In honor of stuffing our faces tomorrow until we can’t move, I thought I’d take a minute to mention a handful of things that I’m thankful for at this time of year…
- DVR. Is it weird that I’m listing this as numero uno? It’s not in fact the TOP thing that I’m thankful for in life, but I’d be lying if I said that lately, it’s not right up there. Thank God for it these days, because without it, I wouldn’t know what’s happening with Silver and Teddy on nine-oh, or get to peak at some yummy on Grey’s.
- My God son. He’s brought so much joy to my life. New York isn’t that close but thankfully it’s not too far for a quick road trip.
- My grandparents. I took care of the most adorable 91 year old man this past weekend, and it reminded me of how blessed I’ve been throughout my adult life to have the relationship that I have had with my two sets of grandparents. I miss my maternal grandparents every day, especially around the holidays, but I am truly blessed that I had them in my life for 26 years, and grateful for the close relationship we shared. I’m also thankful for my father’s parents, who are still healthy and fairly active at the age of 81 and 82.
- The ability to laugh at myself. Because I’m kind of a hot mess sometimes. I trip over things, I fall during my runs, I’m not the most coordinated all of the time, and I’m thinking of a million different things at one time most of the time. As such, I mess up sometimes, and if I weren’t able to laugh at myself, I’d be in tough shape. I’m thankful that I’m able to make light and find the funny in most all things. I don’t have time to dwell on the little stuff.
- My family and friends. This one shouldn’t go without saying, because I truly do feel like I lucked out in this department. I have family near and far that I love more than everything, and amazing friendships that feed my soul.
- My drive and motivation. Not driving driving, like a car. I’m kind of a terrible driver sometimes, admittedly. But I am thankful for the fact that I have a hell of a lot of motivation and determination these days, which takes work sometimes, but has proven thus far to be so worth the effort.
- ManFriend (Matt). Of course, I’m thankful and smitten for all the reasons you already might assume, but lately, he’s really outdone himself as far as pulling all this extra weight around our apartment. I’m hardly ever home to cook, and he almost always has a meal on the table. He does the laundry. He cleans. And he puts up with me on my stressful, freak out, crazy days, which happen a bit lately, and for all of that and so much more, I’m thankful.
- My cat. Last night I was eating roasted broccoli and leftover won ton soup and a side of chicken fingers, and Cosmo came up to me, snuggled into my sweatshirt, and started purring and kneading at my hair. He loves this. Sometimes it’s at inopportune times (like when I’m eating), or usually when I’m trying to write a paper or something, and last night was one of those times. But I didn’t mind, like I sometimes do. He looked up at me, still purring, and right then and there, I felt so thankful for my furry little buddy.
- Al Roker & Meredith Vieira. This video really gets me. These two ran the NY marathon a couple weeks ago, and everything about this video gives me butterflies. Which I guess means I’m thankful for the two of them? I know this is also an odd one, but gosh darnit, I’m thankful for people like Al and Meredith who show that real people can train and complete a marathon too.
- All of you. Thank you for stopping by over here and commenting and supporting me and my running and my crazyness on the regular!
Hope you all enjoy the holiday tomorrow, and any turkey trots you might have going on. I know my 5K first thing tomorrow morning will be…interesting, to say the least. These legs haven’t seen much of the pavement since 10/10, so this could be another one of those times where laughing at myself comes in handy.