Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanks and Stuff(ing)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving (or a wonderful random Thursday in November, for those not in the states). 

Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is generally a time for family, and they are certainly on my mind and in my heart right now. But since we didn’t travel back east (got to save those plane tickets and vacation days for Christmas), this year’s Thanksgiving is about our incredibly warm and welcoming friends... friends who are becoming like family, even though we only met some of them a few months ago. Thanksgiving dinner today won’t be the same without all the familiar faces, foods, and traditions, but I have a feeling it’s going to be absolutely wonderful anyway, and I’m very thankful that we’ve found such a great life here filled with such amazing people.  

I’m also thankful for another group of recently made friends… friends who brighten my mornings, offer great insights, share my struggles, and feel truly connected, even though we’ve never met in person… YOU! Thanks for writing great blogs and reading and commenting on mine. I feel like I’ve barely dipped my toe into the vast author-social-network-of-awesome that is out there, but I’m already in love with what I've seen so far of this community.

And finally, I’m thankful for parentheses and ellipses… apparently I couldn’t have written this post without them. 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


  1. Missed you too-but oddly, we had leftover mashed potatoes for the first time ever.
    It was the usual day-cook like crazy people from 6 am to noon, eat too much, nod off in front of the game, laugh alot, talk about people who weren't there ;-P
    Just so you can have a snapshot of the day:

    on the "every year traditions" list:
    the usual debate about when to remove the turkey from the oven for resting....person who does not eat turkey had a very strong opinion about this matter. Since it is her oven...
    frozen corn failed to defrost during the ride over. Uncle host chopping at it in the pan with milk splashing. Aunt corn expert shouting. good times.
    someone who shall remain nameless brought, as her annual 'never ask what I can bring just arrive with something weird I have never cooked before' offering: bad mac and cheese. seriously.
    dessert grandmother P. had an epic fail with the pecan pie. We wanted to eat it with a spoon but she tossed it.
    other (step)grandmother was not in attendance, as she was home preparing a roast beef for her son and friend, who at last report arrived 2.5 hours late.
    We left all the food out on the island and picked all afternoon. So far no one has any food-borne illness but Grandmother P says it is only a matter of time.
    niece who is majoring in the hospitality industry bragged at dinner that she is the best dishwasher in her kitchen management class...but was nowhere to be seen when the actual dishes were being washed.
    Packer fans were loud. One Packer fan bucked the dress code and wore UVA garb in anticipation of his trip today to Mecca.
    boy cousins except Packer fan disappeared to the basement to save the world on Xbox. And do cigars.
    in other news:
    For the first time on TDay, there was an alcoholic punch. Apple cider, vanilla ice cream, ginger ale, cider spices, Jim Beam. cloying, but alcoholic. Might have been better with no ice cream and warmed.
    We returned to the two table arrangement, pretty much down family side lines. We had the Tday plates and gold chargers-the other table had the normal china and red chargers.
    No one sat at the counter, but the game was on and some seat jockeying for view was observed.
    Only one tennis ball toss disaster-it bounced off the pumpkin pie box. No serious damage was done. However, the tennis ball playing in-house is about to cause a family crisis.
    Dessert grandmother P. was planning on being in line at midnight to purchase an item that distant niece wants for Christmas, but same grandmother told mother of her grandchildren that she has no time to shop for them between now and Dec. 25. This excited much conversation later in the evening.
    The dog walk was shortened due to 2 out of 3 dogs not being able to make it around the block anymore.

  2. I think the writing world is full of incredible people, and I'm really thankful for everyone in it, too! And, I'm also in love with parentheses and ellipses. :)

  3. I'm very thankful for the blogging community too!

  4. Hey, I awarded you a blog award! Stop by and check it out!

  5. Thanks everyone for sharing the thanks!