christmas, christmas music, family, future, gratitude, life, thanksgiving

At this time in years past I've rationed the Christmas music.  It's everywhere at this point.  There is a radio station here that pays the holiday cheer 24-7 starting the day after Halloween.

I used to give in and listen to the jingle belling and the deck the halling on constant repeat until the week before Christmas when, if I heard another version of Rudolf or Mariah tell me what she wants for Christmas one more time, I would have to fight the urge to cut my ears off.

This year I'm having a hard time coming to grips with the fact it's Thanksgiving already, let alone drowning myself in holiday tunes.  This year has passed so incredibly fast.  It's hard to remember what I was even doing this time last year.  Oh wait…

Anyway, today serves as a reminder to me that while things are busy, the futue is exciting, and yes I need more sleep, I really need to take it down a notch. Be present. Enjoy the moment. Appreciate what's happening right now.

So I take the time to remember the things I'm thankful for: 

Today's weather, dry and “warm” at almost 60 degrees.

The opportunity to make good food and share it with good friends.

Christmas music to help me feel the holiday cheer.

My incredibly wonderful family.

The parents I'm lucky to have.

Past experiences that make me who I am.

My employment, apartment, and the things I need.

My urban family = friends who take care of me as if I really belonged to their families.

The people I have met who enrich my life.

The possiblities hidden in the future waiting for me.

Today I turn down the noise and turn up the holiday tunes. Because nothing gets me feeling hoiday cheery more than Bing Crosby, the Nutcracker Ballet, Nat King Cole and Peggy Lee.

Today I take it slow, enjoy the process, and be thankful. Because by the time tomorrow comes, today will have been 3 months ago and I'll want it all back.


Happy Thanksgiving. 

thank you + other things

Confessions of a Love Addict, gratitude, inspirations, Ken Yates, life, Race for the Cure

First, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who reached out to me this week.  I received a huge response for the house that built me. From the comments and repostings, to the emails and those who shared their personal experiences with the house, thank you to everyone.  It's been fun to know that the house and the memories made there have been important to others as well as my own family.

Also, thank you to those who have been huge encouragement in regards to my writing this blog.  The blog started as a way to vent and express myself and keep my mother informed of the goings on in my life.  While it's major function hasn't changed, it has evolved thanks to the encouragement of everyone else. The acceptance in my little part of the world wide web has been tremendous.

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone.

On to other things! 

In blog hopping this week:

I stumbled across Ken Yates, a singer-songwriter, on John Mayer's blog. I've now listened to this song over and over.  It was even stuck in my head while running the other day.  Wanted to share it here too.  If the video below is cut off or loads slow, head to YouTube and watch it there.  Just listen to it once.  I'm in love with it.

Also, go here if you want the song for your very own.



Also, the Race for the Cure is this morning.  I'm headed off downtown in a bit.  If you have been thinking about making a donation, there is still time.  Head to this blog post for more info.

AND, if you haven't seen this post from the Love Addict herself, read it.  The bravery to be me.

Everyone have a wonderful weekend.  I'll be out running, soaking up some sun, and visiting Ellie. And possibly some grocery shopping.  

And if those drunk guys from last night are drunk again tonight and yelling outside the apartment at 2 in the morning, I'm gonna thump someone.