A week of thanks: 9th-15th of the 12th, 2013

This week, I am thankful for the following:

  • La langue française. It continues to drive me insane, even after two years. It’s an exhilarating kind of insanity, though, so it’s mostly okay. I love languages and I’m thankful for each and every one of them.
  • My friends. I’m always thankful for my friends.
  • For my friend who made me watch Spirited Away. In French. What a magical, weird movie.
  • Peter Jackson! You can hate him all you want, but I love this man to death. There were several cringe-worthy scenes in The Desolation of Smaug, but the movie was still awesome. This Middle-Earthling is grateful.
  • Sannion. I will be eternally grateful for this man’s genius and how he’s bridged me closer to Dionysos.
  • Dionysos. May his name be praised for ever and ever.
  • The landwights and house lares for their guardianship over my city and family. I’ll miss them when I leave the country, but I trust that they will bless me on my journey.
  • For life. For love. For the glorious Innernets (even if it’s acting kind of stupid right now).
  • For Christmas! It traditionally starts tomorrow at the break of dawn. (Other Filipinos will start theirs on 1 September, but I’m not one of them.)
Liverpool covered in snow. Photo by I don't know who.

Liverpool covered in snow. Photo by I don’t know who.


Today in thanks: 8th of the 12th, 2013

Today, I am thankful for good food and good company, and a successful celebration of Hermaia Eriounia.

This modern Hellenic festival occurs on the 4th of the Makedonian month of Audenaios, celebrating Hermês as ‘Luck-bringer’ – games, role-reversal, gambling, and sacrifices for good luck are performed for the coming year.

Thank you, Hermês, for the blessings of wit, fortune, and a good laugh. Hail thou, friend of Man!

Hail Hermês, guide and gracious giver of good things!

Hail Hermês, guide and gracious giver of good things!

Today in thanks: 6th of the 12th, 2013

I’m carrying over this series from Under Two Trees because I thought it would be of greater use here. I’m adding today’s gratitude, too.

I’m starting a new series today on being thankful. Perhaps it’s the holiday season or Melia at 4 of Wands, or perhaps just my life in general that I’ve come to this wonderful realisation that there’s always something to be thankful for. I’m sure there will be days when it won’t feel like tulips and daisies, but then, it would become a genuine challenge to actually find a reason to be thankful. Of course, I don’t mean to bullshit myself into thinking I’ve got to be happy for the shitty things that happen, too, but it would be interesting to find out. (Read the rest here.)

Today, I’m thankful for my wonderful friends. I don’t have a lot, but I’ve got some of the best. I’m extremely conservative when it comes to who I get to call my ‘friends’. I hope my numerous acquaintances, colleagues, and co-workers understand why I choose to be “elitist” when it comes to inviting friends over for the holidays or watching a movie together.

Which reminds me, I’m watching a movie today with my bestest bro-friend of 7 years. We’re still undecided whether it’s going to be Ilo-ilo or Frozen. And speaking of frozen things, I’m also quite thankful for the tropical snow-less winters here in the Philippines. It’s just the right amount of cold you need!

Finally, thank the Gods for a good belly rub (I don’t usually feel a need to scratch my tummy, but this kangaroo seems to like it).