I started writing gratitude lists on Stripy Tights but never really got into it. I have also been keeping them in my personal journal - one of my New Year's Resolutions is going to be to do this every day. Even if it's a really, really rubbish day I might still have had a lovely cup of tea in the morning or seen a beautiful sunset, and whilst that won't make up for the absolute pants-ness of the rest of the day, it's still worth cherishing. Or so I feel.
So without further ado, this week I am grateful for:
- Frosty mornings. It's really really cold out there, and whilst you may not catch me out-of-doors without four jumpers and thermal undies, it is utterly beautiful when the frost sparkles in the sunlight. I also love how clear and pale blue the skies are on sunny winter days.
- Feeling festive. I'm not quite getting into the swing of all things Christmas yet, but I have a friend who utterly adores the mince pie season and it's hard to get my 'bah, humbug' on when she's around. Bring on the Christmas jumpers (I'm looking for a non-chainstore one if I can find one, and if it's a cross-eyed reindeer, all the better!) and earrings with bells on!
- Clearing out. Yes, I'm going on and on about it, but it's just so refreshing! Today I'm going through the inspiration folders on my computer, clearing out and reorganising. (Virtual reorganising counts, right? It totally counts.)
- Tis the season for hot chocolate! Have been working my way through the festive hot drinks list at Boswells cafe, and also enjoying mulled wine at the pub instead of my usual rum and coke or Desperados.
- Making friends with other people who actually read books. I love meeting new people who are readers because we can do things like gabble inanely about the upcoming Hobbit film, make obscure book jokes and laugh like drains, and possibly even best of all - book recommendations. I get very excited about this sort of thing, you know.
- Finding the perfect present! I don't stress much about Christmas shopping because I don't shop for a huge amount of people - only my nearest and dearest. Because I like to think I know them so well, it's usually a breeze to get it all done and always a thrill to find that perfect present.
- Buying new products from Lush. I've been making the effort to go green with all my cosmetics, and whilst handmade is fun and buying from independent companies on Etsy and finding small shops squirrelled away around my hometown makes me feel a little saintly, Lush will always be my first love for beauty products of all kinds. I really want to work there. Lush Overlords, are you reading this?
- Having a carpet. Seriously, I will never take warm toes for granted again. In fact, whilst we're on the subject I have a great deal of love for my big fluffy beanbag in my reading corner as well. Yes, I made a reading corner. I don't think I've ever been so happy.
- Spending lots of time with my very best friends. I don't know if it's impending Christmas or impending Doomsday that's making us all so soppy, but I'm loving it. ^^
- Listening to other people's iPods. One friend in particular has the best music taste - drum'n'bass followed by the 28 Days Later theme followed by Less Than Jake followed by Beethoven followed by some random latin jazz ska thing (he did tell me what they were called but I forget). The upshot of this madness is that we all drive home from the pub singing along obnoxiously to Call Me Maybe and then looking around anxiously for zombies as the 28 Days Later theme swells.
|Jo and me on my 21st birthday. This photo makes me laugh so much!|