I made a math equation in the title there. Someone please show my boss and tell him that I’m being all cross-curricular and stuff. Or don’t.
So you know how sometimes, minor things annoy you? And then those minor things start piling up, and you find yourself in a funk because nothing seems to be going right? Yes, me too. That’s the state I’ve been in for the past couple of weeks, and what I really needed to do was take a step back and look at all the things that have been bothering me. As I suspected, not a single one of them is important.
In fact, I am blessed beyond belief with this life I’m living. So instead of dwelling on the stupid little grumpy-makers, I made a little list of things I’m thankful for (’tis the season, after all). Ironically, some of the first things that popped into my mind were the same things that had been perturbing me for the past couple of weeks. So I guess those things aren’t so bad after all, are they?
1. My health. One of the major players in Cassie’s Game of Funk has been the lack of improvement after the Whole30. My stomach is still a mess. But let’s put that in perspective: I can still run and lift. I am able to go to work, see my friends, and enjoy my life. A little bit of stomach pain and discomfort is nothing compared to what so many others go through.
2. My job. The week of Thanksgiving is not a very fun one in a high school. The kids don’t want to be there. They don’t want to be working. And at times like that, it’s easy to forget that I do love working with them every day. Especially when they make stuff like this:
That was an assignment. He got an A.
I needed to remind myself that I love what I do, and I love my students. Even when they’re being pills.
3. The end of my latest turn at lunch duty. What? I said I love my students, not that I want to hang out with them (i.e. yell at them for PDA and make sure they’re not hurting themselves or the building) for the only 20 minutes of adult time I get per day.
4. My husband. The man is amazing, seriously. When I get grumpy, I don’t even want to be around me. And yet, Jordan has listened to me gripe about nothing for a week, and he never rolls his eyes, or ignores me, or says anything, really. He just hugs me.
5. My boyfriend.
Just kidding. But I got you for a minute there, didn’t I?
6. My family. I get to see my parents tomorrow and my grandparents, aunt, uncle, and cousin on Thursday. My brother and his girlfriend stayed with us last night on their way to see her family. I have such a terrific family, and I don’t get to see them nearly as often as I’d like to. I’m thankful for a few days with them this week!
7. My friends. It took me a really long time to make friends here, so I feel even more fortunate to have them.
8. Super-fun challenges and new internet friends. Holiday health challenges are all over the blog world right now. I’m doing Elf for Health, and my elf for the first round is Danielle. She’s a teacher, too, so clearly we were meant to be friends. She teaches first grade, though, which sounds like an absolute nightmare to me.
In December, I’ll also be joining Heather at Better with Veggies for the #movehappy challenge. I love the hashtag she created there, and the challenge has some wicked-cool prizes.
9. Hot tea. I know this is a little thing, but holding a warm cup of goodness in my hands in the afternoon at work and in the evenings at home (i.e. right now) makes me super happy.
10. The ability to do this:
(Recycled picture, but not much is different right now). Sometimes, just relaxing in comfy pants is the best thing in the world.
See? Life is good. Happy Thanksgiving!
What are you thankful for right now?
What are your Thanksgiving plans?
6 thoughts on “Thankful > Grumpy”
I was really hoping that you were going to be around this break so we could hang out, but I guess I will just have to wait.
I am thankful that we got to start a friendship.
I love that you are thankful for your boyfriend right after the husband 🙂 Cute!
I could not even imagine lunchtime with high schoolers. More power to you! So excited for a few days off work and snow in the mountains this Thanksgiving!
Sweat pants are amazing!
I love nights just laying on the couch in sweats and watching TV. After a stressful week, it is the best thing ever!
I don’t like tea but I love a nice hot cup of cider or chocolate!
I have to agree with you – when I am grumpy I always make a list in my head of what I am grateful for and I immediately feel better!
I’m thankful for sweatpants too. I may or may not have worn the same outfit (leggings, long sleeve, flannel, slippers) for three days in a row. I’ve gone from PJs to workout clothes to this outfit. I would be a terrible unemployed person.
This is a great post as always! Happy Thanksgiving!
Loving the teaching humor. It did not go unappreciated. It can be really tough to remind ourselves of all the good in our lives when things seem to pile up. Love your list.
Haha I LOVE that poster! And I also love that you gave the student an A, good call!!