Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

This year I have grown into a fat panda.  I am not thankful for that.
This year I'm thankful for having a job where I get to do exciting things, collaborate with brilliant people, and protect a few endangered animals along the way.  I was able to visit four foreign countries and two US territories this year.  The highlight was filming sharks off the shores of the US Army installation on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands.

I'm thankful for a first year of marriage that while rocky at times, didn't end in murder, suicide, or divorce.  We successfully navigated the process of getting Edz a US visa and a few months ago she hopped on a plane and moved to America.  Ikea, squirrels, fall leaves, shopping malls, and national parks are the wonders of America that she's most thankful for.  And she's looking forward to snow.

This year I saw my little brother graduate from college which was a very proud moment for the entire family.  Speaking of my little brother, I have been playing catch up to him.  He got married last year; then I got married last year.  They got pregnant; and now we got pregnant.

Yeah.  Edz is having a baby.  And there's a pretty good chance I'm the father.

So the next Thanksgiving and all those that follow will be very different.  And while the first 34 have been great, I'm thankful for what lies ahead.

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