I'm thankful that I have a job that I don't absolutely hate on most days. I ran into a few people this week who remarked that I had a great job, so it gave me the opportunity to consider it afresh. One guy even said, "Man...you got it made...walking around, listening to your tunes..." I had my phone in my pocket playing some music at the time. Yeah, I thought, some days are like that: I actually get paid to walk around listening to music. Of course, some days are not like that, but on the whole, it's pretty good. I'm also thankful that I get two paid days off for this holiday (also, two paid days for Christmas and two paid days for New Year). I guess I'm also thankful that I get so much time off I can sell a little of it back to the company and get a little bonus at the end of the year.
I pecan-smoked a small--3 pound--turkey breast today, but unfortunately the bottom of the fire box on my smoker has rusted out so I couldn't control the heat as is my usual wont. I'm going to have to figure out some way to repair my smoker. Anyway, the turkey turned out great--my son gave it his "awesome" rating, so it was okay. So my family sat around snacking on turkey and other food items all day while watching stuff on Netflix (did I say I'm thankful for Netflix?).
I've been re-watching The X-Files. It has been so long since I've seen any of these that I've pretty much forgotten them. Also, I had stopped watching it back in the old days, and I've never seen either movie or any of the shows after Mulder got replaced by the Terminator guy. I was kind of bummed recently that Netflix lost streaming rights for Full Metal Panic, an anime series that I was right in the middle of. My wife has been blazing through Burn Notice and In Plain Sight.
I'm thankful for YouTube. Thanks to YouTube, I have been able to listen to playlists of albums by groups that I would never be able to hear otherwise, because I just can't afford to buy all those albums. My musical tastes and experiences have been broadening dramatically since I got high-speed internet (which I'm also thankful for).
I should also thank you to Amazon, because today I got an electronic gift card in my email for $10.41. So I redeemed it right away.
Rattlin' Bones is from 2008, and was the first of Kasey Chambers' duet albums with her husband Shane Nicholson. Amazon's genre tag calls it "country," and I guess that's okay, I'm not going to change it anyway, but I would call it Americana. So...thanks, Amazon!