Thankful Things Thursday: Shipping Shirts, Broadway Shows & A Subway Winner


It’s Thankful Things Thursday, and rather than go through my whole speech about what that means, I’m just going to dive in and if you haven’t tagged along for this little holiday before, I’m sure you can figure out what it’s all about pretty quickly. Let’s go!

I’m thankful my apartment no longer resembles a Sweat shop. And by that I mean a Sweat shirt shipping factory. Since these lovely little T-shirts arrived at my apartment last week, they’ve been taking up a whole lot of space in my tiny studio living space. But thanks to some help from a nice volunteer…

Folding, stuffing, labeling...that's pretty much how this week has gone.

…the shirts are now out of my home and on their way to all their new owners. I hope you love ’em. They were shipped with love, sweat, of course, and maybe one or two tears.

I also hope you like the return address labels. I made them. I thought they were cool.

Look at that perfect piece of label paper. So pristine.

Would you like a close up?

Ooooh! Aaaaah!

Perhaps you want to see what they look like on an envelope. I will show you:

Look for one of these in a mailbox near you. If you ordered one, that is. If not, you will probably not find these envelopes in your mailbox. That wouldn't make any sense.

And those are the labels. Now you’ve seen three photos of them. You’re welcome.

But seriously, all this shirt business is surprisingly a lot of work — you know, on top of the full-time job thing — and I’m thankful that people wanted shirts, I’m thankful for all of Brian’s help and I’m thankful that this round of shirt purchasing is just about over.

I’m thankful for The Book of Mormon…the show. See this show on Broadway, people. I know it’s sold out forever, and I know it’s wildly expensive, but it’s so worth it to shell out the dollars. I bought tickets to the show for Brian’s birthday and we went last night. We had great seats and Brian laughed hysterically the entire time, which was fun to watch.

Front row center balcony? Not bad at all.

I had seen the show once before and loved it just as much this time around. It’s so wonderfully inappropriate and my cheeks hurt from smiling the entire time.

We also got a backstage tour afterward, thanks to my cool friend Mike who is one of the show’s stage managers. He’s a big deal. He let us play onstage.

Ready for our Broadway debut! Someone get me a microphone. Nevermind. I don't need one. I'm loud enough on my own.

We also got to see where they keep all the costumes, but Mike wouldn’t let me try any of them on…or even touch them…or really breathe too close to them. Silly Broadway rules.

"OK now explain to me again, which ones am I allowed to try on? None of them? Are you sure? OK fine."

I’m thankful I gave my legs a break this morning. That’s a little bit of a lie, but I’m trying to convince myself that not running this morning was a smart choice. My alarm went off and I debated throwing my phone across the apartment, but instead I just kept hitting snooze…for an hour and a half. So a run didn’t happen. I rarely skip my morning runs, but I convinced myself that I needed the extra bit of sleep. Plus I’m racing this weekend, so I know a morning off from Central Park wasn’t the worst idea.

But of course I’d always rather run. Too late now. I do have a hot date — really, a hot date, because it’s for hot yoga, and I didn’t even do that little pun on purpose — with Pure Yoga tonight though.

I’m thankful for hot showers.

I’m thankful to live in New York City, especially during the holiday season. Last night after the show Brian and I were walking east and happened to stumble upon this little guy:

That's a big tree.

I usually can’t handle the crowds that take over the city during the holiday season, but last night it was late and Rockefeller Center was manageable, and I was like, “Hey, this is cool. This is where I live. I live in the same city as this giant, magical tree.”

I’m thankful for great friends. 

I’m thankful for restaurants that give you a bread basket as soon as you’re seated. I typically base my dining choices solely on whether or not the restaurant serves bread baskets. Carb consumption is a crucial part of the dining experience.

I’m thankful for giraffes. They’re my favorite.

Let’s wrap this post up with a giveaway winner, shall we? You guys really like Subway, huh?

I used this fancy number generator that everyone seems to use, and the big winner of the Subway gift card is…

Congratulations, Person 135! You win!

