Monday Things {Thankful}

1. Thankful that Ian and I were both able to leave work early on Wednesday so that even though traffic to get out of the city was horrible, we got to Michigan at a decent hour.

2. Thankful that my mom was willing to get up early on one of her days off to drive me downtown to run the Detroit Turkey Trot (recap coming soon!)

3. Thankful that we were able to stand inside until the race started and that my mom has not lost her awesome photography skills (just kidding, love you).

4. Thankful that after a year of battling injuries, I was able to run a lot of miles while I was home, including a strong race.

5. Thankful that when my mom’s “puppy” chased Sonic around the house, Sonic was able to escape safely. Also, thankful that Sonic forgot the traumatizing experience after a trip to Petco and some new toys.

6. Thankful that oats in a jar never goes out of style.

7. Thankful that my mom and Ian were willing to have a gluten-free and vegan Thanksgiving so that I could eat everything on the table. We feasted on lentil loaf (my mom and Ian had stuffed chicken breast), cornbread stuffing, cranberries, mashed potatoes and parsnips w/ mushroom gravy, and lightened up green bean casserole.

We also had a side salad with pistachios and apples.

8. Thankful that my mom made a gluten free and vegan version of my favorite pineapple dump cake for dessert. She also picked up Almond Dream ice cream for me to have with it. It’s not by any means traditional but I love it.

9. Thankful that even though OSU beat Michigan, I was able to watch the game with my mom in my sweat pants and a baggy sweatshirt.

10. Thankful for Thanksgiving leftover salads- the only time mashed potatoes have a place on top of spinach.

11. Thankful that somebody somewhere gets my peanut butter addiction.

I was tempted but decided against it :P.

12. Thankful that I was able to go to my favorite Thai restaurant and find something that I could eat.

13. Thankful that despite waking up to snow, I was able to run a halfway decent 17 miler on Sunday morning.

14. Thankful that my mom picked up some of my favorites for me to enjoy while I was home.

I used to eat rice chex for breakfast every day when I was in college (way before I knew I had to go gluten free) and I haven’t had them since. So good!

15. Thankful for mindless tv watching, book club reading, and napping on the couch.

16. Thankful for post-run salads and sweet potato fries, the ultimate combination.

17. Thankful that I got to spend some time with Ian’s family and that I was able to visit his mom’s horse at the barn.

18. Thankful that I was able to unplug for four days.

19. Most importantly, thankful that I was able to spend Thanksgiving with my family (and Ian). It’s tough not living in the same state and I miss my family a lot but I am so grateful that I was able to spend the holiday weekend back home with them.

How was your holiday weekend? Do you ever feel like you need to unplug?