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Thankful Things Thursday: On Good Friends, Support & The Night Ahead
I’ve got a busy day, so we’re jumping right into the “This is what I’m thankful for today” game.
I’m thankful the big day is finally here! For the past two nights, I’ve woken up from dreams in which no one shows up to my JackRabbit fundraising event.
I really hope that doesn’t happen.
Partially because I want to raise a ton of money for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Partially because there are lots of great friends I really want to see. Partially because I want to sell lots of T-shirts.
But mostly because I have 12 bottles of wine that people need to come drink.
I can’t carry that all home myself.
Though I guess I could just drink it all at the store and stumble home… Then I don’t have to carry anything.
So yeah. Come by tonight. Help me drink some wine. It’s going to be super fun.
And I’ve added some prizes to the lineup! Here’s what I’ll be raffling off tonight:
- 3-month Crunch Gym memberships (two of ’em!)
- A 5-class pack of rides for Flywheel Sports
- A giant gift basket from Peanut Butter & Company
- 4 Mets tickets
- A 1-month Pure Yoga membership
And there may be one last prize added by the end of the day today. It may have to do with a certain frozen yogurt shop I happen to dream about at night. Stay tuned.
Alright, so 6:30–9, JackRabbit Sports, 84th & Lexington. Game on.
I’m thankful for sweet potatoes. Yesterday I had a sweet potato latke from Whole Foods for lunch and a baked sweet potato (my first ever!) for dinner. They are so delicious and so versatile. And apparently healthy? Who knew?
I’m thankful the dry cleaning guy gave me my stuff. So I dropped off some dresses to be dry cleaned last week. I hate getting stuff dry cleaned. I prefer to only pay for my clothes one, thank you very much. But some recent work events (click the link, scroll down, check out the bottom left photo and see if you can find me) have required me to get dressed up and then break a sweat. (Dressing up was required, I guess. Breaking a sweat was kind of my own thing.) Then those dresses sat at the bottom of my hamper for a while, underneath lots of nasty, dirty, not-at-all-nice-smelling running clothes. They had to be cleaned professionally.
Then I kind of got busy, though, and I didn’t have time to go pick up those dresses. I made it there just before closing last night, all excited to pick up my crap. “Cash only,” register man tells me. “No thank you,” I reply. “Cash only,” he says with a weird smile. “OK, I’ll come back another time, I don’t have any cash on me, I’m sorry.” Then, in a crazy turn of events, nice register man says, “You take stuff now. You pay ‘notha time.”
Soooo I have my dry cleaning — four dresses in total. And I haven’t paid for it. It feels weird, like I stole my own clothes or something.
I promise to get cash and bring it to him. For real.
I am thankful for amazing friends, new and old. I’m back to thinking about tonight’s little shindig. Sorry. Can’t help it. I can’t wait to meet lots of new people who have told me they’re coming. I’m excited to see some of my favorite runners and bloggers, plus some coworkers are going to be in attendance.
Lauren, here’s your shout-out:
My wonderful friend Lauren is currently in the middle of a two-week vacation. She’s out on Fire Island but she’s coming back into the city just for tonight, to be at the event.
I’m feeling the love and support, people. Big time.
I’m thankful I can wear jeans to work. I’ve been way too lazy to put together actual outfits this week. Luckily I’ve thrown on jeans and some sort of shirt and I’m out the door in no time. Also, my office is currently being kept at a brisk 40-degrees, so jeans keep me warm.
I’m thankful tomorrow is a rest day. I ran 6 miles this morning. Coach Cane told me to stick at an 8:45 pace or slower, which is exactly what I did. I hovered around 8:30 once I was a few miles in, but without being told by my watch I’d estimate my average pace was around 8:45 or 8:50.
It wasn’t easy though. My legs are tired and heavy and even though the weather was perfect, the park was beautiful and I was mentally excited to be running, my body was dragging a bit.
Tomorrow I will do nothing physical.
I promise, Coach. Remember my new plan?
I’m thankful for my nice friend. At the risk of being grossly cheesy, I don’t think I’ve stopped smiling since we started hanging out. I’ve been way less stressed out every day, I’ve been sleeping better and I’m convinced that he’s not real. I’m pretty excited about this one.
No more details to share with you on that note. Sorry.
I’m thankful I’ll be escaping NYC this weekend. I love New York. But I also love getting away. I’m pretty pumped about attempting to bang out 20 miles in a new city with an equally sweaty — actually, more sweaty…she wins — friend.
I’m thankful for this summer. It’s been my favorite.
I’m thankful for bright colors. They make me happy. Lime green, especially. And sometimes hot pink.
I’m thankful for my family. This is obvious. But they’re officially booked for the Hamptons Marathon! My parents will be coming down from New Hampshire and my brother and sister-in-law will be in from Boston. I can’t wait to have my four favorite people in the world at the finish line waiting for me.
I plan on crying a lot, probably, and maybe blowing my nose on my mom’s shirt. That just seems like something I might need to do in the heat of the moment.
I also hope a certain friend (yes, Lauren, you) is at the finish line, too, in which case I probably won’t blow my nose or do something quite so disgusting. I’d like him to keep hanging out with me.
I’m thankful for this article someone just sent me. Mostly because I feel cool being mentioned alongside Hugh Jackman…
That’s all for now.
NOW YOU GO: What are you thankful for today?