Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thankful Thursday [On Colorado, Friends, Family, Weather]

*I’m late posting this because I was without internet access for many days.  Sorry friends.*

It’s Thursday and I am still not at work and it’s great. 

I’m thankful for visiting my friend in Colorado.  I was very fortunate to have this entire week off from work so I took advantage of it and boarded a plane to visit my friend Danielle.

I’m thankful for friends.  Especially the ones that can pick up right where we left off the last time we saw each other.  Long distance relationships are tricky.  It’s hard to always call each other to catch up.  It’s hard to see each other when they are more than  a short car drive away and you both have minimal vacation time.  But I love when it’s like you never weren’t together.  Even after a month, a year, or 3 years, it doesn’t matter.  Those friendships don’t miss a beat. 

I’m thankful for nice weather.  It has been unseasonably warm in Chicago with very little snow.  Although this means I can’t go skiing, I’ll take it because warm weather is hard to come by in December.  I’ve been enjoying walks with my mom without winter coats or bundling up and it’s great.

I’m thankful for family.  I was able to spend Christmas with my family and that made me very happy :) It was quite hectic as the Farmer and I attended somewhere around 5 Christmas celebrations, but I enjoyed it.  We spent a lot of quality time with all our families and ate way too much delicious food.  Card games, board games, and a little gambling was included.

I’m thankful for 2011.  Another year is almost in the books folks.  2011 was certainly nothing to complain about.  I’ve had many blessings this year and am very thankful for those. Many changes have occurred in my life, but I think most of them have been for the better.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Remember that one time…Stranded at the Airport

*I’m late posting this because I was without internet access for many days. Sorry friends.*

I’m currently sitting at the O’Hare Airport in Chicago awaiting my flight to Denver.  I actually flew out of Cedar Rapids even though I live fairly close to O’Hare because it was just easier for transportation to and fro the airport. 

This morning I got up, showered, packed, and put gas in my car so my brother could drive me to the airport.  I have a 3.5 hour layover here before flying the rest of the way to Denver.  My friend Danielle will be picking me up in Denver and we will be promptly celebrating our time together! I’m so excited to see her since the last time was when the Farmer and I visited in February.

My story today is inspired by my trip to Denver.  An introduction: I flew to Denver from Minneapolis 2 years ago around this same time of year. (I actually flew in on New Year’s Eve).  Danielle and I went to Wartburg to Wartburg together for a year and a half, along with our friend Naomi.  By the time our third year rolled around we were all at different schools—Danielle at University of Northern Colorado, Naomi and University of Minnesota-Mankato, and me at University of Iowa.  We still kept in touch quite well.  Naomi agreed to drop me off and pick me up from the Minneapolis airport since flights were much cheaper there compared with Cedar Rapids.   The dropping off part went well and my flight and my trip went swell.

The day I was to fly home Danielle dropped me off at the Denver airport and sent me on my way.  This is where the real story begins.

Remember that one that one time when…I got abandoned at the airport.  While I was boarding the plane headed back to Minneapolis, I received a text from Naomi.  She had driven to Texas with her sister and she “thought” her flight back was supposed to be the same day as mine but instead her flight was really the next day.

Commence freak out mode!!!!

I quickly texted both Naomi and Danielle, the latter to help me sort out the problem while I was 20,000 feet in the air and unable to use my cell phone.  I figured there was nothing I could do while I was flying and just tried to relax as I am already an anxious flyer. 

When I landed I learned that Naomi had reserved a spot for me on a shuttle back to Mankato and a arranged for a friend to pick me up.  Okay that was a little better, but then I learned my phone was low on battery.  In an effort to try to conserve what little juice I had left, I turned my phone off.  Meanwhile Danielle was still attempting to get a hold off me and was a little freaked out when I wasn’t responding or answering calls. 

Meanwhile in Minneapolis, another miniature crisis was taking place.  Somehow a bomb was detected in the baggage claim area.  No vehicles were allowed in or out for awhile and traffic got very backed up.  My shuttle was delayed almost 4 hours.  It ended up all being nothing and the bag that set off alarms was a bag used for dog training purposes for the airlines.  Crisis averted.

I was finally able to get a spot on the shuttle and made my way back to Mankato.  My phone battery held on just long enough to get ahold of Naomi’s friend for a ride back to my car.  And thankfully, despite the sub-zero frigid temperatures my car started.  I was on my way back to Iowa. 

