Alexis M Waide

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Day 22

Today I’m thankful for my family.  This is my first Thanksgiving and will be my first Christmas not spent with my relatives or Chelsea’s family (who are family, as far as I’m concerned).  Yes, Marcus is family too, but it’s hard to be away from all the rest of them on this, my favorite holiday, and the holiday that for me, is all about family.  But, I am so grateful for their love and support, which I feel in every phone call, e-mail, and Facebook message.  I would not be who I am without that sustaining love and with it, I can create a home wherever I am.  So thank you, Mom and Mike, Dad, Ethan and Jennie, Ian and Leah and Tyler and Jacob, Chelsea and John, Kurt and Peg and Lee.  I love you and I miss you and I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving.

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Day 21

Today I’m grateful for beautiful fall evenings like this one:

ImageOkay, it’s not the best photo but I was headed out for walk and needed to take it before the sun set too much more.  The light was so lovely on the trees in the park and there was just the right amount of crispness in the air.  There have been a number of days and evenings like that this fall and they’ve given me ample opportunity to enjoy the weather of my favorite season.

Day 19 & 20

Day 19:  Yesterday I was so grateful for my bed.  Since last week was finals week, this week we’ve had shorter hours at the library, so I’m working early this week instead of my usual 2-10.  I don’t sleep in late most days but I’m certainly not getting up at 6:30/7 since I usually don’t get to bed until midnight at the earliest.  It’s hard to come home from work and go right to bed!  Getting up earlier has been a bit of a struggle, so getting into bed at 10:45 last night felt absolutely amazing.

Day 20: I’m grateful for my short commute.  With above mentioned 2-10 shift, traffic is never a problem but even yesterday and today, driving to work at 8:15 hasn’t been bad.  I’m thankful I have a 10-15 minute commute.

Day 18

Today I’m grateful that staying in Pittsburgh means being closer to Marcus’s family.  Marcus and I went to his hometown yesterday to pick up our turkey from his dad and some other Thanksgiving ingredients from his mom.  I got to play with his sister’s dog children, which is always fun.  Staying in Pittsburgh has given both of us a chance to spend more time with them and me the opportunity to get to know them better and vice versa.  Even though we aren’t related, they feel like family and they’re far closer to us (spatially) than any of my family members.  They can even come for Thanksgiving and don’t have to spend the night, which is good since we don’t have room to put them up!

Day 17

Today I’m grateful for knitting because I’m an old lady.  Ha, just kidding.  No, I really am grateful for knitting, though.  It’s something I enjoy doing and allows me to sit and watch TV shows or movies and feel like I’m accomplishing something simultaneously. 🙂  It’s also a great way to make gifts, which I’m doing right now… dividing my time between making a cowl for myself and working on a scarf for Marcus’s mom for Christmas!  (Shh, don’t tell.)

Day 16

Today I’m grateful to live in a city that offers so much to do, and so much to do for free (great for a couple on a budget).  Tonight, Marcus and I went to see the Light Up Night fireworks – done by Zambelli, the first family of fireworks! – downtown.  We wanted to avoid the crowds so we wound up parking in the Strip District and walking along the river, and had a pretty great view of the show right over the Three Sisters bridges:

Pretty nice, huh?  I love the lights on the water below.  On the way home, we had the good luck to pass by an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile parked outside a hotel in Oakland.  I’ve never seen one so it was pretty exciting, at least for me.  I know that wasn’t part of the city’s free entertainment but it kind of felt like it, as though the city were saying, “Here, have this to cap off your night of free fun!”  Thanks, Pittsburgh!

Day 15

Today I’m grateful for the remarkably inexpensive and remarkably tasty food in the dining room where I work.  I don’t eat it very often since I work later and they have limited options in the evenings.  However, when I do, as I did tonight, I’m always very impressed by the quality of ingredients.  Good, fresh, local veggies at the salad bar, really tasty sandwiches, and high quality soups!  Tonight I had a bowl of soup and  a sizeable salad and together they were only $3.25.  Amazing.

Day 12, 13, and 14

Once again, very behind. 

Day 12:  I’m grateful for my parents.  Really, I’m grateful for them every day but I talked to them today and it was a great chat.  They tend to be pretty level-headed and have an amazing knack for putting things in perspective, something I needed today. 

Day 13:  I’m grateful for health insurance!  I went to the doctor today.  🙂 

Day 14:  I’m grateful for Chelsea, my best friend, who just gets it, whatever it is, always.  I don’t have to explain, I don’t have to justify, she just understands.

Day 11

Today I’m grateful for Skype, just as I am at the beginning of every week.  My dad and I have a standing phone date for Sunday morning, 9 am EST.  He’s been in Afghanistan since August and will be there until just before Christmas.  He’s gone to Afghanistan off and on the past few years, in addition to several other countries over the past decade – Belize, Zambia, Argentina just to name a few of the more recent ones – and Skype has made it possible for us to keep in touch and not have to pay an arm and a leg to do so.

Day 9 and 10

Day 9:  I’m grateful that I live in a fantastic part of the city where so many things are within walking distance – pizza places, grocery stores, bakeries, a movie theater, coffee shops, the library, and my new favorite, D & K Beauty Salon.  I got my hair cut there yesterday and it’s the first time since moving to Pittsburgh that I got a cut I really like.  It was nice to have my hair in such capable hands.

Day 10:  I’m grateful for quiet Saturday mornings at the library.

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