Gratitude Friday

juicyspring1. Spring. Bird song in the morning, crocuses blooming, 2 for $5 bundles of daffodils at the grocery store, driving with the windows rolled down, sitting on the back step in the sun while the dogs lounge on the patio.

2. Spring Break. Yes, I could have included this as an item in my list of all things Spring, but it deserves its own listing all by itself — it’s that good. And today is the best, the Friday before Spring Break. I feel giddy and so hopeful that the time mostly away from work will allow the space for some rest and ease.

3. My boys, sweet Sam and Ringo Blue. Have I told you lately how much I love my dogs? We haven’t started Sam’s elimination diet yet to try and figure out exactly what he’s allergic to, but even just switching him to a salmon based primary food has made a big difference. I’ve also been noticing how much more he trusts us now, how much more relaxed he is as a five year old. He’s always been a sensitive dog, so even though he’s been with us since he was around 10 weeks old, it took him some time to be totally comfortable — although he still thinks the washing machine is an evil monster and hides in the bathroom when it’s on. Ringo Blue’s foot is almost completely healed. He’s even been able to run around crazy in the backyard a few times even though it’s muddy right now with the snow melt. He went through a few weeks of hardcore puppy terrible twos recently, but he has been really good for the past few days so I’m hoping that bad boy Wolverine thing isn’t something that will stick.

canwegosam ringowaiting4. Yoga. I’m teaching three classes next week, but to three different groups, so I’m going to plan one new class and then get to practice it three times.

5. TV that makes me laugh. This week it was Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and New Girl and Friends, which Eric and I have been binge watching since Christmas — I had forgotten there were 10 seasons of it! The Mindy Project sadly has been doing that thing all sitcoms seem to do eventually where they hit a season in which the comedy turns mean and the characters get weird not in a good way.

Bonus Joy: an email I was worried to send that got a good response, lemon, sweet potato, finally starting to adjust a little to the time change, the Open Heart Project Sangha (this month’s topic is genuine transformation and it’s so good!), Feast, finally mailing some things that had been in my “mail this” pile for far too long, permission to trust myself, laughing with my interns, getting out some of the strawberry jam I made this summer and realizing it really isn’t that bad, french toast with strawberries and jam for dinner.

4 thoughts on “Gratitude Friday

  1. Tori

    Daffodils are my favorite! I’ve been buying a bunch at Trader Joe’s every week since they’ve starting having them at the end of January. Can’t go wrong for a $1.49 for 10! It reminds me that yes, Spring will come.
    I am truly enjoying Friends again. I am in season 4 and I’m loving the laughs and the nostalgia of many moons ago when Thursday meant…”yay, it’s Thursday night…Friends is on”.

    1. jillsalahub Post author

      They are such a sign of spring! I’m going to get some bulbs this week and hopefully by next year have a bunch in my garden. Are you as surprised as I am that Friends still holds up? I thought I would like it for nostalgia sake, but it’s actually really funny. They get a little too mean funny for me sometimes, but my tolerance for that is pretty low. We are almost done with Season 9, but we’ve been binge watching it since Christmas.

  2. Tori

    I gave all my coworkers daffodils today as a surprise. It’s very much winter still here. I am watching one of my favorite episodes of Friends ever – Ross’s leather pants…. 🙂


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