The rest of the trip home went without a hitch.  And thank goodness it did because I had had enough excitement for one day. 

Have you ever been stranded somewhere?

This story reminds me of a bad dream I had when I was younger where my mom forgot me at Pizza Hut.  It' was terrorizing to me. 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Random Facts You Always Wanted to Know

Facts for you on this Friday before Christmas.
  1. It's Christmas Eve eve and I still need to wrap all my presents.  It's looking like I won't be getting this done till tomorrow because I still have to drive home after work today.
  2. I chipped part of my tooth on Wednesday.  The tooth is painful at all, but it's driving me nuts because I keep running my tongue over the rough spot.  I managed to get a dentist appointment for next week, score!
  3. I still haven't found a new dentist here.  Suppose I should make that part of my new year's resolutions.  Thank goodness my mom didn't drop me off the dental insurance like she did off the health insurance.
  4. I swam yesterday for the first time since my last triathlon.  It felt a lot better than I expected.  Usually when I don't swim for a while it feels like I am sinking instead of swimming.  And I go super duper slow. Maybe it was just a fluke.  At least I get to check one goal of my December list.
  5. I made sour cream cookies to take to work for our holiday party yesterday.  They were delicious.
  6. I signed up for the Home for the Holidays Virtual 10k yesterday.  Sometime this weekend I have to fit in 6.2 miles.  At least this will give me some motivation to workout while I'm at home.
  7. I won the Bendiful watch giveaway from Clean Eating Chelsey.  I thought about giving it away as a Christmas present, but I like it a lot so I think I am just going to keep it for my self.  See, isn't it cute?
  8. That's all folks.  

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thankful Thursday [On Family, Vacay, Job and Tea]

Yowza it’s Thursday once again!  This week is flying by! Probably because Christmas is almost upon us and I am not completed prepared. 


I’m thankful for my whole family.  I’m very excited to head home for the holidays to celebrate with my family.  I love all our family celebrations especially when we play games—card games and board games.  Hopefully I will be able to convince my parents to play Bananagrams!


I’m thankful for a whole week off!  My company was originally scheduled to have Monday and Tuesday off next week (26th and 27th) but now we are getting the whole week off!  I’m very happy because with this extra vacation I can take a mini vacation.  I’m flying out to Colorado on Wednesday to see my friend Danielle.  I haven’t seen her in almost a year so I’m pumped!


I’m thankful for my job.  Especially in a time when so many people are unemployed.  I’m thankful that I found such a great job as my first job out of school.  It really is a great place to work and I enjoy my coworkers.  Where else can you have a potluck and enjoy a beer during lunch?  Having a job has also allowed me to buy many gifts for those that I loved.


I’m thankful for peppermint tea.  I have apparently been developing an addiction to tea because I feel like I’ve mentioned several weeks in a row.  The peppermint tea makes me feel all festive.  It’s the only peppermint thing I’ve consumed yet this season.  No candy canes yet for me!


I’m thankful that the days are getting longer.  Okay so it still gets dark at about 4:03 pm but we are on the upswing!  The shortest day of the year was the winter solstice yesterday? (I think) and now they are going to get longer.  I can’t wait until the sun stays out till after I get off work so I can go for a run outside.  I’ve been doing a few interval runs on the treadmill, but it really is not my favorite.
Peace out!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Remember that one time when…Christmas edition

Since Christmas is fast approaching (faster than I appreciate!) I decided to do a little twist on the feature and tell you a Christmas story.

Remember than one time when…my family always went to Christmas Vigil mass on Christmas Eve.  While we were at church Santa always visited.  I think this was because my family is not made of morning people.  During Christmas mass you need to get to the church early to get a good seat because it is always packed.  About a half hour before the start of mass my parents would tell my brother and I to go get in the car.  Usually we would complain and whine but eventually we would go outside and sit in the car, which was warming up outside.  My parents would then get out the hidden presents and put them in front of the tree before joining us in the car.  When we came home from church our presents would be out and Santa had visited us and eaten the cookies and milk we left for him.

