Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner I decided that I would throw up a few things that I am thankful for. I find that on a day to day basis I am not grateful for the big things in my life…so I decided to write down everything that I have in my life big, small, and completely inconsequential that make me happy.
I AM THANKFUL FOR:
Audio: I am addicted to Audible.com where I am constantly purchasing audio books for my commute. Podcasts! Some of my favorites include: Yale’s Autism Seminar, Stuff You Should Know (love Josh and Chuck), Stuff Mom never told you, MUSC, Stanford, and UC Davis Podcasts on Obesity and Autism, and the AMA’s Obesity Summit-plus I am sure I could find hundreds more. I love the ability to channel my inner nerd and feed my brain instead of listening to the same 6 songs that the radio plays on a loop!
My gym membership! Having a the opportunity to squeeze some work out (and friend time) into my busy life. My yoga class! First of all my Yoga teacher is awesome and our class is full of wonderfully sweet and caring people. No matter how much I may want to skip class-I have always left that space better than when I walked in.
The idiots of the world. Sarah Palin, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Kanye West! I like knowing that there are people in the world that are crazier than I am. 🙂
The Women who have made a difference…Women like Victoria Woodhull, Annie Sullivan, Emmeline Pankhurst, Madam Curie, Coco Chanel, Katharine Hepburn, Oprah and so many other amazing women that have changed the history of our world and giving me some amazing role models to look up to.
TOYS: Petsmart for carrying replacement Mr. Quackers. As the Mom’s out there know there is always the one special toy. Beau-dog loves stuffed ducks, and Sadie likes to destroy them. Thankfully I can replace them so that Beau-dog doesn’t do without. Marc’s toy helicopter. This stupid little RC helicopter has brought me countless laughs. Remember in King Kong where he is on the building and the planes are flying around? Well…Beau-dog + RC helicopter = WAY FUNNY! (it has been awhile since this has occurred in our home-but funny just the same)
My big pink (and now my big green) pashmina scarf . I love that it is a functional item that can go from scarf to blanket, and that it is still in style. I wish more clothing items I owned were like this. Black leggings which make it possible for me to finally dress girlie.
Social Media-Facebook: it is a way to keep up with and reconnect with old friends and new ones.
TV and Movies online. Hulu-For allowing someone who doesn’t have cable-to keep up with the current shows. 🙂 Plus I can watch them on my time! Netflix for keeping me in a constant supply of documentaries that a video store would never carry as well as old TV shows from my childhood.
Favorite Restaurants: The Mexican place at the end of the street. It is always great to have good food and good margaritas served by people who are a family and treat you like you are one of their own. The Daily Dish! There is nothing like dropping $45 for brunch…when it is with your best friends and the food is amazing. Arnolds: I find that the food here feeds you soul the way that Grandma’s kisses did. Plus, he’s a better cook than your Grandma. Melting Pot…the cheese starter…need I say more? Any seafood restaurant on the inlet back home…I can’t wait to come home and get some oysters.
Stupid Stuff our friends like: Mr. T…Jason’s love for this iconic personality has been wonderfully infectious and I get so much laughter out out his complete adoration and appreciation.
Venues: TPAC- I love that I have seen the Nutcracker as well as Wicked here. It is also wonderful to have a place close to home where I can see everything from Joan Rivers to Lord of the Dance with Opera and some Cats in between. 🙂 The Bridgestone Arena-for being my home away from home in the month of October-between the Preds game, The motivational seminar, and Disney on Ice I felt like I lived there.
School: Online Education! Thanks to Ashford University for being there so that I could continue to be superwoman and carry a full course load (and killer GPA) while still working full time. University of Tennessee having a satellite school in Nashville so that I can obtain my MSW locally.
Book Club-ok I may have only been to one meeting but it opened me up to a whole world of books that I would not have read otherwise.On that note I am thankful for the ladies in book club for expanding my life…and for Gregory Maguire who has introduced me to the “other side of the story” from my favorite childhood stories.
MY JOB!! I love my job! I get to play, take care of people I care about, and make a difference every time I go to work…plus I get paid for it!
But what is most important are my puppies, my friends and my family. I have been blessed to have a life full of amazing people who care about me and are kind enough to let me care about them. If you are reading this…consider yourself one of the lucky people that I am thankful for!
I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving and find time to create your own running gratitude list.