Now that the turkey – and our 16 feasters – have been welcomed, stuffed, and sent on their way, some additional thoughts on “Things I am Thankful For”:
1. The two glasses of wine I downed prior to Aunt Ethel informing me that she liked my hair color better last Thanksgiving.
2. Cousin Cathy agreeing to take home all the leftover desserts. (In years past, I’ve been known to put them in my husband’s car during clean-up for him to take to work the next day. Because while personal experience has proved that calorie-laden sweets in the garage will remain successfully off-limits, those in the downstairs freezer are still considered by some to be “in the house” and thus available for midnight consumption after being revived via microwave.)
3. (With apologies to Mother Earth from this frazzled fellow mom): Themed paper plates for pre-festivities munchies and post-feast goodies.
4. The seven hours I spent in the kitchen and thus not traffic, prepping for my extended family members.
5. Said family members, especially my newly minted Visiting Freshperson (think Visiting Professor, but with more mess, laundry, and way bigger food bills and lots less academic discourse and wide-awake appearances).
Hope your holiday was happy and that your leftovers were worthy of revival-by-microwave. And now I’m off to “rearrange” the freezer. Fortunately, Cousin Cathy doesn’t care for pecan pie.