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ok, so yet again i create a challenge of extraordinary proportions.  and i am mentally like “yessssssss!  this will be the best thing ever!!!!!! and i will tooooootally do this every single day for.e.ver.”  and then five minutes later something else super shiny catches my eye & i forget about my original plan.

it’s official.  i have the attention span of a goldfish.

good intentions?  yes,  i have lots of those.  big ideas?  i’d say more than the average bear.  attention span?

wait….what was i saying?  (oh man, i’m sooooo funny…)

while i have been doing a mental hashtag of all the things i’m grateful for, i have not been great at putting that gratitude out there on the world-wide web like i originally intended. 

life got in the way.  i was way busy.  i needed to paint my nails.  mr bix had the hiccups.  it rained.  i had to brush my hair.  it was a sunday.  [fill in ridiculous excuse here].

which is lame.  all of the excuses are true, but still lame.  so here are the remaining 20 things i am grateful for…better late than never, right???

  1. my super awesome fanny pack.  it’s super.  it’s awesome.  and it holds things for me while i take my evening strolls around the neighborhood.
  2. wedding season…i love being a 2nd shooter.  i get to be apart of someone’s “happy moment”.  i get to eat free cake, i get to drink free wine, i get to dance to my favorite song “Shout!”, i get to kick it with my friend, i get to pick up my camera…aaaaand i get paid to do all of that.  pretty freakin sweet gig.
  3. my roommate.  he’s seriously so amazing that i can’t even use words to describe him.
  4. all of the awesome times hanging out with my fabulous friends.
  5. mix tapes.  they are the jam.
  6. going to see amazing live music.  it’s even jammier.
  7. the fact that my plants are still alive.  even the scary dandelion is pretty impressive.
  8. my brother graduating high school.  proud of you, littlest brother!
  9. thinking about upcoming vacations.
  10. finding hilariously poetic fortune cookie fortunes like this…
  11. sleeping in.  lately, that’s been a pretty scarce thing.  but when it happens, sweet baby jesus, it’s fantastic.
  12. finishing a book.  always a sense of accomplishment, even though it might be a silly book.
  13. HBO’s GIRLS.  dude.  i love that show.
  14. speaking of great shows…so you think you can dance is back on.  and that makes my heart happy.  and my dancing shoes dancy.
  15. oklahoma sunsets.  have you seen them lately?  gah.  breathtaking.
  16. photo inspiration.  i have 2 shoots that i really really really need to make happen.  in my head, they are legit.  now it’s time to make them happen!
  17. my family.  love you guys.
  18. the fact that my old school ipod still works.  seriously, that’s pretty amazing.  2005 technology at it’s finest.
  19. ashley’s sheet cake.  holy sheet, it is the best cake in the whole wide world.

and finally, in honor of tonight’s game…

20.  OKC Thunder making it to the finals….THUNDER UP!!!!!!!!


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the only good thing about daylight savings time is that i still have an hour or so of daylight after work.  and one of my favoritest things to do (outside of chillin on the porch with good friends and a frosty salty dog, natch) is a leisurely walk/jog/run around the neighborhood.

part of it is the freedom of just letting my mind wander whilst listening to amaze jams.  i also like to look at the houses and pretend what they’d look like after i redecorated them.  yeah, i do that.  oh, and burning calories are rad.

sooooooo, today i am grateful for my sweet new kicks.  i finally spent more than $50 on crappy mom running shoes and bought a pair that are both comfortable and snazzy looking.  and, i’m convinced, make me much much faster than i used to be.

belize bikini body, here i come!!

so fast.

oh!  and i totally love that i got to hang out with one of my favoritest people in the whole wide world.  haven’t seen her lovely face in way too long.

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good intentions, i have good intentions of posting every day.  but theeeeeeen life happens, and, well, i forget until 2am.  but then it’s sleepy time for merediths.  so here is my “catch up” post.


overall, really really really excited that my wonderful KK is joining me on ye ole family trip this year.  family trips are awesome, but adding a KK will make it extra awesome.


now on to the specifics


i am so grateful for one of my besties…cuz March 21st is her bday.  holla!  happy bday Ldawg!  soooooo happy you were born today & that we became friends during a lil 1 act called “Night, Mother”.  it has, is, and always will be such a blast hangin out with you!


unofficial roommate night.  bad tv, decent beers, and b’dass company.  it’s what every thursday needs.


it’s the weekend.  need i say more?


casual hang out time with Allie.  it’s always nice to just relax, and catch up on the random things that have happened in the past few weeks.  nothin major, just good conversation.  juuuuust what i needed.


sunday naps are the best.  the absolute best.  so much better than any other day.

and fiiiiiiiiinally today…

photo inspiration!  huzzah for an awesome idea!   and for an amazing roommate who is always up for an impromptu photo shoot.  now off to take some pictures!!!!

