Something weird that I'm thankful for.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
I know this a few days late to keep up with the Thanksgiving world, but I've been busy trying to nurse Dylan back to health.
I'm so thankful for my in-laws. Most people can't stand theirs, but I'm truly lucky to have all 4 of mine. My Mother-in-law is the funniest person I know, with quirky jokes that can liven up the most somber of days. She's taught me so much about healthy cooking and introduced me to vegetables and spices that I would have never had the courage to try. Through her generosity, she's given us a $100 gift card to Whole Foods so that we could afford a few healthy meals without worry about finances. It was her way of 'cooking' us Thanksgiving this year even though we couldn't afford the 8 hour drive to Atlanta.
My Father-in-law is a man with even quirkier jokes, but he has a very good heart. He bought the condo we live in long before Dylan and I started dating, and because of that we had a stable place to live. If we had been paying rent to anyone else, we would have been evicted through these last 3 months. He welcomed us into his home for Thanksgiving this year. He's also opened my eyes to healthy eating in the form of Vegan cuisine. I respect his lifestyle though I don't believe I'd have the same willpower as he does. It's paid off though - the man doesn't look a day over 50 and he's well into his 60s.
My Step-Mother-in-law has given me recipes for the Vegan cuisine and I enjoy her company. I never thought we'd get along as I typically don't with 'artist types', but she's put the smug stereotype in the grave for me. She's been nothing but kind to me and we share many of the same hobbies and interests.
My step-father-in-law is a very selfless man. He puts his own body through havoc to provide his kids with pets that he's severely allergic too. He puts up with my MIL and little sister in laws' antics everyday and does it with a smile. He's also the person I know the least about, as we both have a shy nature, but he has no idea how much he's taught me about the crap you put yourself through for family.
I'm also thankful for my 5k that I have OFFICIALLY registered for today. I got the T-shirt in a size that's just a little snug (Large) as I'm confident about the fitting into it. This 5k has motivated me so much further than I would have if this was 'just because'. I have many more plans and goals ahead.
I spent Thanksgiving with both my family, and Dylan's family. I made roasted pepper & garlic hummus and brought celery sticks, carrot sticks, snap peas, and homemade pita chips. I brought the hummus to both functions, but only was appreaciated at my father-in-law's. I brought the Zucchini brownies just to FIL's. I'm stingy with the chocolate. I actually managed to stay within my calorie range.
I hope everyone had a fantastic Thankgiving. I know mine was great.