Thankful Thursday 12/24/2015

We’re past the solstice now, so the daylight will be coming back bit by bit! Though we’re approaching the end of the year, the weather here is more spring-like – blooming flowers and holiday lights are a bit confusing, but work with what you’ve got, right?

For those celebrating Christmas, one of my favorite versions of a carol, from Straight No Chaser

Here are some things I’ve been thankful and grateful for lately, with some photos for you:

  • Walking through Nordstrom on the way to get my hair cut, I saw lovely decorations they’d put up. (I was grateful I’d taken that route – also that they don’t decorate till the day after Thanksgiving) I took pictures rather than purchase more ornaments for home. The pictures mean I get to share them with you! (the last has a bit of info about the artist)
hanging decorations at Nordstrom

hanging decorations at Nordstrom

decorated arch at Nordstrom

decorated arch at Nordstrom

closeup of arch

closeup of arch

wooden horse ornament

wooden horse ornament

wooden heart ornament

wooden heart ornament

closeup of wooden heart

closeup of wooden heart

The next three may remind my sister of something, if she’s reading – a certain peace dove – they reminded me.

wooden dove

wooden dove

dove white on red

dove white on red

dove red on white

dove red on white

A bit about the artist, in case you’re interested and/or like her art

about the artist

about the artist

  • Caffeinated tea is making the list a lot lately, isn’t it? 🙂
  • As is telework, and my boss
  • I think I got my podcasts set up on the Mac, meaning my dead/dying Windows laptop may soon be retired, or at least boxed up for disposal/destruction.
  • Speaking of podcasts, one I really enjoyed lately was Liza Howard on the Athlete on Fire series Becoming Ultra specifically ep 10. She’s on the even-numbered episodes with a coaching client and Ian Sharman is on the odd-numbered ones with his client, both training for the American River 50 Mile race. You can jump into this episode and then backtrack to catch up. If you like endurance sports author Matt Fitzgerald, he’s involved, listen to episodes of FitzUltra – and read his posts – to follow him as he also trains for the AR50. I’d suggest starting from the beginning on that one. (For 100 milers, I’m about to listen to Science of Ultra‘s host let us follow him through his training in his Journey to 100 series.)
  • Waking up in a warm bed – we did have a cold weekend last weekend, and it made me remember how lucky I am to have a safe, warm place to sleep.
  • A cold weekend in the treadmill room!
  • Indoor plumbing
  • Every day, every chance I get to try again to improve myself in as many ways as I can think of so I can be more of who I want to be. It is a lot of work, requiring constant awareness and vigilance, and it’s often much harder than I expect, but I’m lucky to be even able to try.
  • Seeing the darkness outside lit with holiday lights followed by the start of sunrise
  • When friends get massive PRs after working so hard – way to go Tara!
  • Unpacked a couple more boxes. Even slow progress is progress, or so I tell myself.
  • Thankful for people sharing what they know to help others in ways big or small (and that’s in the eye of the beholder, isn’t it?) Like knowledge from Sally, whose quick #betterathleteseries exercises are kicking my various body parts – and she keeps adding them! I’m only doing 4 so far, but have noted results after only a few days. May be a few older ones on her IG account. Sally’s tag on race reports: #BeThankfulAlways
  • The privilege of fussing about the Boston Marathon 2016 jacket color – silly, isn’t it? I’m so grateful to be an entrant (for the second time, how amazing!) and lucky to have been able to start my training.
  • An unexpected email from a friend
  • Watching a friend gear up for new running challenges after a tough year
  • Having a friend at work (yay!) send me a job she thinks I might be interested in (no, I’m not looking)
  • Waking up one morning and having a thought that brought back memories of my beloved dog, gone as long now as she was with me – about 17 years
  • The massage I had Sunday helped, and didn’t leave me as sore as usual – and that my massage therapist is also a friend
  • A surprise running-related holiday gift waiting for me from a friend at work when I got in on Monday
  • My chiro
  • A day I woke up and nothing really hurt – sure, stiff and sore, but not pain
  • I pushed myself on some runs – mentally and physically difficult, but I did it!
  • Reminders in the medal next to my computer and in tweets and posts to Just Keep Moving Forward and #BeBraveBeThankful – both from Mere, who’s hosting another virtual race. The first race (and second hashtag) were inspired by  Drea, who when diagnosed with ALS at 33, thought “what can I do?” and then, “what else can I do? to help.

What have you been grateful for this week?