Well one of these nights my brother and I went out to the car which was parked in the driveway.  From there I had a good view into the house throw the upper windows of our side door (approximately head height).  I was closely observing the activities going on inside.  This is when I saw my mom go into the basement and when she came back up the stairs I could see she was carrying one of those plastic lockers.  I correctly guessed than this was my little brother’s gift.  I saw her and my dad go up and down the stairs a few more times.  I must have already known about Santa at this point, but the little brother must have not.   I was a smart little cookie and figured out that the Christmas gifts must be hidden somewhere in the basement.  I stored this in the back of my brain for a year.

When Christmastime rolled around next year I recalled this very useful stored info.  And one day when we were home alone I went on the hunt for the gift.  It didn’t take long before I found the hidden treasure, it was safely stored in a cabinet back in the cellar.  Of course it was no fun to celebrate finding the gifts alone so I called in my brother.  We both checked out our promised haul and we were so excited for Christmas!  I’m pretty sure we somehow managed to keep that secret from our parents, but I think I must have told them later.  Soon after that Christmas Santa no longer visited our house and gifts were wrapped up quickly after they were purchased. 

See parents, you aren’t so sneaky after all.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

T-minus 7 days

Christmas is only 7 days away and needless to say, I am still not done with my Christmas shopping completely.  Although, I am nearing the end.  I probably will finish up December 24.  Actually I will probably completely finish shopping for gifts sometime after Christmas because I will not be seeing some of my friends till after then.  And after Christmas sales are the best!

So tonight I am joining the masses and doing this Christmas survey.  Sorry if you are sick of this. 

Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?

Santa never used to wrap presents and he would always visit while we were at Christmas Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve.  When we would arrive home our gifts would be laid out by the tree.  Now Santa wraps the presents and they got placed under the tree right away.  Which is probably best because I have been known to be a snoop.  In fact, one year I found both my brother’s and my gifts.  I’m sneaky like that.

Colored lights on tree/house or white?

My parents have always done colored lights both outside and on the tree.  Outside we’ve always done the big colored lights and some smaller colored lights.   In the last few years my dad has scaled down the outside lights.  Something about getting old… (just kidding Dad!)  I used to hate the colored lights and really wanted white lights because I liked them better, but now I decided I really liked the colored lights.  And I think they are coming back in style.  Just proof that all trends come back around ;

Do you hang mistletoe?

Nope. 

What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?

Hmm, the menu changes every year but I definitely love my dad’s 7-layer lettuce salad and my aunt’s homemade mac’n’cheese.

Favorite Holiday memory as a child?

A real toughie.  One year I got a roller skating doll and I loved that thing!  But I always loved coming home after church and seeing what Santa left us.

Snow? Love it or dread it?

I have a love hate relationship with snow.  I love when it is snowing and when it’s first on the ground because it looks so pretty.  I really love skiing in it!  But I dislike driving in it a lot and I don’t like that it gets all brown and dirty and then it just looks disgusting.

Real tree or fake tree?

Fake tree. We’ve never had a real tree and I don’t think I ever will.

What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you?

The birth of Jesus and spending time with family.

What is your favorite Holiday dessert?

Just about everything.  Peanut butter balls, sour cream cookies, fudge.  If it has sugar I will probably eat it.

What is your favorite tradition?

Spending the day with my family.  And in the past couple of years, my extended family has been doing a gift exchange game.  It can get pretty heated at times with stealing of gifts.  It’s a lot of fun and usually everyone ends up with something they like.

What tops your tree?

An angel.

What is your favorite Christmas Song?

My favorite would probably be Silent Night, however, I like a lot of other songs as well. 

What do you leave for Santa?

Some sugar cookies and milk.

Do you have a Christmas morning tradition?

Nope, usually around noon we head down to my grandparent’s house.

Do you prefer to shop on-line or at the mall?

