Sadly, I will have to keep this short (I don’t think those words have ever come out of my mouth before) but, like so many of you, there is much to do in the hours ahead. On top of the “to do” list: cook, clean, take out garbage, pack, and possibly fit in a mani if I can. I haven’t treated myself to one in ages, and I’d like to support one of the salons in Hoboken that just reopened doors. See what I did there? I totally justified spending money I don’t have because I want to patronize a local business. Makes it sound better though, right?
Tomorrow will be a hectic day with three stops (two in New Jersey and one on Long Island). Then I’ll head back with my parents and brother to upstate New York, where I’ll likely eat leftovers, watch movies, avoid the malls, and spend quality time with the fam. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. I love to reconnect with relatives and get to know new guests at the dinner table. I’m also grateful this will be the second I will share with Bryan and the first where nerves are really not a part of the picture.
Last night I saw something disturbing on my commute home (I will spare you the details) but the reason I mention it is because it was a reminder and a sign from beyond that I very rarely take time out of my day to be grateful. For my health especially which I have taken for granted in the past. For my friends, family, and blog family. For the roof over my head and heat in my apartment (necessities that Sandy has stolen from so many). And for the chance to grow, learn, and change from everyday situations.
A dear coworker is celebrating her last day with the company this week and will soon move on to bigger and brighter things. We have worked together for the past 5 and a half years and I’ll miss having her energy and camaraderie in the office on a daily basis. Working together for such a long period of time means we have been there for many life-changing events in each other’s lives and we have formed a unique kind of friendship. I gave her a tight squeeze last night and wished her all the best. My heart felt heavy, but I was grateful.
I wish you all a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving and safe travels as you visit loved ones this week! Tell me, tell me, tell me–what do you have planned?
I’m sorry. This post turned out to be a bit longer than I had anticipated. What else is new?!