Only one more day until I fly back to Washington (if you were counting; I am) and I will be reunited with the fam yet again.
I cannot wait.
Gratitude Attitude #61: I'm thankful for secret pals!
My church has a secret pal program for women (mostly over the age of 30, with two youngins, Jessica and me). Each month, we give our secret pal a gift, usually less than $10, just to let her know that someone is thinking of her.
I'm thankful for my sweet secret pal, who this month gave me the cutest serving bowls ever.
Gratitude Attitude #59: I'm thankful for kitty kisses.
There is something pure and wonderful about a baby kitty, snuggling her little wet nose up on my bare skin just to say, "I love you, Mom!"
Kitty kisses are the best ever.
[In other news, yesterday when Nick and I were giving Jordan and Rae their gift, I told Jordan that he was my gratitude attitude for yesterday and he got so excited that he blushed. Shout out to Jordan, the only person who has ever been so ecstatic that he became speechless for being my gratitude attitude.]
Last night was our annual Psychology/Neuroscience graduate student party at the Blakeleys' house (so sad that Hillary and Bryan are moving; who will throw the party next year?!).
The party involved a beer tasting (Bryan's a Beer Master, basically) and a white elephant gift exchange.
Nick and I had another engagement before the party, so we missed the first half of the beer tasting.
We did, however, take full advantage of the white elephant fun.
Aimee, Heather-Jade, and Karenna are first-years in the program.
LaRae and Jordan are two of my favorite people in Texas; Jordan will defend his disseration in the spring and they'll move, thus I'm secretly mad at them for eventually abandoning me.
Nathaniel was on top of his game as far as white elephant gifts go; he painted a portrait of himself drinking a beer to give away.
Nate's a beautiful man (general consensus of the masses), thus frequent jokes are made about his vanity. He's actually fairly humble (among many other good qualities), so for him to have humor about his stunning good looks makes it that much better.
That being said, enjoy a picture of Nathaniel admiring himself.
Overall, a good time was had by all. I brought one nice gift (a candle set I received from my Secret Pal at church which was not really my style) and one joke gift (an extra extra extra large martini glass I had left over from my cousin Rosemary's wedding). I was surprised at the popularity of both gifts.
Guess it's true one they say: one woman's trash is another's treasure.