100th post: 100 Things I’m thankful for.

Hey, hey it’s my 100th post (as you probably gathered from the title of this blog entry).

That’s a lot of posts since my very first one back in September.

One of the things that I LOVE about Thanksgiving (besides the food, of course) is that the holiday reminds us to take the time to reflect on all of the good things in our lives. I am guilty of often focusing on the negative or what I don’t have in my life, rather than all of the wonderful things that I am blessed with.

So here, dear blog readers, is a list of 100 things that I am thankful for (in no particular order):

1. My husband. I am so lucky to have randomly (very randomly, I might add) have met Greg 4 1/2 years ago and that he loves and accepts me for who I am, the good and the bad. He’s also my best friend, my partner in crime, and one of the most selfless people I know.

2. My family. I have a large family- including lots of whole/half/step siblings. I love them all!

3. Friends. I really do have the best friends a gal could ask for, and many that I’ve known for (going on) 3 decades. Though many of us don’t get to see each other often, when we are together, it’s like no time has passed.

4. My pups. It’s been almost 2 years since Lance and Jackson came into my life. I had no idea how much love they would bring into my life, but I”m grateful for their smiling puppy faces every day. You can visit my old blog here that chronicles the first year of my life with them.

5. Digital photography. Not only is it my job (to teach it), but it’s also something I use in my life outside of work. I love having the ability to document something in a photograph and being able to see it instantly (and don’t miss all of the chemicals that I had to deal with when I taught darkroom photography).

6. Spinning. I’ve been a spinning instructor for almost 3 years now. I LOVE teaching it, and also love the extra bit of income (and free gym membership) that comes with it.

7. Pandora internet radio. Pandora is definitely one of the best 10 websites in existence. I listen to it all the time, and it makes me productive!

8. Farmers’ markets. The season is over now, unfortunately, but I love the 1/2 of the year where I can get so many of my weekly foods there!

9. My legs. They’re strong and get me from point A to B. They’re one part of my body that I can truly appreciate, love and wouldn’t want to change.

10. My french press

11. My Ipad

12. My ipod. Can you imagine what life would be like if this technology didn’t exist? I’d be carrying my discman around the gym!

13. Trips to Colorado. Though I long to live out west, I’ll have to settle for our annual summer vacation to Colorado for now.

14. My camelbak groove water bottle. filtered water anytime!

15. Oatmeal. the only breakfast that keeps me full

16. My blog. (and the fact that people actually read my blog!)

17. My rockin’ Subaru Outback

18. My home Greg and I bought our house just over a year ago, and I’ve learned how much LOVING your home can make a difference in your life!

19. My massage therapist, Lauren

20. Herbal tea

in heaven (at Celestial Seasonings in Boulder)

21. Peanut flour

22. Coconut flour

23. Almond milk (especially Trader Joe’s unsweetened vanilla)

24. DVR I can’t imagine how I would ever be able to follow any tv shows without it. And I don’t care if it’s cool- I love tv.

25. Yoga. (and really, Bob Harper’s Yoga for the Warrior dvd). I love the confidence and flexibility that yoga has given me!

26. Biking on the C&O Though I didn’t get out near as often that I would have liked to this year, at least I know that it’s always there for me.

27. Sharpie pens

28. Paul Rudd and Jake Gyllenhall. Just for being eye candy.

29. My friends Katie and Kelly for organizing my bachelorette party last summer. Seriously, it was the most amazing, creative bachelorette party ever!

30. Being organized. Man, it makes my life so much easier

31. Sunshine after it’s been raining for days.

32. Christmas lights and decorations. I. LOVE. IT. ALL.

33. Beer (good beer, that is. AKA Craft beer.)

34. Loudoun County wine country

35. My Vibram Five Fingers

36. The view of the “mountains” (if you can call them that in Maryland) from my house We do live on “Mountainview Drive” after all πŸ™‚

37. Pedicures

38. Whole Foods/Trader Joes trips

39. Hiking

40. Bananas

41. Fuji apples

42. Sunflower butter (can’t believe I lived 30+ years without it!)

43. That I love veggies. A lot. Seriously. All of ’em.

44. Ice cream. My absolute favorite dessert. Even in the winter.

45. Hikes with my Johnny. One of my bestest friends in the world- our Sugarloaf hikes are the best!

46. My AMAZING honeymoon exploring the Pac NW. And the fact that I married a man who wanted to hike for 2 weeks as a honeymoon!

47. Kombucha

48. Snow days

I can not believe they were ever that small!