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i’m only 3 days into this mini challenge…and lemme tell ya, it is awesome.


here’s the thing.  all day long, i’m searching for my “what am i grateful for” moment as opposed to the “what the hell were they thinking” moment.  is it an attitude booster?  you betcha.  almost to the point of absurdity.  i swear to you, when i was driving home today i think i saw some Disney cartoon birds (like from Cinderella, or Snow White).  they were chirping alongside my car while i rocked out to Sledgehammer.  one even offered to braid my hair and tie it with a ribbon, but i thought that was a bit much.


i’m that absurdly upbeat.


after filtering through the twenty or so things that i mentally tagged as gratitude worthy, i narrowed it down to just one.  i know i’m bordering obnoxious with my sunny rays of positivity & pink fluffy clouds of optimism, so i won’t list them all.  you’re gonna have 27 more days of this & i don’t want anyone sending me death threats…that would surely be a bummer.


so for day 3 of gratefulness, may i present to you a picture of my window…


do you see that?  there’s 6, count ’em, SIX LIVE PLANTS!


i have kept 6 plants alive for exactly 1 month!  this is a freaking miracle!!!  a christmas in March miracle!!!!!!  our lavender, our rosemary, our sweet basil, our little pot of succulents, our name-unknown flowers, our snake plant…all alive and not withering away!

you might think that this is somewhat of a trivial thing to be thankful for.  i assure you, it is most definitely not.  normally i take one look at a plant, proclaim “hey!  i’m going to buy this and take it home and it will be beeeeeeeautiful!” that’s the moment that the targeted plant shrieks (if plants could shriek) and dies.  i have the opposite of a green thumb.  i am Meredith Black Thumb.

but not anymore!  the times, they are a changin!


i am grateful that these little buddies have decided to stick around.  and i am grateful for my roommate extraordinaire for remembering to water them when it miiiiight have slipped my mind.  finally, i am grateful because tonight i used fresh sweet basil & fresh rosemary to season my homemade chicken salad.

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today, i am thankful for the rain.

i’ve been craving a nice, breezy, rainy day.  and, low & behold, my wish came true.

SA WEET!  thanks mother nature!

and here are the reasons why today’s rain was so amazing.

1)  it was not scary tornado weather that makes me uber scared & hide in the closet under the staircase a la harry potter.

2) the stupid leak in my bathroom’s skylight did not drip a single drop!  *mental note, harass the HOA to fix that soon.

3) the tulips in my front flower bed are starting to come up & they need some sweet sweet hydration.

and last, but certainly not least…

4) i got to wear my yellow rain boots.  and i am a fan of that.

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so the other day i was watching America’s Next Top Model (yes, i watch this train-wreck of a show…and i’m not afraid to admit it…so maybe i am a little so don’t judge too much, mmmkay?) and one of the judges told a girl to “put some gratitude in your attitude”.

gah, gold nuggets like this is one reason why i watch that show.  the 2nd is to analyze the photos & posing.  the 3rd is Nigel Barker…he’s soooooo dreamy.  but i digress.

gratitude.  being grateful. showing an appreciation for the little things in life.


now, i like to think that i’m a pretty positive person.  i like to think that i have a sunny disposition, even though i do love a little time in my judgement tree (let’s be honest, it’s kind of fun).  and i think about the things i am grateful for all the time.  but do i ever say them?  out loud?  do i put those positive vibes out into the universe??


welp, kiddos.  if i didn’t before, i am definitely planning on doing that now.  do you smell a mini challenge coming on?  cuz i sure do!

for the next 30 days, i’m going to post something that i’m grateful for…the big things, the little things, and everything in-between.


to kick this little challenge off, i’d like to say that i’m thankful for The Blondes (if you’re unfamiliar with the nickname, The Blondes are my mom, my aunt, and my grandmother).

this past week has been a doozy…and i will say one thing, The Blondes are the best at coming together & making. things. better.

my mom has been such a trooper throughout her surgeries, maintaining a positive outlook even through the pain of recovery.  Neena has been the rock, keeping everything in order & moving along.  and you know AJ is going to fix whatever mini-crisis arises, or come in like a whirling dervish with lunch or even a new outdoor grill.  and the whole time they maintain such grace and a sense of humor.

yes, thank goodness for The Blondes.


and because a picture of Mr. Bix makes everything better…