Being Thankful, 2013 edition

I know it’s been a million years since I’ve posted anything here. I’ve gotten bad at blogging publicly.

But it’s almost Thanksgiving! And that means it’s time for me to post all the things for which I am thankful, and there are a lot of them. 2012 was an awesome year, but 2013 has been even better. Sometimes I have difficulties wrapping my head around how much my life has changed in the past two years. It seems hard to believe that I spent Thanksgiving 2011 basically alone, but this year, I’ll be celebrating the holiday surrounded by people I love.

So yes, I have many things to be thankful for. Here is my random list of things I’ve thankful for, complete with PHOTOS.

  • LASIK. LASIK has completely changed my life. I’ve been glasses-free for almost six months and now that I’m finally used to not wearing glasses, I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner! I’m also proud of myself for taking the plunge and just doing it. LASIK has been something I’ve always thought about doing, but I’d always make up excuses for not getting it done.

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    BEST FRIENDS 4EVER.

  • My best friend. I never really had a best friend until I met @winelibrarian. Friends usually tend to drift away from me. I’m not sure if that’s my fault or theirs or if that just kind of happens in life. But it’s been so amazing to finally have a friend that just gets me, who will talk me down off the ledge if I need it, and who will also either physically or verbally smack me upside the head if I need it (ha!). We’ve both been through a lot of ups and downs in our lives since we’ve known each other and I’m thankful that we’ve been able to experience them together. Winey is the strongest, most gorgeous, most generous person I know and I’m so very thankful to have her in my life. I love you, M!
  • My job. There are a lot of times I’m frustrated at work by things that are outside of my control, but I love what I do and I love where I work. I strongly believe in making a difference in the community where you work, and I know that we are doing great things at my library.
  • RENTER’S INSURANCE. This is a huge one right now. For those of you who missed my ranting on Twitter, my apartment was broken into earlier this month, and while the police caught three of the people involved, two more got away with some of our things. I am so thankful that I had the foresight to choose the best renter’s insurance plan. With the help of the insurance check, I’ve been able to replace most of the things that were stolen.

    The Boy totally indulged me with the whole duck thing.

    The Boy totally indulged me with the whole duck thing.

  • The Boy. I am the most thankful that he took a giant leap of faith and moved to Cleveland to be with me. No one had ever made that kind of sacrifice for me and I appreciate it so much. I’m thankful for our random adventures, even if they turn out kind of weird (good day m’lord!). I’m thankful that he accepts me as I am and that we can be total dorks together. I’m thankful for all the kisses and cuddles and butt grabs and laughs. I’m thankful for all the times I come home and all the laundry and dishes are done and dinner’s almost ready to eat. I love you, D and I’m so thankful that he’s in my life!
  • Cooking. This year, I’ve really come to love cooking again. I enjoy cooking with and for the Boy and I’m thankful that he’s adventurous as I am when it comes to food (probably MORE adventurous, really). We’ve tried a lot of new recipes since he moved in and we’ve only had a few kitchen disasters. Protip: don’t put a jar of salsa on top of the oven and expect it not be burning hot a half hour later.
  • Twitter. Of course, Twitter, I am always thankful for you. I’ve met so many awesome people through Twitter and I’m thankful for each and every friendship I’ve made. Twitter kept me sane during my darkest days and I will never forget that. I’m also thankful that people have embraced my “rebranding” and are still with me now that I’m @sarainthestacks. As an aside, it feels kind of weird to be blogging as bitchylibrarian.
  • G and J. Watching you grow over the past year has been very humbling. I am thankful that you still consider me cool enough to be in your lives and act as your confidant (more G than J on that one). I am constantly in awe of the things you can accomplish from math games to 5ks, and I will always be proud to be your honorary Aunt Sara.
  • My family. My parents have always been my number 1 supporters and I’m so thankful that they’ve been so accepting of the people in my life. They’ve pretty much adopted @winelibrarian and they’ve been super welcoming to the Boy.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, everyone! Eat too much pie, fall asleep while watching football, but don’t forget to take time to think about all the good things in life. It’s easy to get caught up in the negative, so take a step back, and just be thankful for everything you have.

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