i'm thankful for...christmas cards! between blends and friends and family i have a lot more christmas cards lining my bookshelves than i was expecting. it makes me feel super grown up to get christmas cards and i love the tradition of sending/receiving them. i will be sending out my own soon enough, i swear, my family just has to get our act together in terms of getting our photo done. they'll be more like new years cards, but as my mom and i always say, it's the thought that counts. plus it extends the season and the wise men were late to jesus' birth so really we're just honoring the magi with our cards. you're welcome, balthazar.
i'm thankful for...i swear i cannot go a single thankful post without mentioning this girl. i am a treadmill runner, as much as i like to deny it. i am lazy about running outside. but that doesn't mean i love the 'mill...i know it's boring, but it works for me especially because i am trying to do more speedwork and i don't have a track near my house. plus i can text while i run when i'm on the treadmill. i swear, alex is as good as a personal trainer when you're trying to stay motivated on a less than exciting run. i finished my 5 miles faster than i would have otherwise and i thoroughly enjoyed myself the whole time.
i'm thankful for... trying new foods and dinner dates with richard.
richard and i went out last night to make sure we had some time to get in some girl talk before i left for christmas. it was absolutely perfection - i sometimes get antisocial when i get busy and i'm glad i haven't been letting myself do that this holiday season because it has reminded me that i have the absolute best friends in the world. i also have been thinking about tuna since my sushi date with andrew and i was craving it last night so richard caved to my wants and let me pick the restaurant. i am officially an ahi tuna convert. that shit is amazing and i regret that i have spent this much of my life not eating it. i will be rectifying that over the next months, so be prepared.
i'm thankful for...my productive mornings. i am more productive in the first hour of my day than i am in all the other hours combined. i have a LOT on my to do list today, which is good because being busy will make the day go faster, but i need to be a well-oiled machine if i'm going to get everything done. when i leave my apartment tomorrow morning i need it to look presentable because when i come back next week, tex will be with me (i have to keep the illusion up that i can keep a house clean, ya know?). i also need to be completely packed for a week and ready for the day of school, which includes a christmas cookie decorating party with my students. oh and there's that pesky item of 21 letters of recommendation to write for my 8th graders. lots to do, but i'm well on my way - i did two loads of laundry this morning before i left the house. way to go me! i guess it's 1.5 loads since i have one still in the washer waiting for me when i get home (please don't mold!), but i'm a whole lot more ready for my afternoon than i would be if i didn't get my laundry done this morning.
i'm thankful for...remote start. okay, i recognize you can't actually see anything in this picture but what i'm trying to display is that i live on the 6th floor across the street from the parking lot where i park my car. if i get a good spot, i can remote start said car from the bedroom window of my apartment. fully recognizing that this is a first world luxury the likes of which have not been seen since hot stone massages, it makes me so happy when i can get into a warm car in the morning. plus my morning routine is so finely tuned (see: productivity, above) that if anything takes longer than expected i am late to school. this means if i can have my car defrosted by the time i get to it in the morning i am going to be on time. if i show up and there's frost on my windows, i'm going to be ten minutes late at least. win for everyone.
whew, so many things to be thankful for this week. i had to limit myself with those, i could have gone on forever.
what are you thankful for this week?