Random Thanksgiving Post

Happy Thanksgiving to all my blog readers! I have much to be grateful for this year, and I’m sure many of you do as well. You can share some of your “thanksgivings” in the comments, if you like. Here’s a few of mine:

  1. I’m thankful for my family and friends. A few years ago, I didn’t know many of the friends I have now (including several of you, dear readers) and I’m so grateful to have wonderful people in my life.
  2. I’m grateful that my 16-year-old cat recovered from a serious illness so well that he now looks and acts healthier than he has in years.
  3. I’m thankful that I’m still on-track to finish NaNoWriMo even after having pneumonia.
  4. I’m grateful that people in our country still think it’s important to take a day of Thanksgiving. Though it’s just “turkey day” to some, there’s plenty of good people out there who remember why we’re spending a day giving thanks.

I found an article from 2011 collecting different quotes from American presidents about Thanksgiving. Thought I’d share a few that I liked:

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be — That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks — for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation.” (George Washington, 1789)

“Rarely has any people enjoyed greater prosperity than we are now enjoying. For this we render heartfelt thanks to the giver of Good; and we will seek to praise Him, not by words only, but by deeds, by the way in which we do our duty to ourselves and to our fellow-men.” (Theodore Roosevelt, 1902)

“Let us ask the Divine Blessing on our decision and determination to protect our way of life against the forces of evil and slavery which seek in these days to encompass us. On the day appointed for this purpose, let us reflect at our homes or places of worship on the goodness of God and, in giving thanks, let us pray for a speedy end to strife and the establishment on earth of freedom, brotherhood, and justice for enduring time.” (Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1941)

“The blessings that are ours must be understood as the gift of a loving God Whose greatest gift is healing. Let us join then, with the psalmist of old: ‘O give thanks to the Lord, call on His name, Make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing praises to Him, tell of all His wonderful works! Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!'” (Ronald Reagan, 1987)

And here’s a link to an article for all my introverted friends wondering how they’ll survive the social getting-together that happens on Thanksgiving: 9 Quick Tips to Save Your Sanity This Thanksgiving. Just remember — occasionally needing a break from your families doesn’t mean you don’t love them. It means you like them enough to give yourself the space you need so you don’t get cranky and take it out on them.

This is turning into a thoroughly random blog post, but why stop now? I tried a new recipe this Thanksgiving: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles. My sister has discovered Pinterest, so she sends me all the food she thinks looks good in the hope that I’ll make it for her. Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookie, so I decided to try this one. The addition of pumpkin adds a unique spin on the flavor that’s perfect for fall. I’ve linked to the recipe so you can try them out yourself, or at least stare at the delicious pictures.

And lastly, a shameless plug for my Etsy shop. The Geek Spa is having a Black Friday sale. Use code “BlackFriday” for 20% off now through Monday.BlackFriday2014

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The Geek Spa Is Open! (with a coupon code)

My Etsy store is now open! The first Doctor Who theme products are online, and I’ll be adding more over the next couple days, as well as a few Sherlock-theme items.

For this first week, use the coupon code “OPENING5” to get 5% off at check-out (expires 5/18/2014).

“Time Lord Time Out” gift basket. Thanks to Edana for suggesting this product name last week

The Geek Spa

Last week I teased a new project, an Etsy store I will be launching shortly. “The Geek Spa” will provide fandom-themed bath and body products made with as many natural ingredients as possible. These will include body butters, sugar scrubs, and bath fizzies. If all goes well this week, the shop will be live next Sunday evening and I’ll be sharing a link and coupon code in next week’s post. You can “like” me on Facebook for more updates.

Dalket bath fizzies. Comming soon to The Geek Spa
Aren’t they cute?

My first two product lines are Doctor Who and Sherlock themed. Why? 1) They are two of the “craziest fandoms on Tumbler,” so I know I have a target audience? 2) they are my personal favorites. I’m having so much fun re-watching episodes for research and trying out all my new recipes. So far, my favorites are the Dalek Bath Buddies (bath fizzies) and Battle Dress (a body butter). This last one smells like oranges and chocolate — I wanted to eat it so much when I was cooking.

If you have any suggestions for naming these product lines, I’d love to hear them. I’m thinking of calling the Sherlock products “High Functioning Sociopath,” since the essential oil scents will be for balance and energy. I’m not sure what to call the Doctor Who set, though. Those scents will be relaxing and floral, with lots of rose.