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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thanksgiving week

Tom has said to me about a million times, "I can't believe that it's Thanksgiving week". In Ohio, most people have looked over the fact that it's a holiday week because it's also Beat M*ch*gan week, but honestly, this is one of my favorite holidays. I'm hosting the fam at my house this year because I LOVELOVELOVE cooking a turkey. Somehow I lucked out and just have to make that, pumpkin pie, and mashed potatoes so it's really not a big deal. The turkey is going in the fridge tonight to start thawing - it's a 21 pound bird. May seem like a lot, but Tom and I have done a 20 pound bird for just the two of us before (don't judge... we like leftovers!). Butterball.com suggested 14 pounds for 7 hungry adults, but who are they kidding... I would have bought a bird bigger than 21 pounds had I been able to find one at the grocery the other day! You can never have too much bird...

Anyway, I've started thinking of my list of things I'm thankful for - my list is quite long
  • I'm thankful for my amazing husband. He's such a great friend, my biggest supporter, my coach, my coworker, the person who pushes me. He laughs with me (and many times at me), hugs me when I cry (which can be a lot) and loves me unconditionally (that includes my fat days!) He's really my world and I couldn't be luckier!
  • I'm thankful for an amazing mom and dad. Their love and support has helped me more than I will ever be able to thank them for. They've stood by my side through a lot and still love me! :) They make me laugh, and I admire the fact that they will be happily married 40 years this coming August!
  • I'm thankful for my sister who also happens to be my best friend. We might have had rough patches in the past (what sisters don't?), but I think now that we are grown up, we understand how lucky we are to have each other. She's awesome! (and I have a fabulous brother-in-law too!)
  • I have a great extended family, aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, and a niece and nephew who all go above and beyond to support Tom and I.
  • I'm thankful for friends who have been with me through everything. This year as been a trying year as I've learned some pretty tough lessons in friendship, but I've grown to learn that TRUE friends are few and far between and those that I'm blessed with in my life are truly amazing.
  • I'm thankful that I have two amazing dogs. I mean really - they may be mutts to some people, but they are my kids. They remind me that no problem is too big and that a walk in the park (or a slice of cheese) is all we need to cheer us right up.
  • I'm especially thankful for my health - I put in a lot of hours training because I love it, but I know that there are so many people in the world who don't have the good health that I have. And on days when I don't feel like running another mile, biking another pedal stroke, or swimming another lap, I remember that I'm truly blessed that I CAN do these things.
  • I'm thankful for a job that allows me such amazing freedoms day to day and that I can live a comfortable life without many sacrifices. I must say, I have it pretty good.

And lastly:

  • I'm thankful for all of you, my blogger friends. I've only met a few of you, but you all read my ramblings each week. You support me, you encourage me, you make me laugh, you love me no matter what nonsense I'm writing about. I just hope that someday I get to meet all of you.

What are you thankful for?


23 comments:

Aimee said...

Ha ha...when we ate turkey (before going vegetarian) I would have said the same thing...you can't have too much bird! :)

Yay for so many things to be thankful for! I have a pretty big list too!

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

Wanna come cook my turkey? Love your list, what a great idea to write them all down on your blog!

Copychic said...

That's a wonderful list! And it's a great idea to take the time to recognize what we're thankful for. You may have just inspired me to do the same :)

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

I'm thankful for the ability to take on challenges at 55 years of age that I thought were unachievable at 45 years of age....

Never say never....

Cheers!

Christi said...

I am thankful that I get to read your blog and share in your adventures. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Anne-Marie said...

What a great list!

Thanksgiving food is the BEST and I agree about never having too much! I am super impressed you're cooking the bird... I wouldn't have the first clue what to do.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jon said...

So with all of your leftover Turkey, make yourself a gobbler sandwich. Take a hoagie roll with cranberry sauce, then stuffing then turkey that has been sitting in gravy for about a day. SO good!

Happy Gobble Gobble day!

Molly said...

you definitely have a lot to be thankful for!

We're cooking the turkey this year too, a 28 pounder!!!!

Jason said...

Thanksgiving should be a once a month holiday. We can eat healthy at Turkey Day, but the whole holiday is just awesome. Family, friends, Football, Food....I mean c'mon....

MissFancyPants said...

What a great post this week! I love Turkey Day - we do a deep-fried turkey and a couple turkey breasts - so excited! Thanks for being so inspiring!

Emz said...

Fabulous list.

I'm so happy it's Thanksgiving WEEK not just Thanksgiving Day!!

Beth said...

Right now I am thankful for your blog. It reminds me how lucky I am for the things I have in my life and shows me what I have to look forward to in this crazy ironman journey.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Great list of things to be thankful for!

Today's Triumph said...

Wow you have a lot to be thankful for! That is so great that you took a moment to realize how fortunate you are! Happy Thanksgiving early!

Aunt Nan said...

I'm thankful and blessed to have the best family ever! I love you, Mom xoxo

Caratunk Girl said...

14lbs for 7 people? Do those people eat??? We have a BIG bird this year. I am embarrassed at the size of it. I think it is 25 lbs - from a local farm that apparently fed their turkeys steriods this year. The thing is huge, I hope it fits in the oven. Well, it is walking around right now, to be slaughtered today. It is HUGE. There are 6 of us. I guess we are pigs!

Ironman By Thirty said...

Great post!

I'm a new follower - just found your blog via your Twitter follow.

Your blog immediately caught my eye because it looks like we share a wedding anniversary :)

Rachel said...

Great post. I love Thanksgiving. It's one of the few times during the year where I can truly be quiet and relax and be with family.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

This is one of those post that you read and just smile, thanks for sharing

Wes said...

Thanks for coming out :-) I am adding you to my blog roll. I haven't added many new bloggie friends in a while.

Its Iron Bowl week here in the South. Big time football for us. Know how you feel.

I am thankful to have lived such a good life: family, friends, health, and I love helping peeps achieve their goals. ya know?

Have a great Thanksgiving...

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My Life and Running said...

I'm thankful for people like YOU who write reassuring comments on my blog! Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

Marci said...

I'll post my list of what I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving later today... so be sure to check out my blog! Happy Turkey Day to you and Tom!

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