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I have some catching up to do on this being thankful thing so please excuse this mammoth of a post.

Day 5: I’m thankful for seasons.

While I might not always be so thankful for the actual weather each season brings (I’m looking at you, winter), I am so grateful to live in a place where we have seasons. And I must say, even though winter lasts wayyyyy longer than it needs to, we do seasons pretty dang well here in Wisco.

I love that each season brings something new.

Let’s get the crappy one over first.

Winter sucks. Period.

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Weather aside though, winter brings about so much warmth. Time spent with family. Tons of reasons to dress up. Sparkles. Christmas trees. Peppermint & chocolate everything.

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Spring brings new. Plants start to peek out from the ground, tired of hiding from the cold mean winter. Sure, it might still snow in March or April, but the idea of summer is at least right around the corner. You can just smell it.

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Summer. Ohhhhh, summer. There’s not a bad thing I can say about summer. Honestly. It gets really gross and humid here. Sweltering, even. But I’ll take it over winter any damn day.
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Summer means sunshine for hours upon hours. It means beer festivals. Mini vacations. Farmer’s markets. Fresh fruits and vegetables, straight from the garden. Stellar sunsets. Flowers. Weddings. Grilling out. Killer cocktails. Baseball. Thunderstorms. All. The. Things.
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And then there’s fall. Autumn, if you’re fancy. I’m not.
Fall has the best smells, the best colors, the best foods, the best clothes.
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That being said, it’s tough on my spirit. My normally cheerful personality drops a few levels of cheerfulness and sometimes I find myself down in the dumps for no apparent reason. For instance, I took Fielder for a walk the other day. The air was crisp, the sun was shining, we definitely walked out of our way to step on a few crunchy leaves. Nonetheless, I broke down in tears while we walked. No reason really, fall is just tough for me. Despite all of the good food, colors, scents, etc. I can’t help but think about how winter is just around the corner, and well, we’ve already discussed that.

But it’s all good, because the great thing about seasons, is that they keep going, year after year. Each year brings me hopeful spring, perfect summer, crisp fall, & inevitable winter. And then I get to do it all over again.

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Day 6: I’m thankful for Netflix.
No joke. I can watch my favorite movies from the past 20 years. I can watch the tv shows I obsessed about over the years and relive that magic all over again. Also, some serious husband and wife bonding happens whilst watching Breaking Bad. We’ve never been into the same shows. Ever. So I’m thinking of Breaking Bad as our gateway show. Pun intended. TV is cheap entertainment and these days, I’m into cheap.

Day 7: I’m thankful for leggings and leg warmers.
The 80s got it right. The duo of leggings and leg warmers is THE BEST. If you stop by our house at any given moment, I’ll probably be wearing an oversized sweatshirt, leggings, and leg warmers. I get home from work, the bra comes off, the leggings and leg warmers go on. My legs are SO. WARM.
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Day 8: I’m thankful for beer.
For so many more reasons than the obvious. My job would not exist without beer. Sure, Great Dane Pub could exist on it’s own, but the “Brewing Co.” part really draws people in. Also, beer has become a dear hobby of my dear hubby. He LOVES to brew beer. And it’s a hobby I can get behind because the result is a pretty tasty one. We really just love the culture surrounding craft beer. The more local, the better!
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Day 9: I’m thankful for social media.
It’s a love/hate relationship, really. Sometimes I wish I could turn off all of my electronic devices for at least 24 hours. Sometimes I wish Facebook didn’t exist because I simply cannot handle one more ridiculously stupid, grammatically incorrect meme about buying shoes. Other times, I’m so grateful that so many people I care about are just a click away. I’m thankful that, because of social media, I’ve connected with so many fantastic beings all over the place. Social media is pretty stinkin’ great.

…and if you’re still reading, I’m thankful you stuck with me.

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