I woke up this morning beaming. The sun is shining. I can’t be happier and I’m at home all by myself. Looking forward to chowing down at Cristina’s with her family in the afternoon, then heading home-home to my parents’ house for lumpia. My contribution? Mini pumpkin-spiced muffins topped with whipped cream cheese from Kara’s Cupcakes. I limited myself to two after I picked them up yesterday evening. But before all of the events today, I am off to my favorite gym. The Jewish Community Center. God, I love that place. But first first.
I AM THANKFUL FOR…
1. My health. Being able to stretch from head to toe. Precision cartwheels, round-offs, and somersaults. I can’t believe I taught myself gymnastic tricks back in the day. And I’m old and I can still do them!
2. Books and reading. My eyesight is worsening, but I can read for hours and hours. My place is full of books. Come pick one up!
3. Blogs and writing. My writing class was so helpful and so fun. What a great group. KQED Perspectives. I promise a year of more. Getting published, too. I see my name in print!
4. My friends and family. Oh, how yummy is Dominic. Just like me, I can tell he is going to have temper flare-ups. That kid’s going to Harvard, I’m telling you. But especially at this juncture in my life, I am so thankful for Marc. He doesn’t read my blog–never has. But Marc and I experienced high school together practically side-by-side. We went to college together. Then we worked together. Now we have our homes in the city, wine/dine, and shoot the shit together. Some say they would rather be single than sorry. But I never feel lonely with someone who is a phone call away, a drive away. I’m lucky to have him.
5. My home. I love my little abode in the middle of a busy Geary intersection with the projects a block away. And I haven’t foreclosed on it. No delinquent payment 🙂
6. My job is perfect. My colleagues are funny, hard-working, smart. I spend hours reading the news. It doesn’t get better than that. Then always home in time for the gym, to write. I have a life–a great one.
7. San Francisco. My poor dirty, oily city. There isn’t another city that has our creativity, musicality, artistry. We have Tahoe and wine country, miles of hiking trails. Oh, the De Young! Who doesn’t love the observation tower? And we are all winos. How many wine bars can one city have? And major foodies, but we work it off with our triathlons.
8. As I gear up to eat, I’m glad I eat! I used to not eat. I was so conflicted and obsessed. I’m thankful for Jack-in-the-Box and chocolate chip cookies and Lean Cuisines. And the ice-cream bon bons from Trader Joe’s.
9. Love. I may not be in a relationship now, but I’ve had three long-term relationships with men who were stand-out. I don’t know if any of them read my blog, but I wish I could tell them right now how much I love them for our time together, for sharing their lives with me. They deserve to be happy, they are wonderful guys. Although I’m not always consistent, I’ve finally found a way to love myself. I’m surrounded by loving, loyal friends and family. But I’m also content sitting at home with my books. Sometimes I’ll splurge by opening a bottle of wine. Because I deserve it!