Thankful Thursday, 11/19/09 - Real life and stuff!

Real Estate Sales Representative with RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A RS152252A

This has been one of those very good weeks that you get every now and again.  First I'd like to start Robyn's handyworkwith the fact that Thursday, 11/19/09 is my friend Robyn Stephanou's 51st Birthday.  Robyn single handedly got me through my 50th with a sound mind by bombarding me with notes, cards, comments on my facebook wall, notes to my mailman on the envelope of birthday cards and finally the huge sign she placed at the corner of my street, alerting the world that I am 50.  Well, today, I'd like to say that I am thankful for this lovely woman and that I am also thankful that she is one year older than me!  Well, almost one year!  xxoo to my wonderful and funny friend Robyn who makes me laugh by simply answering her phone.  Seriously.

The second great thing that happened this week was that I talked out something with someone who means a lot to me.  Something has been bothering me for a while.  As outgoing as I am, I can be a major avoider of anything that looks like conflict, so this was huge for me.  It put my mind at rest and I am happy we talked.

Next, I've been doing the Brian Buffini end of the year Blitz with a small group at our office and our broker Mike took all of the participants out to breakfast on Monday morning to start the week.  I know I've said it before, but I am extremely thankful to be working for a company owned by such great people.  Truly above the crowd, as the RE/MAX slogan says!

As a result of doing the End of Year Blitz, I was entitled to a free group coaching call.  I participated today and got a free PDF version of the book Think and Grow Rich.  I started reading it and it is wonderful.  Everywhere I turn God is trying to tell me that by controlling my thoughts, I can direct my life.  I highly recommend you go out today and buy this book.

The sun has been shining all week and it's been wonderful!  I bagged some leaves and did some fall cleanup, my loving little JJ by my side.  I am thankful for the sunshine and so thankful that I put my foot down and treated myself and Max to this dog.  He is a joy.  Simply the best gift I ever got for myself and my family.

Max, my 13 year old and I are great friends and I can't even begin to tell you how thankful I am that this handsome and well rounded boy likes to sit and talk with me.  He is truly a blessing and I will be eternally thankful to have him in my life.

Last but not least is my college boy.  This is so funny that I have to share it.  Mike called me today just to say hi which is a rare enough occurrence that I am indeed thankful for that.  I had posted a picture of him and his cousins on my facebook from when they were very little and I was much younger and pregnant with Max.  Christmas, 1995

Mike is on the bottom left and he was saying how much he wanted to be little again.  He said, and I swear it's true, that he was tired of "real life", it was just too much work!  Hahahahaha!  This is the child who is living in an apartment off campus, all expenses paid with a 15 meal a week meal plan and a car that he only pays the insurance on, and this comes from a savings account that I started when he was little!  When he comes home both my husband and I slip him money and we always fill his gas tank.  We send him back with a trunk full of food and goodies.  He just spent the weekend at Penn State, visiting friends and going to the football game!  He's tired of real life!  Well, this just tickles my funny bone!  I said "sweetie, you aren't living real life, you are in the middle of having the time of your life"!  He thinks college is a lot of work and believe me, I'm sure it is.  But I didn't have the opportunity and I am extremely thankful that I can provide him the chance to attend.  But that is just too funny!  Real life! Ha!

Thursdays is my Meals on Wheels delivery day and I am thankful to have the kind of job that allows me the freedom to do this kind of work.  It is extremely rewarding.

So today, 11/19/09, I am thankful for so many things, but mainly for life in general.  I am thankful for all of the children in the above picture, including Max, who is growing in my belly!  The children are Mike, my lovely nephews Charles and Alex, my gorgeous niece Elena and my almost nephew Matthew.  And for you if you managed to stick with me till the end!

Carpe Diem!


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Susan C. Mangigian

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Sheldon Neal
That British Agent Bergen County NJ
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited

... ya left me smiling away as usual from these posts !

Mike's summary of his 'too much work' college life is priceless !

You are an example to us all Ms Mangiggly - and I can only hope my little ones have the relationship with me over time as yours have with you :o)

November 20, 2009 09:42 AM
Carol Culkin
Overland Park
Reece & Nichols

Susan - The comments about your son reminds me of a sign that was hanging on a frat house off the campus of my daughter's college on graduation day.  It said "thanks mom and dad for the 4 year all expense paid vacation."

November 20, 2009 12:04 PM
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners

Susan - truly a great week for you. Mike reminds me of a couple I knew in Oregon, who, after a year of working wanted to go back to the "real world life" of academia!

November 20, 2009 12:13 PM
Liz Moras
Chilliwack Realtor, Garrison Crossing,Chilliwack, Abbotsford
Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake

Hmmm my daughter better not see this's in Toronto..........working while going to college, doing her own laundry, renting a room off campus and commuting by bike - and I'm too far to send her any food!  I think i'm feeling guilty!

November 21, 2009 01:24 AM
Sharon Richards
Kirsten Realty Tampa Florida

Susan - I love your Thankful Thursdays!  and I am consider myself lucky, for I can read your posts that enrich my life.

November 22, 2009 07:10 PM

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