A Compendium of Thanks.

For the past two weeks, I’ve been posting little “What I’m Thankful For” memos on Facebook, and it’s gotten a lot of great responses.  I decided to compile all my Thankful lists and put them here, for your amusement.  I’m just reposting them in the order I did them originally so I’ll start with the one I put two weeks ago.


1.  I am thankful for my brother in law, Todd, for not only being an awesome guy but also for making my sister so happy. 


2.  I am thankful for my father’s job. It has allowed me to see the Pope at the Vatican, meet an amazing President and First Lady, travel the world, and form lasting friendships with amazing, powerful, strong women. 


3.  I am thankful the Beatles catalogue is now available on iTunes. (What? My Two Weeks of Thanks didn’t have to be profound every day.)


4.  I am thankful for yoga. Yoga, as well as transforming my physical body, has completely changed my emotional body. Because of yoga I have ended years of body dysmorphia, disordered eating, and compulsive over-exercising. I own my power. Thank you yoga, and thank you to the yogis/yoginis at Samadhi Yoga Studio for inspiring me every time I come to the mat.


5.  I am thankful for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I stood in line at midnight, bought the book, and then stayed up until 9 AM reading the entire thing and bawling my eyes out. So David Yates, if you mess this up, I will probably kill you.  (NOTE: He didn’t)

6.  I am thankful for C.A.S.T. I am so lucky I get to work at such an awesome place. It introduced me to theater, and because of them I know what I want to do for the rest of my life: perform, teach, and learn with amazing kids. And there’s nothing like getting to do it all beside your childhood mentor.

7.  I am thankful I went to Miss Porter’s School.  I will never have that ‘high school sucks’ memory so many unfortunately do. Going to Porter’s changed me forever, and I am so grateful to it and all the friends I made there, friends I will have for the rest of my life. BUT WE GIRLS WILL ALWAYSSAY, FARMINGTON’S OUR HOME.

8.  I am thankful for my Nonna. If you’ve never met my Nonna, you are missing out. My Nonna is the strongest, bravest woman I know and proves every day you don’t need a formal education to be brilliant. If you disagree with me, I’d like you to hide from the SS in the Napoli mountains and see how strong YOU turn out. Yeah. That happened. Nonna is the best.
9.  I am thankful for my sister and brother. Jenna: I’m so thankful to have a big sister as helpful, supportive, wacky and fun as you. Mike, I’m so thankful you’re doing great and that you and I are reconnecting after a crazy year. Life can turn in an instant and I am thankful every day.

10.  I am thankful for my mom and dad. My mom is the nicest person alive and I’m always so honored when people say I look like her because she is so beautiful. My dad pushes me every day to be the best I can be, and we are more alike than I ever realized after watching that Real Sports thing (which, if nothing else, was an amazing excuse to hear my parents curse on TV…by the way my dad is profoundly embarrassed that they caught him dropping an F-bomb.  Nothing I haven’t heard from years of repeating lines from Wedding Crashers for hours on end…)

And today?

Today, on the day of ultimate thanks, I am thankful for…

Life, peace, my amazing beautiful friends, running in gorgeous weather, sweaty yoga that gets you zonked, iced coffee, hot chocolate, my unique religion, candid pictures, dancing in my room, magazine day at the post office, great books, music, surprise hugs out of nowhere, laughing so hard you cry, crying so hard you laugh, my mom’s sweet potato pie, surprise birthday parties, whoever invented Nutella, The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Twilight fans (for giving me hours of amusement), my AMAZING, wonderful, supportive readers who’ve made the past year and a half such a crazy and fantastic one, the jerks who’ve been mean to me over the years, my professors old and new who inspire me to be better than I ever thought I could be.  

But most of all, I’m thankful for a certain little bundle of love that landed on our doorstep and our hearts this past year.  I told Jenna he’d be last (and certainly not least) on my list of thanks.  She asked who I’d be thankful for today, and I pointed at a certain snoozing, drooling, fidgeting darling.  She smiled, and said, “The lovebug!”

So, I’m thankful for the lovebug.  I have so much to teach him (well, at least I hope I do).  I hope to instill in him a sense of play, fun, laughter, dedication, and Shakespeare (if it KILLS me, there will be one actor in that family).  

So, here’s to you, Lovebug.  May your first Thanksgiving be a beautiful and warm day, filled with laughter from your beautiful mommy and daddy and snuggles from your favorite (only!) aunt.  


(if you don’t know who Lovebug is…google it.)

Now, I’m off to run the Manchester Road Race, then celebrate by swan-diving into my mom’s sweet potato pie.  I think that’s a great way to start any Thanksgiving off right…

ally

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