I plan to take plenty of photos today. You might see them tonight or you might see them tomorrow. This post is my number 1 priority right now:
This has been a strange, wonderful, scary year. Between transferring schools, moving from San Diego to Oregon, and trips to Indiana, San Francisco and Yosemite, I have so much to be thankful for. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. It always falls within a few days of my birthday (It’s on Sunday this year!) so every year for as long as I can remember we have had a joint Thanksgiving/Birthday party with about 30 of my closest family and friends. It is always the most joyous, loving, and delicious day and I look forward to it for the entire year. With our move to Oregon, my family is celebrating Thanksgiving without me this year. Believe me when I say that I have zero regrets in moving and I am exactly where I want to be right now, but it is still a bit sad to lose this family tradition. Steve and I do plan to make the trip back to San Diego most years, but the move and the seemingly endless job search have made finances a bit tight this year and we couldn’t afford to travel and still pay someone to watch the puppy and kitten. Sometimes making big adult decisions are tough, but we know that we made the right one.
None of this means that I have any less to be thankful for! In fact, I think I have more to be thankful for than most years. Heck, I live a pretty great life!
This year, I am thankful for…
- Steve, the most wonderful of boyfriends. I am beyond lucky to live with my best friend and the person I love most dearly. We will be celebrating our 2 year anniversary soon and I can safely say that that these have been the best 2 years of my life.
- My health. This year I have run 2 marathons and countless other races. I also made the 17 mile hike to the top of Half Dome and rode 30 miles on my bike after not having touched a bike for over 10 years. My body is amazing. I am healthy and fit and everyday I appreciate what my body does for me. I am free of disease, both physical and mental, and my body has completely forgiven me for anything I may have done to it in the past. My body kicks ass.
- My family. Even though they are far away from me, they still support me every day. I am thankful to have the world’s most intelligent sister, the world’s most caring father, and the world’s most passionate mother. Aside from my immediate family, I have an incredible Stepmom, Stepdad, Aunt, Uncle, and Grandma. We have our other family, Steve’s family, who are equal in love and quirkiness to my own. (There are too many people in this category to capture them all in photos. Trust me when I say that they are all damn good looking.)
- My education. I am so thankful to be able to pursue the field I am most passionate about at a school that has an excellent program. I am going to graduate (in a lot longer than expected) with an incredible degree that will allow me to work in the field I love and live the life I hope to lead. I know that not everyone is as lucky as I am to have access to education and I truly am thankful for my privileged lifestyle.
- Oregon. In Corvallis we have finally found a home. I don’t find myself counting down the days until I can leave and I actually enjoy the people and the atmosphere. Everyone should find the place where they don’t just live, but truly love living there.
- You guys. Blogging has changed me life. I have made so many friends from all across the country who have supported me on the toughest days and rooted me on during my biggest tests. For those of you who also have a blog, thank you for sharing your life with us.
I could go on forever, but I have a pie to cook and you have pie to eat (if you don’t have one please get one, for the sake of Thanksgiving). I hope everyone has the happiest of Thanksgivings and that you have everything in the world to be thankful for.