Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Thankful & Grateful

When we left San Francisco last Wednesday for Ashland, Oregon, I was just about shivering in the shotgun seat from fever aches and pains. They started that morning and ran all through the holiday weekend. Manageable but really depleting. And there's no better evidence of that than the fact that I took about four actual camera pictures during our entire visit. Seriously, that is enough to tell you I was not feeling well as the scenery there is incredible. Anyway, I love Jay's family to pieces and the town itself is one of my absolute faves so I had a great time despite my hacking cough even if there's little evidence of that. Here's the few pics I did take on snowy Mt. Ashland alongside some of the things I felt thankful for this year.
^Little bit of a snowy walk in Ashland, Oregon, on November 28, 2015

I’m grateful for documentaries and their never ending source of educational entertainment. I have no idea what would go into making a documentary but I would imagine that it’s one of the most rewarding tasks out there.  Hint: I just watched Out of the Clear Blue Sky on Sunday and loved it. 9/11 based so inherently sad but a fascinating story that I didn't know about. It's on Netflix right now.

I’m grateful for my dog, for being every bit the dream come true that I envisioned owning my own dog would/could be.

I'm grateful for Cyber Monday since Black Friday is the worst thing to ever happen in the history of anything that ever ever'ed. Fist fights over cheap headphones hours after the sweetest holiday ever? My goodness.

I’m grateful for Jay and our little love story.

I’m grateful for stunning San Francisco and all that it has given me already in these few short months. Minus the broken glass on every street corner. However, the dank a** Mexican & Asian food more than makes up for it.

I’m grateful for heavy-duty nail polish remover which makes that mind-numbingly boring experience a little bit shorter.
I’m grateful for girlfriends! Being without them has really made me realize how fantastic it is to have them around at will. I love my husband but he’s just not gonna get so much that I have to say. Been yearning for a full day of acting like a total idiot with my lady loves.

I’m grateful for blogs. It gets a bit tedious to read about celebs sometimes. Blogs give me a front-row seat to normal girls. For instance, Gwynnie Paltrow- I love ya- I do! But when I’m reading your cookbook, I have to laugh out loud/roll my eyes when one of your “handy tips!" in the middle of your pizza recipe is to install a formal pizza oven in the backyard. Oh okay, great tip! I’ll run right out to the grocery store while the dough rises and buy a f*cking DIY Backyard Brick Oven Hearth Kit.

I’m grateful for Oregon. If I had lived in one state my whole life, I would have considered myself a little bit huge failure in the ‘expand your horizons’ department so it was definitely right to leave. Someday I’ll be back. But for now, I can fondly miss it and all its beautifulness without reducing my current adventure.

I’m grateful for lipstick because it rocks my socks off every single day.

Ooo! Grateful for socks since I’m always too d*mn cold.
I’m grateful for photography and its special place in my world. It gives me the gift of a hobby which is endlessly nurturing. And it has kept me forever learning as there’s always, always so much more to know. I think the hunger for knowledge and the desire to hone a craft is good for the soul. 

I'm also grateful that I can ravenously devour others' work and satiate myself with the many stories that are told in a single snap of a small moment.

I'm grateful for people who appreciate movie/TV quotes as much as me. I could speak them FOR-E-VER. FOR-E-VER.

I’m grateful that there’s a hot cocoa & coffee machine in our building lobby. And that the former is gonna pay for itself in spades in the next month.

I’m grateful for the greatest DINK tour ever that has been quite fun the last few years. Soaking it up for as long as we have it because I ain’t gonna lie: It's not too shabby.

I’m grateful for my nephew, for finally bringing some much needed light into our world!! Let's be real: Christmas is better with cute little kids.
I’m grateful for our trip to Paris last month. Not only because Europe is life-changing OR because I had a great time with my sweet in-laws but also for the sake of my own heart. Evil acts are better humanized with a face. I had just seen Paris’ face when the horribleness occurred. It has served as a reminder of others' plights and made me more aware of what is important ... yet again.

