30 Things I’m Grateful For in January

Happy 2018! This month I remember laughing… a lot. How great is that?! For whatever reason, I’ve been laughing at myself a lot lately. I’m not as embarrassed either, like when I run into walls when I’m serving at the restaurant (which has happened…more than once). Or if I say something smart or witty, I can make myself laugh like no other.┬áThis month was also filled with lots of good food and drinks! If this month is any indicator of how my year will go, I think it will be a pretty fantastic year ­čÖé

  • Finding out I get the National Geographic channel on TV
  • A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
  • Watching The Today Show in the mornings
  • Drinks and fish tacos at Geronimos in New Haven with my new girl friend
  • And playing pool at BAR
  • My nutcase cat for always making me laugh
  • A great date night at Ralph n Rich’s
  • Watching (but mostly making fun of) The Bachelor
  • Living at the Edge of the World by Tina S and Jamie Pastor Bolnick
  • Reconnecting with an old college friend
  • The clearance section at Marshall’s
  • That we didn’t get a lot of snow this winter
  • Putting my Photoshop skills to the test and creating a Fairfield neighborhood map
  • Rice balls
  • Partying with my restaurant coworkers at our holiday party at the Sitting Duck
  • Pepe’s pizza
  • Cosmopolitans
  • Checking out the Christmas Tree Shops for the first time
  • Watching America’s Next Top Model (even though this season doesn’t hold a candle to the OG ANTM seasons)
  • Dinner from the new Bridgeport hot spot, Harlan Haus
  • Getting a third part time job
  • And showing off my administrative skills and mad handwriting skills
  • Getting some cheap books and records from Goodwill
  • Finding the perfect cheap but durable Ikea wardrobe
  • And my boyfriend for putting it together
  • Cold pizza for breakfast and cereal for dinner
  • Getting ready to move apartments!
  • Watching A Christmas Story for the first time (my new favorite Christmas movie, easily)
  • Putting together a sewing machine with my boyfriend (it was a lot more fun than it sounds)
  • A Donut Crazy donut for dinner
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30 Things I’m Grateful For in December

December is always a happy month for me. My birthday is Christmas Eve and I always spend it in Wisconsin with my family. I love that my birthday is on a holiday more and more each year, and traveling to the Midwest for a week over Christmas made me appreciate my family and roots more than ever. My best friend came to visit to celebrate both of our birthdays, which was one highlight this month. I cannot wait to see what 2018 has to offer!

  • Taylor Swift’s 1989 and Reputation albums
  • Brunch at The Sitting Duck with my new friend Nicole
  • Checking out a coral farm, taking pictures by cool murals and shopping small in New London with my best friend Rose
  • Exploring The Book Barn (and socializing with the kitties!), stopping by Mermaid Liquors, and exploring Niantic
  • New York City in the winter – seeing the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center, the holiday window displays, and wreaths and twinkle lights lighting up the sidewalks
  • Outlets to charge our phones on the Metro North train
  • The beauty that is Central Park
  • Free hot cider
  • Trying a sushi burrito
  • Cats on Broadway!
  • Making a wish for the New Year on a piece of confetti that they will drop in Times Square on New Years Eve
  • Peppermint bark, chocolate covered pretzels, seven layer bars, birthday cake – basically all desserts
  • Silver metallic nail polish
  • Watching all the best holiday movies like Elf, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Turning 27 (!!!) (but being told by more than a few people that I look in my early 20’s) and having a perfect birthday with my parents and sister
  • Stopping by the idyllic Milwaukee Art Museum
  • Playing around on Snapchat with my sister
  • My Midwest roots
  • Spending a lot of quality time with my family and spending a great Christmas evening with my older sister Cary and her three kids
  • Having money to buy Christmas gifts
  • Patrick, for so many reasons, but one of them being that he took care of my cat while I was in Wisconsin
  • Stranger Things, season 2
  • Spending a day gallavanting with my mom and getting new boots (thanks mom!)
  • My new cashmere sweater
  • And a new, pretty blanket scarf
  • Breakfast at the Edge of Town and getting to spend some time with my old boss
  • Nice, thoughtful Christmas gifts from my bosses at SP Homes
  • An office that is always warm and toasty
  • Looking at old photo albums with my grandma and sister
  • My new record player (and Lawrence Welk records!) and my new cozy blanket

30 Things I’m Grateful For in November

Happy November! Here are 30 things I’m grateful for this month:

