So how does a person celebrate Thanksgiving solo? I will tell you.
#1 Wait until the sun (and by ‘sun’ I mean ‘daylight’ because the Seattle does not have sun) comes up and run 7 miles. 7 miles in under an hour! FINALLY!! I have been having some rather intensely awful runs (part of this is the wind and rain and dark… excuses excuses) but it was really redeeming. My legs felt FRESH!! When I saw the Garmin was very happy (aka I was running 8:30s) I considered slowing down because I have a half marathon on Sunday. But then I didn’t. This run felt GOOD!!! I wasn’t exhausted… I was positive… and I was MOVIN!
#2 Eat breakfast + coffee while watching the Macy’s Parade. Add ‘go to NYC for Macy’s Parade’ to bucket list. Be thankful for eggs and coffee. And cheese. Do some homework (I might be addicted)
#3 Realize despite being alone there needs to be SOME kind of Thanksgiving food. Walk to grocery store for Cranberries. Buy a giant kabocha squash and rosemary.
#4 Do more homework. Do anything to forget that the famjam is in Minnesota (enjoying freakishing warm weather) and the sister is in Peru. Decide that Elle magazine > epidemiology homework
#5 Spend the afternoon and evening in bed because the fire place (which heats my apartment) is broken and it is FREEZING. Drink ALOT of tea and eat lunch and several snacks. Watch Brother’s and Sister’s and Bridesmaids (I was very amused by this movie) and be thankful for RedBox. Oh and talk to the family and miss a call from my sister (DANG IT)
#6 Make Cranberries without sugar (I don’t own any), roast brussels sprouts and squash, make a somewhat stuffing like thing. Okay really the only thing that made it stuffing like was that it had rosemary and thyme. It also had couscous, egg, walnuts and kale. It was good. Eat ‘Thanksgiving Dinner’
#7 Be proud that it is almost 9 and I haven’t cried at all. Step up from the last two Thanksgivings for one.
#8 Blog about what I am thankful for
What I am thankful for:
I am thankful I found the only hour in the last 5 days where it wasn’t pouring to get my run in. I believe that the sun does exist. I even saw a bit of a mountain. I am MORE thankful that this awful series of storms might be coming to an end for next week. I am thankful I can run in general: that I’m healthy to run, that I’m not injured (knock on wood) and that I have a safe place to run. I am thankful that I found running six years ago.
I am thankful for my family!!! I talk to my mom almost every day and my dad often too. I miss my sister. My family is pretty great. They are super supportive. They love me despite my impatientness and frequent negativity. I am thankful that I finally made it clear that I call my mom when I’m upset because she makes me feel better. I guess I never made that clear… she thought she made me sad. I have an awesome grandpa and grandma and three aunts who have helped me become who I am today.
I am thankful I’m going home for Christmas. It is crappy to feel alone for holidays BUT I am SO happy I’m going to be home for Christmas. I am also thankful for Christmas in general. I like the season.
I am thankful for my friends. They all live far away but I know they are there.
I am thankful for my education. I get so excited (okay excited/extreme freaking out) thinking about what doors my graduate degrees will open. This time next year I don’t know what I’ll be doing! Hopeful something super awesome with that education I am so thankful for.
I am thankful that there is a Friends marathon of all the thanksgivings episodes!!! They are some of the best!!! Quick name all the states (anybody remember that episode?)!!! And the flashback episode!!! And when Joey puts the turkey on his head and it gets stuck?? Brad Pitt is coming up soon. YES!
I am thankful that I am healthy and my family is healthy. I am thankful that my grandpa is doing freakishly well since my grandma passed away a couple months ago. I am thankful that my other grandma is doing well with her cancer treatment. Oh my gosh I am SOOO thankful that they found a blood clot in her leg last week before it did major damage to her body. I am thankful my old puppy is still kickin it and my kitty will be there when I get home for Christmas. I am thankful that my mom and dad are healthy and my sister is safe and happy in Peru.
I am thankful for all the wonderful food creations I’ve made this year. I am thankful for peanut butter and coffee. And squash. And all vegggies known to man.
I am thankful for my apartment and that it hasn’t flooded in all the rain. I am thankful that my hair is dry for the first time in 5 days because I haven’t left my apartment in nine hours.
I am thankful for everything.
What are YOU thankful for???