Photo by Limelife Photography
I’d like to start by wishing The Hubs a happy anniversary. It boggles my mind how time can move so fast and so slow all at once. Despite the fact that our friends are now scattered around the country, most with one or more kids, it feels like it wasn’t really that long ago that The Hubs and I met and we were all drinking Guinness together from a kegerator and playing foosball at the Gay Sailor. That was 11 years ago. When I was looking at our wedding photos last night, my nieces and nephews that we JUST went on vacation with look so little. That was 6 years ago. It’s wild. I can’t wait to see where we go from here.
1. Speaking of our friends, I’d like to start this Great List by talking about them. I cried many times this week because of thoughtful words, caring outreach, vulnerable sharing, and heartfelt acts that I witnessed from my friends. Holy crap I am the luckiest person on earth to have such brave, intelligent, insightful and loving friends. Each and every day my life is enriched by truly wonderful people. It is the thing I am most grateful for in this world, and something that I don’t write about on this Great List often enough.
2. I spent a whole evening with Val and Fi this week. I got to feed Fi her first carrots. This all seems so inane, but to me its really what life is all about. I’m beyond grateful that when my friends had kids we didn’t see less of each other. The kids just became part of the fold….part of OUR fold, and now there are just more people at our gatherings.
3. My neighbors signed for my wine club shipment this week and thought it would be funny to open the box and replace the bubbly with some shitty old bottles and one empty bottle. Hilarity ensued, and we all had a good laugh (once I figured out what had happened!) I’m so grateful that I have neighbors who are truly my friends. So much so that they knew that they could prank me without me getting mad. It’s really Great to live in a friendly and welcoming community. I’m not so good at pranks but The Hubs is, so WATCH OUT Britta and Stacey! It’s on!
4. Boozer is back (until the end of the month!) which always makes my Great List, but this week I’ll be more specific. We let Boozer sleep in the bed with us, and when The Hubs is out of town Boozer sleeps under the covers with his head on the pillow which is the cutest thing EVER, and makes me smile every time. I love that dog.
I’d just like to note that this week was not without its challenges. I want to remind everyone that The Great List is a space to shift your focus from all the things that are going wrong, or are causing you discomfort, and to take a few minutes to remember and honor all those things that went right throughout the week. For me, gratitude has become a habit. The more you do it, the more you find to be grateful for. I promise you it works.
“Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness” -William E. Gladstone