I have been buying more and more things online.  It’s so much easier to shop from my couch in my pj’s.  When I go to the store I usually aim to go outside the busiest hours, like 9 pm on a Friday night.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thankful Thursday [On City-living, Amazon, and Tea]

hIt’s Thursday again time for my favorite post of the week--Thankful Thursday. 
I’m thankful for living in a city with so many things to do close by. Last weekend the Farmer and I went into the city on Saturday to visit the Field Museum of Natural History.  It was pretty awesome and reminded me that both he and I are nerds.  It’s so very convenient to go visit these places.
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I’m thankful for the random warm temps we’ve been having this week.  It has been 55 degrees a few days here.  55 degrees and it’s the middle of December!  I’m not a huge fan of the cold weather so this abnormally warmness is fine by me.  I also enjoy not having to scrap the frost off my car windows in the morning.
I’m thankful for Amazon and the whole world of internet shopping.  Mostly because it is so much more comfortable to do my Christmas shopping on my couch in my pajamas than it is to fight the crowds in stores.  I try to avoid the crowds any ways by going to stores at 9 at night.  There’s less people there then. 
I’m thankful for herbal tea.  I’ve been drinking a cup or two every few nights.  It keeps my insides warm and toasty.  And it smells good. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Remember that one time when…chuck that newspaper

I’m taking it back to my old stomping grounds this week.  That’s right back to the ‘scade as I lovingly refer to it. 

Remember than one time when…way back in my junior high school age time when my friends and I had to create our own fun a lot.  We weren’t old enough to drive yet so our activities were limited to things in the *huge* town of Cascade or the places we could beg our parents to drive us to.  The latter option was not working out for us very well so we mostly made our own fun.

One of the great ideas we had was to throw a newspaper back and forth across the road that ran in front of our house.  It was the main road through town so there was a good amount of traffic usually.  It was stupid fun.  A car would drive by and we would chuck the newspaper up in the air over the car and to the other side of the road.  My friend on the other side of the road would then pick up the paper and repeat the process. 

Semis were especially fun because you needed to throw it higher to clear the semi.  It was even better when you could get the newspaper to land on top of the semi.  that was the ultimate win. 

Apparently one time, we did not explain the objective well enough to my friend because she threw it right at the side of the semi.  Oops.

This is your proof that kids in small towns do strange things for fun.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Things my college degree didn’t teach me

How to pronounce the words:

Gorgonzola  - which I tend to pronounce as gor-gone-zola.  Not right.

Caprese – I like to say caprice instead of cah-pray-she

Feta – with an ‘eh’ not a ‘ay’

Gruyere – huh?

Is it weird that all these words have to do with cheese?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thankful Thursday [On Beds, Phones, and Blankets]

It’s Thursday once again and I’m here with my weekly pick me up. 
I’m thankful for my new bed set. Okay so this may seem like kind of a material thing to be thankful for, but it’s true.  Ever since I bought my big girl queen bed, I’ve had my twin-sized comforter on it.  I really liked that comforter because it was very warm and cozy.  But after having it for 5+ years, I was ready for a change of color scheme.  The brown, earthy tones seem to showcase my maturity (insert sarcastic laugh here) a little more than the flowery blue thing from before.   
It even came with a bed skirt!
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I love it!
I’m thankful for warm cozy blankets and sweatshirts and jackets.  I think it’s safe to say that winter has finally arrived here in Chicago.  The temperatures have plummeted and it’s chilly.  I finally traded in my fleece jacket for my coat.  So much warmer!  When I get home at night, I love cuddling up in my sweatshirt and sleeping under some heavy blankets.  This way I can continue to keep my apartment heated at only about 65 degrees.  Hey, what can I say? I’m cheap.
I’m thankful for Turbokick.  My gym offers free classes and my favorite class is by far Turbokick.  It’s high energy dance and kickboxing combined.  And it’s awesome! It’s also very intense. I’m always in there sweating away and shakin’ my bootay and having a blast.  Getting my butt to the gym is so much easier when I have that class to look forward too.  And to give you an idea of how intense it is, on Tuesday for 1 hour 22 minute workout (hour class plus some weight training) I burned 859 calories according to my heart rate monitor!  That’s a pretty good number!
I’m thankful for my phone.  Because it allows me to talk to all the wonderful people in my life.  I’ve talked to my mom no less than 3 times this week.  It’s nice to just be able to chat. 
I’m thankful for you! Thanks for reading.  I do a little happy dance every time I have an email in my inbox that someone left a comment.  It makes my day!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Remember that one time when…gimme pokey sticks

Welcome to the most random weekly post series here on Don’t Look Down.  Hope you can get a laugh outta this.

Remember that one time when…my friend Austin and I were out on the town one night after a Hawkeye football game.  After drinking a few too many throughout most of the day and night we had a hankering for some delicious food.  And that food was going to come in the form of pokey sticks. 

