Thanksgiving means lots of family time, eating great food and remembering how wonderful all our lives actually are if you cut out all the “I wish I had.;..” and “I wish I was…” because what you do have and what you are really is enough. I’m thankful for it.
So this year was no different. I spent time with family, cooked and ate lots of great food and thought about all the things I’m thankful for. This year required also a lot of tongue biting and patience. You see, this was my first Thanksgiving cooking. And while I’m not bad at following a recipe, the part that wasn’t anticipated was the folks with zero gratitude. I have an uncle who was NOT a fan of my cooking. It’s possible this was his first American Thanksgiving meal so I get if the food wasn’t preferred. But the whole point in my cooking to begin with was wanting to do a REAL Thanksgiving for some relatives who just moved to the US.
Anyway, this one uncle said things like “this flavor is weird. it needs vinegar” when he tasted the spinach artichoke dip. He also loudly pronounced “I do not want any! You can skip me” when I was serving pumpkin pie. And lastly, before he left, he said “So how many days did it take for you to cook this? You should never do it again”.
Thanksgiving is about having an inner-power “hold me back” and just move on because even though one person is mean about it, 19 other relatives had great things to say. To be honest, I’m glad I found my inner “hold me back”. Now this is something else I’m thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Ahh so many tears!! Go Batkid!
So….it’s only the 5th day of November and I’m changing my month goal. Instead of “exercising” to the max this month, I’m just maintaining my Treat Yo Self theme. And so far, so freaking good!
On Friday, I left work right at 5pm (yes, it’s a big deal to me!), and drove to Malibu for a work related/friend related event. I stopped by my alma mater, Pepperdine University, was greeted by the security guard at the gate “welcome back”. Took this amazing picture (are you jealous you didn’t get to call this home for four years?)
Made it to the bookstore with 5 minutes to spare and finally got my alumni license plate frame! I was able to stop by my 2nd favorite place on campus, the 9/11 memorial at the graduate school. And saw a ton of deer just treating themselves to the lawn.
Then I stopped by the Tory Burch store where my friend Susan Campbell Cross was doing a book signing of her new book, The FabYOUList: List It, Live It, Love Your Life. So I obv snagged myself a copy!
On the way home from Malibu, I treated myself to my favorite thai food place, Cholada.
And on Saturday, the weather was amazing so I managed to move some plans around and made it to the beach for a 90 minute book reading sesh. It was a gorgeous day in LA.
After the beach, I went on a bike ride. Afterward, my friend Stephanie came over and we had a New Girl marathon (she’s almost caught up to the current episode!) and we treated ourselves by doing an intense cleanser, enzyme peel, mud mask, under eye mask, toner, serum, eye gel, moisturizer routine I have ever seen. BUT BOY LEMME TELL YA, my face was soft like a baby’s bottom! I couldn’t stop petting my own face!
On Sunday, I went home to see my family and treated myself to some homecooked goodness and lovin’.
I can’t wait to see what else Treat Yo Self month has in store for me!
How does this happen? How is it the 2nd to last month of the year already? These 10 months went by SO fast. I know part of it had to do with my being busier than ever at work and then fleeing the city as soon as I had some time off to visit friends. But still! I mean, I have things on my to-do list from January 18th. I’m not so good at making time for myself. Anyway, the good thing is that these next two months, though they will go by so fast, they are the most festive and jolly for sure. AND I LOVE FESTIVE AND JOLLY.
So I’ve noticed, in my crazy busy year, I haven’t had much time to TREAT MYSELF. Like I choose to stay at work late (I mean, I had work to do…I don’t just stay there for fun) instead of going for a run or catching a yoga class. I chose too run errands instead of laying out at the beach. When you have limited free time, it’s a constant struggle between doing what I want and doing what I have to do.
But NO(vember) MORE!
For the month of November, I’m going to give myself this ONE month of the year to do what I want. I am going to TREAT MYSELF! Not in true YOLO form of course (because…been there, done that) and because that’s not being thankful (it’s still November, after all!). I’m just going to schedule myself in this month. And one thing I’ve really neglected is exercise, my de-stress, clear my mind, form of therapy. It’s just so easy to bail when there’s no consequence (except for all my stress and uncleared mind). So this month, I’m going to go to yoga and pilates and run and hike and etc etc. For having 10 months of exercise and my happiness on the back burner, I can have a guilt free month of prioritizing exercise.
My main goal is to go to yoga at least 3 times a week. When I was doing yoga constantly, I felt my back getting stronger. I had less back aches, stopped going to the chiropractor all together. It’s been months since I’ve gone to yoga and my back is teetering on old lady back. Hopefully yoga will fix this all up, because whatintheheck, I am 27 years old and I cannot have THIS much back pain!
Also I would like to use that bicycle I purchased back in Sept thanks.
You should treat yo self too! Happy November!
After the game, Mariano headed back out to the Yankee Stadium mound to grab a handful of dirt.
"After giving us so many memories," said announcer Michael Kay, "he’s getting some of his own."
I love when people are emotional about sports.
I am obsessed. I love his voice plus he’s freaking adorable! This is Matthew Schuler singing Cough Syrup.
Actually I take it back. I have a smartphone. It can do everything your smartphone can do but only when I enable it to.
When I first got a smartphone with a working data plan, I was just like many of you. I Facebooked and checked email when I should have been communicating face to face with someone in my presence. The only other apps I used were Google Maps and ESPN. I didn’t need a data plan for anything else.
And then I realized, I didn’t need a data plan at all. So I cancelled it. I went back to using my GPA and paper/internet google maps. I went back to not having sports scores and other information instantly. At times it felt weird - having to explain to someone why I couldn’t tag us somewhere or why I couldn’t look up what the heck a word meant. Sometimes it was inconvenient when I had to look up an address RIGHT THERE and I had to call someone. But those times were so rare that I never thought about adding a data plan back on. I didn’t mind any of that stuff.
The part that SUCKED though was the fact that everyone still chose to glue their eyes to their phone even though I’m sitting there wanting to talk. With anything else, it would be awkward. If you had a book and your friend didn’t have anything, you would never just start reading while she sat there. But with a phone, it was like a pass. Or it stole all the manners out of humans. I text a lot of course and instead of being a weirdo and staring at someone while they Facebooked, I texted my friends and family. Alas, still becoming a victim to eyes on the screen syndrome. It’s such a weird weird thing.
I have a data plan again and it stays disabled until I absolutely need it. I just prefer it this way plus my battery life is the best. But sometimes all of us just need to put our phones down and have a good old conversation in words, voices, and emotion. No app can replace a good conversation.