Today was the first mostly normal day I've had since Sunday. My power is back, but I'm discovering that most people in Nyack are still without. Being without power for a couple of days made me realize two things that I take for granted and have a hard time living without: coffee (or tea - really just hot beverages) and music. It was really hard for me to go without drinking something hot when it was cold outside and to sit in silence. I like silence sometimes, but I guess I like to choose the silence.
Music has always been a part of my life. My parents are both musically talented, so I grew up loving music because they did. I listen to music while I cook, while I study, while I clean. I don't have the majority of my iTunes after I bought a new computer and lost my iPod, so Pandora it is. Currently my station of choice is Kari Jobe radio, which I shuffle with Jesus Culture radio on occasion. Listening to worship music throughout the day, I feel like I am consistently being invited into God's presence. It really is a beautiful way to live!
One of the first things I did last night when I got home was make decaf coffee. I drink mostly decaf these days, with the occasional cup of caffeinated coffee. Although yummy decaf flavors are way harder to find than yummy caffeinated flavors. Especially whole bean. So I settled for ground Archer Farms Cinnamon Vanilla Nut decaffeinated coffee. Tonight I added a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Mmmmm!
So what am I thankful for today? Music and coffee. Two things I didn't know were so involved in my life until I was without them. What things do you take for granted?