My favorite things this week: Thanksgiving week edition

It’s almost Thanksgiving! I’m so excited to go home, have a little break, and celebrate with my family, friends, and dogs!

Here are a few of my favorite things so far this week:

Thanksgiving! I love Thanksgiving because it’s such a great combination of family, community, cooking, eating, and gratitude. My immediate has had Thanksgiving dinner with basically the same group of people for many years now.ย Kemp and Carol, the patriarch and matriarch of the group, have both passed away, but the group all has shirts commemorating Carol’s incredible presence. They say “Just carpe the damn diem!” which was her philosophy to the end of her life. We had a new member (baby Critter) join the group last year, and I’m really excited to see him again!

I’m also so stoked to cook green bean casserole and mashed potatoes and bake my flourless chocolate cake.

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The Thanksgiving Crew

Sumo deadlifts and squats. Oh weight lifting, how I misunderstood you for so many years. Squats are my favorite exercise I’ve been doing, tied with rows. I squatted 135 lbs today; I’ve added 40 lbs to it in 2 weeks. Sumo deadlifts are good because my form is a lot better when my legs are spread wider and I’m able to lift the bar up fully, not just to my knees. I’m so glad that I’m doing this type of workout now.

Exactly what I look like when I do squats

Exactly what I look like when I do squats (thank you to Catalyst Athletics for the picture)

Here’s something else I’m loving: I won the Wantable Mystery Prize Monday contest! I didn’t know it was a thing but I downloaded the app and post pictures or me in my Wantable duds on it and they loved my cozy PJ picture! Check it out here. The prize is a free collection, which is totally awesome!! I think it’s really cool that they reward their customers in this way.

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Colorful autumn leaves are one of my all-time favorite things. That, and wearing scarves and sweaters, and drinking tea, and lots of holidays, and sitting in front of the fire, and making soup are my favorite parts of fall. ย All signs point to fall being my favorite season.

Taken while biking home this morning

Taken while biking home this morning

Love the red berries

Love the red berries

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Apologies for the photos not being very focused, I was in motion!

I hope everyone has a really wonderful week! Remember to count your blessings and feel grateful for the good things in your life, no matter how big or small.

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