Today I present to you another round of being all giddy and thankful for the great things in life we don’t always acknowledge. It’s Thankful Things Thursday, and it’s a holiday because I say so. Onward!
I’m thankful I got outside last night. I’ve brought lunch to work most days this week, which is excellent, but it also means I never leave my desk. Sunshine? What’s that? I had every intention of going to spinning last night, but by 5:30 I didn’t want to just transition from a dimly-lit office to a super-dark spin studio, and then to a dark commute home. So I ditched my spin plans and went for a walk instead.
“Went for a walk” roughly translates to “went shopping and over-spent and am now suffering from buyer’s guilt.” But I do enjoy this polka-dotted top I got at Madewell, so I don’t feel too guilty about that.
And it was nice to get some fresh air. Note to self: Take more midday walks.
I’m thankful it’s pay day. This one needs no explanation. Yay income. Yay paying rent. Yay new monthly MetroCard. Thank you, necessary expenses, for all falling during the same week. I appreciate that.
I’m thankful Brian likes to cook, and I’m extra thankful he’s good at it. If you’ve been reading this blog for more than one day, you know that I don’t cook. It’s not because I can’t. I have made plenty of things and I can follow a recipe just fine. But I don’t really enjoy cooking. I hate how long it takes and I hate all the prep and I’d much rather just eat a bowl of pasta than spend time marinating and chopping things. I am also afraid of knives, so I have no chopping skills.
I feel very fortunate to be dating someone who feels the exact opposite about cooking. Brian thinks it’s “fun” and he likes to “make stuff.” Dinners this week have included broccoli soup (from scratch — I didn’t really realize you could make soup from scratch…I thought it all came from Hale & Hearty) with roasted cauliflower and sweet potatoes…
…and last night we had green peppers stuffed with brown rice and tomatoes and mushrooms with a side of garlic spinach.
I prefer to just clean up afterward. I think that’s a fair trade.
Brian has been on a roll this week making delicious, nutritious, healthy meals, and I have reaped all the benefits. I’m feeling very spoiled and I am fine with that.
I’m thankful I’m still amazed and surprised by New York City every single day. I always feel grateful to live in NYC, and I’m glad that after being here for four years I’m still not immune to the city’s craziness. I still get googly-eyed whenever I see the skyline, and yesterday I saw a guy walking with a cat on his shoulder and I was like, “Hey, that’s weird and gross, but OK.”
I’m thankful I ran some miles today. I’m not thankful for how crappy I felt during those miles. My quads felt shredded the entire time. Every time I came to a hill, I felt like I just wasn’t going to make it. I was pissed. I had to stop twice for bathroom needs, which I’m pretty tired of documenting, but I also just felt like my legs were sleepy. The weather was perfect, though, and I got through 7.5 miles, which I’m pleased with. I also got to run through all the New York City Marathon stuff.
I wish I were running the marathon on Sunday. Yes, I’m jealous of all you runners who get to do that this year.
I’m thankful that the weather has been incredible this week. Fall, thanks for stopping by. Feel free to stick around forever.
I’m thankful for leg warmers. But you knew that already. Earlier this week, one of the fashion editors at work escorted me to her wondrous closet and gifted me with seven new pairs of leg warmers.
I’m going to need a bigger apartment for my ever-expanding collection.
I’m thankful I gave up on watching “Sister Wives.” This show is wacky. Brian and I discovered it the other night and we got super into it and were completely fascinated by it. But last night we decided that we shouldn’t watch it anymore. There’s better stuff out there…like sleep.
I’m thankful I slept great last night. My stomach has been keeping me up a lot at night lately, but last night I slept like a rock. I don’t think I moved until the alarm went off. I needed that.
I’m thankful that I’m learning how to balance work and play. This morning I was thinking about Ali from a few months ago…before Run For The Rabbit, before marathon training, before lots of life changes went down. I was always stressed out. I slept, at most, five hours every night, and I was constantly on the go. Something was always worrying me, something always had to be done immediately — now I look back and see that I had a really hard time relaxing at all, ever. I still go through those phases, but I’m definitely getting better. Thank goodness. Stressy Ali sucks. She’s no fun.
I’m thankful I live alone. It’s tough financially. But I always wanted to live alone, and ever since I got my own place back in April, my life has improved drastically. I’ve had some great roommates over the years (Hi Dee! Hi Lone! Hi Dana! Hi Conroy!), but being independent and having an apartment that I can call mine is a very empowering (ew, I hate that word but couldn’t think of another one, sorry) and freeing feeling. I love coming home every day and knowing that everything is exactly how I left it. And I especially love not sharing food. I hate sharing food.
There’s my list!
NOW SHARE YOURS: What are you thankful for today?