I made a thanksgiving resolution to find something to be thankful for every day until next Thanksgiving. Here’s what I am thankful for this week!
Thursday: I didn’t have to cook dinner! Maybe my enthusiasm seems strange, since I’m a food blogger and therefore should love to cook, but honestly cooking isn’t really my thing. I love to bake, but I’d rather eat a meal cooked by someone else any day. Anyway, some friends had us over for dinner, and I was also thankful for the time we had with them as well. I never remember my camera when we visit Ben and Ashley, so I have no pics of the wonderful taco dinner, which included homemade tortillas and a smorgasbord of fillings, including pork, shrimp , cilantro lime rice, and everything else you can imagine. MUST REMEMBER CAMERA NEXT TIME.
Friday: the internets. We got a DVD from Netflix that we’ve already seen, but thankfully we were able to watch Dr. Who online with “instant play.” The more I watch the latest season, the more the new doctor reminds me of a fairer version of my cousin, Tyson. I know that has nothing to do with being thankful, but it’s wigging me out. Maybe you’d have to know my cousin and watch the show regularly to see it?
Saturday: a husband who is willing to go grocery shopping with me. Although I do it faster alone, it’s not nearly as fun without him coming up with new ways to annoy me. His favorite thing to do is to grab random, horrible food items and ask for them like he’s three years old. For instance, if there was something called cotton candy cereal, he would pick it up, then smile and hold it up and bounce around, saying, “Cotton Candy Cereal!”
Sunday: The current Sunday School teacher for the preschool/elementary class is out of town, so I had an opportunity to teach the twins for the first time in over 6 months. I didn’t realize how much I missed them!
Monday: 1) For our wonderful Declaration of Independence and the freedoms it gives us as Americans. 2) For Katie, Den’s co-worker, who invited us to her 4th of July gathering, thus sparing us from a depressing holiday spent at home without fireworks since we are too cheap to purchase them ourselves. 3) For the people at said party, who were so friendly and made me feel at ease despite not knowing a soul there. Many were foodies, and that helped because we could all relate to the love of food! 4) That we haven’t had war on American soil in over a hundred years. The party we joined was in Derby, where more fireworks are allowed, and boy it was crazy! The steady stream of explosions and the heavy haze of smoke made me feel like I was in a war zone, and very thankful that I never have been. It also made consider and all the more thankful for our soldiers who risk their lives for the sake of others.
Tuesday: Puppy antics. We’ve been taking care of Ben and Ashley’s chickens while they’re away camping and although another friend is taking care of the dogs (there are five of them), we always end up staying to play with and pet them. The golden lab is about a year old and has a ridiculous amount of energy. Today he nabbed a squash Dennis picked and rolled around with it, chomping on and playing with it like it was the most delightful thing he’d ever encountered. At one point, he was rolling on his back while holding it up in the air with his paws. The joy of a puppy is a beautiful thing.
Wednesday: I’m not any fatter! I got my rear in gear and went to my first Weight Watchers meeting in three weeks, knowing that after all the stress-dieting I’d done (i.e. eating everything I possibly could to calm my nerves–emotional eating is my downfall), I was going to see a big gain. But I weighed exactly the same. Granted, the last time I weighed in I had a 3-pound gain due to the heavy clothes I was wearing and the later time of day I went, so weighing the same in the morning before eating, and while wearing shorts, definitely means I’ve got more padding now. But still. Technically, I weigh the same as I did at my last meeting. :) I’ll take it as a victory and move on, counting my points and working toward my goal like a good girl.