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Thankful Things Thursday: A New Year!
OK I’m done with all the “It’s a New Year, resolutions, celebrations, happy, joy, seasons of love!” posts. I swear. I just like that the start of a new year brings a lot of potential and optimism and all that jazz.
I haven’t done jazz hands in a while. That’s sad for me.
But instead of being sad about my lack of spirit fingers, I will tell you all the things I’m thankful for today. If you’re new to the game — or the blog — Thursdays are Thankful Things Thursdays, and I don’t think I need to do more explaining than that. I trust you get the concept.
I’m thankful I did the things I said I wasn’t going to do. Yesterday I posted a grand declaration saying I wasn’t going to bother trying to do planks and foam rolling, among other things, this year. But last night at the gym, instead of rushing to the spin studio 15 minutes early, I used that time to do a few planks (2-minutes in a regular plank and then 1-minute on each side) and foam roll the heck out of my legs. I was proud of myself and I felt good.
Just don’t hold your breath expecting it to happen again.
I’m thankful I showered before I left the gym last night. Normally after spinning I am unattractively sweaty and messy, so I use a towel to wipe the sweat and then throw on some clothes and head home. The commute home takes 35–40 minutes. I don’t think my fellow subway passengers appreciate my post-gym routine.
Last night, though, I didn’t want to go straight home. Class was awesome and so I decided to wind down by showering at the gym. What a genius idea, I know! No one has ever thought to do that.
I was so much cozier putting on yoga pants and a sweatshirt after that shower, and I was way more calm riding the uptown trains than I normally am. Public transportation stresses me out sometimes.
I’m thankful for my bathtub. I took a bath last night. It was awesome. I’m glad I have a bathtub.
I get really bored in the bath, though, so I only stayed in there for about 10 minutes. Maybe even less. But it was nice to sit there in hot water for a little while.
I’m thankful for Eucalyptus-scented things, like lotions and soaps and towels and stuff. Self-explanatory. It’s calming, comforting and delicious.
I’m thankful for candles. I’ve been lighting them a lot lately. I put out candles at my apartment by season, and right now my winter ones are in heavy rotation. I think I’ve retired my Christmas tree scents, but there’s one that a coworker gave me for Christmas that smells like cookies and I’m in love.
I’m thankful for salt. For a long time, I didn’t own salt. Now I do, and I put it on everything. That’s healthy, I know! But it does make things taste a lot better. Moderation, blah blah blah. You can eat salt in moderation, and I will eat what you leave behind.
I’m thankful for my new cheese grater. My mom got me one for Christmas because — the horror! — I didn’t own anything to grate fresh cheese with. How did I ever get through life?! Last night I bought a block of Parmesan cheese and grated it over little English muffin pizza things. It was fun and also delicious.
I’m thankful it was warmer this morning than it was yesterday morning. I ran six miles. They were nothing special. They were slow. I may or may not be racing a 10K this weekend, so there no sense in crushing my legs today. Plus I’ve been running a decent amount lately and throwing spin classes on top of that. My quads are ready for a little rest this evening.
But yeah, running this morning was nice because my snot didn’t freeze to my face. That’s always a plus.
I’m only OK with frozen boogers when I’m skiing, and even then they’re not really my favorite.
I’m thankful for my coworkers. Sometimes work gets a little stressful and overwhelming. Oh I’m sorry, Brian, it gets excitingly busy. And some days I just don’t want to look at my ever-growing list of tasks to tackle. The fact that I adore the girls I work with makes it totally bearable, though.
We work together, and we work hard, but we find time to catch up on each others’ lives and gossip. Just kidding. We don’t gossip.
Yes we do.
Also, my coworkers give me free legwarmers, so they are obviously excellent people.
I’m thankful for M&Ms that change colors according to the holidays. I was into the Christmas-colored ones, and now they’re selling Valentine’s Day colors. They’re so festive in my trail mix.
I’m thankful for thumbtacks. I think they’re a great invention and I use them often. This also applies to paper clips, staples and mini Post-Its. Office supplies are a wonderful thing.
NOW YOU BE THANKFUL: What are you grateful for today? Something great you got for Christmas? A New Year’s Resolution you actually plan to tackle? A nice person who held the door for you this morning? An extra hour of sleep this morning?