Yesterday started out rough. I have gained 8 pounds since April (how does that happen?), money is tight, and the cupboards are getting bare. Leftover spaghetti, frozen fishsticks, and some stale bread are going to have to last until Friday when my husband gets paid. Oh, and the microwave is broken. I have to go to a baby shower Saturday morning and I can no longer touch up my gray roots with a black Sharpee.
I was really feeling depressed until I turned on the World Cup game to watch U.S.A. vs. Algeria. I am a huge soccer fan, but even if you don't know the game, you gotta love our boys! I actually cried when they scored the winning goal in the 90-plus minute. Suddenly, my problems seemed so petty.
Here's what I decided to be grateful for:
1. I gained weight but I am healthy and strong. I am grateful for my boot camp trainer, Mark, who inspires me and cheers me on when I am about to hurl.
2. Money is tight but at least my husband has a job and I don't have to work.
3. My family loves fishsticks and stale bread can be made into toasted garlic bread for the spaghetti, that I can warm up on the stove.
4. I checked the ads and Walgreens had hair dye on sale for $1.99.
I got off the couch and grabbed the American flag from the hall closet. After setting the pole in its slot in the front of the house, I came back in and watched replays of Landon Donovan's goal.
It wasn't going to be such a bad day after all.