Yep, over a handful of Doritoes the other day, I started recording my thoughts pen to napkin with cheese dust and all. They inspired me to seize the moment and go low-tech–although I prefer to think of it as grass-roots thought processing. I was having some homemade “nachos” and thinking about how good they were.
When it comes to what inspires a grateful heart, sometimes we forget about the little things and the simple pleasures they bring. For a few moments on Monday, squished in between pumping for breast milk, zooming across town to work and the umpteen details flying through my brain, I was very thankful for nacho cheese Doritoes–their yummy crunch and the orange cheese dust they leave on your fingers. They brought a momentary jolt of “Mmmm” to the morning and a yummy contentment. It’s amazing the delight a simple lunch can bring when, just for today, you throw food groups to the wind and settle on something you might have chosen as a pre-teen. With no husband or children’s nutritional health to consider, I indulged myself in Doritoes, cheese and bacon bits for 15 minutes of no dietary accountability. It got me thinking about some of the other “brands” we buy that provide similar simple pleasures–the names that routinely up our level of contentment. Most aren’t necessities. But, I appreciate the “extra” they add to my life. Here’s my “thanks” list:
1. Doritoes: My favorite go-to snack is a pan full of the cheese clad triangles with grated sharp cheddar and bacon bits on top. I broil them for a few seconds, and my taste buds sing with crunchy gratitude.
2. Huggies: I know it’s not “green,” and I realize that my family has it’s own personalized plot at the land fill. Nevertheles, I’m thankful for these life-saver diapers and pull-ups that make the daily “tee tee” and “doo doo” of life a little more bearable.
3. Apple: My parents gave me a Mac iBook in April and it’s amazing how much unexpected convenience and fun it’s provided–like this blog, a way to do my day job when kids are home sick, and an organized address book. Life’s little plus signs.
4. Hersheys: Need I say more?
5. Lipton: Their family size decaf tea bags gave me my much needed sweet tea fix during pregnancy and now while I’m breastfeeding Baby Girl. Key word = Decaf. Three tea bags, four scoops of sugar and one gallon jug of water. Ahhh!
6. Vietri: This company makes the “everyday” china we got when we married–Cucina Fresca in “saffron and sage” and the creamy Fiori de Bosci “Italian earthenware” patterns. The combo works well together and I like the variety. I have almost a full 12 place settings combined. And, yes, my toddlers use them. Little Drummer Boy prefers green.
7. Fisher Price: Thank you for hours of imaginative play and made up story lines with Little People Farm, Little People Noah’s Ark, Little People Airplane, Little People First Thanksgiving, Little People Nativity, Little People Garage, Little People Dump Truck… Shall I go on?
8. Hallmark: In addition to the great musical cards my kids love, the Peanuts valentines and the great holiday ho-ho trims, I am especially excited this year because my entry into the myHoliday Product Red card contest was selected as a top 20 finalist! I’m thankful for much-needed prize bucks, and the ego boost of seeing my design in print with the Hallmark logo! Go here to vote for a winner and buy cards.
9. Sesame Workshop: I am in awe of the talents of Kevin Clash and his ability to entertain the 39-year-old, 36-year-old, 3 1/2-year-old and 2-year-old in our house with falsetto and a goldfish. The 2-month-old has even started to get interested. I’m thankful for all things Elmo (or ‘Mo as Squiggle calls him)!
10. Crayola: “Washable” sums it up for us. Their easy-to-clean crayons, markers and paint have helped produce some of the masterpieces that grace our walls. They come off counter-tops and t-shirts. Even Little Drummer Boy’s favorite red. An added bonus for Squiggle is that they come in a box he can load and unload repeatedly.
11. Dreft: Gentle and unscented for baby’s protection, this stuff packs a punch in the washing machine. It’s great at cleaning spit-up, throw-up, mud and red marker (see #10). I’m thankful that it gives me the freedom to say, “it’s ok, we can wash it.”
12. Adobe: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Freehand–these are tools of my trade. I’m thankful for “text-flow,” “paste-inside,” “flip horizontal,” and “check links sitewide.” And, I’m thankful that “undo” daily removes the fear of experimentation and makes mistakes easy to erase. If only the rest of life carried such a function!