Thursday, November 09, 2006


I'm grateful for....

Jesus Christ (a.k.a. God's son, J.C., homeboy): I was probably one of the few people in Georgia who didn't have John 3:16 memorized by the age of ten: "For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Jenoely's: The Soup Kitchen rocks (even if Mr. Regular eats there too:).

Jeans: Easily one of my favorite things to wear whether with flip flops or heels.

John Keating: "O Captain, my captain." Need I say more? Dead Poets' Society is one of my all time favorites.

Jokes, Jacksonville, James ("Laid"), J Sab, "Jane Says"/Jane's Addiction, journals, Jennifer Knapp, Jewel (just a few of her songs), Joan Jett, Journey, "Jeremy," "Jesse's Girl," J. Crew (it might be boring, but it's easy), jelly-filled doughnuts (hot and on the street corners in London), Jon Stewart (the Daily Show usually makes me smile)

Jane Austen: Ok, I don't think I've read Pride & Prejudice, but the movie was great. How often does a movie without bad language, sex, or violence keep our attention?

Jason: When Donatello and I were struggling with some issues last spring, Jason, who had never even met Donatello, went out and bought us each a book addressing the very subject. That gesture just struck me as very thoughful and kind.

Junk food: I'm kind of glad for junk food in a regretful kind of way. It's brought me a lot of happiness, but I also have no will-power and often eat too much of it (and then feel sick or sleepy). Just the same though, I have many happy memories that revolve around Krispy Kreme hot light runs, Choco-gels, puppy chow, and peanut butter brownies.

Jennifer: My sister and I certainly have our differences (she thinks I'm selfish & crazy but that's another post), but it sure is nice to share so many of the same life experiences with someone else. Plus with whom else could I so adequately commisurate about my parents? Furthermore, she is the fantastic mother of my two most favorite people in the world: Alaina and Lauren, my adorable nieces.

Here's an old photo of Jennifer and Lauren and one of my favorites of Alaina and me.

p.s. This took a long time to think up, but I still feel like I'm missing something important. Oh well, regardless I have a LOT to be thankful for.


DCVita said...

Great list! I add job. I am grateful to God that I have a job. I had started doing gratitude fridays and then I stopped. You are inspring me to start again :)

icadle said...

Jeanean's????? I know i mispelled that but you know its your favorite place to eat in the whole world.

Anonymous said...

Jelly beans. Is there a cuter food than Jelly beans? I don't think so.

By the way...I think "Chubby Old Groudhog" is the cutest name for a blog I have ever seen, too. Lol.

Ally said...

DCVita: I am grateful for my job (most of the time) too, especially when I think about other jobs (with much worse working conditions, longer hours, and less money). What a blessing.

Ivy: I'm sorry, but Jeneane's isn't a restaurant I'm grateful for. It's just not that good. Why go there when you can have three times the selection at S&S?

AM: How could I leave off Jelly Bellies (jelly beans' affluent cousin)? I like the strawberry cheesecake and banana flavored ones.

spam_price said...

I have an unusual desire to stand up on my desk right now.

Anonymous said...

John Keating: Good call! Dead Poet's Society reminds me so much of Latin in High School. Easily, the hardest subject I ever took, but the most rewarding -- in that sick sorta way.

kimberly said...

I liked this post Allison! My J's are jeans most definitely (I have an addiction); jello pudding (chocolate); journaling; james lipton (inside the actors studio); jelly (grape & strawberry); july (my birthday month); jack (I just like that name)...those are the first that come to mind. I agree about Jesus too :) and tonight I am eating at Johnny Carino's so I will tack that one on too. mmm, can't wait for italian food & a coke! :) have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

jordan.. she forgot jordan :-)

my favorite J in the 80s was Jordache jeans...

Flat Coke and Flies said...

i love junk food! and i would have to add james taylor in there somewhere. great pics, i love my niece too.

icadle said...

you hate on the jenean's for other reasons. Furthermore, the food at jenean's is more of a traditional "home cooked" style where S&S has a full on cafeteria "southern style". I like them both, but S&S doesn't start with a j.

Ally said...

Jeff: Nice work!

Aaron: I know exactly what you mean.

Kimberly: Great additions. I forgot my birthday month--June and July is ususally a super month too.

Jordan: You must have been what I was forgetting:) And you get double points for the double Js.

FC&F: I'm jealous that you got to spend Halloween with your niece. They are the best.

Ivy: Have you been to Cox's? It's "southern-style" like Jeneanes but sooooo much better.

icadle said...

Cox's??? is that in town? when are we going?

Ally said...

Yes, and you know it's going to be good because it's by the dump!! Salmon croquettes on Wednesday....lets shoot for Wednesday after next (I'm really trying to get in the habit of eating healthy, and if there is one thing Cox's isn't, it's healthy).