I’m grateful for my family. Always. Forever.

and to wrap this up on a light note  ... I’m supremely grateful for Louis CK. Not his show but his stand-up. I cannot even believe how funny he is. If anyone ever hears that he’s coming to San Francisco, holler at me please. I’ll have Gwyneth build a pizza oven in your backyard as a thank you - since apparently that’s pretty easy for her to just whip-up while the cheese cools. :)

Now welcome, December! How wonderful you always are. The Christmas season gave me a big hug last Friday in Ashland as we went to the main plaza to watch the cute festival of lights, shown here in a 6 second clip I shoddily took.
^I love Ashland.

What's one thing you were thankful for this Thanksgiving?
(Don't be embarrassed if it's not as deep as Louis CK)
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Pat Hatt said...

lol you made me rack my brain with the For-e-ever one. Sandlot. Knew I heard it before. Some of those celeb books, actually most, are pathetic. Cyber Monday is a way better day indeed.

Unknown said...

Such wonderful things to be thankful for!
Love that you mentioned everything from lipstick to your dog!

Myra said...

I'm laughing so hard at the G. Paltrow thing about the pizza oven...HAHAHAHA.

Love this list of such wonderful things to be grateful for, friend! xo

Kaitlyn Danielle said...

Haha what Myra said, I just LOL'd. Sorry you weren't feeling well. I was walking by someone who was coughing up a storm this morning, when I thought to myself, "Hm..I haven't been sick in awhile". Knock on wood. Documentaries can be so eye opening! My boyfriend likes to watch them. He's sucked me in. We recently watched Schindler's List on the history channel. So sad, but so informative. Your list is on point, love it.

Kaitlyn @ kaitlyn-danielle.blogspot.com

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

I'm sorry you were feeling so yucky over the holiday weekend, hope you're feeling better *hugs*. And I love all your gratefulness, so much to be thankful for. And LOL at Gwyneth... I'm with you on that one! Hold on a sec, I'll go pick that up at the grocery store ;-)

Green Fashionista

Unknown said...

Aw, your dog is too cute! Such a wonderful thing to be thankful for. <3

<3 Have Ashley, Will Travel

Nadine said...

Louis CK is pretty hilarious!!! Sorry to hear that you weren't feeling well on your trip. The pictures you managed to take are gorgeous! I love snowy scenes :)

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

So sorry you were sick to visit your beloved Ashland and through the whole weekend of the greatest holiday ever.

Totally with you on Black Friday.

Great gratefuls!

Emily @ Martinis | Bikinis said...

Sorry to hear you were ill during your Thanksgiving trip...hope you're feeling much better now! I'm sure Paris holds a special place in your heart. I've never visited before but I can only imagine the feeling. Such craziness in this world sometimes.

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

LMAO at installing a pizza oven. Ohhhhh, Gwyneth!!!

Kati Rose @ Constantly Seeking Wonder said...

I love that you have such a wide and variety filled list of things to be grateful for. It's good to appreciate those little moments too.

Marie said...

So many wonderful things to be grateful for. I love the pictures of you three in the snow. So pretty.

Jax said...

I couldn't help but giggle at your socks comment. I'm a little grateful for those too!! I'm grateful for many things, especially my little Luci, my husband, and for all the amazing people surrounding. Although, I do have to give a shout out to the frebreze air freshener in my car. It makes my wheels smell like laundry and I LOVE it. haha

Brittany said...

I love so many of these. Louis CK is phenomenal and I know that we're bound to be blog buddies because you're quoting The Sandlot! Girl after my heart. Speaking of girl friends, I know what you mean about needing them around! I don't have ANY in Indianapolis and I always tell my husband that it's not his fault, but I need some GIRL TIME.

julie @ jewelswandering.com said...

Wait, what..? You don't have a pizza oven in the backyard? HA Great list!Ánd yes, Christmas is better with little kids around, I can't wait to see my little nephew soon!! xx

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

oh Gwynnie, you nutter.
i am grateful for online sales as well. i did go to the shops on black friday and it was totally normal and whatever except randomly a bunch of teenagers who weren't even shopping got in a huge fight in the food court and we were like okay on that note, we're GTFO.

Ashley Lillis said...

Oh my goodness I saw all of your pictures from your Thanksgiving and it was so gorgeous! I'm with you on being grateful for my pup and my husband and great friends! Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in first world problems and not realize how much we really have.

Unknown said...

Love this list! So many wonderful things to be grateful for :)