(My friend, Anke, will love this photo!! I just know it!)
This is the day after. The sandwich is evidence. There's not much that's better than this, except maybe the leftover pie.
I intended to come visit with you yesterday. In fact, I headed to my 'spot' several times to share with you my progress on this very special meal that we enjoy! Every time I was walking this way I would realize on the way that something else needed to be done. When you are the only one preparing every part of this traditional meal, you sometimes become inundated with the details! It seems the Thanksgiving holiday is too short to spend too much money traveling too far and ever since we moved to the NW, we've usually spent it with just our immediate family. We live too far away from our families!! Most people we've encountered here either have family close or have traditional travel plans. I've become accustomed to it being just us five and enjoy it actually, but I still have a corner of my heart that is a little lonely since we spent many years sharing it.
Instead of giving you the countdown on the food prep (maybe next year is the year for that!), here's what I learned about myself last night … I am:
Have you ever played Apples to Apples?! It's huge fun!! Especially when you play with people you know and can figure out how they think. Here's how it works: every player is dealt seven red cards and in turn takes a green one that every OTHER player tries to match.
In other words, if I have the green card that says, "crazy", you have to choose from your hand of seven RED ones that best matches "crazy". Sometimes, NONE of them match! The person with the GREEN card chooses from all the players' offerings the one they think best matches and the person that card came from wins that hand. Isn't that just clear as MUD!?! At the end, all the cards that you won are supposed to describe you.
If you drink three servings of Arizona Iced Tea while you play, it all makes more sense … just ask Alyson! (Why does she drink THIS when I make HOMEMADE iced tea?!)
So … I am unusual (shut up!), ancient (according to my kids), useless (hardly!), frivolous (I CAN be), selfish (I'm human after all!!), powerful (I am Woman, hear me roar), awkward (I tried being graceful … once …. ), bogus (whatever), feminine (most of the time), and intelligent (my mama didn't raise no fool!).
In this Thanksgiving season, I'm thankful for many things:
- I'm not required to go shopping on Black Friday in order to retain my American citizenship.
- We can eat leftovers for three days.
- I have an incredible husband that cares for me, loves me, and provides.
- My kids are incomparable!
- I have health.
- My computer found its source of power again (and I hope it doesn't lose it again anytime soon) (HUGE thanks to my husband who selflessly fixes my computer –AND it's his birthday today!)
- Tropical flowers from Hawaii last a long time and make me forget that I'm in a dark, rainy NW in the winter.
- I have clean laundry today.
- Leftover turkey tastes just as good the day after as it does fresh.
- Christmas is coming … and so are my brother and his family!! Can't wait!!!
Speaking of tropical flowers … the guy we got all the flowers from for the Auction sent me a box of seconds, so they are now scattered throughout my house … in my ½ bath, in my resort-of-a-master-bath, in my bedroom …
If these are seconds, why did I buy FIRSTS?! These are beautiful!!
I hope, if you live in the US or are an American expat, that you enjoyed a traditional celebration of Thanksgiving. If you are neither of the aforementioned persons, I hope you hold thanksgiving in your heart and find ways to focus on the blessings.