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Thankful Things Thursday: Rainbowtown
You know those weeks where everything is sparkly and wonderful, and things fall into place and your whole life just feels so magical, like you’re riding around on a unicorn, with glitter on its horn, and you’re riding by rainbows and you’re eating a warm brownie and also maybe you’re a little drunk?
Those weeks are the best.
And you know the opposite of those weeks?
That’s more like the one I’m having.
It’s kind of like instead of a unicorn, I got stuck with a three-legged limping donkey, and instead of glitter on its horn, my donkey has a case of the Crohn’s and keeps spitting on me (my donkey is not unlike a camel, I suppose). Also, there’s no rainbow, just balls of hail filled with asteroids (WTF?), and in place of a warm brownie I am snacking on lettuce. Lame, healthy, tasteless lettuce. Maybe I still get to be a little bit drunk, though.
I’ll spare you the whining and complaining about how my foot hurts so I’m taking more time off running, and about how my jeans don’t fit, I over-committed myself this week (What happened to “Ali Says No” month?!) and my apartment is messy. I’ll also spare you the actual complaints and reasons I’m ultra-cranky today beyond the seemingly trivial ones.
Instead, I’d like to invite you along on my journey from Donkeyville to Rainbowtown.
Those are both real places, which I know, probably surprises you. But won’t you join me? We’re about to get all thankful up in this blog: Friends, it’s Thankful Things Thursday. Ka-pow!
OMG what’s that? A photo of Tyler snuck into this post! Weird! I have no idea how that happened.
I’m thankful I got to spend a weekend with my family.
This past weekend was so relaxing and, despite the 62 bug bites I came back to New York with, pretty perfect. Sometimes I feel like I live so far away from my family, but that’s mainly because I always end up in a “you can’t get there from here” situation. I’ve only found one airline that will fly from NYC to New Hampshire — the others have layovers in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Atlanta, and I’m confused about what kind of sense that makes — and it’s far too pricey for me most of the time. The bus and train only get me as far as Boston, so to get to New Hampshire where my parents live (what up, Contoocook?), it’s easiest to just suck it up and rent a car.
But man is it worth it.
I’m thankful for surprises that show up at my desk when I’m having a craptastic day. The receptionist at work was like, “Is it your birthday?” and I was like, “No,” and then she laughed for like, 30 seconds. It was a really odd exchange. I’m still confused about it.
I’m thankful for Cortizone 10. My bug bites continue to keep me up itching and scratching at night, but this cool cream liquid gel thing in a stick seems to help, if only temporarily. New life plan: Bring bug net everywhere.
I’m thankful for chips and salsa. Yes, there is a slight chance that on the drive to New Hampshire this weekend, Brian and I stopped at a fancy dining establishment because I wanted chips and salsa. And tacos. And a sandwich. And a Molten Lava Cake.
Oh I’m sorry, was I complaining about my pants not fitting earlier? Weird, I have no idea why. My diet has been so healthy!
I’m thankful for long summer days. This time of year is the best.
It’s light when I wake up. It’s light when I’m ready for bed. It’s light all day when I sit in my dark office.
I’m thankful for delicious chocolate snacks, even if they are another part of the reason I couldn’t quite button my jeans this morning.
I am always thankful for food. What a predictable trend.
I’m thankful for my awesome new accessory, courtesy of a stranger on the street. It is a slap bracelet, and I got it while walking along Fifth Avenue after work yesterday. This guy was like, “Do you want a slap bracelet?” and I was like, “IS THAT EVEN A QUESTION?” He slapped it on me, I briefly wondered if it had any diseases attached to it, and then I went along on my happy little way.
I guess there’s a new Nike store opening or something, and the bracelet promotes that. The guy wasn’t just a creep. I mean, he may have been a creep, but he was just doing his job. And he gave me jewelry, so I love him.
Another sneak attack Tyler photo! OMG I’m so sorry. This keeps happening!
I’m thankful for any minute of sleep I get these days. Last night, my legs were tired, so I took a quick epsom salt bath (not sure I get the hype, but I’ll keep trying), put on my softest PJs, wrapped my foot up in ice, and then I guess this happened:
I don’t care how I sleep. I’ll take it.
I’m thankful for my job. It’s a good one. I dig it.
I’m thankful the weekend is a day away. Hot damn, I can’t wait.
We’ve arrived in Rainbowtown! OMG it’s so great to be here. Welcome!
TIME TO CONTRIBUTE! What are you thankful for today? I promise, if you’re cranky, writing down a few things you’re psyched about will cheer you up. Think hard! Think about chocolate foods!