You’re Gonna Hear Me Roar

Thanksgiving is the Jello salad in the cornucopia of holidays—straight up overlooked. As soon as Halloween is over, everyone is bombarded with Santas and Christmas trees and feelings of panic over personal finances and perpetual loneliness. Maize and belt-buckle shoes never get any respect!

So before I succumb to the holiday madness and begin watching “While You Were Sleeping” on repeat—specifically the mistletoe scene, because that is my dream in life—I figured a Thanksgiving-themed blog post was in order. Also, I don’t have any other ideas and got very little sleep last night.

Following are some things I’m thankful for:

1. Dolla dolla bill, y’all. In other words, my paycheck and my job. I’m thankful that I managed to score a gig as a full-time magazine writer, benefits included. Romantic as the “starving artist” notion may seem, I prefer to feel perpetually full. I also prefer to have trained doctors tend to my ailments. I’m not very good with blood, and an uninsured, D-I-Y version of myself would not be pretty.

2. Jeggings. Truth: My legs are “athletic” and require 2 percent elastic when encased in denim. Jeggings—a beautiful love child of jeans and leggings—have given me the opportunity to wear skinny jeans while performing activities that require great flexibility, such as walking.

3. A fun work environment. Sometimes I feel like I work in “The Office.” We have a party-planning committee, after all. A fun run for rabies may be next. I’m thankful that I’m allowed to decorate my office with basketball figurines, wear jeans (secret: actually jeggings) on Fridays and dress up as a newshound for Halloween, where I spent a good portion of the day pretending to field calls from a 1930s newsroom. I’m also thankful that co-workers eventually asked me to stop.

4. Chris Pratt.

5. A window. After years in a cubicle, I have climbed my way up the ladder and am now in a shared office, window included. Sure, the parasol was an unexpected line item in my Q4 expenses, but it sure is great to see the sky again.

6. Buzzfeed.

7. Not getting fired because I occasionally visit Buzzfeed during work.

8. APTly Spoken. When I was hired three and a half years ago, I asked if I could write a weekly blog that was a little more…well, funny…than some of the other stuff we were posting. I wanted to write about the lighter side of the apartment industry and share some ridiculous personal stories along the way. I’m thankful that NAA let me run with the idea and has allowed me to write about everything from my Dairy Queen addiction to the summer I spent peddling sandwiches in Ireland. And a little about apartments, too. 

For this, I thank you. My parents do not.

9. The cast of “Parenthood.” I’m just so damn grateful for you people.

10. My readers. (I feel like I had to say that.) 

For 10 things one of our members is thankful for, check out Jenni Grissom’s End Points in the November issue of units Magazine, which mails Nov. 10.

Lauren Boston is NAA’s Staff Writer and Manager of Public Relations. Unsurprisingly, she writes a lot—most often for units Magazine and as a weekly blogger for APTly Spoken. She enjoys making people laugh, sharing embarrassing childhood stories and being the (self-proclaimed) Voice of the Apartment Industry. She welcomes feedback, unless it’s negative (in which case, please keep it to yourself).