"it is a miracle if you can find true friends, and it is a miracle if you have enough food to eat, and it is a miracle if you get to spend your days and evenings doing whatever it is you like to do, and the holiday season - like all the other seasons - is a good time not only to tell stories of miracles, but to think about the miracles in your own life, and to be grateful for them"
(lemony snicket, the lump of coal)
on this eleventh day of the month, i am thankful for:
+++ all of the men and women who have served our country, both those that have served previously and those that are serving now. i am very grateful for all that they do for our country, and for all of the sacrifices that they and their families make on a daily basis. we are very proud of all of our family members who have served, and are proud of kevin and tyler who serve currently in the navy and air force. we love you and are very proud of you both.
+++ sleeping in, day two
+++ a 90 minute massage to start the day. total bliss. i so wish everyday could start like that, i think i would much happier at work each day.
+++ a walk along the canal in the early morning while it was still fogged in and the rain was just starting to fall
+++ all of the time spent at alderbrook, and how i can't wait to return again. i was talking with barrett about how many times we have been there, and thought about the trip we took there to celebrate when i was halfway through my treatments. in some ways, that seems like so long ago. in some ways, it seems like i can close my eyes and be back in that very moment captured in this picture. i remember the way my legs ached, how the nausea felt, how i clung to that hat so no one would see my head, and how i was mentally getting ready to dig deep to push through the next 6 months.
+++ getting some time to shop in a couple of stores to pick up some christmas gifts, walking along rain soaked, brick paved streets while doing itgetting to see malena after missing being around her for two days, her hugs, her kisses, her laughter, her smile.
+++ finding a new bag for work that was exactly what i was looking for. yep, a new bag can make me pretty happy. if it wasn't associated with work, it would make me totally happy.
+++ having lunch with my mom and dad and catching up on the weekend and all of the activities ahead for them this week
+++ my friend ann doing good after an emergency surgery due to her appendix bursting (ann - you better be eating jello and reading "wild" when you are reading this, you are busted if you have your laptop out and are working)
+++ our day working out so that it was possible to go to the hospital and check in on ann
+++ a safe drive home in the rain, not being one of the many people that were involved in car accidents today, many of which we passed on our way home
+++ being home, back into the routines (bath time, reading, brushing teeth) that ground our day to day lives
+++ time in my craft room listening to music and making cards
+++ cocoa pebbles...yes, i still sometimes eat cereal as if i were 6 years old. yes, i still feel good about it.
+++ fun mail waiting in the mailbox from alexis, jen, and jessica
+++ i have never bought anything from red envelope, but i got a catalog from them today (no clue why), and i was pretty much loving the pictures of the wall art they have. also kind of love the pillows.
+++ got my newest issue of mamalode and the theme is "balance" - i can always use some of that so i am excited to dive in
+++ i have to say that iphone cases with pictures of family/friends on theme is an awesome idea and would make for great christmas presents. shutterfly is pretty genius.
+++ read about apartment therapy and the kitchn this weekend and am planning to check out both sites
+++ haven't heard yet who won the curly girl design contest, my fingers and toes are still crossed.