Once again, I am grateful to be included in this tradition.
I always find it difficult to remember back to the beginning of the year now that we are near the end; I get so wrapped up in what’s currently happening that January, February feel like a lifetime ago. If I kept a better (or any) journal this might be easier. But here goes.
Much gratitude this year for:
*Perspective. Especially from social media. Realizing I have many people in my life I really like but who see the world through a completely different lens.
*10 years of marriage.
*My children’s teachers. They bring out the best in these two boys and keep them excited to head out to school every day.
*A great marathon experience. Running 26.2 miles with complete confidence, and still loving running after it was over.
*A 20th high school reunion that was actually fun. And for being 20 years away from high school.
*Anderson’s salted caramel pecan pie ice cream, on top of Anderson’s pumpkin cheesecake ice cream. Also Chocolove chocolate bars.
*A well-stocked pantry and refrigerator, and the ability to re-stock whenever we need or want more. Again, perspective.
*Courage; my own and others’.
*Our city, full of top-notch restaurants, friendly people and local-owned shops. Everyone else might be “discovering” Buffalo now, but it is wonderful to have always known how great it is, and will be.
Books: An Everlasting Meal, Tamar Adler; Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twentieth-Century Parenting, Drew Magary; The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick; The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer
Movies: “Big Hero 6,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” (To be fair, these were some of the only movies I’ve seen.)
“Serial” podcast is one of the most interesting things I’ve come across in a long time. Love it.
Meals: Vermilion in Alexandria, VA; The Black Sheep in Buffalo on Connecticut St.
I’m sure after I click “publish” I’ll think of a thousand more things, but for now, happy thanksgiving. See you same time next year.