We have had a grand old time this year. P and I have cooked all manner of autumny things -- I even made an apple pie. What ho! We went and saw the leaves changing, we carved pumpkins, and we wore scarves. I literally cannot wait to do it all over again this next year.
However, it is time for Thanksgiving! My second favorite holiday of the year! My first is Halloween (how can you not love dressing up, trolling for candy, and celebrating an ancient pagan holiday?). Thanksgiving is a close second because it incorporates two things I very much love: family and food. Not necessarily in that order. Haha, just kiddin'.
And like I do every year, it is time for my ABCs of thanks.
A- Apple cider. I usually am not too excited about apple cider, but this year I have taken to it full force.
B- Business dress. I very much like looking nice at my job and I feel fortunate that I can do so.
C- Chums. I am always thankful for my friends.
D- Driving. I no longer feel terrified to drive stick shift. I am finally getting it and I am so glad.
E- Excitement. I am still able to get excited about things in my life and I am grateful for that.
F- Fifth graders. They are continually entertaining, adorable, and annoying. They are my favorites.
G- Greenery. How nice it is to live in a town where there is an abundance of trees.
H- Husband. First year I've been able to say that. I love my husband so much and he is the best thing in my life.
I- Independence. For the first time, despite the fact that I have a partner-in-crime, I am really an adult, responsible for all those things you think of as being adult things. I earn money, I have a savings account, I use a credit card and make regular payments, and I go to bed before 10 PM. Woot.
J- Job. It is so incredibly wonderful to be employed. Except for my husband, I am most thankful for this.
K- Kisses. One of life's little pleasures.
L- Libraries. A free opportunity to expand your knowledge and horizons. Lest we forget.
M- Moms (and Dads). How lucky I am to have two of each now.
N- Nest. No, I'm not "nesting," but we have a nest just for the two of us. It's little and cute and suits us just fine. It's perfect and it's home.
O- Olives. I'm not kidding. I freaking love olives.
P- Parks and Recreation. New favorite show. I want to be Leslie Knope. And P is my Ben. He will try and deny it and say he is really Tom, but we all know he is Ben.
Q- Quinoa. After all, it's very good for you.
R- Roasted vegetables. The best way to eat them.
S- Security. It is such a relief to finally feel secure in my love, my life, and my heart.
T- Tulips. I have a bunch in my apartment right now (they're pink), and they are very sweet and nice.
U- Unconditionality. This has played a big part in my life of late and I am always sensible of it.
V- Variety. My life recently has been nothing but varied, and it leaves never a dull moment.
W- Watermelon. I got to have some of the most delicious watermelon ever over the summer and I can't wait until next summer. I'm going to get a whole orange Navajo watermelon. Noms.
X- X-rays. No, genuinely. I went to the ER over the summer because of chest pains and they took a full chest x-ray. It is still hanging on our fridge. It was able to show that I was perfectly fine. I was very relieved and thankful.
Y- You, whoever you are. I bother to keep writing in this blog because I hope someone might read it. So thank you, good ol' you.
Z- Zion. Because you always need something to look forward to, and I would like to eventually travel to Zion and camp. Maybe with my cousin and her new fiance, who I am also grateful for.
Anyhow, there's lots more, but that's my basic ABC. Thanks for reading and I hope you have the best of Thanksgivings. It is a delectable holiday, you know.