Things I am thankful for:
I am reading Paul Park's A Princess of Roumania (thank you Christopher and Gwenda), and it's wonderful. I haven't been glued to a book because of such a wonderful, intriguing, fantasy world to discover in a long time.
Karaoke. As I recently wrote a friend back in the States, if heaven is a subjective place where we get to choose our own version, my heaven will be a karaoke room where you can order everything from sushi to french fries and a variety of alcoholic drinks and have it all brought to your room where I and my friends are having fun together, entertaining each other. I could spend eternity in such a way, but I'm not sure if all my friends would a.) want to be stuck in there singing karaoke and eating sushi for eternity and b.) I'm not sure if we'd all fit in there. We'd definitely have to reserve the big party room that comes with a tiny little stage. Hey, even better!
Which leads me to the next thing. My friends. All wonderful. Even the ones I don't see so very often, I love you heaps.
And my life in Japan, which has given me so many things, I don't know how to even express in a sentence or two how grateful I am to have had the chance to live here.
And my family of course. I miss my nephews and nieces.