happy turkey day!

Happy Thanksgiving y’all! I currently sit at my kitchen table, my cranberry-apple pie baking (the smell is killing me), a tired dog at my feet, with country music Spotify radio playing. Life is pretty good. Today, of all days, it’s wonderful to feel thankful for the small things in life!

Lucy and I started our day off with an early morning run – the longest I have gone in a really long time, and my calves and hip flexor/TFL felt it! We did our Bay Area Ridge Trail route, and added in the steps to/from Marshall’s Beach. So because I never, ever get sick of this view…

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…thankful to have THIS in my backyard 🙂 This is from the trail leading down to the beach. You climb a nice, gnarly set of stairs to get back up to the main route.

Overall it felt sooooo good to be on the pavement again, and Luc needed it because she’s coming to the family gathering later and I need her to be somewhat subdued (ya, right). But the exercise didn’t stop there. Some friends were playing Flag Football for a little pre-turkey day gathering, so I made our run finish at Moscone Field and joined in! Lucy “played” with us too, and miraculously I managed to score a touchdown and catch a few passes. Thankful I’ve still got it! The pup and I, both now exhausted, cruised Chestnut St. home where I’m continuing my baking extravaganza. I was put in charge of desserts for the 21 person crowd at my Aunt Sandy’s for the Dal Porto family gathering of food, football and lot’s of sarcasm. I took this baking job very, very seriously – shocking. Last night I made a Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Tart with Creme Fraiche, and this morning I’m on the Cranberry-Apple pie and white chocolate chip & cranberry cookies. I thought I’d share a few pics of the goodness…

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I decided to use COOKIE BUTTER – omg – for the cookies (so, so thankful for TJ’s inventing this). I can’t wait to gobble one of these down!

image (1)Cran-Apple pie before the top crust layer

So while I really do believe in remembering to be grateful and expressing gratitude on a daily basis, in the spirit of the day, here’s a few things that I am genuinely thankful for:

– My gigantic family, and the luck we’ve all had with our health. I’m so blessed to have tons of family RIGHT here in the Bay Area, and to be able to see them often. Really, I could go on and on about each person, but I’ll spare that. 🙂

– Lucy…’nuff said

– My job at Fitbit. To work for a company that is in line with one of my life passions, on such an amazing team, and to feel like I’ve landed somewhere that is my next “big thing” is amazing. It allows me to pay my bills and have a little fun at the same time! Also, BodyFi – I am grateful they took a chance on a newbie instructor and are allowing me to grow myself as a teacher and take the next step in the fitness world.

– Special shout-out to my friends Allie and Abby. I don’t know what I would do without you girls, especially lately. SO MUCH LOVE.

– My body – I’ve put this thing through hell and back, under stress, ran it into the ground, and it has NEVER broken a bone on me, given me a serious injury, or shut down. It allows me to live a very active life and I love it just the way it is.

– San Francisco. The most beautiful, interesting, FUN place to live at this moment in my life! The prices here kick my butt, but this place just oozes awesome. I’ve met some of my best friends here, have an amazing and eclectic network of friends, I eat and drink REALLY well, and basically never have free time. It’s fantastic!

– My hometown friends. I come from a really, really special place with friends I have known since I was in pre-school. I’m so lucky that we all make the time to see each other and have maintained (and grown) our friendships over all these years!

image (3)Girls all grown up! Madison, myself, Jessica, Nicole, Julie, and Willow

Tomorrow, it’s off to Napa for wine tasting with my mom’s side of the family! Thankful for really good wine and more fun family time…you BET I am! My best wishes to everyone and their families, friends, and loved ones during this gorgeous Thanksgiving! What are YOU all thankful for?

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