An Unconventional Thankful List

As the last of the leaves fall from the trees and ads for black friday invade our TV’s, it’s time to start reflecting on what we’re thankful for. Sure, I’m thankful for all of the regular stuff. People who love me. A roof over my head. A good job. My health. But some of those little blessings in life can go unnoticed. Until now. Here’s my unconventional thankful list.


That I no longer have to buy Ikea furniture out of necessity. They’re like adult legos and I was never really good at those. Moments after I posted this photo, the above happened. Like, I said, assembling is not my strong suit.

That my parents paid for braces. Bless you, parents, for ensuring that my nick name “gappy” for my gap in my front two teeth, did not stick beyond 6th grade.

That I don’t have to wear heels – or even dress up at all – for work.

For my dog, who regularly swats my hands away from my keyboard. Note taken, Archie. Technology does not run my life. You do.

That N doesn’t care that I shop at Goodwill and thrift stores for anything and everything. He isn’t snooty.

That my L.L. Bean winter coat is essentially a sleeping bag. See ya in the spring, waist line! Bring on the Christmas cookies.

HBO and Showtime. Duh.

Good tweezers. I just invested in my first pair of Tweezerman tweezers and holy wow those things are magic.

Pizza. Double duh.

Sticky roll dog hair removers. Where would we be without these? Lookin’ like slobs, that’s where.

The sheer nonsense that are Christmas carols. I know all the words and maybe 20% of the meaning behind them. Pipers piping? Bells on bobtail ring? Donder and Blitzen? Nonsense. Pure joyful nonsense.

For my unparalleled chopstick skills. Big thanks to my Taiwanese college roommate for teaching me how to use them so well, thereby making me nearly the best at any table. It’s just sad that the only think I’m considered graceful at is sushi eating, not say, walking.

For the short work week this week and for Black Friday off. If you need to find me, I’ll be at Kohl’s at 3am, elbows out in full force ready to assault someone if they cut the line. Do. Not.


Speaking of thankful, over this past year I’ve come to realize how thankful I am for the genuine, lovely ladies of blog world. Today I have two that I’d like to introduce you to.


Alyssa from Lyss and Loveliness is a young newlywed living in Ohio with three precious kitties. Lyss (you can go ahead and call her Lyss, she’s down with that) has admitted that she struggles with contentment, a feeling I’m sure many of us have felt. Why aren’t things going as planned right now? I too have a lot to learn about the art of contentment. Lyss also shares my intense love of scarves. She’s selected a couple of must haves for this season. She also was brave enough to share why more Christians should be like Miley Cyrus. What a refreshing perspective! Want to see more of Lyss? Head over to Lyss and Loveliness or follow her on Bloglovin.

Next, I’d like to introduce you to Tara from Starletta.


Today on her blog, Tara is sharing the most adorable childhood photos. I weirdly love looking at people’s family photos and Tara’s preschool picture is one of the cutest I’ve ever seen. Tara also recently shared why she’ll never be a fashion blogger. Comfort first, people! Want to be envious of someone? She was nearly finished her Christmas shopping by November 20th! That’s a good thing, because she isn’t a fan of Christmas shopping. Want to see more of Tara? Follow her on Bloglovin or head over to Starletta today!

  • Love this unconventional thankful list! I’d have to agree that I’m also thankful for (good) tweezers and a job that doesn’t require heels!

    • Nadine

      I’d always been too cheap to buy tweezerman because they are pricy but it is SO worth it.

  • I had a gap tooth smile too! I barely squeaked in there because I didn’t get braces until College and my parents paid. Anytime after and I’d have been on my own.

    • Nadine

      I had them in high school and I begged for them for years before I got them. I hated my teeth.

  • Hahaha… adult legos… so true!!!!! I’m so dumb… I thought that picture was how it was SUPPOSED to look… like a futuristic design or something!!! hahah 😛

    • Nadine

      Trust me, it’s not how it’s supposed to look. I assembled that bookshelf about 3 years ago now and it’s been moved 3 times since then. I think that was the bookshelf being like ENOUGH. Quit moving me!

  • I need to invest in a good bookshelf…. All of my books are just in random stacks all over the place.

  • Hahaha I was JUST thinking yesterday, mid tweez, how amazing my Tweezerman tweezers are. Just amazing.

  • Brianne Bracco

    I am totally sharpening my stank eye so it cuts people to the core if they dare cut in front of me in line. And my 80 lb german shepherd just jumps on the couch and sits her hefty behind on my arm if it is more interested in typing than her. She is a little more subtle than Archie….

  • love your list. and i have a love hate relationship with ikea

  • I love this list! I am thankful for things like this all the time! Of course I’m thankful for my friends, family, roof over my head, the ability to support myself, and my health. This is great 🙂 *erica*

  • tweezerman tweezers are the best. I’ll be really excited when I’m no longer getting hand me down furniture our of necessity. 🙂

  • Elizabeth

    Love this post. I also have to agree with a majority of the things on your list. Definitely need to grab myself a pair of tweezermans.


  • Ha! I love this list and I just added your blog buddies to my Bloglovin’ reading list. Thanks for the laugh and the great recommendations.


  • Samantha Curtis

    I just purchased some dressers from Target for my son’s room and have a feeling they’re about to be like adult legos too. Boo hiss. Too bad I need an upgrade on my furniture before I can buy him the good stuff!

    So much to be thankful for 🙂

  • thrift stores heyyyyy. i find some great stuff there. Macklemore knows where it’s at.

  • You have black friday off?
    I am totally wtih you on the thrift store thing, it’s quite possibly the best EVER!

  • What a great list, me I suck at putting shit together…………….lol

  • Thanks a lot. Now I totally want pizza!

  • I love your unconventional thankful list! I got a good chuckle out of a few of them 😀
    I definitely could go for some pizza..

  • This is amazing, I am in love and might be “borrowing” a few for my list Wednesday!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  • I love your quirky lists Nadine!

  • The boor bookshelf!! I’ve had nary a meltdown due to IKEA assembly. Thank God for fathers.

  • You lost me at Black Friday shopping. You cray!

  • Definitely thankful for Homeland and Ray Donovan! Its a good thing my BF Mark has Showtime! I can’t afford the “rich people channels” as I like to call them 🙂

    Meet @ the Barre

  • I can never use chopsticks . You should really be thankful for this skill.

  • I just stumbled upon your blog!
    I am now following you & on twitter as well! I look forward to keeping up!


  • I just found you and I am wondering where you’ve been all my blog life!!

    What a great list. But an even better idea. Anyone can do the old, dumb boring traditional stuff…but this, I love!

    I will sooooo be back!! =)

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