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Lovely spring day with no humidity (rare thing here). Today I am feeling thankful for our neighborhood. There are a lot of families with kids about the same age as ours where we live. We’re all quite different but our kids have brought us close together and many great relationships have been created because of it.

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Today I am feeling grateful for technology. I woke up and started reading on my kindle while Brooks watched Wallace & Gromit on Netflix next to me in bed. Throughout the day, I was making mental notes about the technology I was using. My favorite part was grilling steaks while listening to an old Sonic Youth album on wireless headphones. It’s amazing, at just the click of a button on my phone, I was able listen to an album from over 20 years ago while cooking outside. It’s a double edged sword though. As a huge music fan, there’s no more anticipation, no more build up of excitement to experience the album in its entirety. 20 years ago, I often had to wait several weeks to have a record shipped from overseas (I grew up in Sweden and most music I was interested in had to be ordered from the U.S.). I miss the wait, I miss ripping off the protective plastic, the sweet smell of vinyl, looking over the album design & cover art and most of all, reading the linear notes. And then carefully placing the needle on the first track and sitting back to just take it all in. So I guess I am also thankful to have lived at a time where buying a record was a very memorable experience.

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Gorgeous day in Raleigh. This is my favorite time of the year, right before it starts getting too hot and humid. Today I am feeling grateful that despite 20+ surgeries on my legs I can still move around enough to teach my girl how to play basketball.

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