Congratulations, Melissa!

Here’s what Melissa said in her entry when I said to “tell me something cool:”

I made a grilled turkey and cheese sandwich for myself for lunch today. I realize that’s not very exciting for you, but it was for me because it was delicious and I was eating it. And another cool thing about me is that I just started a new job. Wish me luck!

I hope you enjoyed your turkey sandwich, Melissa, and I hope you enjoy many more in the future. Good luck at your new job! Also, email me at with your address and I’ll send you your gift card.

Have a great day, everyone!

AND NOW PLAY THE GAME: What are you thankful for today?



0 Responses

  1. I’m thankful for an amazing day spent with my best friend. I’m thankful for lots of delicious food. And I’m thankful that my nails are red and sparkly 🙂

  2. I’m thankful that I was smart enough to take a personal day tomorrow. My boyfriend has promised to cook me breakfast, I’m gonna go on a kick ass run, and then I’m getting a haircut that I need desperately. Then I’m going on a date with said boyfriend. Tomorrow is going to be incredible, in other words!

  3. I’m thankful for no longer being sick from food poisoning! I’m thankful my favorite holiday delivery arrived at work today- a massive cookie platter from this ridiculously good bakery in Arizona (chocolate star bakery). I’m thankful for Girl Talk’s album any time I’m commuting. Actually any time I’m commuting and pretty much all day at work. I feel gangster. I’m thankful for Seamless Web.

  4. I’m thankful I had my last day working at a bagel place this morning. Now I have my mornings free to run! I’m also thankful that I have my last final in an hour.. not sure how it’s going to go but it will be over and done with soon. I’m also soo thankful to go home in 2 days!

  5. I cannot WAIT for our sweat shirts to come in the mail! I’m not even saving Jim’s for Christmas…I’m just going to toss it at him and say SURPRISE! =) hehe and then he won’t ask me questions when I wear mine, he’ll just have his own. NYC at Christmas is the prettiest place to be….it’s absolutely stunning. =) Happy Thursday!

  6. Thankful that my sister and her friend are here this weekend PLUS a little SECRET SANTA I have this weekend. And, I ran yesterday for 20 min at basically tempo pace for me now and it was awesome although I am sore as hell and my back kills. (it was for a study).

  7. NYC looks so pretty all decked out, but I tried to visit last year on the weekend – and I won’t be doing that again. Next time I want to go, it’ll be at least 2 weeks before Christmas on a weekday.
    I’m thankful for my crazy cat who thinks he is still a kitten and tries to climb our tree, Christmas lights, flavored iced coffee, christmas cookies (ok, all cookies!) and running outside

  8. I am thankful:

    That my cat didn’t get hurt when he fought the beastly HellCat from down the road last night

    For gold spray which turns everything festive in a sprinkling

    For washing machines, so I don’t have to do laundry by hand! Seriously,

  9. I am thankful for my new lulu jacket that I’m snuggled up in at work. I’m sure it counts as business casual.
    I am thankful for finding crossfit and choosing a gym with great people and good coaching.
    I am thankful that I survived my deadline yesterday.
    I am thankful that my dogs are the best cuddlers in the world.
    I am thankful that I was able to buy small gifts to send to my friends on the other coast.
    I am thankful for green tea!

  10. I TOTALLY base my judgment of a restaurant on what kind of bread baskets they serve. It’s how Macaroni Grill and Red Lobster became restaurants I really like instead of just crappy chains 🙂

  11. “I’m thankful for restaurants that give you a bread basket as soon as you’re seated. I typically base my dining choices solely on whether or not the restaurant serves bread baskets. Carb consumption is a crucial part of the dining experience.”

    YES! Restaurants get demerits when they don’t give me bread immediately.

    Even though I want snow on Christmas, I am thankful for this warm December we’ve been having. My legs have been so happy on all my runs!

