1. The salmon that we had for dinner. And, yes, it turns out there is a difference between farmed and wild caught salmon. We did a side-by-side comparison. 🙂
2. Empty laundry baskets. So gratifying.
3. Snow hush – that wonderful quiet that comes over the world under a blanket of fresh snow (and just to be clear, it is not appropriate for such an event to occur any time between April 1 and November 15 – in case the snow gods are reading this).
1. The flu shot. Oh so much better than the flu.
2. The Wegman’s-inspired salad I am eating for lunch – mixed greens, apple, walnuts, dried apricots, dried cranberries and gorgonzola. Yum!
3. Getting to put my brain to work – knowing that I work in an environment where the first response to everything I come up with is NOT (reflexively) going to be “no” or “that’s not the way we do things here.” So liberating.
1. That I have been running/training long enough to anticipate that this was going to be a tough week on the training front. It still feels miserable physically, but it is a whole lot easier to deal with mentally knowing that this is normal (and that it will pass).
2. That point I get to in training where I could literally eat anything. There may have been a spoon involved in my declaration of love for Nutella last night… 🙂
3. That most of what I want to eat at this point in training is “the good stuff.” There’s something really amazing about being in touch with your body and what it needs. There is going to be salmon in my near future. I don’t know what it is in salmon that my body needs right now (good fats? high dose of protein?), but it’s been craving it for 2 days.
1. The B-E Peas, Linkin Park, Rob Zombie, Ke$ha and all of my other music “friends” who come with me on my runs. Miles and miles and miles…
2. Being able to go to yoga during my lunch hour on Mondays w one of my fave yoga instructors.
1. Getting to celebrate happy milestones – like 25th anniversaries – with friends. Congrats, Lynne & Randie!
2. Getting to catch up with other friends at said festivities. Great to see you – April , Kate , Erin & Catherine!
3. Having people in my life who I can always count on, even when I am being my raw, ugly self. I am so fortunate to have several of these gifts in my life, but I am thinking especially of my Peep – Jennifer .
1. Good TV. Scandal, Hannibal, The Americans. Wow! Great acting. Good writing. Fun to be along for the ride.
2. Lazy Sundays with my Guy – Stephen.
3. Not dreading going to work on Monday. Such a gift to look forward to the promise of a new week.
1. That this week’s long run is o-v-e-r. 15 miles. Oof.
2. The capacity to be introspective. And the capacity to unhook from that when it is not serving me well.
3. Clean teeth. What did they do before toothbrushes?! *shudder*
1. Sharing the experience of a good meal with good friends.
2. Lighthearted email exchanges that involve funny things like sending me an email using Siri and not editing it. I’ve been laughing about this for a week!
3. The pumpkin cupcake that accompanied my night-before-long-run pasta.
Here I break with the list tradition to describe a general experience I had yesterday for which I am really grateful. I attended a workshop yesterday – the first time I have done this in my new job. The workshop was on use of behavioral economics in mobile design. Instead of the same-old same-old about incentivizing behavior, there were 2 talks that focused extensively on #selfdeterminationtheory (a perspective that has guided much of my research and practice over the past almost-12 years). And several talks focused on research from basic social psychology – aka the study of the college sophomore, the science that is published in journals that only 15 people read. In addition to it being super exciting to see this solid research being applied in really cool ways, it was a profoundly meaningful confirmation for me that I am exactly in the right job for me right now. In the early days of transition, it is easy to doubt whether this was the right move. There are times when I feel very out of my element. So I really appreciated this validation yesterday. And it warmed my heart to see the work of very dear friends-who-are-like-family presented to an audience who will use that research for good.