Thursday, November 24, 2011

In Gratitude

I am well aware of how terrifically lucky I am, and in the last few weeks I've had all kinds of reminders that I have plenty to be thankful for.  First of all, I'm thankful for YOU, who have given me someone to write for over the last year!  Thank you for reading and hanging in there with me!

For another example, while I felt silly and a bit selfish bothering people to vote for my pie, vote you did - as of now, my pie has over 700 votes!  I know many people went above and beyond to get me there, posting on listserves, sending it around Facebook and Twitter, posting to forums, getting the word out and voting, voting, voting.  Friends got involved.  Neighbors got involved. Family got involved.  Friends and family and neighbors bothered their friends and family and neighbors to get involved.

At this point, I could care less whether I win the actual contest, every one of those votes is like a pat on the back or a warm hug.  For this and a thousand other reasons, I could not ask for better friends, family and neighbors - thank you all.

I'm also thankful for this terrific virtual community out there in the blogosphere with whom I've been so lucky as to form a mutual admiration society.  Please allow me to introduce some friends:

First and foremost,, where I first learned I wasn't the only person who goes on and on about food, cooking, grocery shopping and eating.

Next, some truly lovely people, some of whom I've met in real life, others I've "met" online, but all of whose work I appreciate; just visit them and you'll see why: 
About cooking and eating: 

  • Moveable Feast: Chicago
  • Horto In Urbs 
  • Sky Full of Bacon and Grubstreet Chicago 
  • The ABC Food Journal 
  • Stay at Stove Dad  
  • Veal Cheeks
  • About nutrition and health: 

  • Julie's Health Club 
  • It's Not About Nutrition
  • Fooducate
  • The Science of Mom
  • Dog-lbs
  • Hip Circle Studio
  • About school lunch

  • Fed Up With Lunch 
  • Little Locavores and Purple Asparagus 
  • Spoonfed
  • The Lunch Tray
  • The Organic School Project
  • Better D.C. School Food
  • About food policy and politics

  • The Accidental Hedonist 
  • Food Politics
  • US Food Policy
  • The Rural Blog 
  • Appetite for Profit 
  • Not least of all, I have to tell you about how very much I appreciate my own family, whom you may have met just a bit on the pages of this blog.  I have no idea what I did to deserve them, but here they are: the very expression of gratitude.


    Ava said...

    I don't know if you are aware just how inspiring you are. The cooking with Sparky series always makes me smile.

    Michele Hays said...

    Thanks, Ava - back atcha!

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