spring

it’s spring, it’s spring gratitude

it’s spring, it’s spring! i am grateful for… 1) sunshine 2) sprouting green things 3) my boy being able to play outside pretty much all day when it’s nice out. grateful for a daycare that lets him! 4) better produce. the tomatoes are shaping up, strawberries too. 5) being able to wear my green peacoat instead of the black down …

Valerie Reissit’s spring, it’s spring gratitude

trying to the snow gratitude

i am grateful for: 1) a healthy baby boy. big fever, lots of coughing, but now just a steady drip of snot. whew. 2) that I HAVE A CAR. yeah. a car. i don’t know how to drive it of course. it’s been 10 years since i’ve driven and i’ve never liked it or been good at it. and just …

Valerie Reisstrying to the snow gratitude

northampton new year gratitude

i am grateful for: 1) our cozy house. even though it’s cold, and i want to kvetch about having moved to the north pole instead of northampton. but in the rooms where the heat is on, it’s cozy-warm. and when i’m not freezing, it’s just cozy-cozy. to have a home for our boy and us and our familiar things and …

Valerie Reissnorthampton new year gratitude

namasté, grim reaper

This month marks 10 years since I was diagnosed with cancer. I was 31, working for a magazine called Breathe, doing yoga, and living a relatively healthy life. It was unexpected. So unexpected that I spent months with a persistent cough, slight fever, then night sweats, an upset stomach and feeling generally awful. I thought my liver chi was rising, …

Valerie Reissnamasté, grim reaper

cranky day gratitude

today is one of those itchy soul days. the kind of day when i want to yell at the world for being ignorant and anti-science and racist and sexist and willfully moronic, if not demonic. instead, i am grateful for: 1) the sane, smart, kind people out there. 2) my new sweater sweatshirt. so cozy. 3) words with friends. scrabble …

Valerie Reisscranky day gratitude

photo-strip gratitude

i am grateful for… 1) a napping babe. 2) PT massage on my left hip, which has at least 20 years worth of knots in it. i could actually pull my knee near my chest (well, nearish) today. usually it clicks and grabs and stops. so cool. 3) sweet riot quinoa crunch chocolate. like a much healthier krackle bar. and …

Valerie Reissphoto-strip gratitude

june-y gratitude

i am grateful for… 1) stepping out on my balcony yesterday morning at 6am (ok, don’t love that part), and the smell was pure JUNE. cut grass, new leaves, cleanish air. maybe it’s the perfect blend of all those things plus the way the sunlight hits everything and therefore releases scents, like heat from the backs of your wrists, in …

Valerie Reissjune-y gratitude

need a hug gratitude

i am grateful for… 1) no shoulder tears on my MRI. did i mention that already? if so, it’s so nice i’m saying it twice. now for PT, ice, and anti-inflammatories. 2) a sweet photo album and necklace for mother’s day. 3) realizing that mother’s day is kind of a big deal. i didn’t think it would really matter that …

Valerie Reissneed a hug gratitude