I was cranky last night, and usually when I’m cranky at night I can go to bed and by the time I wake up I’ve snapped out of it.
That didn’t happen today, though. I woke up still in a funky mood.
And that, my friends, is why we have Thankful Things Thursday.
So now, in an attempt to go from pissy to perky, I will list all the things I’m feeling grateful for, because there’s plenty of stuff to be psyched about today.
I’m thankful for hilarious little kids who tell jokes. Overheard on the subway Monday morning:
Little girl to her mom: “What does a lion call a cheetah?”
Completely disinterested mom: “I don’t know.”
Hilarious child: “Fast food!”
The mom didn’t laugh, but I thought this joke was fantastic. Kids are funny, and when they’re not crying or crapping their pants, they can make my morning commute a bit more entertaining.
I’m thankful I have laundry in my building. Ah, the perks of New York City living. Having a washer and dryer in your building is a major perk. It’s nice not having to go outside with my laundry. (You suburban folk, with your own washer/dryer unit in your house — yes, I’m jealous.)
I’m thankful for dogs. Always. Puppies, especially, like this one:
It’s amazing how I can be in a grouchy mood, but then I see a little French Bulldog and I’m all perked up.
I’m thankful for my Wednesday night spin class. Come on, you know this by now. I write about it every single Thursday. But there’s just something about Matt’s class that puts me in an awesome mood. Last night I think it was a combination of the disco lighting and the new playlist. And at the end of last night’s class, Matt delivered his own (early) Thankful Things Thursday list. He is thankful that “Tosh.O” is still happening.
I’m thankful for recovery runs. I never thought I’d be into them, but I really am. They’re so low key and pressure-free. Speedwork is fun and challenging and I’ve got a huge soft sweaty spot in my heart for long runs, but on those recovery days, when the goal is to “run really slowly, and just kind of shuffle your feet along,” I do not complain.
Yesterday before work I ran 5 “recovery” miles. They were brutally slow and wonderful. It felt good to just move my legs around and not care at all about my pace or my time.
I’m thankful for my blog redesign. I’m digging it. There are still some tweaks I’m looking into, but I like the new look. I’m also wildly thankful for Brian, who made it all happen. He’s all wise and stuff, with his HTML knowledge, and his fancy “coding” phrases, and he’s been really patient with me during the redesign/self-hosting process. In return, I will cook dinner for him once a month. I know, so giving.
I’m thankful for warm bread and hummus. I have been to Beyoglu twice in the past four days, and I don’t see a problem with that. I have also ordered the exact same thing both times. Who needs a menu?
I’m thankful I got to sleep in this morning. I’ll run tonight. It’ll happen. But my legs were feeling pretty shot by the end of last night’s spin class, and I’m looking forward to a rest day tomorrow. Recovery runs? Rest days? Where did Crazy Ali On The Run go?! Oh right, she’s trying to be smarter and not run her body into the ground.
I’m thankful that, after years of getting frustrated, I have finally found button-down shirts that fit. J.Crew button-downs shockingly button over my chestal area. Hooray!
I’m thankful that January was a kickass running month. According to my handy little log, I ran 161.3 miles to kick off 2012.
Compared to last year’s 90-something, I’d say that’s pretty decent, especially since most of these runs went exceptionally well, and several were done in very good company.
I think that’s a pretty decent thankful list for today, don’t you? And it did, as always, improve my mood just a bit. I think I’m ready to take this Thursday down.
WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR TODAY? Tell me.