Here’s what I’m thankful for on Thanksgiving 2011…
1) Girls night out. Last night I went to see “Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1” with three of my female co-workers and it was a lot of fun. Well, most of it. One of the ladies is pregnant and unfortunately she started feeling badly during dinner so her husband picked her up before the movie. I felt so awful that there was nothing I could do to help! And I’m disappointed she couldn’t go to the movie with us, but I hope she’s feeling better today. The three of us that did see “Breaking Dawn, Part 1” thought it was…cheesy. At best. Actually, I thought it was a pretty lousy movie, but then I remembered that Breaking Dawn was my least favorite of the four books. Maybe that explains it. Anyway, I’m glad we went because it was still fun to hang out with some girls for a change.
2) A long weekend. Not only have I not gotten caught up after our trip to Hawaii, but as of this morning Dan and I still hadn’t put away our Halloween decorations. We were out of town all of the weekends in November so far so today was our first chance to clean up the house and yard. It only took us a couple of hours to gather all of the tombstones, lights, and other Halloween items and put them away. It felt really good to get that done. Now our house is starting to look the way it does most of the year – just in time to decorate for Christmas! In fact, I intentionally didn’t put away two strands of green lights with the Halloween stuff so that we can use them to illuminate the outside of the house for Christmas. My favorite holiday season is upon us!
3) Christmas shopping done. I placed an online Amazon order this morning and that concluded my Christmas shopping for 2011. It helps that Dan and I are having a minimal Christmas this year. I’ve actually had his presents bought for a while which is a relief. What I ordered today is for my dad. Fortunately I will be able to hand deliver my parents’ Christmas gifts this year since I’m taking a short trip to Tallahassee in early December (12/8-12/12 for anyone who’s interested). I’m really looking forward to seeing my parents, my cat Bob, and as many of my hometown friends as possible when I’m there. Getting back to shopping for a minute, I don’t want to brave the Black Friday crowds, but I really need to go to the grocery store. If I want to cook anything this weekend (cookies, pie, etc. – you know, the basics) I’m going to need a few items. Hopefully there won’t be a lot of people looking for deals on groceries tomorrow.
4) Dinner at Melisse. Dan and I first went to Melisse in Santa Monica for our anniversary last year and it was one of the best meals we’ve ever had. So when I saw their Thanksgiving menu online I knew we had to have our holiday meal there. Last year I didn’t feel guilty going to a restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner because I was leaving on a business trip the next morning, but this year I didn’t have the same convenient excuse. That didn’t keep me from making reservations, though! I decided that Dan and I could start a tradition of eating out on Thanksgiving which has the advantage of no cooking, no clean up, and no leftovers. Brilliant! Plus, the food at Melisse is so much better than anything I could even dream of making. Here’s what my Thanksgiving dinner consisted of (it was all delicious):
Herb roasted turkey with stuffing and pomegranate gravy
Fresh cranberry sauce
Braised white mushrooms
Roasted root vegetables
Roasted brussel sprouts
Pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream
5) My family. I saved the best for last. Spending Thanksgiving with my husband in our house is wonderful, especially since November has been really hectic so far. Today we got to sleep in for the first time in several weeks, have a delicious dinner together at a great restaurant, and watch “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” after we got home. These are all great things on this holiday of giving thanks. I didn’t get a chance to talk to my family today, but I hope they had a good Thanksgiving as well. I will call them tomorrow. I am really excited to see them and my friends in two weeks when I fly to Tallahassee! Dan and I haven’t spent traditional holidays with our families in a few years because it’s so expensive to fly anywhere, but at least we have our immediate family – each other!
I am fully aware that I’m a very lucky person. Today’s gratitude list seems pretty trivial compared to all of the things I’m thankful for every day (my job, my health, etc.), but I like these lists to be specific. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!