Gratitude Friday*

July 27th

wip, stacked high

–I am thankful for the leaf in my kitchen table that allows me to extend my creative sewing space an additional three feet. This week the table is piled high with a pink work-in-progress that’s a surprise. One of my new sewing inspirations is Pink Lemonade. Wowie — her work is stunning.

–I am thankful for my running shoes. There is something about new running shoes that gets me out in the heat for another long jaunt when my tired legs are screaming for a break. This week I’ve logged 18 miles running, 3 miles swimming and 30 miles on my bike. I took pilates and played softball last night with a new team. I’m feeling strong, in great part to my new friend Erin. She’s pushed me to be better in many ways — including putting down the bagel and reaching for some moderation instead.

a pink thread runs through it

–I am thankful for new media. I’m listening to Ozomatli and Timbaland this week. I’m reading Lamb, one of Finny’s favorites. I’m hoping to catch several new movies this weekend, with my buddy Homer J. at the top of the list.

–I am thankful for the powerful attitude-changing force of afternoon monsoon rains. The clouds gather in the east all day and on a good afternoon this time of year, they crack open just as I’m getting in my car to commute home. By the time I get back to Tempe, the temperature has dropped 10-20 degrees, the earth smells like heavenly creosote and the fiery tempers — that rightfully come with living in Phoenix this time of year — get washed away with the dust.

awaiting my attention

–I’m thankful for friends who let me interview them for freelance articles (which annoyingly isn’t online, but is front page of today’s travel section) and for the chance to write for the local paper.

–As always, I am thankful for my family and faith. First, I am skipping along today at the news my family is coming to Arizona for the holidays. (Yep, we plan that far in advance. You didn’t think I developed this Type A planning craziness on my own, did you? It’s most certainly genetic.) I’ll have my family in my home for Christmas. A tree! A tofurkey roast! Stockings on my mantle! And to the latter, I’ve been enjoying a new podcast that’s keeping my spirits high and more enthused than ever. I didn’t think that was possible either.

Happy Friday to you!

* I fully stole Gratitude Friday from my buddy Autum. She does it much better!

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18 Responses

  1. i’m thankful i met you.
    we will trade new music this weekend.
    homer matinee sunday?

  2. Great list of thankfulness. And hey! I’m reading Lamb right now too!

  3. Well, I feel all pumped and positive by just reading your list, Kelli! Wonderful way to wrap up the week.

    I wanna see the finished pile o’ pink! IwannaseeIwannaseeIwannasee! πŸ˜‰

  4. i love pink lemonade! tfs. it sounds like you’ve had a good week…always my wish for you and myself! πŸ™‚ have a great weekend chica.

  5. love to see all your WIPs and hear your gratitudes.

  6. love it ALL! especially the thought of christmas, how wonderful.

    this is horrible, i swear i’m not stalking you, but i just have to do a thankful friday too… maybe a week of thanks. i would be thankful for one of your arizona monsoons, it’s 90 degrees in LA!

  7. Wow! Personally, here we get all the humidity and a wee bit of rain with the monsoon season. I have to laugh at the weather channel as they are always saying, look how Denver has cooled off. It feels so hot when the humidity is up to 50% I can hardly breathe! Ah, but I’m in a tear of tossing things unimportant and that feels as cleansing.

    My massage lady says I’m finally getting rid of my chronic pain and developing a new ‘brain’ about that pain and how to handle it and that is why I have so much more more energy. Reading your missive I would have been energized just because of your enthusiasm (I always spell this wrong) and attitude.

    I can’t just go with the flow. Where is the fun in that!? You never know what you’re going to be doing? Not fun if you don’t make plans. Anal, well, yeah!

  8. Can’t wait to see what new project you come up with next. My FIL lives in Scottsdale and we’ll be traveling there to see him for the holidays this year. I’ll wave to you in Tempe.

  9. when you sit down, even for a minute, its overwhelming what you can be grateful for! love the pink…oh the suspense!

  10. Enjoy Lamb! It’s one of my guilty favorite books. I found myself laughing so hard at parts then I’d look up to see if a lightening bolt was heading my way πŸ˜‰

  11. Sarah HB July 28, 2007

    Sounds like a good week!

  12. seeing your thankfulness list reminds me i need to start mine again. for some time, daily i would write 4 things i was grateful for. the awareness is good.

    wow, your training sounds awesome. strength is good. keep on kelli.

  13. Great things happening to you πŸ™‚
    I would love to see the things you’re sewing!

  14. Thanks for the link to Pink Lemonade — it is lovely and so inspiring! I’m anxious to see what you are making.

  15. Jennifer July 29, 2007

    *Love* new media!! Ozomatli rocks. I just got introduced to India.arie (where have I been???). Can’t wait to see the pink project. πŸ™‚

  16. Hey just stopping by to let you know I’m bookmarking your blog πŸ˜‰

    I’m loving Timbaland’s newest album right now.

  17. Gratitute Friday on my bday! How cool is that? πŸ˜‰

    I made up my list on Thanksgiving.. I should keep it up!

    Kelli, at 27, you are doing so much to help others. Some 40-year-olds have no clue… πŸ˜‰ Imagine all the wisdom you will have acquired when you’re my age! lol

    You are such a kind spirit!

    I admire you for walking the talk…

  18. you inspire me so much, my friend. thank you for sharing this beautiful list of gratitude! i’m thankful too for those afternoon rains… yesterday’s cooled us off so much and the air was filled with that wonderful summer rain smell. love it.