Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Being grateful for the little things #3

It's Wednesday, which means it's about time I catch up on this week's Real Housewives of Miami already (seriously, why are you procrastinating this?). But! It also means it's once again time for Grad-itude 101: Mindful Lessons in Thankfulness brought to you by Erika at Chimerikal: 
GRAD-ITUDE 101: A Linkup By Chimerikal

And right now, all I want to write is how I'm shaking my hips like yeah and baby you're a firework and you gotta let those colors burst. It might have something to do with loading Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus onto my new exercise playlist and, let me tell you, I am feeling the love!

It's like when you get drunk at a bar and then tell all of your best friends how much you love them and then Journey comes on and OMIGOD! you guys make a big dance circle.

Except I'm not drunk, I just really appreciate exercising to music that actually gets me energized and now I just have a general feeling of goodwill for all.

So what am I grateful for this week?

--Saying no to Spotify radio and making my own playlist, so I don't have to sashay over to my computer while working out to change the dumb song Spotify has decided to play (She Will Be Loved? What the hell, man?). So, what's on my playlist now? Duh, Firework and Party in the USA. And also, Roar, Edge of Glory, What's My Name?, She-wolf and, of course, Beyonce's seminal work, Irreplaceable. 

--Horror movies. I saw the Conjuring today and I loved being scared shit-less every second of it. You'd think I'd like haunted houses more since I apparently like to be scared, but NO. Do not ask me to go with you to one of those unless you like the idea of having a lemur on your back the whole night. 

--Boyfriends who hold your hand during horror movies. Which was basically the whole time.

--Getting my license back and seeing that my photo didn't turn out totally horrible.

--Having a wonderfully, relaxing weekend in Wyoming with my mother, 4-year-old-niece and boyfriend. We hiked, relaxed in the hot-tub and shoved our faces at a sushi restaurant.

--This song:

I don't even identify with the message (as if I'm going to pass up the chance to lose sleep over my perfect wedding dress), but damnit if I haven't listened to it over and over in the past week. 

And you know what also makes me grateful? CHEESE. I wish I had a big tray of different types in front of me right now all fancy like with fruit and jams.  

And with that, I'll sign off.

But not before I say on a serious note that today is the anniversary of one of the most tragic events in recent American history, and I am sincerely in awe of the men and women who proved themselves to be heroes all those years ago and the men and women who continue to be heroes today. And to them I am thankful. 

I'm including this as an addendum, because what happened is so much bigger than this post, and, frankly, it's not my story to tell. I will leave that to those with a much deeper personal knowledge of the Sept. 11 attacks than I will ever have. But I will remember those who died and who are still dying today.


  1. I think She-Wolf was made to be a work out song! That one really gets me moving too!!

    I am grateful that the only knowledge I have of the Sept 11 attacks is by way of the news. I am so thankful that no one I know was involved. <3

  2. I am grateful for that as well. Like you, I did not know anyone affected by the attacks.

  3. CHEESE. oh my gosh.

    And ummm it looks like we really like the same kinds of music. All of those songs had me thinking, "Um, yes, I want that playlist!"

    And yes, 9/11 never forget!

    Thanks for participating yet again in the gratitude project!!!! :) LOVE IT!

  4. Haha, yes CHEESE in all caps. That's it. And I'm happy to know we could have a dance party together.