Dear Diary, in no particular order:
13. I'm thankful for cognitive behavioral therapy, and Aaron Beck. Earlier this year I couldn't go on long runs because of panic attacks and worrying. Saturday I ran from our house at the edge of town to downtown, where a friend picked me up and took me home. I'm running all over the city, and there's lots to look at.
12. I'm thankful for doggies. (although I know one doggie in particular that's going to lose a piece of her nose if she doesn't keep it out of my food)
11. I'm thankful for psychopharmacological interventions. 'Nuff said. Everyone complains about how over-medicated people are, until they get the right medication themselves.
10. I'm thankful for my job. As much as I complain about the low pay, I'm thankful to have a job. I like it, and they're nice to me. My office is air-conditioned and heated, and has a door that locks. I park 20 feet from the door. It could be much, much worse.
9. I'm thankful for my feet. In addition to running, I've also been conditioning them to tolerate high heels. At the beginning of the year, I could barely stand to be in them, ever. Now I can wear them all day. I can run a long ways, and I can wear purty shoes. Win-win.
8. As always, I'm thankful for my friends. They forgive me for the times (or months) when I'm cranky, or depressed, or whiny. I love them for that. My friends are funny, interesting people and I'm happy to know them.
7. I'm thankful for my new favorite cocktail: diet cranberry juice, ice, and diet mountain dew. (Add vodka if you must.)
5. I'm thankful for fireplaces, for fires and the Baboo who builds them.
4. I'm thankful for marshmallows. They are little puffy pillows of joy, whether in cocoa, on candied yams, or stuck on the end of a fork and waved around inside a wood stove when Sweet Baboo is in another room. Hypothetically speaking.
3. I'm thankful for my in-laws. Yeah, you heard me. All of them.
2. I'm thankful for my legs. They do good stuff! They've taken me places I never thought I'd go, up mountains, down valleys, through canyons, and across rivers. They make it possible for me to eat baskets full of food, and then burn it off. They make it possible to see things that most people only get to see on those cheesy motivational posters. They've made my heart rate drop by 20 points in the past 5 years. They've made my family doctor all happy and giddy whenever he sees me, because very few of his patients do anything but complain, and few of them make lifestyle changes that stick.
1. I'm thankful for decongestants and expectorants. If you don't believe me, you can come spend a day listening to me when i don't have any.