Brian and I had this conversation Thanksgiving morning as I painted:
S: Your mother said something about maybe getting a ham instead of a turkey this year.I'm not convinced. I do like to have sweet potato souffle on Thanksgiving because it's basically pie filling pretending it belongs in the main course. I only allow myself to eat it once a year. But as far as other dishes, I don't hold too heavily with tradition. What does your family do?
B (not really paying attention): I like ham.
S: Yeah, me too. I never can tell when she says something like that to me if she she's just speaking her thoughts aloud or if she wants me to weigh in and sway her in one direction or another. I went ahead and told her that I actually prefer ham.
B (suddenly alert): What? You don't want turkey on Thanksgiving?
S: Well, actually I mainly like the sides. But I prefer ham to turkey.
B: But you have to have turkey on Thanksgiving!
You'll be glad to know my MIL served both. And I brought the sweet potatoes.
One and Two and Three (I'm counting the painting).
Four: I have asked for and will be granted the hambone and the turkey carcass. I can do a whole lot with those two.
Five. We have our tree! I am a sucker for all things Christmas and usually chomping at the bit (or "biting at the chomp," as Erin says on Facebook) for it by the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Six. Brian did not grumble even one tiny bit this year when I suggested that we get our tree this morning.
Seven. I got Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla and Cookies n Cream this evening. Sing it with me: "Blue Bell's the best ice cream in the country!" Might be what I miss most about TX. No, I miss my family a little more.
Eight. I avoided all shopping centers.
Nine: I did very little online shopping but found a present for my brother that makes me very excited.
Ten: Thanks to Brian and his Black Friday shopping, I am so close to being able to delete all my kids' apps off my phone and having room for my stuff again. I'm gonna upgrade my system and take all the pictures I want!
A Fly on our (Chicken Coop) Wall, Amycake and the Dude, Considerings, Finding Ninee, Getting Literal, I Want Backsies, Mother of Imperfection, Rewritten, Thankful Me, The Wakefield Doctrine
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