I’m sure you’re all a bit tired of turkey, stuffing, and gravy.
I’ll be honest; I am too. Thanksgiving is not a vegetarian friendly holiday. On the flip side, I don’t need any special kind of detox plan for the aftermath of gorging myself on said items because it didn’t happen. Plus, seeing all my family more than makes up for the meat centric meals. Four families, four days, two states, and ♫ one mmmmeeeeee…NYC. Just got here this morning. Three bucks, two bags, one me. ♫ I’m sure I lost more than half of you with that one. Let’s just say, it might be time to brush up on your Broadway musicals.
So I trust my American counterparts survived the Thanksgiving holiday, and I’m assuming all the international bloggers are glad it’s finally behind us, so we can all get back to the same playing field. I understand, believe me I do, but I’m going to do a little Thanksgiving Edition anyway, even if it’s days old now. Things being past their prime certainly never stopped me before.
So instead of rambling today (too late), I’m going to wax poetic, which is really just another fancy term for rambling, about all the things I’m thankful for. Since Monday’s are typically a Week In Review post, I’m only going to encapsulate the things which went down in the last seven days, so it still fits the qualifications of the link up…sort of. What can I say? I am a rule bender, a rebel without a cause, and I sing snippets of Broadway musicals to the cats. They love it, most likely because they mistake my musical numbers for howling.
Let’s get listing, all the thankful things:
- I’m thankful for being able to celebrate the holidays with a family who not only knows how to handle leftovers, but actually plans ahead for it. This is on the Hubby’s side and let me tell you, as if you had a choice, they don’t mess around.
- I’m thankful for lists because they make me all warm and fuzzy. Not a week goes by without some kind of list from me and long holiday weekends certainly present unique lists: things to pack on extended road trips when I’m a passenger (snacks: check, iPad for blog reading: check) and things to pack on extended road trips when I’m the driver (snacks: check, Jillian Michael’s podcasts: check).
- I’m thankful for my two favorite local businesses: the Breadsmith and Nature’s Bin. The former provided me with a four pound loaf of French Peasant Bread in the shape of a turkey, and the latter was the only place I did my Black Friday shopping. I heart them.
- I’m thankful the weather cooperated since the Hubby and I spent lots of time together in cars. Not like that, not anymore: I’m too old for bucket seat shenanigans. See, and you thought I was immature.
- I’m thankful for cold, blustery runs with family. This is the first time these sneakers have been together since the Tough Mudder back in July. You know what they say. The family that competes in Tough Mudder’s together is insane.
- I’m thankful for dinner out at a fabulous restaurant. I don’t have any pictures because I was savoring every single bite and the lightning was really more about ambience and not picture taking…can you imagine? I will tell you my salad included fried leeks, which I am so doing with my next round of leeks, and my entrée was Trumpet Mushrooms and Goat Cheese Ravioli with Fried Artichoke Hearts and Pistachio-Sundried Tomato Pesto. It was divine. I would have licked the plate if it was appropriate. I even thought about it, but the Hubby with his magical mind reading powers pulled me back. After seventeen years, it’s pretty clear he knows me.
- In addition to over the top dinners, I’m thankful for simple snack plates for lunch and Black Cherry Hard Cider. My dad gets all the cool booze.
- I’m thankful for Advent Calendars, mainly and selfishly because I’m the lucky recipient of the family advent calendar this year, which means I get to open a small gift every day from now until December 25th.
- I’m thankful for beautiful morning sunrises. While it may be dark and desolate at 5 p.m., I do get to watch the sun come up every morning, and it’s beautiful.
- I’m thankful for my stockpiling ways, which runs counterintuitive to my clutter free self-diagnosed OCD tendencies, but when it comes to food I’ve been packing it away; literally. There will be more to come on this topic in a future post because I understand the excitement of food storing (cough, cough). How about this: my freezer gets all kinds of action on a weekly basis. Now that is one lucky appliance.
There you have it. The top ten things I’m thankful for this week.
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What are you thankful for this holiday season? Does your family have an Advent Calendar? Tell me about your favorite non-Thanksgiving meal from this past week? Are you excited to see what’s in my freezer? Should I show my goods? 😉