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25 things i’m thankful for: the movie edition

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Sure, I love the turkey and pie but my favorite part of Thanksgiving has always been the actual giving of thanks.

In 2012, I shared 25 things I’m thankful for and, in 2013, I shared 25 more things I’m thankful for. I’m still thankful for all of those things.

This year, though, I thought I’d shake it up a little. 

As a member of the San Diego Film Critics Society, I watch, think about and discuss movies – a lot. I LOVE this, and am so grateful that I also get paid to write about them.

So, here are 25 things I’m thankful for this year, each inspired in some way by a movie that really stuck with me this year. Don’t be surprised to see many of these names come Oscar time.

1. Michael, my foundation and the love of my life (The Theory of Everything)

2. Alex and Sara, who I love spending time with and who, miraculously, are my children (The Skeleton Twins)

3. My amazing parents and in-laws (Boyhood)

4. My sister, who I can share anything with (This Is Where I Leave You)

5. Sophie and Jessie, the beloved dogs who added so much to my life and who I still think about every day (Tracks)

6. Our family is healthy (The Fault in Our Stars)

7. All the strong women I’m proud to call friends (Maleficent)

8. The trips I’ve gotten to take this year (The Hundred Foot Journey)

9. My motorcycle ride through Joshua Tree National Park (The Homesman)

10. The meals that have been lovingly cooked for me (Chef)

11. My kids both graduated college, with honors (At Middleton)

12. Books that are unputdownable (Gone Girl)

13. My iPod (Begin Again)

14. Broadway shows (Birdman)

15. The camera on my iPhone (Finding Vivian Maier)

16. Abortion is legal and women have the right to choose (Obvious Child)

17. Same sex marriage is becoming legal in more states (The Imitation Game)

18. The men and women who protect us (American Sniper)

19. I was born in this country (Citizenfour)

20. I’m a New Yorker (Love Is Strange)

21. I get to live in San Diego, not LA (Nightcrawler)

22. My friends around the world (Calvary)

23. Michael fulfilled his dream of walking the Camino, and made it home safe and sound (Wild)

24. Unsung heroes (St. Vincent)

25. All of you for supporting Midlife at the Oasis and for making my work never seem like work to me. I appreciate you more than I can say, and wish you a sweet and happy Thanksgiving filled with lots of love — and lots of dessert. xo (Words and Pictures)


  1. What an interesting way to do it 🙂 and some wonderful things to be thankful for.

  2. Those are some great things to be thankful for. Love the list.

  3. I, too, am thankful for the many things on your list. I love what your list says about you, too! And that you have done it in other years to compare. This year, though, I am acknowledging on my site the grandmama of all things: the gift of life. It’s come home to me in a big way this year.

  4. Love your list with movies. (I’m still waiting to see Boyhood.)

  5. I will have to check out some of these flicks…seems I’ve missed some of them. It’s always nice to reflect back on the things we are grateful for in our lives. Happy Thanksgiving as well to you and yours!

  6. Fun way of counting your blessings.
    I am going to try and do the same thing and watch the top five 🙂

  7. What fun. Love your take on this topic. I’m thankful for the creativity of my favorite bloggers. 🙂

  8. It is so fitting that you put what you were thankful for in terms of what you love!

    I am so grateful to be on this laughter, joy, and tear-filled crazy ride together (The Muppet Movie). Love and gratitude to you and your family! My family and I are looking forward to another year filled with gratitude that you and Michael are part of our lives!

  9. What a gorgeous and thoughtful idea! I myself am a big movie buff so I’m thinking of doing the same… Ahh I love Thanksgiving!

  10. Love your lists!
    I thought I saw a lot of movies but none of those are familiar at all….
    Time to get some popcorn and flick on netflicks!

  11. That is so cool. Love the way you did this.

  12. i like this way of doing this. I often get inspired and thankful from movies so writing those down and sharing at one time would be cool. I totally agree that Begin Again made me thankful for my iPod! Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. Jennifer Williams says:

    That is quite a list to be thankful for. I love that so many are taking moments today to share what they are thankful for!

  14. I love this! The movie version is brilliant. Greta list of things to be thankful for

  15. I love your list and how you incorporated movies into it. Such a brilliant idea. I am also thankful for many of the same things.

  16. One of my resolutions for next year is to watch at least ONE movie a week. I really do enjoy them, but I never make the time to watch them. I think I will go off of our list to catch up. I hope I’m up to the challenge! 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  17. Hi Lois! What a GREAT and fun idea of listing the things that you are grateful for! I’ve been doing a gratitude challenge all month and it’s been challenging AND rewarding but I never once thought of doing it tied to the movies. And I saw that you rode a motorcycle ride through Joshua Tree Natural Park! That’s in my neck of the woods. Next time you’re nearby be sure to look me up and we could have a cup of coffee (or glass of wine!) Hope your Thanksgiving was filled with even more things to be thankful for. ~Kathy

  18. What a fun way to write a list. I really like your twist. It is so important thing to be thankful for the good things in our lives.

  19. Hi Lois, Okay this is just out-and-out awesome and makes me want to go to the movies tomorrow instead of to Black Friday. So creative!

  20. Lois–this is so wonderful! I love the context you provided in your thing to be grateful for and how it relates to the movie. So many of them I have yet to see…but the way you related them to something personal, underscored a reason to go see them. Happy Thanksgiving my dear friend! xo

  21. I’m feeling the need to watch this movie.. Fun way to show your appreciation too.

  22. This is a great list of things to be thankful for. We all have a lot of things to be thankful for if we just take the time to evaluate everything.

  23. Such a creative way to match your many blessings to movies. Plus now I have a reference to how many movies I missed! Going today….

  24. What a great and different way to list the things you are thankful for! Will check out some of the movies you mention!

  25. I am thankful for so many things as well. I love that you paired each one with a movie. Very creative idea.

  26. Awesome! What a clever way to list things your thankful for.

  27. Such a nice list, I have many things to be thankful for myself; pie being one of them. 😛

  28. Thank you for all you do…I am grateful

  29. That’s a wonderful list of things to be thankful for. I am feeling especially thankful this year too.

  30. When you start counting the things that you are thankful for you realize just how amazingly blessed you are!

  31. I love counting blessings and gratitude list!

  32. What a fun idea! Got me thinking about what movies would inspire things that I’m thankful for.

  33. I love this way of organizing your list! I am thankful for many things, but my family would be #1.

  34. Definitely good reminders- we need to be thankful sometimes!

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