Right now I’m thankful for bacon.

The Wife and I slept in today, a rare opportunity in a house full of kids. When we finally got out of bed, we baked up a couple trays of bacon for sandwiches and made the Rugrats’ day.

Now we’re headed to Chicago to visit family. I haven’t been to the Windy City since C2E2, and I suddenly find myself missing that ride down Lake Shore Drive. I guess this also means I’m thankful U.S. Cellular finally put out an Android phone so I can tap out blog posts and procrastinate in the car as well as I procrastinate at home.

I’m thankful someone invented stuffing. I plan to jam my belly with it and watch some football. I’m thankful three football games’ worth of meatheads are willing to beat one anothers’ brains in on a holiday so I can watch football with a belly full of stuffing.

I’m thankful Shihan Joseph Walker built such an excellent karate program in Peoria, and for the diligent instruction of Sensei Trent Miller. Now I know how to burn off a belly full of stuffing instead of just sitting there feeling guilty about it.

I’m thankful for an extra day off work. Tomorrow, whether we stay home or travel some more, I’ll be able to get some writing done. I’m thankful Evileye is willing to publish my writing, and thankful there are people out there willing to read it.

I’m thankful for my wife and my kids, of course. I am also thankful for my family and my friends, of which there are far too many to name. (Especially on a tiny touch screen.)

I’m thankful Casey’s installed a hot chocolate machine. Mmm, good stuff after pumping gas on a chilly day.

And finally, I’m thankful the worst of 2010 seems to be behind us.

Onward and upward.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.


  1. Troy says:

    I’m thankful that I get to read your blog whenever u update it!


    P.S. Happy Thanksgiving!