Eight years?!? WHAT? (Welcome to this year's installment of looking at last year's post to see which annual edition this post is and then being SHOCKED that I've been blogging THAT long because I had NO IDEA.)
Also this year's installment of things I'm thankful for, as always in no particular order:
My work at home coworker, June. Now that the house is cold in the mornings, she has the added benefit of being extremely warm and very highly predisposed toward cuddling. I've written whole pages with her laid out full length down my legs and my computer resting on her back.
A Practical Wedding, which has helped to keep me from developing (much of) the bridal crazy.
Coach Pat at Running Wild and the rest of my training team, particularly Sheila, who trudged through a whole lot of early morning Saturday miles with me.
Stew Smith, the evil genius behind the training program Raj and I are currently doing. It's awful, guys, but in a way that's giving me a sense of accomplishment now and is sure to pay off in improved speed, strength, and agility.
Pinterest, source of all recipes, haircut ideas, and wedding inspiration
Coffee, forever and always, amen
Lemons, garlic, and tomatoes, the holy trinity of dinner ingredients
My Fitness Pal, which does an excellent job of keeping me on track during those times when I am not too lazy to use it
My brother Dan will be making 500 cookies for the cookie bar at our reception. His wife, my sister-in-law Dawn has voluteered to make hair bows for the flower girls and a sign for the ring bearers to carry. Raj's mom will be folding 250 luminarias for us, which the groomsmen will be lighting (something they may not actually know yet, but I am thankful for nonetheless). And the bridesmaids will likely get to help me make centerpieces. I love the idea that so much of our wedding stuff will come from the hands of people we love.
That Pensacola, while not that big, does have a fair amount of stuff to do
Lots of time to work on writing
Adderall to assist in making good use of that time
Wonderfully terrible Christmas movies, already on TV. And even some good Christmas movies to come.
Paolo the Macbook, still bravely trucking on after more than four years, albeit more slowly these days. That's four years without one single problem. (Please, Paolo, do not up and die now that I've written that.)
Another stamp in my passport, thanks to our trip to Belize. And that 2012 also included trips to New York, Connecticut, Texas, a stop in Charleston on our roadtrip down here, and camping in Alabama.
Raj, for always wanting to go somewhere. And for a number of other reasons.
Having a bunch of my favorite people coming to town in just over a month.
And I know I always end with something like this, but it's because it's true. I'm thankful for the stuff I generally forget to realize is riches. Family and friends, safe food, clean water, reliable electricity, a home, and mental and physical health. I am blessed beyond anything I ever deserved.
I hope you'll consider making your own list of what you're thankful for this year, whether mentally, on paper, or in the comments here. It may be a cliche, but it's a valuable exercise nonetheless.
Happy Thanksgiving, Internet! As always, I am thankful for you.