OK I know I said this was in no particular order, but it would be foolish not to list him first. My best friend, partner in crime and nerdery, occasional handstand spotter and amazing teacher of rowdy teenagers. This guy.... I tell you.
All of them - my parents who live 20 minutes from me, and my aunts, uncles and cousins who live halfway across the country. The ones who were my family before July 9, and those who became my family after...I am grateful for every single one of you.
3. These Five:
Tessa, Alex, Julianna, RT, Alisha...you ladies are amazing. I can't thank you enough for your love and support, and for everything you did to make our wedding amazing! I truly couldn't ask for a better sister, cousin, or best friends. Just...you rock. That's all.
The practice itself, my teachers, and especially the Anusara kula I've come to know and love over the last year. I am humbled an honored every day.
5. Local music that blows my mind
Dessa, Doomtree, Cloud Cult, Trampled by Turtles, Caroline Smith, Atmosphere, etc. I could go on and on
6. Neil Patrick Harris
7. Single Malt Scotch
8. Victor Hugo
Everything he writes is magic.
When the night is serene it is a depth of shadow, when it is stormy it is a depth of smoke. This limitless expanse witholds iteslf from man, and at the same time offers itself to him; closed to experimentation, but open to conjecture. Innumerable points of light make the bottomless darkness blacker still. Gemstones, scintillations, stars. Presences identified in the Unknown; fearful challenges to those who would approach the lights. They are landmarks of creation in the Absolute; marks of distance in an expanse where there are no distances; a numbering system, impossible but nevertheless real, for measuring the depths of space. First one shining microscopic point, then another, then another; an imperceptible presence, but vast. The light we see is a spark; the spark is a star; the star is a sun; the sun is a universe; the universe is nothing. Any number is zero when compared with ifninity.
9. I know I just did a literary one but.... Rumi
Every human being is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, shame, and malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from the beyond.
10. The local food movement and all the amazing co-ops, farmers markets and restaurant owners that are making it happen
11. Bon Iver/Justin Vernon
... for this:
12. Bull Run Coffee
For being so close to my home, and for making amazing and delicious lattes. And for always having free dog treats.
13. Autumn in Minnesota
14. Gainful employment
I know I complain about having to sit in a cubicle all day, but I really am incredibly thankful to have a job at a company I believe in, doing work that challenges me, with people I enjoy.
15. These rascals
Mini and Sidney, the two greatest pets a girl and her husband could ask for
16. Airplane travel
For getting us to amazing places like India and Thailand.
17. Amazing choral music, and the opportunity to sing it
18. My body and my health
19. Harry Potter
20. Butternut Squash
Thank you for being so delicious, and for being on sale at Lunds last week.
Whoever you are - all of my friends, family and anyone else who happens to read this. Thank you.