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With things going on i knew that i was going to need some kind of break from family this holiday so that i could make it all the way through to New Year's and remain sane. So we chose to skip Thanksgiving this year and made reservations at our favorite place on the water .
When we told people what we were doing for the Thanksgiving I expected them to look at us like we were weird, but many people were envious.
We brought more wine than we need, more books than i can read, and more food than we can eat and the four days off from work will REALLY feel like four days for the first time.
And yesterday afternoon at 1:30 as we were getting ready to roast our 6 lb turkey breast with carrots and celery the power went off. And Brian and i looked at each other and went uh oh. Our punishment for blowing off family?
We actually didn't mind at all. We had lots of candles, a wood stove, and we weren't entertaining 12 family members like the poor woman two cabins down. So Brian fired up the BBQ and we cooked the turkey and potatoes and beans that way. I wasn't able to make everything i had planned, but that was okay. We had plenty. The worst thing about the power is we didn't have a way to listen to music. (Here are pictures from the day.)
Five hours later almost to the minute of finishing our dinner, the power came back on and we just laughed and were a little bit sorry too.We were fully prepared to go the whole weekend improvising.
We did call our families and wish them a Happy Thanksgiving and I am thankful for all of them and also for their understanding and love.
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Menu of the Day: (I decided to put it at the bottom instead.)
in my cup: really strong coffee
what's going on: Brian's cooking bacon
last book read: Newsweek reporter Wolffe's "Renegade" book about Obama's campaign. VERY good. (I read it in one day.)
next book: Another Louise Penny mystery. (this is my third one. I love these books. These are not cheesy mysteries, they actually have lots of wisdom and remarkable characters that you wish were your neighbors.
music: Sinatra's "Can't take that away from you"
last iTunes purchase: Jason Isbell (forget the title)
looking forward to: putting up our Christmas tree this week and listening to Christmas music.
what i'm not looking forward to: I have NO ideas, nor have i started on, Christmas shopping.
quote: "We don't always have a choice how we get to know one another. Sometimes, people fall into our lives cleanly - as if out of the sky, or as if there were a direct flight from Heaven to Earth - the same sudden way we lose people, who once seemed they would always be a part of our lives." --John Irving "Last Night in Twisted River"
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I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. Come tell us about it.