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Small Miracles and Big Thanksgivings

So I’ve just received my grade for my final exam in Research Methods for Experimental Psychology: 100 out of 100. Whew! We were given 10 scenarios in which we were to choose an appropriate research method  (out of 12 or so) for the situation and explain why we chose that particular research method. I discovered along the way in this course that I’m pretty good with dependent and independent variables and such so this was an extension of that sort of. The next two weeks will be basic revisions with the ability to improve my grade, which is a 94%. Even if I were to do nothing I’d still receive an A but it still improves my overall GPA so I may go for it. It’s so easy to slack off at the end of it all. That’s where a lot of people go wrong though. They think because they see the finish line that they can collapse, but really, it’s the time to push harder than ever and finish up strong. So, that’s what I will do. Push hard in these last two weeks (beginning next week) and finish up strong. I can collapse later.

Josh and I will be going out of town for Thanksgiving. Actually, we’re having two Thanksgivings. We’re going over to my Mom’s for coffee and to cook her Thanksgiving dinner that she’s having for her friends from church. Her friends are widows and my Mom’s just the sweetest woman in the world. She was thoughtful enough to ask them over because they have no families. My mother’s so giving. I like to think I got that from her. 🙂 So, Josh and I will be cooking their dinner and then jetting out of town to- first to Columbus and then to Shelbyville where we’ll spend the weekend with his family. I love his aunts and cousins: those gals know how to stick together! They’re strong country (ish) women and I took to them right away and vice versa. We all share a very strong common bond, which is loving Josh. We all take care of him together. They’re just wonderful.

I’m absolutely quivering with excitement that I’m so close to being finished with school for the next two years or so. I have so many songs in me that are screaming to get out and so much art work that I want to produce! People hope to win the lottery so they can take it easy in life and travel, have fun, and do the things they want to do, not what they have to do. And so for me, it’s like I’ve already won the lottery. I’ll be able to travel and take pics, and take it easy for a change. Going to the “office” will be in my sunny kitchen with my fax machine and phone- building up my business. And, “work” will be going out and taking pics. Heaven!

I’m saving up to go to Puerto Rico. Most people want to go to the beaches, etc. but I want to go to the slums and shoot them. (With my camera, of course.) And the rain forest too. If I save up $150 per month, I’ll be able to go in May, and stay in a little chalet in the El Yunque rain forest. I’ve been wanting to do that for 4 years now but have been too busy with school. Now I’ll have my chance though. Time to get ready for my big day! I hope each person out there- whether you have family or not- has a wonderful day. And may you find something to give thanks for today! If you can’t think of anything else, be thankful that you have two legs to walk with and two eyes to see with. That your heart is still pumping and that you can still smile. If you’re reading this, then, consider this my Thanksgiving gift to you. I’m uploading a large file here [below] so that you can easily download it and submit it to Walgreen’s (online) or print it out of you like, I sell this at Redbubble for $60+ but you can print it out at Walgreen’s for all of $3.  [Reselling the print is strictly forbidden and I remain the sole owner of the copyright.] It’s a high rez. file and so, happy Thanksgiving! [click on the print twice to download the large file]

Free Thanksgiving Print


5 responses

  1. In love with this print!! Happy Thanksgiving to you!!!! 🍴

    November 27, 2014 at 7:37 am

    • And you too, Amy! I hope you and your family have a GREAT day. :0)

      November 27, 2014 at 7:41 am

  2. I just bagged tons of them yesterday. Thank you.:)

    November 27, 2014 at 10:02 pm

  3. yvo

    Dear Congratulations on your well deserved A!! You are finishing strong :)) I am so happy for you with your travel goals, we need these bright spots to look forward to and you have the passion and the plan. Thanksgiving means more to me over the years and actually ENJOYING the company of family (versus shoring oneself up for the usual expected beating) is SO GREAT. It should nourish and fill our souls and the whole philosophy of “Go where you are Celebrated ~ not simply endured” takes sometimes years to let go and find those sweet spots. And thank you for your prayers, I could feel them. Sending some Black Friday love (although you will never catch me in a store on today!!) I just wish you a great day after experience. xx

    November 28, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    • I’ll never be in a store on black Friday either. :0) We just returned from spending Thanksgiving with Josh’s family- which is my family too. I have next to no communication with my siblings- etc. which is totally fine with me. (My sister perpetuates this silly game of hers- year after year. Inviting everybody to Thanksgiving but me- it’s better to live without that.) But his family is awesome and so welcoming and loving. I may have lost a family but I’ve gained a really great one in the process.

      I hope these last few weeks of school go easy for you! I’m glad you had a great Thanksgiving too Y and I’m glad you could feel the prayers! Sure do love you. xo

      November 29, 2014 at 7:57 pm


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