One thing I noticed, though, is that I don't have a real Thanksgiving post scheduled! We're twelve days away from the holiday and I've got so many things to appreciate at the moment - it's only right and proper that I throw in some gratitude here, don't you think?
|photos from Thanksgiving 2012 in Washington, DC and Charlottesville, VA|
Speaking of, I'm grateful that Jon and I are now in phase two of the visa process to bring him over here as a legal resident with a right to work in the States. Phase one took half the time we'd expected so it's possible that he'll be moving here before spring! I don't want to jinx anything, but please do cross your fingers for us.
I'm grateful that my parents live nearby and that they have an open door policy. I love my apartment and I love living on my own with Charlie (though, obviously, I can't wait for Jon to move in) but sometimes it's just nice to come back to my childhood home and spend an evening watching West Wing with Mom and Dad over cups of tea and Petit Écolier biscuits.
Believe it or not, I'm grateful to Charlie for continuing to wake up with the sun. With the clocks having fallen back recently, he's letting me sleep in past 7am! It feels positively luxurious. I know a few of you have dogs that stay in bed until you're ready to get up, but that's not how it works in my house...
I'm grateful for the kindness of strangers. Last week I tweeted about salsify, a root vegetable that's not very well-known around here and so isn't widely available, and the farmers market at 14th and U tweeted back to let me know that Kuhn Orchards will have some at their stall today just for me. That's amazing, isn't it? It goes above and beyond customer service into true care and dedication.
I'm also grateful for the generosity of friends. I've been getting a constant stream of emails, texts, and Facebook messages from friends in London ever since I moved back to DC; it's possible to keep in touch these days even over great distances thanks to technology, but it still takes time and thought to reach out. For some reason, I assumed that my UK friends would start to drift as Jon and I got closer to making our home in the States but that hasn't been the case at all. I feel so lucky.
Finally, I'm grateful for the friendships I've made through blogging. Sara will be joining us tomorrow for The Sunday Currently and Emily's on deck for later next week, and I'm delighted to be sponsoring Nicole this month - if you've come from my Q&A Treasure Tromp today, welcome! It's really a joy to have built these incredibly meaningful relationships with girls across the world, so thank you to all of you who read and comment here.
How about you, dear readers - what are you grateful for this season?