16 Things I'm Ashamed to Admit I'm Thankful For

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Yesterday, I was sent a group email asking me to list things I’m thankful for that aren’t traditional, like: "my family," "food on the table," etc. Other moms on the email tree were coming back with beautiful sentiments about new friendships, the help of strangers, and averting disasters.

I didn’t respond because everything I thought of seemed trite, superficial, and a tad less profound.  However, I did write a list, and frankly, I'll share it with you because these things totally deserve thanks in my book -- just refrain from saying them around the dinner table.

1. I am thankful for the dimmer switch in my bedroom.

2. I am thankful that I keep a pair of tweezers in my car.

3. I am thankful my daughter has not lost faith in the tooth fairy, and my son goes along with it.

4. I am thankful I didn't have an affair with the head of the CIA.

5. I am thankful for Homeland -- somehow that red-headed guy is really sexy?!

6. I am thankful for those awesome skinny hangers that make my closet seem bigger.

7. I am thankful for stars like Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, and J.Lo., who make 40 seem not so old.

8. I am thankful for The Voice, but mostly Adam Levine (who I've realized is the Jewish mom's Jon Hamm).

9. I am thankful for the pictures of Jon Hamm's penis that are still circulating on the Internet (even though "Hamm" is not kosher).

10. I am thankful for indoor plumbing and electricity (see Sandy).

11. I am thankful my kids have figured out how to buckle seat belts, wipe themselves, and use step stools to reach things.

12. I am thankful they still ask me to lie with them at bedtime.

13. I am thankful burgundy is the new black -- it's really the unsung hero of slimming colors.

14. I am thankful Lisa Whelchel was on Survivor -- I'd been waiting for a comeback since The Facts of Life (fingers crossed they get Tootie next season).

15. I am thankful that Fifty Shades of Grey brought vibrators into the bedroom.

16. I am thankful for the $20 bill I found in my jeans yesterday -- that's always exciting.

I'm thankful for traditional stuff too, but it's super cathartic to mention the stuff that might get you kicked out of Thanksgiving dinner.

Try it, I promise not to judge. What is the most nontraditional thing you're thankful for?

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Andi Dodd

I'm thankful that my 5 year old knows how to run a tv, netflix, and her video game system... Its getting colder, and I'd never get any work done if she didnt. :)

Michele L James

I'm thankful for Netflix. It brings peace and harmony to a family of 7.

nonmember avatar Tst

I'm thankful for when my husband is gone. He's truly a horrible person- although everyone outside our home thinks he's the greatest. So when he's gone, I'm thankful.

Alleah Marie Poirier

I am thankful for the raise I got last month, and I am preemptively grateful for the girls night scheduled for tonight with my college roommates who've come in from different cities!  And yes, I am also grateful for cocktails, blunts, and these stilletos that make my ass look freaking amazing.:)

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

Damien Lewis is unbelievably sexy ;) I'm thankful for noise cancelling earphones, for door locks, for vodka, for adult onesies, for netflicks, for ice skating and most of all, for the month long break i get off over the holidays.

Madam... MadameGarlic

I'm thankful for being able to handle my own money, drive, own property ,make plans for trips, and stay in hotels by myself. So many women in this world are at the mercy of male relatives when it comes to these simple things that let me do my job!

Em Chappell-Root

I'm thankful for electric washing and drying machines. 

tuffy... tuffymama

I'm thankful for the six ladies I met online who are now my friends IRL. We are spread out evenly across the country, but we're really close. So I'm also thankful for the Internet!

pupuk... pupukeawahine

I am thankful for my clogs! I love them!

Bertha21 Bertha21

I am thankful for push up bras!

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