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Gratitude Friday

1. Morning walks. We had some rain this week and it’s colder and darker, which I like because that means most of the people we had to share our walks with over the summer are either staying in bed later or not coming out at all and it’s back to feeling like we have the whole world to ourselves.

2. Wild Writing with my Friday morning writing sangha. When you do this sort of vulnerable, beautiful practice with people over time, you can’t help but fall in love with them.

3. Making art and hanging out with Calyx. It makes both of us happy.

4. Artists and content creators. This includes musicians, song writers, singers, painters, photographers, quilters, cartoonists, sketch artists, cooks, gardeners, writers, podcasters, comedians, designers, etc. They remind us that even though being human is hard, there’s something really beautiful about it too.

5. My tiny family, my tiny home, my tiny life. I was turning on the front porch light last night, and when I turned around, I caught a fresh glimpse of our living room — so cozy, so comfortable, so cute. I love it here so much, and I love who is here with me.

Bonus joy: plans for tea with Chloe’ and her tiny family, Carrie finally getting to start the renovation on her house, texting with my brother and mom, good neighbors, pumpkins, white chrysanthemums, being cold enough that I need the big blanket, naps on the couch with Ringo, having the laundry almost done, the asian chicken salad I’ve been making, raspberries, a big glass of cold clean water, a warm shower, down pillows and blankets, the nest Ringo makes himself on the couch, getting in the pool, sitting in the sauna, cancelled plans, podcasts, new music, good TV, reading in bed at night while Ringo and Eric sleep.

Gratitude Friday (on a Saturday)

1. It’s Eric and I’s 28th anniversary! That seems like a really really long time at the same time that it totally doesn’t. The day to day living of it seems like we’ve just started until I start to think of all the things we’ve experienced in those years…and it’s A LOT. There is no one that I’d rather do this hard, beautiful, amazing being human thing with than him. He’s my favorite.

2. A like minded nutritionist. There’s some things I want to work on in terms of my wellbeing that are related to food, but when you have a history of disordered eating, the world of health and nutrition is fraught with so much nonsense related to diet culture and fatphobia that it’s confusing, risky, even dangerous. Finding someone with a HAES, ED centered practice is such a relief.

3. Practice. I am particularly grateful for meditation, the way it allows me to be with what’s hard with wisdom and compassion.

4. Morning walks. I’d say that this week and next we are at peak autumn. Everything is lit up and glowing gold. Fall is my favorite time of year and this one isn’t disappointing.

5. My tiny family, my tiny house, my tiny life. At lunch today, I asked Eric if there was anything he’d do differently with the last 30 years of his life. The only thing he could come up with is to buy a more expensive house 20 years ago, because we could have and property values here have more than doubled in that time. Then I asked him if he thought we’d be happier with a bigger, more expensive house, and he said, “no.” That was all he could think of, and the only thing I had was to not bring up something that about seven years ago caused a fight between us that felt like it lasted for two years, although even that I told him “maybe needed to happen.” I feel super lucky and grateful that we have the life we have, that we’ve been able to live so much of it together, and that we still choose each other.

Bonus joy: Golden leaves falling like snow, raspberries, crunchy apples, podcasts, clean laundry, clean sheets, flowers in the bathroom, crunchy peanut butter, food Ringo can eat that he’s not allergic to, cooler weather, making art and hanging out with Calyx, texting with Mom and Chris, baby pictures from Chloe’, cooking, good TV, napping, getting in the pool, sitting in the sauna (but not the dude who told me “you have a beautiful smile” while we were in there alone), laughing with Eric, reading in bed while Ringo and Eric sleep.