you had a good year!

  4. chelle says:

    hehe I am glad I do not watch television 🙂 It is nice to be reminded to be thankful for the good stuff when life is throwing curve balls, however I am not sure I want to be TOLD to be thankful.

    I am happy to read that you had a great year!

  5. charlotta-love says:

    Wait, she dragged a wagon of fat onto the stage?! That’s gross.

    Glad you had a good year. Looking back, I reallly was blessed. Here’s to 2008!

  6. Jamie says:

    Oh, how I loathe the “O”

    Happy New Year!

  7. lime says:

    i think if only 2.5 days sucked fudge crackers you are blessed indeed. and damn, i was really expecting that panini press from you…sigh.

    and you know, long years before oprah had her stupid journal which is no doubt covered in fine grain leather with her initials handtooled by artisans in spain or somesuch, i had a 99 cent spiral bound notebook into which i decided i would begin listing 10 things a day that made me smile. i did this because i realized i had fallen into a profound sense of ingratitude for all the good things around me. it was a very good antidote for my bad attitude but i now, like you, am able to open my eyes, look around and just breathe a thankful sigh. as we are somewhat short on zambonis here in my neck of the woods i’ll just thank my lucky stars for that particularly buff driver of a backhoe who winked at me the other day.

  8. Casdok says:

    Brillient post!!

  9. Diesel says:

    People like Oprah exist to make me feel bad about my relative lack of success in life as a middle-class white male. I’m even better looking than her, and still I don’t have my own TV show.

  10. Diana says:

    Absolutely! All that!

    Plus, there are doughnuts.

    May 2008 shape up to be as wonderful-filled for you as 2007.

    (Oh, for next year, if you remove all the nuts and bolts, you can fit the panini press in that stocking and still have room for a very slim candy cane. Plus, the looks on their little faces when you hand them the gift-wrapped wrench so they have the fun of re-assembly, is a gift right back for you.)

  11. rak says:

    you are sheer genius, my friend… we are completely and totally on our own with living our best life!! so simple, yet so profound. i may quote you in an upcoming post 😉

  12. Franki says:

    Oprah is indeed a powerful woman. She has become too ubiquitous recently, but I’m glad she’s around to remind those who don’t regularly look around with gratitude that that is an option. And the fact that she single-handedly made the People Magazine readers of the USA read books…any books…is a miracle!

  13. Jill says:

    Only 2.5 days sucked? Sounds like you had a wonderful year! 🙂

    I too have tired of listening to the proclamations and instructions of Her Royal Oprahness.

  14. velvet says:

    Oprah, who?

    But seriously, it sounds like your year was “all that and a bag of chips” if you only had 2.5 icky days!

    Hopefully 2008 can break that record. 🙂

  15. frannie says:

    and you think I’m positive??? just look in the mirror! 🙂

  16. Mother of Invention says:

    Yes, I’m sure Oprah’s lost her real sense of gratitude for the simple things a long time ago. All depends on our frame of reference.

    Nice to know what real people are thankful for!!

  17. Shari says:

    At least you weren’t talking to yourself as you listened to NPR. Would that be much worse?

    Happy 2008.

  18. Ann(ie) says:

    You never ever ever fail to make me laugh, girlie. I love this post. I love hammer’s comment and I concur 100%!!!!

  19. Spider Girl says:

    Happy New Year!

    Because of people like you, I am now looking at the elegant curve of my toothbrush handle with renewed appreciation.

    I DO like the concept of gratitude journals, but if I acknowledged one journal JUST for that, then I’d also have to have a sweet little leather-bound notebook of Spider Girl’s Rants and Whiny, Ungrateful Thoughts too. (Subtitled: Gratitude Schmatitude)

    Hey, I just lump the good,bad, and ugly together into a lovely new red journal I bought just a week ago.

  20. Claire says:

    I actually love Oprah and read her magazine every month along with my Scientific American (seriously!). But you are right about the gratitude thing. Everytime I start to think about something depressing I remind myself of my copious blessings. And her magazine does have some goofy sections such as “love that!” featuring “premium cotton pajamas for only $220” WTF!? If I became a gazillionaire, I wouldn’t pay that for something I might drool on at night. Grrr!

  21. Princess Pointful says:

    It’s a sad thing when only the mighty Oprah is able to remind us of the importance of being grateful.

    (What I am grateful for? That Oprah came up as not a word on my automatic spellcheck. You aren’t quite as ubiquitous as you though, Ms. Winfrey, are ya’?

  22. August says:

    Those blessings, great and small, are apparent in all your posts.

    What a special bunch you & fam are.

    August

  23. Jazz says:

    I feel the time I would spend on a gratitude journal is better spent clinking the spoon into my nearly-empty ice cream bowl, as I–deliberately and gratefully–swipe out every last remnant of the Moose Tracks.

    How adult of you, I just lick the bowl.

    As for Ms. O. Oprah Schmoprah, and that’s all I have to say about that subject.

  24. Em says:

    I fear for the day that Oprah retires and we are left to our own instincts. I’m quite certain we will all soon be running naked and hungry in the streets without the big O to help guide us to proper clothing and eating.

  25. kimber the wolfgrrrl says:

    Happy New Year to you, and I raise a glass to toast a life will lived, gratitude given where it’s deserved, and yet another pair of beautiful shoes that I’ll never be able to afford!

  26. CS says:

    “my hours are breathing entries in an unwritten journal of gratitude”

    Beautifully said, my friend, and exactly so.

    (And, personally, I think those boots are hideous.)

  27. Tai says:

    I’m foolishly, soppingly full of gratitude about things like my snowdrops blooming, and a star-clear sky.
    And they don’t cost a damn thing.

    Cheers!

  28. susan says:

    It amazes me how I just know so much about O and what she’s been up to…I don’t watch or read her stuff. Do you think maybe she’s even further along than we all thought with her mind-control project?

  29. My Reflecting Pool says:

    Yeah for you and your unsucking fudge cracker days!!!! I love this post.

  30. Karen MEG says:

    O Mighty post… you are fantastic.
    Who needs Oprah? Well, after a recent episode I now know that the absolute best khakis in the world are a Elie Tahari number which I wouldn’t even think on purchasing ($19.99 Old Navy works OK for me), and that the best panties for no-panty lines are the boycut kind, because, after all, thongs tend to “gotcha”. Some things to be thankful for.
    But I like yours WAYYYY better.
    Happy 2008 to you.

  31. AmyTree says:

    Wow – what a graceful essay! Thank you for sharing your thanks (and reminding me that yes, NPR was great – and I should find it again.)

  32. Dave says:

    Just arrived back here… Somehow you got lost to me. This post certainly made my day. Thank you! 🙂

  33. my4kids says:

    Sometimes I am not sure where your posts are leading in the beggining but always enjoy where they go in the end! You are a delight for my reading pleasure! hehe
    I’m not much for Oprah personally. Just can’t bring myself to take her very seriously.

  34. Glamourpuss says:

    I’m sorry, were you saying something? I saw the shoes and everything else faded…

    Happy New Year, lovely one.

    Puss

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  36. liv says:

    Wow, Jocelyn, I somehow scrolled down too fast and landed on this one. You nailed it. I once worked at Neiman Marcus for 2 days (THAT’s a story) in customer service and as a test scenario, we would pull up O’s account. For instance, she bought 40K in merchandise one day and paid it off the next. I mean, I think she likes to think she keeps it real, but please… not so much.

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