It has been a long and interesting year since last Thanksgiving, that is for sure.
This time last year I had recently moved back into my house and was preparing for Jingle Cross in Iowa City.
This year, I have been in my house for a year and Jingle Cross moved up a week and so I could not go and I will be spending the weekend in the dirt instead of the mud.
A lot (A LOT, you guys!) has happened over the past year and I don’t really want to get into it other than to express my thanks for a few things.
I am thankful that my kiddos are still healthy, balanced, and schmoopie.
I am thankful that I had the opportunities to travel as much as I did for races and non-races and grateful to all the people who made that possible.
I am thankful that my wonderful company decided to hire me full-time so that I could lighten the load of consulting for 3 companies.
I am even more thankful that that move included health insurance…even though I would prefer health “ensurance”. (HA! Wouldn’t we all?)
I am thankful that my dogs figured out their relationship and stopped freaking the hell out at each other and have settled into the closest thing to a marriage that I have ever seen in dog world.
I am thankful that I have great friends who love me no matter the level of mess I am on any given day.
I am thankful that my daughter thinks I am awesome no matter how well or poorly I do while I have a number pinned to my person.
I am thankful that my son still hugs me everyday and tells me that he loves me…even when he is angry with me.
I am thankful that as many mistakes that I have made along the way, my son loves me enough that he would still live with me even if he won the Lottery. (His words!)
I am thankful that I have surrounded myself with people who can debate opposing points of view without resorting to personal attacks or viewing an opposing point of view as a personal attack.
I am thankful that I was able to kick the following bad habits:
- Red Swedish Fish
- Entering crits (ZERO entered this year!!! WOOOP!)
- Giving a fuck about what the general public thinks
I am thankful that I have patient friends who encourage my awful swimming.
I am thankful that I have adventurous friends who talk me into doing new and adventurous things.
I am thankful that my close friends took the time to figure out the real me versus the public persona.
I am thankful that my dog thinks I am the most amazing human on the planet.
I am thankful that my dog thinks he’s a cat without pooping in a box or being an actual cat.
I am thankful that my family is safe after Hurricane/Super Storm Sandy.
I am thankful that I have a relationship, no matter how different, with every member of my family. They are all unique and wonderful…the relationships and the people.
I am thankful that I have awesome friends who remember us singletons on Thanksgiving and invite us to share in the festivities.
I am thankful that I cannot eat pumpkin pie, stuffing, or that green bean thing that is all the rage. (The other two things are super yummy though!)
I am thankful that I did not enter any “Turkey Trot” type 5Ks.
I am thankful that I do not have to do anything except ride my bike all weekend long. ALL. WEEKEND. LONG!!!
I am thankful that I am still here.
I hope you and yours have a fantastic Thanksgiving and that no one has any of those dramas that sometimes happen when you get too many people together in a room.