Thankful for Thanksgiving
Trip Start Aug 11, 2010
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People probably think that my family's holiday celebrations sound terribly boring, but it's surprising how much entertainment my parents, brother, and two cats can provide. Now, don't get me wrong, we occasionally celebrate Thanksgiving with grandparents (well, grandparent, singular, now) and there was the one joyous occasion that my mom's whole side of the family gathered at my grandpa's nursing home (never, ever again) but the vast majority of Thanksgivings are spent at my house with the four of us
Of course, the dynamics of my family are different anyway, since my dad's a pilot and his schedule varies greatly from year to year. Luckily, the only thing he had scheduled this year during Thanksgiving week was a meeting in Atlanta on the Tuesday before and a trip to Asia (with a stop in Honolulu on the way, rough life) on the Sunday after. The whole family came home in shifts - Mom was already at home, I joined her Monday after my last class, Dad got back from Arizona/Atlanta Tuesday afternoon, and Ben rounded out the group when he got home Tuesday evening.
When I come home, there are certain things that I always want to do. Topping the list are playing the piano, working out at the YMCA, and eating sushi at my favorite restaurant, Sakura. Playing the piano was a given (I can do that whenever I want) and usually, going to the Y is no problem either. I had a membership along with my dad throughout high school, and he was friends with a lot of the staff who would typically re-activate my account (fo freee!) when I came home on breaks for the first three years of college
Obviously the whole reason for the break from classes and coming home was for Thanksgiving, the holiday in which the primary goal is to stuff oneself full of delicious carbohydrate-dense food. My personal goals were to not change out of my pajamas until after noon and to pass out from a food/wine induced coma by 7 pm. I was able to accomplish the first goal, but seeing as it's 8:40 pm as I write this, I clearly failed goal #2. I blame the fact that I'm waiting for a friend to get on Skype. In any case, we ate a delicious dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, broccoli, asparagus with hollandaise, and cranberry sauce, with plenty of leftovers for me & Ben to take back to school. I attempted to help out, but by the time I put on my apron, the only thing my mom could think of for me to help with was to fill up the glasses with ice water. Really? Fill up the glasses? Glad I could be of so much help
Really, though, I'm happy to be home. I have a lot of school work to finish before the next week but I've been working on it slowly but surely. Hopefully this year my dead week will actually be dead because of the work I've been doing now. Usually the plan for the next two days would be to put up the Christmas tree and decorate the house, but since we're spending Christmas in Arizona this year, there's no point in decorating the house here. I'm a little disappointed but I'll try to make up for it by wearing my favorite Christmas tree and Rudolph necklaces (yes, they're quite obnoxious, which is why I love them so much).
Peace, love, and thanks to everyone who cares enough to read about my random adventures, even when they're not random or really adventures at all! Next update will be from our new house in Arizona :)