  12. i want to live in NYC. wah.

    i’m thankful that tonight is my departments holiday party. i’m also thankful that management declared today “ugly christmas sweater day”. hilarious day in the office.

    i’m thankful that i had an amazing dinner downtown last night. but i’m not thankful that i’m a wee bit hungover from the wine i had.

  13. Hot yoga! Oh haven’t done that in so long…have fun!

    I’m thankful to have gotten in a run + strength training this morning! Also thankful for some fun tonight w/ my running buddies & a holiday race this wknd that promises spiked egg nog at the end! 😉

  14. so, hypothetically, what would i have to do for your friend mike in order to buy some house seats for book of mormon? kidding, haha. sort of. 🙂 jealous you’ve seen it twice already!

    i’m thankful for too many things to list right now, but mostly for the incredible year i have had. i spent a little time yesterday jotting down all that has happened in the past 11 and a half months, and i feel so grateful for the life i’m living right now and the people who are in it.

  15. i went to a (free!) hot vinyasa class at Pure yoga last night! it was fun/hard/sweaty and reminded me that i should go more often. i am thankful that my friend sofia fwd’d me the invite and made me go.

    i am also thankful that all of my runs this month have been ICE AND SNOW FREE. i don’t need any broken bones, yo.

    and finally, i am thankful in advance for the mimosas i will be drinking with you at sunday brunch 🙂

  16. I’m thankful for my boyfriend who for some reason got the crazy idea in his head that I think he’s funny and that’s one of the things he likes most about me (that I think he’s funny)… he made me laugh when he said that, maybe he actually is pretty funny. 🙂

  17. I’m thankful that I have T minus 27 hours till my finals are over! WINTER BREAK IS SO CLOSE BUT YET SO FAR!
    I’m also thankful for marathon training, as it makes the amount of snack food and lattes I consume while studying a lot less of an issue. Also because I’m super excited to run my marathon. I’ve never felt as awesome and purposeful about anything as much as I do about this.

  18. Yay, can’t wait for my shirt!!! That’s awesome, and I bet it was a ton of work! How many shirts were sold?! Love the pics of you and Brian at the show. So festive and fun!

  19. I would like to go to a broadway show with you. My birthday is October 28th, Christmas is next weekend and National Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19th. Take your pick.

  20. i am so excited for my shirt to come! i am thankful for a wonderful boyfriend who hates running but runs with me anyway, and puts up with my pooping habits!

  21. I am thankful that I went TO TOWN celebrating my birthday this year; I have a feeling 28 is going to turn out great. I even rhymed.
    I am thankful that instict kicked in yesterday when Pancake got attacked by a mean dog and I was able to throw down.
    I am thankful that I didn’t have a nervous breakdown in anticipation of my parents meeting the wonderful guy I’m dating. Because it went really well.
    I am trying to figure out if I’m thankful that I signed up for a marathon in May. I’ve having trouble motivating myself to do the long runs. I do them, but want to die in anticipation. HELP ME!!

  22. I’m thankful/excited to be visiting NYC this week! And since we’ll be meeting up with friends visiting from England, we’ll also see the things we typically avoid when visiting, ie: crowded places like Times Square and Rockefellar Square (or, as the Brits have on their itinerary, “Rockerfella Square,” haha)

  23. Woooohooo! I’m thankful I was person 135!
    I’m also thankful for my job, because I haven’t really been working (other than occasionally freelance jobs, which I am SUPER thankful for) since June and I moved to a new city where I know basically no one except my hubs.
    Which brings me to the fact that I’m thankful for him, and for his job, which lets us live in our wonderful little apartment.
    Oh, and I’m thankful that this weekend Hubs and I will be relaxing on a weekend trip, basking in the glorious-ness of a Christmas party with cookies and friends and a road trip to see many many many amazing Christmas light displays as well as spending some time with my family before Christmas NEXT WEEK!

  24. I’m thankful that I own a Santa costume because, as my buddies are scrambling to get set for the annual Santa rampage Bar Crawl on Saturday, I’m sitting pretty (or jolly?) and stroking my glorious white beard.

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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