49. Post-it notes

50. Bodypump Kicks my butt and makes me stronger!

51. A good night’s sleep (even though I don’t seem to get it often enough… I try…)

52. Facebook I know, I know… but it’s made keeping in touch with friends and former classmates MUCH easier

53. Local eggs from free-range chickens

54. All of the amazing farms around where I live (and the beautiful countryside!)

55. My health! I work hard staying healthy- and am lucky that I rarely get sick!

56. Memories of my Grandmother (Gammy) I miss her every single day, but have such great memories to hold on to.

57. My fellow blog-writing friends I feel like I know so many of you- almost like we’re real friends. πŸ˜‰

58. A good, dirty joke I have a dark sense of humor- and enjoy witty (and dark) humor the most!

59. Bravo TV I’ll say it- I love trashy reality shows. So what?

60. Holistic remedies because it’s usually the only thing that works for me!

61. Any month that isn’t January, February or March (I like it much better when the sky is BLUE!)

62. My home gym and being able to work out at home!

63. Deep conditioner

64. Sugar-free gum it goes against my clean-food lifestyle, but unfortunately I’m an addict.

65. The Red Sox

66. Having in-laws living in Boston which provides a great excuse to visit one of my favorite cities several times each year

67.Β  The rock music of the 90s best generation of music, ever.

68. XM radio

69. Having a stable full-time job even if I’m not totally in love with it

70. Having a short commute to work which is almost all back country roads!

71. That I’m a morning person

72. Wine (and vineyards!)

73. Twin Oaks Tofu

74. My hubby bringing home flowers

75. Seeing the sun rise almost every day

76. Plane trips that don’t involve delays

77. Finding a great new restaurant

78. Popcorn

79. Laughing with friends

80. The Ravens my home team!


82. Crossing things off my “to-do” list

83. Accomplishing something even if it’s something really small!

84. Great trails to run on that are just a short drive away

85. Pumpkin anything

86. My electric can-opener

87. Sweatpants and wife-beaters (pretty much my uniform after I get home from work!)

88. Brooks running shoes

89. My down comforter

90. My bathtub and taking a looooooong soak

91. Springtime!

92. Summer vacation the two months that I live for each year

93. My collection of pottery made by my talented friends

94. Sundress weather (and my collection of PrAna dresses)

95. My foam roller (we have a love/hate relationship)

96. My relationship with my mom

97. Finding the perfect pair of sunglasses

98. My husband doing the dishes

99. A delicious home-cooked meal


100. I’m thankful for YOU blog-readers: even the lurkers (you know who you are- don’t be afraid to leave a comment!)

Happy Thanksgiving!

What are YOU thankful for?

20 Comments on “100th post: 100 Things I’m thankful for.”

  1. When the hell did you meet jake???? Is that picture real?????

  2. toosoxy says:

    my extended list is very similar! love the sharpie pens and red sox!

    • Lauren says:

      I checked out your blog and you’re going to have to fight me for Youk! πŸ™‚ He’s my fave- see the stalker photo of me taking a picture of him above? (It’s a screen shot from a game)
      You’ve got great taste!!

  3. You said it, pedicures, yes, Christmas decorations and music, love it, health, oh yes yes yes. I didn’t know you taught digital photography, very cool. I am signing up to take a class at our community center come January because I have a nice camera but don’t really know how to use it, I am excited to see what it ( and me) are capable of.

  4. This was such a wonderful heartfelt post! I loved the picture of you at the Celestial seasonings home in Boulder. I went there when I was little and I completely forgot how awesome it was. Especially the peppermint room.

  5. Jenny says:

    Happy 100! I just bought Bob’s DVD today, I can’t wait to try it out!

  6. OMG, I don’t even know where to start with this list!

    A) I love your pups. I went to your old blog and it’s like they’re practically smiling in every photo.
    B) You met Jake???
    C) You’re making me appreciate Colorado even more now πŸ™‚
    D) Loudoun County has wines? VA right? My ex works there and he knows I love wine and never mentioned that….hmmmmm….
    E) I agree with so many of these but a long soak is at the top of my list. The last apartment I lived in only had a stand up shower so I am a little more that ecstatic to move into a place with a tub–hooray!!!

  7. you met Jake!!! That is hilarious and awesome πŸ™‚

    I love CO too!

    GO bodyPUMP and yummy veggies! And pumpkin everything. Love your list girl!!

  8. I love your list (especially your picture with Jake G)! Your vibrams are super adorable as is your wedding picture πŸ™‚

    I’m thankful for my friends and family who love me despite my crazy!

  9. How did I miss this post?? What a wonderful and beautiful post!

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