Here’s what not to do: pull the dish sprayer attachment on your kitchen sink all the way out, then cut it off, because you never use it and you’re tired of cleaning around it. Or, when a window pops up on your computer telling you that you need a fixer-upper service because your computer is operating too slowly, give it all the information it asks for, including your credit card number.

As we look around us this week, searching for possibilities for gratitude in our impossibly lucky lives, we are grateful that we do not always behave with the complete lack of common sense that our husband has firmly detected in us of late. We attribute these lapses of judgment to hormones, which are invisible and make people nervous, thus generally ending the conversation.

We are also grateful that we’re going to grandma and grandpa’s house in Indiana for Thanksgiving, where, despite the fact that the recommended number of bodies per square foot will be greatly exceeded, we will not have to cook.

And we are grateful that we will then return to Oak Park, where we can spend our Sunday afternoon attending a free showing of the documentary Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, if we want. The Oak Park Coalition for Truth and Justice (615-1603) sponsors the event, which starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27, at Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. We will probably have just spent considerable time at the Wal-Mart in Indiana, which is much nicer than ours here. So we’re grateful that we can find some good deals first, then feel guilty about the savings when we get back.

We hope you have lots to be grateful for, too. Happy Thanksgiving!

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