Hello, hello! Long time no (real) talk, right? I’m back from my whirlwind trip and am slowly getting back into the swing of things. I was very quiet in the blog world and on social media last week and it was nice to disconnect for a bit. Unfortunately it wasn’t a complete disconnect from the internet and emails because I had tons of homework. It sure is a trick having a week off right before finals!
Side note: can you believe it’s December?! I’m sure everyone and their mother has said this today, but December really snuck up on me this year.
My Thanksgiving week was chock-full of travel (4 states in 7 days), cold weather and family events. As cliché as it sounds, this week put things into perspective. A little recap of my marvelous week “thankful” style…
Today, I give more thanks for…
Very rarely do I get to see my cousins, but I consider them my best friends. Even if we weren’t blood-related, they are the type of people who I would want to be best friends with. We may not talk for a month but, when we do, we can pick up right where we left off. I’m very grateful to have a large family that has stayed extremely close and is incredibly supportive. The number of people who congratulated me on the marathon (without me mentioning it), made me feel very loved.
I may have complained about this head-cold that I’ve had all week, but that’s nothing compared to other situations. Seeing loved ones struggle with health issues is heartbreaking. I feel so helpless and want to do something, but I know that just spending quality time with them is what I can contribute.
I also took a bootcamp class with my aunt. I’m thankful that I had a fairly easy recovery from the marathon and am strong enough to take these types of classes. I’ve learned that if I let my body heal and do its job, it will (hopefully) continue to run smoothly. No pun intended.
From family dinners, to restaurant meals and then Thanksgiving, there was truly an abundance of food this week. Many leftovers (that unfortunately weren’t conducive for traveling) and tons of delicious homemade meals. My aunt put so much time into cooking Thanksgiving dinner for our large family and she was sweet to make mostly everything gluten-free.
I don’t prefer Thanksgiving food and while I happily ate my turkey, sweet potatoes and veggies, I’m grateful that I have the option to be picky. It’s easy to forget that not everyone has food, let alone a Thanksgiving feast.
My cousin’s wedding was beautiful! It was the first church-wedding I’ve been to and it really made me appreciate faith and family traditions. She incorporated lace from her grandmother’s wedding dress into her own and she added sentimental and personal touches throughout the evening. Everything was elegant and well-planned.
Lastly, as a
completely serious joke…
Where I Live
I can confidently say I’m happy to live in warm weather. This was honestly one of the first times I haven’t dreaded going back to Miami LOL. I love the cities in the Northeast, but the cold/gray/wind turn me into an ice
bitch queen. Until I stepped off the plane last night I forgot what it felt like to be warm. I’m in a mental dilemma because all the jobs in my dream field are in the Northeast, but my immediate family and the sun is in the south. I feel like every time I travel I become more and more set on living in Tampa. But that’s a post for another day….
How was your Thanksgiving?!
When was the last wedding you attended?