Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving, (c) johnhain,

(c) johnhain,

I realized today that it has been 23 days since I last wrote a blog post. And yet, I couldn’t muster up my usual horror at such a realization.

November has not been a very good month. Forget April – it’s November that has traditionally whooped my butt. Living? Is exhausting.

I’ve been sick just about every week this month – migraines, getting glutened, GI stuff, the good old common cold…and when you add in an increasing workload in all four major areas of my life (school, tutoring, Teavana, Etsy shop) due to finals and the holidays approaching…let’s just say I’ve been running around like a chicken with my head cut off.

Rather, a turkey with my head cut off. Let’s stay seasonal, shall we?

So whenever I have downtime, I been making myself take it really easy. The last thing I want to do right now is trigger an autoimmune flare up. There’s been lots of Netflixing, obviously, and spending time just lounging around my friends’ houses and knitting.

But there have been a lot of good things this month, too.

For one thing, all these hours at both jobs means I’m finally starting to make headway in catching up on all my bills from when I was unemployed earlier this year. Hooray for solvency!

I also was able to take a little bit of money from my checks and get my hair colored! The last time I got highlights was in February, so my roots were down to the top of my ears. It might not seem like a major deal to just get it all covered over again, but it was one of those things that I hated every time I looked in the mirror. Getting my hair colored is a little thing that makes me feel so good about myself, which in turn translates to confidence and contentment.

I decided to get this really pretty red color that will end up fading into what is basically my natural hair color, so it’s a win-win. But before, I had blonde highlights. The first day I came into work with the red hair, my boss said, “Emily! What the heck! You went from a Powerpuff girl to Betty Boop!”

I’ve also been drinking SO MUCH GOOD TEA. A definite benefit of working at Teavana is that I get to try a ton of new teas and then get a discount on the ones I want to buy. My “tea shelf” in my cupboard has quite drastically expanded this month. My current favorites are the White Chocolate Peppermint (tastes just like hot cocoa, I swear) and Spiced Apple Cider. And don’t even get me started on the sugar we use – it’s a rock sugar made from beets, so it has a lower glycemic index level than any other sugar. It smells and tastes like caramel, guys. It is ridiculously good, and I am now a major sugar snob. I’m all, “you’re offering me white sugar cubes? Please. That’s so 2014.” The Teavana life? Is a good one.


Sugar. Yum. I wish I could somehow embed the smell in this post…imagine a pot of homemade caramel and you’ll be close. (c) HealthyEmily


Lots of tea in lots of tins. And that’s only one mug and one tea pot of the 8,000 not pictured. (c) HealthyEmily

And I adore Thanksgiving. I think it’s my favorite holiday. I always bake the pies the night before (aka tonight). In the morning, we watch the parade and then the dog show hosted by none other than John O’Hurley (aka Peterman from Seinfeld).

Thanksgiving, (c) stephycat6,

(c) stephycat6,

Then, of course, we pig out, and afterwards we watch a “food movie.” Past features have included Ratatoullie, The Big Night, and Chef.

So, yes, I’m very excited about tonight and tomorrow.

I can’t promise that I’ll be able to resume my usual posting schedule, because things are only going to get crazier after Thanksgiving. But I will try to post at least once per week, and more if I can. I have a few fun ideas percolating right now, and I’m excited to share them with you! And once the holidays are over, it will be back to business as usual around here.

Thanks for hanging in there with me. I’m grateful for you, too!

What are your Thanksgiving traditions? And what is the craziest time of year for you? Share your stories in the comments!

**Please note that while I work at Teavana, they have no idea that I’m writing about them. All opinions are 100% my own.

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