Friday, December 2, 2011

a turkey & a half

"Surround yourself with people who know your worth. You don't need too many people to be Happy, just a few real ones who appreciate you for exactly who you are"  ...unknown
the day after thanksgiving i set out to run 11 miles.  by the time i got to 11 miles i was carrying my tongue since i didn't have any water with me.  so with tongue in tow and my tired legs, i went another 2.1 miles to make it a happy solo half marathon.  my first ever.  
i was thankful for my mind that pushed me to keep going, for my legs that didn't buckle, and my feet that just kept going on auto-pilot.  
i did plenty of gratuitous thinking as i gumped through 3 towns on black friday.
i am thankful for:
  • my amazing friend vita for turning me on to running, inspiring me to run a race, and believing that i could it.

  • the opportunity to pay it forward to my awesomely artistic friend nicole who thought she could never run a mile, she ran her second 5k last weekend without walking a mere step.
  • epsom salt, the miracle remedy that makes my muscles sigh with relief after a long-ass run.

  • learning in kindergarten that you don't have to be friends with everyone, you just need to be nice and (try to) play fair.
  • the end of a long shitty day.
  • the beginning of a new day to reboot and restart and reevaluate.
  • living 20 minutes from the hub of the universe.
  • the phonies who live among us who keep us real.
  • waking up with a noisy mind and productively clearing out the chaos.
  • true friends.  i mean those who are truly true.
  • cold beer, a full glass of wine
  • bridges that have been burned.
  • a new path.
  • blair witch 2 in our kitchen cabinet

the little people living in my cabinet who do strange things and make me happy
"Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck." - Dalai Lama

Thursday, December 1, 2011

tis the be a goodfella

  the best way to spread christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear. 
~buddy the elf
i set out to do a few (quick) errands today.  i needed some charlie brown red christmas balls, among other things.  and in no time, time was not on my side.  i became henry hill without the helicopters.   and the cocaine.  

here are a few simple suggestions for the holiday season,  especially if you live in new jersey, near the mall capital of the universe.  
  • if you are driving on the highway, i.e. route 17, do not drive on the shoulder for 45 minutes.  that's just plain illegal and quite dangerous. 
  • if you are driving on the highway, try to keep your foot on the gas pedal and go faster than a dead camel in the desert.
  • when you are dancing your cart around trader joe's, refrain from sudden stops to pick your nose.
  • rethink your decision to park your kid and cart in the middle of the aisle to read the ingredients on the dog bone box when there are 45 people coming up the aisle behind you.
  • exercise is good for you.  try not to clog up the entire county by waiting 20 minutes for mrs. catatonic to get in her car with her 85 bags of stuff and no one can pass you. 
  • if you are working in a store during the holiday season, get some freakin spirit.  even in a big, busy store, not mentioning any names (bitchy and un-noble).
  • attempt to be somewhat patient, spread some cheer and share some cheers, and watch ELF.
  • and if you're lucky you will run into a long lost friend like i did today... what a gift!!
  • by golly, be jolly, take buddy's advice and sing even it's bad.
  • and, of course, get to new york city for the beauty of the season.  then go again.

rockefeller center, before the lights were lit