Katie: 10 Things I’m Thankful For This Year

It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means it’s time to show some gratitude for the blessings in our lives. Rebecca shared hers yesterday, Claire went this morning, and now here’s Katie!

In true Thanksgiving spirit, it’s time again to reflect upon my year, my life and the things I’m most thankful for. Some obvious blessings made my list, along with some more timely things I’m thankful for, but every single one has in some way, made my life happier, easier or fuller this year. Without further ado, here are 10 things I’ll be thinking of while I chow down on turkey this Thursday.

1. Friends/Family: Obviously, those closest to me come first on my list of what I’m thankful for. Despite the fact that we don’t always see eye to eye, their unwavering love and support has turned me into the woman I am today. I could not love, or be loved by, a more encouraging, kind, giving, hilarious group of characters. (Below is a photo from Friendsgiving 2012 when we all wore pilgrim hats during dinner, because we’re festive like that. Last year, we all colored our own turkey placemats. #GrownUps)

Thanksgiving

2. My New Living Room Furniture: After several years of sitting on a broken couch with a pullout bed that doesn’t pull out and a pile of pillows where a love seat once lived, I was able to save up my pennies and buy my first set of “big girl” living room furniture. I saw it as an investment, and now when I sit on it, I’m reminded of just how far I’ve come since my college days on an IKEA bunk bed. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhereeee…

Living Room Furniture

3. Taylor Swift’s 1989: Easily the best album of the year, ‘1989’ is everything I dreamed it would be and more. Taylor embraced the haters, stereotypes and her batshit crazy, unlucky-in-love label, and turned it into GOLD. This album is a constant reminder of how you shouldn’t let anyone get in the way of what you want. One man’s trash is another woman’s billion-dollar album that becomes the soundtrack to peoples’ lives.

4. My Health: After a cancer scare earlier this year, I’m incredibly grateful that I’m now in good health. But I’d be remiss for not mentioning how thankful I am for the doctors and nurses who go to work every day allowing other people to live longer, happier lives.

5. “Orange Is The New Black”: I needed a good, new TV show to watch this year, and OITNB was the answer to my prayers. I binge-watched both seasons in just two weeks, and it serves as a constant reminder how fortunate I am that I haven’t landed myself in prison over the years. I would definitely not bode well there. Also, I sorta kinda met Big Boo and she tweeted at me, so I’m also grateful for that.

6. Starbucks’ Chestnut Praline Latte: You know the look of complete content and happiness when the people in the Folgers commercial take that first sip of coffee in the morning? That’s how I feel when I slurp on Starbucks’ new Chestnut Praline Latte. I could be standing in the middle of The Hunger Games with Jennifer Lawrence aiming her bow at me, and I’d be like “Hold the fuck up, Katniss. I’m in my ‘bucks zone.”

7. Sam Hunt: This year, hot country singer Sam Hunt came on the scene dropping hits and panties all over the place. His music genuinely speaks to me, and he’s the nicest thing to look at in country music since Luke Bryan showed up back in 2000. I could look at and listen to him all day.

8. O’Malleys: Kind of like “Cheers,” I go to a local pub where everybody knows my name. They know when I’m dating someone, when I could use a drink on the house, how to perfectly make my cocktails, what my sisters’ names are, and they allow me to dance on their tables and make drinks when I have lost all of my inhibitions and feel like letting loose. They’re friendly, kind, and have the cutest Irish accents that have cheered me up on many gloomy days.

O'Malleys

9. The “Apparently Kid”: Every year, there’s one viral video that cheers me up without fail. This year, it’s the cutest ginger boy there ever was, Noah Ritter a.k.a. “The Apparently Kid.” No matter what kind of mood I’m in, I can watch the video of “The Apparently Kid” and smile.

10. My Crock Pot: I hate cooking, but this year I have ventured into Crock Pot land and there’s no turning back. I’ve been able to streamline my daily routine and chop out the fuss by throwing some food in the pot and heading to work without thinking about it. I come home to a delicious meal, and feel like I’m going to end 2014 as a (slightly) more domestic person than last.