Monday, November 24, 2014

Giving Thanks

by the Ladies of Stellar Four

Thanksgiving is days away, and as we prepare to travel, cook a massive meal, socialize with family members far and wide (or take the easy way out and keep it simple), we're taking some time to reflect on all that we are thankful for this year.

Kathy F.

Besides the usual answer of family, kids, friends, all of you lovely readers, right this second I am totally thankful that I paid a grocery store to cook my turkey dinner for me. Why has my family never done this? From now on, this is the only way I'll be putting on a holiday dinner. BEST. IDEA. EVER.

BIG HERO SIX was adorable and fun and yes also made me tear up more than a bit. Getting to share the thematic experience with the kiddos was even better. We all loved it. I even saw it in 3D (something I usually avoid at all costs), but it didn't make me feel like puking. WIN.

As always, I am thankful for my lovely, lovely books. I don't get to read them as much as I would like. Mostly because of that pesky need to sleep. Whatever. Any time spent with them, their characters, and magnificent worlds, it is all worth it. Bonus, the kids are becoming little readers too.

Meghan B.

I am very thankful for my friends and family. My friends keep me sane. My family makes me insane. It all balances out.

I'm always thankful for books. Books are awesome. Did you know I am fond of books? I think I've kept that a secret around here.

I'm thankful for my Lurch II, my new iPhone, for delivering Twitter to me when I'm at work. I'm also thankful to Twitter. It's a place where I've met tons of awesome people and authors and I visit it about a thousand times a day.

I'm glad that Guardians of the Galaxy was awesome, I'm glad that there's still good new music in this world, and I'm very thankful for great cartoons.

But, above all of that, I am thankful for the health of my family, the warmth of my friendships and the fact that I get to be around such awesome people. I love all of you. Yeah, even you.

Sara N.

Friends, family. Books, TV. Time, talent. Heath, wealth. I'm grateful for all of these things, this week and every week. But I've got a couple of specific things I'm thankful for this year, too:

Pandora radio. Yes, yes, I know. Welcome to 2011. But I just started listening to it regularly, and it is awesome. (And the reason my phone battery is dead by 2 p.m. most days.)

NPR. I griped about its format changes recently, but it was completely affectionate. I rely on the station for well-reported, carefully researched, unbiased information on international, national, state and local news on politics, war, business, the economy, health, science, entertainment, religion and pop culture. You name it, I probably learned about it via my local NPR affiliate or the NPR live stream on my iPhone or one of the fantastic NPR podcasts. Thank you for making me a better citizen and human being, NPR.

The world today. Does it ever strike you, as you're going about your daily business, that we're living in a future that our grandparents could never have imagined? My husband and I stood at a kiosk on Sunday, using a touch screen to choose a movie that the magic red box would spit out for us (which itself is actually a dated technology). While we were doing that, a pair of teenage boys walked by us having a video chat with a friend on a mobile phone. Then we got to my car, which opens and starts without me needing to insert a key, and plugged in my phone, searched for a song on the Internet, and played it through the same stereo that displayed a computerized map telling me exactly where I was and where I needed to turn to get home. When you think about how impossible it would all have been even 20 years ago, everything we do today is mind-blowing. I'm deeply grateful to live in such an interesting time.

Outlander. For so many reasons: The feminism, the storytelling, the humor, the suspense, and the most important reason of all:

Megan S.

It's totally a given that I'm thankful for family, friends (especially Meghan, Sara, and Kathy), cats, a roof over my head, etc., right? So, besides those things, I'm grateful for ...

The Internet. I never realized quite how much I relied on the Internet until now. It's like oxygen or indoor plumbing. I need it in my life and, you guys, the Internet has been down at my house for four whole days. It's positively barbaric. This is the longest I've gone without since before my parents subscribed to Prodigy in 1989. (I'm having to type this very statement, HTML code and all, on my slow-as-molasses-in-January phone so dearest Kathy can post it for me.) HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO INTERACT WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD? ACTUALLY TALK TO PEOPLE IN PERSON?! I DON'T THINK SO. Sara, bless her heart, offered to help me through withdrawal by sending me lolcat postcards.

The Library. No Internet means no downloading books. Thank goodness for libraries. My local branches are oases of the written word in this bleak, unconnected world.

Note: We'll be off the rest of this week. Hope you enjoy your gastronomic celebrations. We'll be back the first week of December with more awesome finds, reviews, commentary, holiday fun, and glitter. Always glitter.
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