So. I'm not going to do a big Thanksgiving re-cap, but I will highlight a few of the...um, highlights?
Remember a couple posts ago I was discussing the drama surrounding the upcoming giving-of-the-thanks holiday? Well, I was supposed to fly down there Thanksgiving morning, but due to shitty weather, horrible road conditions and airport security I missed my flight. And there was no f-ing way I was going to hang around the airport on Thanksgiving Day to pay a crap load of extra money and try to find an empty seat on some already overbooked flight. So I said the hell with it and ended up spending Thanksgiving with The Scientist and his family up at his g-ma's house in Anacortes. It was wonderful. I love his family and love them even more now after spending the holiday with them. Especially considering I received texts from my brother throughout the day along the lines of this:
"Good thing you're not here, we've locked ourselves in our room because dad is such a grinch."
"Welcome to hell."
Yeah. My dad has an uncanny ability to ruin every holiday or special occasion with his pissy attitude. So even though I'm bummed about missing my brother and his family at Thanksgiving (they'll be here in a couple days anyway), I'm glad that I was able to actually enjoy the day with people I love.
*Ate way too much food. All weekend. Including turkey, stuffing, Indian food, pizza, cookies, and the best pumpkin pie ever, made by my darling Scientist.
*Spent a few hours with my best friend, who sadly lives in Utah so I rarely see her these days. She was up here with her husband, baby and parents spending Thanksgiving with her brother who lives up here. Being with her completely revitalizes me. Completely. Words can't even describe how much I miss her.
*Went to The Nutcracker!!! I go almost every year, but figured this year was out because we're on such a tight budget. But some friends of ours had tickets and Kristen knows how much I love The Nutcracker. Her husband Mike is not as keen on the ballet. So Mike and The Scientist had their buddy time while Kristen and I had our ballet time and it was FABULOUS. We are SO lucky to have an amazing Nutcracker production here in Seattle. Since 1983, the Pacific Northwest Ballet has had their Nutcracker sets designed by the one and only Maurice Sendak. They are incredible. One of my favorite things about his set design is that there are Wild Things hidden in almost every scene. So cool. In my many years as a professional band nerd, I've played this music so many times and it symbolizes Christmas to me more than any other music. I feel VERY fortunate to live in this city and have friends like this.
*My older brother ran his first marathon yesterday! He was a triathlete in college and has since run several half marathons, but this was his first full. And he did GREAT! My sister-in-law ran the half and also did great!
*The Scientist's mom gave us a late moving in together present...a brand new Kitchenaid mixer! She is silver and looks like this and I love her (yes, she is a she):
And last, but definitely not least, thank you to those who have been kind enough to send me your thoughts on yesterday's horrific news story, which made the front page of every single news page, both here and abroad. I live about 45 minutes away from where it happened, but I know several people who attend Pacific Lutheran University, which is in the town of Parkland where the shootings occurred. My thoughts go out to anyone and everyone who is a part of this and let's hope we catch this crazy son-of-a-bitch. I'm not even going to get into the whole Huckabee thing. We can all have our own opinions on that.
P.S. For those of you who successfully completed NaBloPoMo? You guys are fuckin' awesome. I wasn't planning on doing it, but thought perhaps I COULD do it without even trying. EPIC FAIL. You guys rock.
Wow, this post ended up being WAY TOO LONG.
Thank you for reading!