If you have never had Gumby’s pokey sticks, you are missing out on life.  On greasy, cheesy, disgusting, and disgustingly awesome pizza cheese bread.  I’m sure there is one gazillion calories in that stuff, but I’m sure it doesn’t count after drinking an equally large amount of beer.  It doesn’t help that Gumby’s sends out coupons for cheap XXLarge Pokey Sticks. 

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So, like I said, we had a hankering for some pokey sticks.  Austin attempted to call Gumby’s several times, but like the usual late night Saturday they were swamped and Austin could not get through.  Needless to say we were extremely disappointed.  When a drunk person wants pokey sticks, do not get in the way.  The phone battery on Austin’s phone was dangerously low, but he decided to call one.more.time.  It turns out that was indeed the last time.  The call connected and the phone rang.  And then! Gumby’s answered.  Yippee! But alas, it was not meant to be, because right then, Austin’s phone died a tragic death.  I cried a little inside. 

No fear.  We had a backup plan.  Gumby’s was very close to my apartment and I had to walk by it to get home.  So en route to my apartment (because Austin was so kind to walk me home), we swung by Gumby’s.  Dun, dun, dun.  Turns out, they weren’t taking in person orders, they were only taking phone orders.  Tear. 

Pokey sticks were not meant to be.

However, I can almost guarantee you that I consumed enough pokey sticks in my remaining college days. 

Some days I am glad I’m not in college anymore.  How much drinking and crappy food eating could my body take?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

December Goals

Goal 1: Get back in the pool

I essentially quit swimming after my last triathlon, along with running and biking.  Although, I’ve added both those last two back in a bit, swimming has remained in reserve.  It’s definitely not that I don’t enjoy swimming, but being forced to swim several times every week and meeting certain distance goals has put a damper on my urge for swimming.  But I have the itch to get back in the pool now and I am going to take advantage of it. 

I also am toying with the idea of signing up for a half-Ironman for next summer so I want to get back in the water now.

Goal 2: Redesign and update blog

Bloggy needs an update.  The About this Blog page and the Workouts page are in dire need of some new information.  It deserves a facelift after the purchase of my own domain too ;)

I’m also thinking about switching over to hosting at Wordpress which I talked about here and someone commented.

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So I might be doing that too.

Goal 3: Don’t Stress about Christmas

I have often complained in the past that I don’t really enjoy Christmas all that much.  When I think about it, it is not that I don’t like the day and the celebration itself, but I have always felt that people tend to get very caught up in the gift giving aspect of Christmas.  Which then leads to cranky, stressed out people.  Not fun.  Christmas is about the celebration of the birth of Jesus and spending time with your family.  It’s not about finding the perfect gift or having the day go perfectly. 

Goal 4: Take a vacay to Colorado

I recently found out that I get the time between Christmas and New Years off work.  Yippee!!!! *dancing around and jumping*  So I thought this would be a great opportunity to hop on a plane and visit my friend Danielle in Boulder, Colorado.  It’s been approximately one year since I’ve seen her.  Way too long in my book.  Flights are a little pricey since it’s a high volume travel time, but the good news is I don’t have to take any precious vacation time.  I love Colorado but I love seeing my friend even more.

Goal 5: Make friends with the foam roller

I bought a foam roller to help roll out my sore muscles from running.  And ohmygosh was it painful at first.  I had to hold most of my bodyweight off the foam roller when I first rolled on my IT band.  In fact, I placed a bet with a Farmer that he couldn’t roll his IT band without screaming out in pain.  I won.  But I have found that it is getting easier and less painful.  So I will take that as a good sign.

My plan is to foam roll at least 3 times a week for 10 minutes.  I gotta start somewhere. 

What are your goals for December?