  • Shirley Temples at work
  • My amazing bosses who support me
  • The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma
  • And getting a reply on Twitter from the author!
  • Having cash on hand
  • My friend who sent me snaps of his kittens when I was having an awful day
  • A car that heats up quickly
  • Chicken on sale (chicken is never on sale!)
  • Getting good sleep
  • Tights and boots and overcoat season
  • New Ray Bans from my friend who gets an awesome discount on them
  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  • Amazon Prime and 2-day shipping
  • Spending the workday at the prettiest house we’re listing – a house so pretty it should be on a Christmas card
  • Fleece pajamas
  • Blessings in disguise
  • Leftover Swedish meatballs and cookies
  • Playing chess
  • Cannolis
  • A couple pretty great date nights
  • Getting stronger physically (I’m thinking it must be from carrying trays up and down the stairs at the restaurant)
  • Creating my own Thanksgiving traditions
  • My heating blanket
  • Brunch at Prime 16
  • Law and Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
  • Feeling loved
  • Having really great experiences selling my furniture to nice people
  • Getting the crack in my windshield taken care of
  • And getting a new-ish set of windshield wipers for free
  • Cyber Monday deals

30 Things I’m Grateful For in October

October has always had a great track record for being an awesome month in my life and this year it did not disappoint! This month, I celebrated my two year anniversary of living in Connecticut and six month job anniversary at Snyder & Pritchard Homes! I also started a new waitressing job. I’ve always loved waitressing, and working banquets at this restaurant has been awesome so far. I’ve really lucked out with great coworkers and bosses, which is what I’m most grateful for this month.

  • Hanging out with my friend Madison and eating tons and tons of chowda at Chowdafest
  • Finally checking out Stew Leonard’s, the wackiest grocery store ever
  • Mango smoothies
  • Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
  • And getting a reply on Twitter from the author himself
  • Lindt chocolates at work
  • Getting seven items instead of five in my Birchbox this month
  • Picking pumpkins, taking pictures by sunflower fields and going through a corn maze at Jones Family Farm
  • And unwinding with Sunshine White wine after
  • Getting a pumpkin for my stoop (that’s about as festive as I get)
  • And brightening up my office with little baby pumpkins
  • This Is Us, season 2
  • Discovering Kilkenny Cat art
  • Finding pants in the first store I went into (trying to find jeans that fit my long, gangly legs is a literal nightmare. Target, you never let me down)
  • A New Day clothing line at Target
  • Hanging out with my bosses at the Horseshoe in Southport
  • Delicious leftover brownies from a banquet
  • Apps and websites like LetGo, Venmo, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace and AptDeco for giving me outlets to sell the furniture in my apartment
  • My awesome bosses who will visit apartments with me, vouch for me and even try and set me up
  • Writing in a brand new, pretty journal
  • Blanket scarf weather
  • Bonding over my favorite movie, You’ve Got Mail
  • Fall in Connecticut. There’s something so magical about Autumn in New England that I have never experienced in the Midwest. Maybe it’s the little pumpkins sitting on stone walls, cruising along windy roads below trees and falling leaves, old Victorians and picture-perfect Colonials dressed up for the holidays, but I’m telling you – Fall in Connecticut is something special
  • Seeing my friend Ian, an old friend who I haven’t seen in more than two years
  • Pumpkin pie for breakfast
  • People who tip well
  • Lazy, rainy Sundays
  • Watching parts of the Addams Family Values nearly every day
  • Catching the Badgers game at work
  • Checking out Vintage Garden with my boss one afternoon

30 Things I’m Grateful For in September

September has been a very healing month. I spent a lot of time with friends, went into the city twice, and got a lot of much-needed me-time. I can tell I’m happier, more confident and less anxious than I was for the past few months. Also, I am l-o-v-i-n-g this weather. I think Fall might be my favorite season! With the changing of the seasons, here are 30 more things I’m grateful for:

