Yesterday, my friend Tory told me that every day after she wakes up, she thinks of 10 things for which she is grateful. Every. Single. Day. How lovely is that?
I would love to claim I’m going to implement that same pumped-up practice in my own life, but let’s be realistic — lately I’m lucky if I shower every single day, let alone make a 10-point list as I’m struggling not to hit snooze.
But I do genuinely miss my Thankful Things Thursday tradition, and there’s no time like the present to bring it back. Here are a few things for which I am exceptionally grateful right now…
I’m thankful for Ellie! Obviously. The first few days have been wonderful, fun, hilarious, challenging, fascinating, joyful, sleep deprived, and emotionally charged.
I was home with her all day on Monday — I didn’t run, didn’t go to yoga, didn’t even shower. We were side by side the entire day.
Then, on Tuesday, I was signed up for a spin class. I thought this would not be a problem. And it wasn’t — for her. I, on the other hand, was a damn mess. I was hysterical crying when I left the apartment, cried the entire walk to the spin studio, was crying in the lobby before class, finally stopped crying during class but was totally distracted, and then sprinted home to get her. And of course, she was fine. But I was an emotional wreck. I immediately called my mom to tell her I am emotionally incapable of having children, so that’s off the table now.
I left her for a bit longer Wednesday, and for a bit today. She continues to do fine. I am getting there.
I also took her to the vet on Tuesday, and everyone just loved her and gushed over her and played with her and I felt like the proudest puppy parent in the world. I was beaming, even when the bill came (whooooa vet bills…).
Turns out, Ellie has “a whole host of parasites” in her little belly — roundworm, hookworm, and Coccidia — and she has a yeast infection in her ear, like a delicate lady. She got some vaccinations and antibiotics while we were there, and we have to give her a few medications over the next two weeks. Today she pooped out a real live worm! I had to clean it up! I feel really bad, though. Poor girl.
She is good at “sit” and “shake” and she loves chewing on anything Lululemon. I swear she’s a snob. She’s not at all interested in my pajama pants from the Gap, but Wunder Unders? She can’t get enough.
When it comes to snoozing, she slept great the first night (moving day! she was sleepy!), then didn’t sleep at all for a few nights and kept us up with her. But last night was her first night in her crate, and to my surprise, she loved it! She whimpered a bit at first, then she slept through the night and much, much later than I did.
I’m thankful for all of the kind, genuine, deeply personal feedback I received during Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week. With every comment on every post, I felt genuinely lucky and truly appreciative. Thanks for being the best ever, and for sharing so much of yourselves with me. What a cool little community we have here.
I’m thankful for this sweet weather we’re having in the northeast! It’s going to be 60 degrees this weekend, and this morning I ran in shorts and a tank top — no legwarmers!
I’m thankful for Brian and his unwavering patience. Bringing Ellie home has unleashed this incredibly touching side of Brian. He calls her beautiful and is so proud when he teaches her new tricks. (He looked at me the other night and, dead serious, says, “I think I’m like a dog whisperer or something.” The ego grows and grows!) He is so good and patient with Ellie, and he’s equally good and patient with me. He seems to know everything about raising a puppy, and I know so little, and he’s doing a great job training both of us.
I’m thankful Christmas is right around the corner! It’s not so much Christmas I care about, but rather the idea of getting to see my family. Brian and I opted to stay in New York City for Thanksgiving (between the wedding and the honeymoon, we’ve traveled enough this year), which was lovely.
I planned, prepped, and cooked my first Thanksgiving dinner, saw the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons being inflated, ran over to watch part of the parade on Thanksgiving morning, and had an overall wonderful week.
But I missed being with my family and Tyler and Abby, so I’m extra excited to get to see them at Christmas. (And for Ty and Abby to meet Ellie! That will be so…interesting!)
I’m thankful for my health. Writing about Crohn’s and my low points reminded me how utterly pumped I am to be healthy right now. I occasionally get to run without bathroom stops, and I generally feel Crohn’s-free. That’s a beautiful thing. Every day is special. Yay!
I’m thankful for people who respond to my emails, process my invoices, and give a shit. In work stuff, and in life stuff. That’s always appreciated.
I’m thankful for the magic of Christmas in NYC. It truly never gets old. I always gasp at my first sight of the tree at Rockefeller Center, and I have made it a tradition of running to see it in the early morning before the crowds begin to gather. So very special (and you get to see Matt and Savannah and Natalie and Carson and Willie, too, because they’re next door doing Today show things).
I’m thankful for nice, good people. The world is scary right now. I am grateful for the good people by my side and beyond.
I am thankful for Spotify. I finally joined because my friend Tiger Lucy called me “old” for still using iTunes. Aside from the fact that she’s clearly a bitch, I’m really digging Spotify. So far I use it exclusively to listen to the Hamilton cast album.
And that’s 10 things! It took me until 5 PM, so now I can start my day!
SURPRISE THROWBACK THURSDAY PHOTO:
BUT NOW YOU HAVE TO DO IT, TOO, REMEMBER?! Tell me at least one thing for which you are thankful.