Here’s to achieving all your goals for December!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

November Goals Recap

Um, it’s December 4th already? Time seems to be getting away from me lately.  Maybe it’s those 12 hours I slept on Friday night, ah yes, those 12 glorious hours of being dead to the world.  Maybe the stress of this week is getting to me?  Well time is a tickin’ even when I wish it wouldn’t and before I know it Christmas will be upon us *sigh*. 
I guess what all this means is that it is time for me to do the November goals recap.  And the goals for December will be up tomorrow.
Goal 1: Run the Turkey Trot
Check!  I ran the 7.5 mile race on Thanksgiving morning and I even dragged my mom along with me.  The hills may have been killer, but it was awesome nonetheless.  I remembered why I liked running outside so much and I still wish I was able to do it more, but the limited day light means it probably won’t be happening again till February. *tear*  I’ll just have to stick with cross-training and the dreadmill.
Goal 2: Visit the Farmer in Wisconsin
Fail.   I did have one open weekend in the month in which I intended to visit him, but instead he ended up visiting me in Chicago.  Visiting the Farmer isn’t allowed until he puts all his stuff away because he is still unpacking for the big move.  I have this hunch that he is going to move again before he ever unpacks completely.  The visit turned out just as well though because he brought me some New Glarus Fat Squirrel.  One of which I thoroughly enjoyed last night.
Goal 3: Start the 100 push up challenge
Check!  So I am not very far in the challenge but it is happening.  When I did my initial test I was able to complete 30 pushups!  Seriously must have been feeling super strong that day because the workouts have been challenging.  I may also owe a thanks to my PiYo class because my arms are always burning during that class.  But being able to do that 30 pushups initially meant I was able to skip right to week 3 workouts.  I may only be on week 4 this week but I started like I said I was going to.
I’ll notify you when I’m a champ and can do 100 pushups.  Pffffft.

This reminds me, I need to do my pushups tonight.
Goal 4: Call friends
Ehhhhhh, half check?  Well, I did talk to some friends, mostly Laura, but that’s nothing new.  (Not that I mind talking to her regularly—I love our chats!) But I didn’t talk to a whole lot of other friends.  One friend in particular, I have been trying to get a hold of for a while to no avail.  I’ll have to try again soon. 
Otherwise I am just going to board a plane and show up at her door.  That wouldn’t be strange at all.
Goal 5: Get my own domain
CHECK!! Yippee! I am so excited!  You can now find my blog by typing dont-look-down.com into your browser.  I think this will make my blog a little easier to find because my old website name was a little harder to find.  I’ve been debating switching over the WordPress hosting but haven’t yet decided.  If anyone has advice or opinions on the WordPress vs. Blogger debate, I’d love to hear it!
So overall, not bad on the goal front.  Not awesome, but not bad. 
December goals coming soon!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thankful Thursday

It's Thursday again and her at Don't Look Down that means it's time for Thankful Thursday.

Thanks to Ali for the idea and of course Lauren!

I'm thankful that this week is almost over.  I shouldn't even be saying that since November flew by! I cannot believe it's already December 1st.  But this week at work has been cray cray.  I took half a day on Monday to drive back from Iowa and have been making up my hours ever since.  I have my hours made up and today planned to leave at a normal time instead of 6 pm like the rest of the days this week.  But then a wrench got thrown in my plans.  Some materials I need to run a test came in this afternoon and now my test report is due tomorrow!  I didn't get the testing done tonight so I have to start early tomorrow to get it all done.  I'm definitely working under the gun.  I've been the last person to leave work every night this week, but I'm hoping tomorrow is my lucky day.

I'm thankful for Carmex.  I didn't drink enough water earlier this week and now I am paying for it with super chapped lips.  Owwiiiiiieeeee! Carmex is my saving grace.

I'm thankful for my long weekend.  Being home and relaxing over Thanksgiving break was wonderful.  I spent a lot of time with my family and friends, ate delicious food, took naps, lounged, and enjoyed every last bit of it.  It's nice to have a break and be surrounded by the love of my family.

I'm thankful for my generous grandparents.  My grandma needed help with her digital camera so I went down for a visit and to help to help out.  I got all her pictures transferred and even showed both g-pa and g-ma the picture of my squirrel friend.  They loved it!  Then when I was ready to go home, they loaded me up with 4 pieces of my grandma's delicious lemon cake and some of her world famous sour cream cookies.  I always need more of grandma's goodies in my belly.

I'm thankful for leftovers.  I've cooked dinner one time this week and the rest of the nights I've been eating snacks or leftovers.  Fairly convenient when you work till 6 pm, then head to the gym, and finally get home at about 8 pm.  My stirfry turned out pretty good this time so I don't mind eating it 3 more times.

Looking forward to the weekend!  I'm going to relax and clean my messy, messy, dirty apartment.

What are you thankful for?
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