  • Spending some time with my best friend Rose (and Billy!) who came to visit for a week
  • Exploring the Mystic Seaport and checking out the Charles W. Morgan ship
  • Buying a really cool edition of Moby Dick
  • Taking Rose and Billy to NYC for their first time
  • Checking out the beautiful Santiago Calatrava-designed Oculus at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum
  • Walking around Battery Park and watching the sailboats and ferries
  • Eating cheap street food
  • Seeing the Charging Bull and Fearless Girl statues
  • Wandering through Chinatown, Little Italy and the East Village
  • Trying Korean food for the first time
  • Billy, who killed a giant house centipede
  • Getting an awesome t-shirt from Rose’s company, The Grasshopper’s Mermaid
  • Trusting my gut, knowing what I want and what I don’t want, and not settling for anything less than what I deserve
  • The sounds of Saint Motel
  • Bonding with strangers over books
  • Whitney Port’s I Love My Baby, But… video series on YouTube – I’ve been a fan of her and her videos give a truly fascinating, real, and raw glimpse into what motherhood is really like
  • Meeting up with my mom and two family friends I haven’t seen in forever in New York City
  • Self-serve beer on a beautiful day in the Seaport District┬á#seaportsummer
  • Walking along the pier and seeing the Brooklyn Bridge up close
  • Clean public bathrooms in NYC
  • Watching movies on TV like That Awkward Moment, Unfaithful and You’ve Got Mail that make me fall in love with the magic of New York City
  • Attending the wake of my former landlord, giving my condolences, and remembering all the memories I had of him. He was one of the first people I met when I moved out here and was by far the best landlord/across-the-hall neighbor I ever had
  • Clark’s Botanicals Radiance Cream
  • Lunch on the beach with an old coworker
  • A BLT from Spic and Span in Southport, my favorite deli
  • The feeling I get from donating old books, Christmas decorations, clothes and jewelry to Goodwill
  • Broad City returning for a 4th season
  • Getting a $12 mirror set for $1 at CVS
  • A free chocolate Starbucks iced drink at work
  • Before The Fall by Noah Hawley

30 Things I’m Grateful For in August

August was a pretty awful month. I know, they can’t all be winners, right? I’ve had a pretty bad track record for Angry Augusts so lets just say I am so glad this month is over. Bring it on, September!

  • Spending a day at Storm King Art Center
  • Checking out Wild Bill’s Nostalgia in Middletown
  • Strolling through Elizabeth Park on a perfect day
  • Beers at THS
  • Eating delicious Indian food
  • And eating cold delicious Indian food for breakfast the next few days
  • Getting my creative fix on and designing home magazines and mailers at work
  • Going to a Bridgeport Bluefish baseball game (for free!)
  • The Sinner
  • Getting books in the mail from my mom
  • Trying out Stila lipgloss from Birchbox, a brand I’ve always wanted to try
  • The hilarious Manitowoc Minutes from Charlie Berens
  • “I Don’t”┬áseries on The Cut – fascinating articles dedicated to skewering the traditions, expectations, and psychodrama that surround wedding season
  • Rereading my sad, strange, embarrassing blog I wrote back in 2013
  • The Bold Type on TV, my guilty pleasure
  • Discovering a love for Calvin Harris, Sea Wolf, Andrew McMahon, and The Cat Empire
  • Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris
  • Finding an earring I lost a few months ago
  • Banana bread and cheese at work
  • Getting nice compliments
  • Mean Girls, Bridesmaids and The Proposal on TV
  • Trying out new recipes and getting pretty good at cooking
  • Getting ready for my best friend to visit for a week!
  • John Frieda Sheer Blonde Shampoo
  • Breaking out my Fall booties
  • Donating old clothes, shoes and books at Goodwill
  • Getting an awesome vintage Dominoes set from my mom in the mail
  • Sleeping with the windows open
  • And feeling Fall in the air
  • Knowing there will always be better days

30 Things I’m Grateful For in July

July was a pretty fantastic month. It started off a little rocky but ended perfect, with my parents visiting the last weekend of July. I was so happy to see them and take them to all of my favorite spots in Connecticut!

  • Salted caramel ice cream from Goody Bassett’s in Stratford
  • Playing card games like Speed and Crazy 8s
  • Modern Family
  • A Fourth of July cookout
  • Coronas on a summer day
  • Gypsy
  • Getting my first Birchbox order and trying out all the goodies inside
  • Celebrating 3 months at my new job
  • Lunch with my bosses at The Grey Goose
  • Paella for lunch from Fire and Rice
  • Cards and books from my mom in the mail
  • A cardboard heart on my car from my secret admirer
  • Homemade BBQ chicken pizza
  • Euphoria by Lily King
  • Scoring two $10 dresses from Marshalls
  • Riding bikes around Block Island
  • Bloody Marys and mudslides at The Oar
  • Celebrating a friend’s birthday at her apartment
  • Cold aloe vera
  • Pretty white lilies
  • Spending the day with my friend Madison, hanging at Stony Creek Brewery and Nellie Greens
  • Pizza at PizzaCo
  • A new printer and French press
  • My parents visiting and bringing me kringle, a suitcase full of books and New Glarus beer
  • Spending time at Grace Farms
  • Taking a tour of the Thimble Islands
  • Hanging out at Gillette Castle
  • Looking out over New Haven at East Rock Park on the most perfect, clear day
  • Lunch at Elm City Social
  • Helping move my boyfriend into his new apartment