#BeThankfulChallenge Number 4

I’ve been bad about posting the #BeThankfulChallenge both on the blog and on Twitter.  Ooops.  Here we go.

November 19 – Old Friends.  This weekend (as in the weekend of the 19th), my friend Molly was in town from Boston.  I spent a good part of Saturday sitting on the couch with Molly and Allie, just chatting and hanging out.  After Allie went home, Ben, Molly and I went to dinner.  Post coming soon, but it was great to just hang out with old friends and laugh.

November 20 – Taxis.  I’m happy I live in a place that has taxis – and it’s safe to use them.  Sure, D.C. has wicked expensive cabs, they charge by the person, and they never know where they are going (hello, D.C. is on a grid system), but they are just so darn convenient.  Whether its just been a long day and you can’t stand to wait for the post-rush-hour metro, the metro is broken, or you’re going out and no one wants to be DD, cabs are there for you.

November 21 – Indian Summers.  Despite living in Boston for four years, I actually hate the cold.  I’d much rather be in a warm location.  So I’m loving this fall.  I love this weather where you could be completely comfortable either with or without a coat.  And it is perfect running weather.  Speaking of running, I should be doing more of that.

November 22 – My apartment.  Sure, the “American Dream” is to own a home.  And I’m sure one day, Ben and I will own our own home.  But for the meantime, I love our apartment.  Its not too big (aka – it doesn’t take a whole lot of time to clean), but its big enough to hold all our stuff.  It’s got an awesome view (what girl wouldn’t love a view of Nordstroms).  When something breaks, we just call the front desk (and it doesn’t cost us anything).  We each have our own walk-in-closets.  Its quite perfect for this stage in our life, if you ask me!

November 23 – Photos.  I LOVE photos.  I could look through old photos for hours without getting bored.  They bring back such happy memories.  During most of my life, I’ve always been the one with the camera snapping away a ton of photos.  But I’ve been TERRIBLE at taking photos the past year or so.  I hope to get back into this habit, because I love having photos to look back on!

November 24 – Family.  I know I dedicated the first week to my family, but it would be terrible if I didn’t remember them again.  I love coming from a close knit family.  Growing up, my family lived a stones throw away.  Literally.  My grandparents lived next door.  But now that all the kids are grown up, I’m glad that we all make an effort to come together during the holidays.

November 25 – Sales.  Oh Black Friday.  My closet thanks you.  Well, maybe it’s my wallet that thanks you.  This year’s successes include new black pants for work, Jackie cardigans from J. Crew, and a navy wrap dress.

November 26 – My iPhone.  I love my iPhone.  I held out for way to long.  It let’s me have just about everything at the touch of my fingertips.  Emails, music, the Internet – it’s all there.  Hands down better than my old BlackBerry.

November 27 – Helpful people.  Today’s thank you goes out to the nice lady at the Amtrak ticket counter in Philly.  This morning, at entirely to early of a time, Ben and I boarded the train in A.C. for Philly.  Upon arriving in Philly, I realized I handed the conductor the wrong ticket!  Ben and I went up to the ticketing desk, and the nice woman was able to hand write me a new ticket.  I was so embarrassed.  I couldn’t believe I handed in the wrong ticket.  And I can’t believe the conductor didn’t notice!  I was just happy that I didn’t need to purchase a new ticket.  So thank you, Amtrak woman.  Thank you.

November 28 – Christmas music.  Nothing puts me in a good mood quite like Christmas music.  I would listen to it all year if it wasn’t frowned upon.  Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, I’m thankful that I can blast my Christmas music judgement free.

November 29 – My apartment’s front desk staff.  They are all very friendly and helpful, even when the fire alarm is going off at 3 in the morning.  They email you when you have a package and have let me into my apartment more times than I care to admit.

Well…and one for tomorrow, since I’m so close…

November 30 – I can’t believe its taken this far to get here, but I dedicate November 30 to my friends.  To those people, near and far, who have been with me through thick and thin.  Whether we talk daily, weekly, monthly, or once-in-a-blue-moon-because-sometimes-life-gets-in-the-way, know that you all mean so much to me.  I’m thankful for the talents you all share and the laughs we’ve had over the years.  I’m thankful for the days we sat around and did nothing, and the nights that lead to great stories in the morning.  And to those of you that actually read this thing, THANK YOU!


#BeThankfulChallenge Week 2

This week I wasn’t great on getting everything on Twitter, but it was a really busy and hectic week.  But here is this week’s rundown of what I’m thankful for…

November 7 – Amtrak.  While the train isn’t always the best way to travel, it certainly has its benefits.  On Monday night, Ben and I were supposed to take the train home to New Jersey, but we ended up driving.  While hitting traffic at 11:00 at night, I definitely appreciated the train:  no traffic, you can plug in your laptop/iPhone or computer and multitask, or sleep.  Since I can’t drive Ben’s car (it’s stick), I don’t think its fair for me to sleep while he’s stuck behind the wheel.    While we didn’t take the train this time, I’m thankful that it’s an option for future trips.

November 8  – Freedom.  This was only appropriate for election day.  I’m thankful to live in a country that hold free and fair elections.  While I don’t always agree with the campaigning that happens (aka – dirty lies), I’m still thankful to live in a country that gives people an opportunity to choose our leaders.

