Normally at this time, on the Monday before Thanksgiving, I am thinking about laying by the pool, or taking a long walk with DH around the lake while discussing our many childfree lunch possibilities. The kids are playing in the pool, watched over by their grandparents. It’s sunny, and warm. We have just survived 2 days of who knows what combination of confusing road signs, bad directions and random car problems. We are in Florida.
But this year we are not. We’re home. It’s cloudy with a high of 45F. There is no pool, or any walking paths. DH is at work, the kids are at school and I am trying desperately to think of every single thing we might possibly need between now and Sunday so I can buy them all today and not have to deal with the pre-Thanksgiving, Black Friday, or first weekend of holiday shopping insanity the rest of the week.
I want to go 6 days without setting foot in any retail establishment, but I really doubt that is possible. We’ll run out of garbage bags or dish detergent on Thursday night, I just know it.
I’m also considering which all you can eat buffet we will be visiting on Thanksgiving day.
When you only have to feed 4 people, and 4 people who are not all that fond of leftovers, Thanksgiving dinner at home is just another random meal featuring turkey cutlets. I’m the only one of us who likes dark meat & cranberry dressing. DH is the only one who likes green bean casserole. The boys have differing opinions on a proper dessert.
A buffet is clearly in order.
Possibly Chinese, just to be a little different.
Somehow, adding two more people, who like green bean casserole, dark meat and/or cranberry dressing makes preparing that meal worthwhile. And it makes for 6 people sharing ice cream, pumpkin pie & chocolate cake, which is better for everyone’s waistlines. Also, my folks like leftover turkey. DH & I are good for one sandwich the next day & then we’re done.
My parents are on a cruise for Thanksgiving this year. We’ll be seeing them at Christmas, which seems to be making lining up a house sitter slightly more challenging. I’ve got 3-4 college students, the kids of friends, who are willing to stay for part of the time, but no one is going to be in the area the whole time. They are off on snowboarding trips or visiting boyfriends/girlfriends/family in other states. So I am having to work out schedules.
The great part about this I can order gifts online & have them shipped to my folks’ & don’t have to worry about the kids finding them. Probably I don’t have to worry about wrapping them either. Mom likes to wrap.
In other news, I have post up over at PennySpringman.com about getting ready for your holiday scrapping and my friend Melissa is having a virtual release party & giveaway for her new book Enlightened.
Please check them out!