Still grateful, and 4 things

Thanksgiving 2014 was terrific. For one, I saw my brother (and met his wonderful girlfriend). My brother is 14 years younger than me, which means 1. he doesn’t remember living in the same house as me, and 2. we have virtually nothing other than some DNA in common. I only see him every couple years – I saw him Thanksgiving 2010, then May 2012 for my wedding, and then this Thanksgiving.

Still, I adore him. He’s a pretty great kid.

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For another, my kids just seemed so … happy. They’re at such an enjoyable age. I was not a fan of the baby and toddler age (too much sleep deprivation, too little bowel control). The preschool years held some magic, but it was still exhausting, what with the still-needing-assistance-with-every-little-basic-need thing.

10, 12 and 14? Perfection. I want them to stay these ages forever.

Add to that the “only have them every other holiday” divorce schedule, and I truly soaked up the holiday. It has not escaped me that this is my 2nd to last Thanksgiving with all 3 kids living under my roof. My 2nd to last Christmas morning with all 3 kids definitely waking up in their rooms.

You want to appreciate family time? Try having the already-too-short time you have your kids and take away half the holidays.

Divorce. I don’t recommend it.

BUT. I had this Thanksgiving. And we made the most of it.

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In other news –

Shut Up and Run tagged me* to do this 4 things survey, and who am I to ignore one of my favorite running bloggers?  Feel free to do it on your blog and let me know/tag me, so I can read your answers!

Four names that people call me other than my real name:

1. Mom (boys) / Mommy (Lucy)

2. Sweetheart (it took me awhile to get used to this because initially it sounded a. too formal or b. patronizing. But then I figured out my husband a. has many formal speech patterns and b. means it endearingly. It’s growing on me. Slowly.)

3. “T”

4. TRex. (yes, there’s a story here. No, I’m not blogging it.)

Four jobs I’ve had:

1. Lifeguard

2. Circulation desk worker at Lauinger Library

3. Crisis intervention counselor for at-risk youth

4. Oncology social worker at Scott and White hospital (okay, it was an unpaid internship. But I did the work.)

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

1. Wizard of Oz

2. Love Actually

3. almost anything by John Hughes from the 80s

4. The Family Stone

Four books I’d recommend:

1. Man’s Search for Meaning by Frankl

2. The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald

3. Unbroken by Hillebrand

4.  The Color Purple by Walker

Four places I’ve lived:

1. Lansdale, PA

2. Washington DC

3. Dublin, Ireland

4. Barrington, RI

Four places I’ve visited:

1. Costa Rica

2. Prague, Czech Republic

3. Vatican City

4. St. Croix, USVI

Four things I refuse prefer not to eat:

1. mayonnaise

2. seafood. Any type. Yes, sushi. Yes, shrimp. Yes, lobster. Seafood. All of it.

3. Beer.  I wish I liked beer. But I don’t. It’s gross.

4. Raw apple. It closes up my throat – I think it’s the pectin? But this makes me sad, because it’s healthy, and I like the *taste*, I just can’t eat it.

P.S. – it was very hard to choose 4 for this list. Because I could easily do 40. Possibly 400. I’m a picky eater.

Four of my favorite foods:

1. Nachos.

2. Hummus and pita chips.

3. Cupcakes. Cupcakes are my sweet tooth indulgence. I rarely eat candy, or cookies, or ice cream. I’m not a huge fan of chocolate. But I need to have a cupcake a couple times a month.

4. A good cheeseburger. I only eat one once a month or so, because I’m a pretty healthy, clean eater. But every month or so, I’ll go out for a good burger.

Four TV shows I watch

1. Parenthood

2. The Good Wife

3. Scandal

4. Modern Family

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

1. Spending spring break in Washington DC with my family. It’s been nearly a decade since I’ve been, and I can’t wait to show my kids my alma mater, and hit up some of my favorite places.

2. Going to the beach this summer. I’m not sure exactly where, or when, but we always road trip to the beach in the summer. It’s my requirement for living in a land-locked city.

3. Finishing my March half marathon and taking some time off from half marathons to focus on 5 and 10ks. I’m really burned out from the 2+ hour weekend long runs. No more half marathons before fall/winter 2015 at the earliest.

4. I’m not sure if it will happen this summer, or next, but adding another mastiff puppy to our family. We’re saving up – it depends on some pending finances as to whether we’re in a position to add another giant dog to the budget!

Four things I’m always saying:

1. “Is your homework done?” (I have 3 kids.)

2. “What do you think *fill in author’s name* means by that?” (occupational hazard).

3. “I hate running” (uttered before nearly every run.)

4. “Don’t forget *fill in blank*” (again, I have 3 kids. Who spend one night a week and every other weekend away from my house. And an absent-minded husband).

*Okay, she didn’t really tag me since she doesn’t know who I am, but she’s wicked cool and invited her blog readers to do it. Which is kind of the same thing as tagging me.

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