I get to see my family: I haven't seen these guys since August. It's been hard. I rarely get homesick, but lately I have really been missing them. I can't WAIT to get home for Thanksgiving! Added bonus, my sister is coming to visit me the last couple days of November!
My birthday is on Thanksgiving: I love, love, (love, love, love) my birthday. It may be a whole middle child attention thing, but I love that there is a whole day (let's be real, MONTH) dedicated to me. No, I'm not 5, I just love to celebrate. My brother's birthday is exactly a week from mine so we get to double celebrate when we're together for Thanksgiving. Party, party, party!
|This donkey has been on my birthday wish list for YEARS. His name will be burrito.|
Starbucks red cups are back: PEPPERMINT MOCHAS HAVE RETURNED. Yes, I know you can technically get them all year long. I used to do that. It would be the dead of summer and I'd be sipping on a peppermint mocha. Then I realized that it's not really special around the holidays if you have it all year round so I made a pact to only get it in the winter months unless I was having a true emergency day that only a peppermint mocha could fix.
*****There was going to be a picture of me and a red cup here. Then I went to Starbucks and I was one of the only people to not get a red cup. Figures. ONE DAY I WILL GET ONE.****
Pumpkin is still big: October is wonderful because pumpkiny goodness returns to our lives. In November you still have it, plus all the peppermint things, too. You really can't go wrong with having all that happiness in your life.
Leftover Halloween Candy: I have a lot to buy at the grocery store today. Chocolate is not one of them. For whatever reason, I didn't have many trick-or-treaters this year. It's only ok because now I have enough chocolate to tide me over for the next 3 days.
November is Bread Month: I didn't know it either until I read this tweet:
I don't need to be told twice to eat more carbs. Come on, it's a celebration.
November is also Runner Safety Month: I love how so many running safety tips are flying around Twitter these days. I feel like too often I see something on the news about women getting assaulted while running (alone) at night. It's nice to have all these tips in the back of our minds so that we can minimize risks, not only at night, but in general. I think it's SO nice that I can run in the middle of the afternoon and not have it be oppressively hot, but if I know I have to do an evening run, I stick to the 'mill. You never know what can happen, and in my opinion it's better to be safe than sorry.
Speaking of runner safety, I don't want to get into this too much, because I know there are a lot of opinions out there, but I am very saddened by the cancellation of the New York City Marathon. I completely understand reasoning behind it. I thought a good point was made when the mayor said,
"We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it. We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event -- even one as meaningful as this -- to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track" (source). It would have been unfortunate for a race that usually brings on so much unity and camaraderie to have been turned into an event that divided runners, or even runners and the city. While I liked the original idea to have the race and to ask the runners to donate $26.20 to hurricane relief, I'm sure that the reasons for cancellation were completely valid. Having 47,000 runners running through a devastated city may not have been the right choice. Who knows.
Ok that was heavy, let's lighten this back up by recapping: Family, birthdays, CARBS, candy, holiday cups at Starbucks, and focusing on keeping runners safe? Yep, saying November is the best seems accurate.