Time for the Annual Thankfulness Post

7:00 AM

Since I'm hoping that people won't be reading blogs on Thanksgiving, I decided to post my obligatory Thanksgiving post a day early.  Of course, there are the obvious things like my boyfriend and my family, but snuggling and French fries are also on the list.  I won't be spending Thanksgiving with my family this year since we'll be there for Christmas, but that means Paul and I get to spend the holiday with his family.  There will be lamb and shopping at the outlets.  Don't worry, we'll get our football fix on Friday when we go up to Chapel Hill to watch our alma maters play against each other.

My family.  They will always come first on my list.  I am lucky that I have a family made up of unique, courageous, and sometimes outspoken individuals.  I am always so inspired by them whether it's by their working hard to be a better person, getting a good grade on a tough assignment, or sharing their opinions while respecting others.  That may seem like a pretty random list, but those are things that I am working on because they inspire me to do so.

My boyfriend.  Especially because he has such patience for me.  This man has seen my true colors nearly every day for the past few months and he still doesn't hate me.  That's pretty damn impressive considering my mood swings and natural pessimism.  He always tries to help me, spoil me, and lift me up when I need it.  Living together has actually been a lot easier than I thought it would be, and I love waking up next to him every morning.

My boyfriend's family.  Since the first time I met them, they made me feel extremely loved and included.  It's been such a blessing, especially with my family being pretty far away.  I know that if I needed anything, I could call or go to their house right now.  Being just an hour away is great because I love meeting them for birthday dinners or seeing how happy Paul is after golfing with his dad.

Grad school.  To be honest, I don't always enjoy going to classes, but I'm learning more about social work and what I may want to do with my degree once I graduate.  Plus, I've met some pretty awesome people in my program and I look forward to seeing them every week.  I'm actually pretty sad now that the semester is almost over, but that means we're getting closer to more focused classes and our field placements.

Texting and social media.  I honestly can't imagine not being able to keep up with my family and friends so easily.  I'm not always the best about keeping in touch, but this gives me the opportunity to at least see what people are up to in some way or another.  Even getting a Snapchat from a friend makes me feel a little more connected to them.

And now for some less serious things to be thankful for:

Living across the street from Dunkin Donuts.  Especially now that the creme brulee latte is available.

Shopping for groceries at Target.  Because I'm really learning how to work the system and get our money's worth.

A dog who lets me spoon him on cold mornings when I don't want to get out of bed.

Fashion bloggers who don't think "less than $100!" is actually a good price.  I need some less expensive inspiration.

Cheeseburgers and fries.  Always my guilty pleasure.

People who don't make fun of me for putting my Christmas tree up in early November.

Combining coupons, sales, and Ebates to treat myself while feeling a little less guilty about it.

Leggings so I don't have to wear pants.

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

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