Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my U.S. readers, and happy Thursday to all of my non-U.S. readers!

I have some work to get done this morning while the house is quiet (I was too busy making pies yesterday to meet my quota), and I have a feeling I’m going to break into the pumpkin pie I made in a minute, here. I’m sure it’ll taste good, but it looks… wonky, and it’s not something I wish to grace my sister-in-law’s table. Which is FINE BY ME, because pumpkin pie for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning just sounds right.

And I’m all about doing the right thing.

Plus it’ll give me a chance to make some more of this. Which is also the right thing to do.

Home is weighing heavily on my mind today, so in light of this I will share with you another song that brings tears to my eyes. I hope you are where you wish to be, right this very second.

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I’m baking today, and I’m actually kind of looking forward to it. I like puttering around the kitchen, listening to music and making the house smell good while the cats keep me company underfoot. I’m getting two of the more complicated pies out of the way today, saving the third (a cream pie) for tomorrow morning. Tomorrow I’m throwing together the veggie casserole, cutting up veggies and cheese and summer sausage for a pair of platters, mixing up a couple of tubs of dip, and that’s the total extent of my Thanksgiving preparation. Which is fine by me, though I actually enjoy the hustle that accompanies sole responsibility of the Thanksgiving meal.

I haven’t given much thought to what I’ll prepare for Christmas. It’ll either be lobster, which we haven’t done for a couple of years, or last year’s standing rib roast, which I need to do again and take pictures of this time.

I’ve given NO thought to Christmas presents, none at all. Since the kids became adults, we went from the usual PILE of presents under the tree, to a single gift for each and cards with money. And no tree. Somehow, it seems harder to pick out just ONE present for each, than a whole ton of loot for both of them.

I told Bill I want a watch from Fossil that doesn’t have a leather strap, and perfume that isn’t Clinique Happy. As for Bill, I know he just wants to continue to arm himself in preparation for the zombie apocalypse. I should totally get him an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.

(Yes, I got the title from A Christmas Story, though it has no relation whatsoever to the content of the entry. It’s my blog and I can be nonsensical if I want to. Still, wouldn’t that make a GREAT name for a blog or alternative music band? The whole quote goes, “In the heat of battle my father wove a tapestry of obscenities that as far as we know is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan.” It’s my favorite line from the movie.)

I’m working on a new project for UpTake, which involves creating “playlists” for vacation destinations. It’s a really neat, really FUN concept. Check out my first one, “One Day in Portland, Maine“.

I’ll be on vacation next week… well, from AcronymCo, anyway. I’ll be working on these playlists throughout next week, as the editors would like as many as possible completed by early December. But they’re so fun to do that it doesn’t seem like work. Wish ALL of my gainful employment worked out that way.

Thanksgiving plans worked themselves out. Bill and I will be headed to his sister Karen’s, and I will only be obligated to provide supplementary food items. We haven’t hashed out the menu details yet, but I’m going to suggest that I bring Connoisseurs Vegetable Casserole, THE Pie(tm), and this recipe for Pumpkin Cream Pie provided by the lovely and talented Pioneer Woman.

I have something REALLY REALLY cool to share but it will have to wait until I can scan some pictures. In the meantime, I will amuse you by telling you that Bill got drunk the other night and ordered one of these. When queried, he retorted, “No, it does NOT light up.”

Oh, the humanity.

Figuring out Thanksgiving

Posted: November 15, 2010 in Holiday
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I’m trying to figure out Thanksgiving. Robert and Amanda “probably/kind of/maybe/I don’t know” have plans with their mom, or with the families of their significant others. Bill’s sister hasn’t returned my call yet to let me know if anything is going on with Bill’s side of the family, but the last time I mentioned it to her she didn’t have any ideas for plans. I figured we’d all get together and have Thanksgiving with Grandmother Claudine, especially since this is the first holiday without Grandpa Ed. But it seems she might be heading to the Carolinas to visit with her sisters.

As long-time readers are aware, I tend to plan Thanksgiving out completely within the first week of November – sometimes even before that. This year, Thanksgiving is next week and I’m plan-less.

Then I got to thinking, what if I DON’T PLAN THANKSGIVING. I mean, entirely. What if I don’t cook a turkey, mashed potatoes, pies, the whole shebang? Especially if the kids have other plans, what if I just… skip Thanksgiving? Bill is anti-leftovers and isn’t that big of a fan of turkey. He’s not a dessert guy, either. So I’d put all this effort into a big meal, of which one plateful would be consumed in under fifteen minutes, and then my refrigerator would be packed with leftovers that we wouldn’t eat.

So what if next Thursday comes and goes, and we just have a normal, run-of-the-mill Thursday night dinner?

It’s a fascinating thought. I mean, screw it. I’m not going to force an assload of food onto people that don’t want it/won’t eat it/don’t care.

We can be thankful without a turkey. Seriously. When did overgrown fowl become an integral part of gratitude for the blessings in our lives?

Yeah. Screw it.