November 9 – Coffee.  It’s dependable, tasty, and helps you feel like a human when you want to go back to sleep.  It comes in lots of flavors and can keep you warm on a cold day, or cool on a warm day.  And during this particularly crazy week, I lived off coffee. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Did you know that drinking coffee can reduce your risk of getting skin cancer?  There are a lot of other health benefits of coffee (My favorite stat in that article is that Coffee drinkers are about twice as likely as non-coffee drinkers not to develop the potentially deadly methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection in their nostrils.  How specific is THAT?!).

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November 10 – Fall.  While Fall is not my favorite holiday (I’m more of a summer girl), I do love it.  The trees look so beautiful with their changing colors.  I love being able to break out my scarf collection and coordinate outfits around one.  As a bonus, it’s great weather for running – not too hot and not too cold – and the season of my birthday!

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November 11 – At risk of sounding cliche, I’m thankful for veterans and those currently serving our country.  I’m thankful for everyone who has put country before self and protected America home and abroad.  These brave citizens deserve to be honored for their commitment.  So thank you.

November 12 – Running.  There are so many things I love about running.

  • Running gives me an opportunity to clear my head and de-stress.  Sometimes I just zone out, other times I use it to plan out my life.  When I actually get up and run in the morning, I spent those two miles planning out everything I need to do at and after work.
  • When I do really well on a run, it gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment like no other.  Maybe it’s because I was never a runner growing up.  But a runners high is like nothing else I can explain.
  • I also love that it can be an individual or group activity.  While you can run with people, you’re not competing with those people.  It’s about improving yourself.  And I love that Ben runs too.  Sometimes we head out together and stick together throughout the run.  Other days, we start off together and separate based on our running plan for the day.  And sometimes, I head on our my own.  Just me and the road.

November 13– Running buddies.  This is a bit of a rip-off of the last bullet from yesterday, but I do enjoy having running buddies, both near and far.  Today, it was great to have Ben and Christen by my side for the 10K.  We kept each other motivated and moving.  We stuck together (mostly) for the first half of the race before splitting up at paces comfortable to us.  But we all did our best (I’ll have a recap up soon) and it was a great experience.  But I’m also thankful for my running support system that isn’t local. Such as the “Pile on the Mile” challenge the Delta’s are doing.  While we can’t run together, it keeps us all motivated and makes us check in with each other to make sure we’re on track.  Plus, running 13.1 miles through Disney will be more fun with friends!




A lot of my friends are taking part in the #BeThankfulChallenge – see examples one, two and three.

Well, props to them.  They are blogging every day(ish) about things they are thankful for.  I can tell you right now that I will not blog every day in November.  But that doesn’t mean I’m not thankful.  So I’ll do the daily #BeThankfulChallenge on Twitter.  And then once a week, if not more, I’ll give a recap here on the blog.

November 1 – I skipped the first.  Not so much skipped as I didn’t known about the challenge. If I were to go back in time, I’d pick my grandparents.  While none of them are with us anymore, they are amazing people.  Everytime I bake something and our kitchen fills with the warm smell of sweets, I like to think that my grandmother is looking down smiling.  And my passion in politics and community no doubt comes from my Nana and PopPop.

November 2 – Benjamin.  Every day I’m thankful for my loving husband.  He’s amazing.  He supports me in everything I do and pushes me to be the best I can be.  He values friends and family just like I do.  And when I’ve had a bad day, he makes me dinner or orders pizza.  He’s loving, spunky, passionate, and makes me smile every day.

November 3 – My mom.  She’s an amazing person and the rock of our family.  She’s always willing to do anything for family, even when its the last thing she wants to do.  She’s caring, compassionate and a great listener.  I’m so thankful for everything she’s done for me over the last 26 years.

November 4 – My dad.  (Have you caught on to a theme here?)  My father is one of the most hard-working, dedicated and compassionate people I know.  His work ethic and dedication to community is something that has definitely shaped the person I’ve become.  And, for better or worse, he made me the sarcastic, stubborn person I am today.

November 5 – My brother and sister.  These two really each deserve their own day, but I’m trying to keep family to a week.  These two have been great role models for me.  And because they were so much…wiser than me, they are always nice enough to share that wisdom with me.  I’m so thankful for everything they both have taught me and all the laughs we had growing up.

November 6 – My niece and nephew.  These two adorable redheads can do nothing but bring a smile to my face.  It’s amazing how many times I’ve said “it’s amazing how special ____ is until you see it through the eyes of a small child” during the past couple of years.  And the best part – when they get grumpy and start to scream and cry, I can give them back to my sister (love you Julie!!)

And I’ll give everyone a preview of tomorrow’s slection.

November 7 – Everyone else!  My family is too close to not include everyone here.  If you asked me to pick a favorite aunt/uncle, I wouldn’t be able to do it.  They are all special in their own way, and I’m extremely close to all of them.  I love being able to see them all when I’m home.  I’m lucky that most of us live so close and that seeing each other isn’t just reserved for holidays.  And the ones that don’t live close by, we see pretty often too.

What are you thankful for? Are you doing the #BeThankfulChallenge?