We're at my house this year. A little pressure is on because we have non-family guests that are coming. I met one of the women once, but not the other. No one in my family is interested in turkey or pumpkin pie, so I hope they don't feel like it wasn't a real Thanksgiving without it. I usually do just fine in the cooking dept but l more self-conscious cooking for people I don't know. I'm not a foodie or chef. I know how to provide good hospitality, though. I think they'll have a nice time.
The surprise this year is that my sister can't make it. She came over last nite to help prep for food. She also spent the nite, which was really cool. Unfortunately, she has to work unexpetedly and can't make it for the dinner. We had a fun time prepping food. She and George did Jaeger shots and drank the whole bottle. They're tougher than I am. I can't do Jaeger sots, so I just drank red wine. We got louder and louder as we cooked and decorated, hair bands playing in the background.
A little over a week ago we went wine tasting for her friend's birthday. At some point, my sister mentioned that she knows I moved back to this area and stayed because she had kids. It's totally true and I forgot about it. I knew that I wanted to have a good quality life and being able to see my nephews as much as possible was a part of that. I just forgot that yes, the fact that she had kids was a major factor in my decision of where to put my life at the turn of this century. The nephews are 12 and 14 and no longer spend the nite. I have my own now little boopsie now. Things change, but I definitely made the right choice. My sister & I always joke around giving air hugs and whatnot, but her reminding me of that really resonated with me. I love her and want her to know it. So I made a point to bring up the topic again and let her know how much she -- and the boys -- means to me. Plus, I can't believe my cooking partner won't be here on the day to cook with me. I'll see her over the rest of the weekend and we have a plan to make sure she has leftovers. It's the little things, right?
Seriously, people. Photograph. Record. We think we have time, but we never know how much. Use your cameras and cell phones. Ask questions -- what does this (50s, 60, 70s) song remind you of? And so on. Your subjects might not want to be recorded, but bot parties are genuinely happy that it happened.
Are you celebrating Thanksgiving? What are you doing?
p.s. I got this Groopdealz skirt ($10.99) for Mini G. She picked out the white/gold chevron. I was going to get the dots/stripes, but I let her pick to ensure she'll wear it. Here's the look for our holiday festivities. I'll wear last holiday's gold stripe dress (the review). At least I plan to.