This was my first Thanksgiving in many without my parents and my sister. I missed them fiercely! But I think the pain was definitely dulled by not cooking and by being extremely full both in body and spirit.
We are spending Thanksgiving weekend with Paul's folks in Plano. Our Thanksgiving feast was fit for a king and it is wonderful spending some time with this side of the family. My in-laws are the connsumate hosts and boy, can they cook! The "horn of plenty" was filled to overflowing this year!
The bird was roasted in a new-fangled infrared cooker and it was so delicious. I really, really love turkey and have resolved to be eating it more often in the future. I didn't bring my camera so you will have to try to imagine what the cooker looks like; it kind of looks like a stock-pot sized space capsule with a propane tank attached.
Yesterday was my black Friday shopping day. Boy, howdy. For various reasons, I couldn't sleep Thursday night. I went to bed at 10:00 because I was tired - triptophan dontcha know -- and I went right to sleep, but by midnight I was sleeping fitfully and after 1:00, I gave up. I wound up doing the very thing I swore I wouldn't -- shopping in the middle of the night. At least I waited until Thanksgiving was over. I shopped until about 6:00 then declared myself finished. Since I was little behind the crowds for most stores, I only encountered long lines and crazed shoppers twice. I sure did miss my shopping companions though! I think Mom was sleeping in at home in Idaho and sister hit the Idaho pavement early with her new beau. I bet she missed shopping in Texas where I was able to leave my jacket in the car!
Littles and Bigs alike have been good guests so far. If we can just keep 'em out of "mist - chef" (as Tink says) one more day, we'll call the weekend a success. Then we'll get home and back to diet and exercise. Happy Thanksgiving, dear reader!
PS - being the most disorganized Mom ever means I left my camera at home. Sorry. Please enjoy this lovely stock photo instead.