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Thankful Things Thursday: For The People Who Truly Get Me
It’s a gorgeous fall day here in NYC and despite having no hot water in my apartment for roughly the 19th day in a row, I am managing to pull myself into a good mood.
In case you’re wondering if I survived a freezing-cold shower this morning (which you’re probably not, let’s be honest) the answer is no, I did not. I am unshowered and disheveled today. It’s a good look for me. Really.
And with that, I present to you the latest edition of Thankful Things Thursday!
I’m thankful I slept. Yesterday was painful. After a decent amount of running, strength training and that brutal Figure 4 class on Tuesday night, my body was aching all day yesterday. I may have begged a coworker to get my stuff from the printer for me at one point to avoid getting up from my chair.
So yesterday was a bit of a wake-up call for me, thanks in part to many of your comments. I didn’t end up going to spinning last night and I didn’t wake up to run this morning (though, confession, I do have running plans this evening — more on that in a bit). It felt sinful and wonderful to stay in bed and snooze the alarm 9 or 10 times. Sleep is good. Rest is good. (And someday I will actually really believe that. I’m working on it.)
I’m thankful for hilarious TV shows that directly cater to my sense of humor. I cannot get enough of “Modern Family.” I started watching it from the beginning on DVD a few weeks ago, and I’m onto Season 2 now. I laugh nonstop at every single episode. It’s fantastic.
I’m thankful for pretty flowers.
It’s amazing what some flowers can do in an otherwise dark office. My office doesn’t get much sunlight because it’s right next to another giant building. So the flowers make up for the lack of natural light. I like them.
I’m thankful for the people in my life who really, truly get me, support me, encourage me and love me. One of the greatest things that came out of training for the Hamptons Marathon was a new group of friends and people I can really relate to.
Last night, I spent the evening with a wonderful group of lady runners, trying on running clothes and geeking out about leg warmers (OK, maybe only I got excited about leg warmers) and the NYC running scene. And also puppies. At one point I made a comment that it was so much better than happy hour. I was completely content spending some time with like-minded people who I knew wouldn’t eventually say, “OK, please stop talking about your marathon now.”
Thanks, friends. I’m glad we get each other.
And I’m glad you’re all into jazz hands, too.
I’m thankful Coach Cane hasn’t abandoned me. Since the race ended, I have emailed Coach Cane (and Mrs. Coach Cane) no fewer than 20 times. And they have both responded every time. I have begged Coach Cane to “please not forget about me” and I kind of think he wishes I would leave him alone, but I have no intention of doing that.
Earlier this week, Coach Cane gave me an open invitation to join his Thursday night City Coach running group “anytime.” Done. I know exactly what I am doing tonight: Joining Coach Cane and his race-winning runners and trying not to die. I cannot wait.
I’m thankful for teeny tiny apples. My favorite fall activity is apple picking, and my favorite place to do it is at Gould Hill Orchard in Hopkinton, NH. I’m really sad I’m not going to make it up there this fall. Going home in the fall is something I always try to do, but it’s just not going to happen this year.
I always go to the orchard with my mom and she takes it seriously and picks legitimate, baking-worthy apples off the trees, while I like to find the smallest, most ridiculous ones possible.
When I saw my family at the marathon, my mom came bearing one giant bag of gifts: the smallest apples she could find from Gould Hill Orchard.
She’s the best. I’ve been eating an apple (or three) every day since the race and they taste just like home.
I’m thankful this horrid two-week stretch of madness is almost over. I thought last week was going to be the busiest work week ever, and then this week arrived. Since Race Day, which now feels so long ago, work has been chaotic and stressful. I’m so happy the weekend is almost here and then things just may calm down for a minute or two.
I’m thankful for moccasins. They are excellent commuting shoes. Very comfortable, kind of warm, and I feel a little bit like Pocahontas when I wear them. I also feel like Pocahontas whenever I sing “Colors of the Wind,” which is more often than you might think.
I’m thankful for fuzzy blankets. At the end of a long day, few things are better than a hot shower (not that I remember what that is like), cozy pajamas and a warm blanket. And also Oreos. Yes, Oreos were a major component of my dinner again last night, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.
I’m thankful for my health. My stomach has been sucking a bit lately, but I know that I am still incredibly lucky. Things could be much, much worse.
I’m thankful it’s almost ski season. Do I prefer winter? No way. Am I rushing fall? Definitely not. But do I love skiing and, more importantly, the apres ski hot chocolate? Oh Hell yeah.
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN: What are you thankful for today? Did you also have Oreos for dinner? Did you have a hot shower this morning? Is the sun out where you are? All great things, I think. Go ahead. Show your appreciation.