Happy day after Thanksgiving! We had a nice day with family and now we will spend the rest of the weekend playing with friends. Win! Today’s Friday Five topic is Gratitude, so I’m going to tell you 5 thinks I’m thankful for this year. (And huge thanks to Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia for this fun linkup and for becoming IRL friends.) While I’m thankful for many things in my life – my family, my friends, my health, my home, my running, I thought I’d offer 5 very specific things I’m thankful for right.now.
1. That my kids ran/walked the local turkey trot with Beer Geek and me on Thanksgiving. I have run the same race for the last 7 or 8 years with only a few misses. This is only the second time we made it a family affair. It’s the perfect race for it as there are tons of walkers, dogs, and strollers. Jones even ran a good bit of it (and is now a bit sore because he didn’t really train. Like mother, like son.)
2. That we got to spend a part of our Thanksgiving day with Beer Geek’s dad and stepmom at their house. His dad is recovering from a stroke, so it was a big deal for him to get to spend some time at home. It was nice to have a relaxed meal and have the kids get to spend some time hanging out with their grandfather.
3. That I continue to work hours at a local library’s reference desk. While I’m not ready to jump back into my career, I love the opportunity to help patrons and to spend time with my professional colleagues. It fills my extroverted needs in ways that nothing else I do quite does. (And if you are Facebook friends with me, you know it leads to lots of amusing status updates.)
4.That I have friends on facebook who are experts in areas I know nothing about. I’m almost embarrassed to admit how often I “crowdsource” or “dial a friend”. Life is so much easier with a village to support you!
5. That it’s good beer season. I love dark beers and holiday beers. It makes me happy when beer tastes like chocolate, or coffee, or pie. I already have a stash of more than 10 different six packs of holiday beer for our annual tasting. I can’t wait!
Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving and are enjoying the remainder of your weekend!