Ten Things of Thankful – Warm and Wonderful #10Thankful

So, I had kind of a rocky week this week. I have one or two more temporary disability checks to receive before I return to work at the end of this month. The way you are paid in New Jersey is by a Bank of America debit card. Now, I always withdraw the money at the ATM and deposit it in my own bank, but this last time I used the debit card to pay for gas and a couple items at Target. When I went to make my withdrawal, just about all the money was GONE. I could access my statement online and see that someone had hacked my card and made some hefty purchases with it. A week before Christmas.

It doesn’t seem like a great start to a gratitude post, does it? I know, I know, but the incident has led to several things of thankful in the end. I’m thankful I don’t bank with Bank of America, because they are the least helpful company in the history of companies. They offered to do absolutely nothing and told me I had to call back in 7-14 days to file a claim. The week  before Christmas. Then they charged me $10 to have a new card sent in a couple days time. I’m happy that once I’m back to work I don’t have to do any business with these scrooges.

I’m thankful that Hubby contacted the companies where the purchases were made and at least one of them is refunding the money in a couple days. The others we are waiting to hear back from, but they are looking into the purchases and I think it’s highly likely at least one of them will also issue a refund.

I’m thankful to have an incredible network of supportive friends and family, who all offered a listening ear and sympathy, and some offered financial help. I’m happy I didn’t have to take it but wow, how wonderful to have the offer. So, it turns out that although the situation sucks and it couldn’t have happened at a worse time, the world isn’t going to end. We’re still going to have Christmas and we got to keep our new door.

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Yep, we had purchased a new front door and were waiting for our friend’s help with installation. I briefly considered returning it for the money, but I’m thankful I didn’t have to do that. Our old door was a monstrosity. It was an old jalousie style door, probably from 1971 when the house was built. I’ve been wanting a new door since we moved in almost 3 years ago and I couldn’t be happier with this one. Our friend Tom installed it for us. His work was meticulous and it looks fabulous.

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Confused Japanese Quince blossoming in December

The door couldn’t have come at a better time, since just today the weather has taken a turn for the colder. It has felt like September up until now and I’ve been enjoying it thoroughly. I even took a trip up to Asbury Park to try for myself the legendary vegan ice cream of Cookman Creamery. I was not disappointed. I had vegan maple pecan and it basically rocked my world. Turns out I made it up there the week before they were shutting down for the winter. I’m so glad I did, because ice cream is my favorite food ever and I honestly haven’t had a great one in the past two years since I cut out dairy. I can’t begin to express how thankful I am to have found ice cream that tastes great, no amazing, again.

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Vegan Maple Pecan from Cookman Creamery, Asbury Park, NJ aka my new favorite place on this planet

Looking into the future I find a couple more things of thankful. My parents’ annual Christmas party is tonight. It’s always a fabulous time and I look forward to it all year.

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I’m finally going to start reading the Harry Potter books. I haven’t read them or seen the movies and I don’t want to hear it, especially from you people who have never seen Star Wars, okay? I ordered the first two books to start and I plan on finishing at least one before I return to work. Right after Hubby and I are done binge watching Breaking Bad. We’re into Season 3 so it shouldn’t be much longer now.

And, last but not least, CHRISTMAS! I love Christmas. I love everything about it. We will spend our day with loved ones, comfy and cozy, drinking hot cocoa and probably watching the “A Christmas Story” marathon at least part of the day.

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Yes, even though it’s cold outside, I’m feeling warm and wonderful today. What gives you the warm fuzzies this week?

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