Three Reasons for Thankfulness:

Thanksgiving is this Thursday, and Hanukkah begins this week as well. It’s a time to be grateful for the goodness of life. To mark this festive time, I asked Sandstormers: “What are 3 things for which you are thankful?”

Interestingly enough, I noticed a number of patterns in the responses. (I’m always looking for patterns anyway). So, here are the many thanks of Sandstorm by the numbers:

We all love our families, friends, and Sandstorm. (No one was bribed to say Sandstorm and co-worker related things.) We also are appreciative of our health. Sandstormers also rank food and drink highly, which depending on the food and drink might actually counter our good health.

I also asked what everyone is most anticipating at Thanksgiving dinner. The most common answer was stuffing followed by the chaos of having a big family get together. (I said pie and expect there are more pie lovers out there.)

As much as I hate cliché (which, might I add, is a terrible way to start a paragraph), Sandstorm is a cornucopia. We’re all different but still belong in the same basket. (Someone please explain the cornucopia basket to me, it seems so inefficient). We all have different backgrounds, but still share the same values (and cravings).

Take some time to think about what is important in your life (at work and at home). For what are you thankful?

As a special holiday bonus, I’ve included everyone’s full responses below. Enjoy!

(In no particular order)


The one thing I am most anticipating at Thanksgiving dinner is eating carbs with no guilt.

I'm thankful for:

  • My fellow awesome Sandstormers
  • My family
  • My health


Having dinner at our new house with my family and new friends.

I'm thankful for:

  • My first holiday in our new house
  • Healthy family and friends
  • Good food and beer


I am most anticipating seeing my family, playing pool with my grandfather & uncles and celebrating my Mom’s birthday. Happy Birthday Mom!

I'm thankful for:

  • Friends and Family
  • Freedom to make my own decisions
  • My fantasy football career success


Anticipating a delicious prepared meal as last years venue was really pretty awful.

I'm thankful for:

  • A continuously interesting workplace and colleagues
  • HBO GO
  • Upstairs neighbor that is never home



I'm thankful for:

  • Jon [his husband]
  • Sandstorm
  • comic books


The thing I am most anticipating at Thanksgiving dinner is finding out where Bree’s chosen to order from.

I'm thankful for:

  • My Wife and Cats
  • My Health
  • My Creative Freedom

Emily K.


I'm thankful for:

  • Cheese
  • Pajamas
  • Family

Mike M.

NOISE! Thanksgiving is at the Marsico’s this year!  We are a bunch of LOUD Italians! You’re welcome, Sandy. ;)

I'm thankful for:

  • My loving family
  • Good health
  • Mexican food


Chaos. There will be 10 people and 2 dogs, so something is bound to happen!

I'm thankful for:



I'm thankful for:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Football


Sufganiyot, since its Hanukkah

I'm thankful for:

  • Coffee
  • Sleep
  • Mexican beaches


Stuffing. I love it.

I'm thankful for:

  • The Internet
  • Friends
  • Family


Cranberry wine

I'm thankful for:

  • My family
  • The Clinton family
  • Dogs


A full belly

I'm thankful for:

  • Old Fashioneds
  • Ira Glass
  • Airplanes

Emily Y.

Not a joke, my grandma’s homemade ranch dressing.

I'm thankful for:

  • Family
  • Friends (yes, including coworkers)
  • Health


Staying home.

I'm thankful for:

  • Air
  • Water
  • Food


I’m looking forward to seeing all of the family that I haven’t seen since last Thanksgiving.

I'm thankful for:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Health


Pie… all of the pie.

I'm thankful for:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Cats
Will Biby

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