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Post Thanksgiving


We stayed home for Thanksgiving this year, and hosted dinner for the first time ever. Our newlywed friends, Sarah and Jay, prepared a turkey and pie and brought other goodies with them and came over in the afternoon. Earlier in the day, we cooked. I made a green bean casserole and some organe-glazed carrots. Kelly made mashed potatoes and stuffing. We had some light appetizers and plenty of wine to go around.

I think the dinner turned out really, really well:


I heaped food on my plate and was so stuffed by the time the meal was over that I could not even think about eating dessert: pumpkin pie and chocolate pudding pie. I went dessertless and was thankful for that, believe me!

It was our first Thanksgiving with the Little Man and Little Miss and so we had plenty to be thankful for. But I’ve got to say that I was awfully thankful for not having to travel anywhere this year, even if it was just across town.

Black Friday

In the post-Thanksgiving dinner coma that we fell into, we all went to bed pretty early. I woke up at midnight and couldn’t sleep so I ended up reading for a couple of hours to kill time. But I have to say that I was tempted to walk next door to the Target and take a peek and see if there were really crowds of people ready to dash in for the Black Friday sales when they opened at midnight! I told this to Kelly later in the day and she said she would have totally done that. Ah well.

Last year I remember it being bitterly cold here Thanksgiving weekend. On Black Friday it was sunny and the temperatures reached up into the mid-60s. We’re expecting much of the same today. We took the kids out for a long walk, basking in the sun, during which time they both fell asleep. But for the most part, yesterday was a lazy, stay-at-home day. I went to the local grocery store early in the morning to get some donuts, but it was early enough to where the store was empty. Other than that, we did no shopping, sat in no traffic, and had a quiet day at home. We weren’t contributing to the economy, I suppose, but I’m not worried. It appears there were plenty other people doing that to more than make up for our exclusion.


This morning, we are heading out into the wilds of Virginia in search of the perfect Christmas tree. Later today I have some Golden Age reading to do (Episode 28 of my Vacation in the Golden Age will be out tomorrow afternoon). And I have more writing to do. This evening, we are having friends over, including one of the Little Man’s good friends. We haven’t told him yet, otherwise he’d be asking us about it all day long.

Annual Arlington Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

We were up early this morning, despite having the day off work, so that we could be at the starting line at the annual Arlington Turkey Trot: a charity 5K walk/run the proceeds of which go to provide food for people who might otherwise go hungry. Dozing off to sleep last night, I’d forgotten about the event, the way you sometimes forget that it’s a weekend and wake up thinking you have to go into work. Kelly woke up at around 6:30 and got us all up and we were out of the house at 7 am. We decided to drive over to the East Falls Church metro and take the train from there in order to avoid parking problems–and to allow the Little Man to ride the train.

It was a cold morning. You could see your breath in the air, but the rain had passed and the sky was a rich blue, a shade of blue I never saw in all my years in Southern California, even after the rains cleared away the smog. We made it to the starting line with about ten minutes to spare. There were some 3,000 people participating in the turkey trot. We pushed our way toward the back where the pets and strollers were (so that we didn’t get in the way of those trying to, you know, set a world record). And before we knew it, the race began and we were off. We walked at a good clip the entire way, weaving through the streets of Arlington, waving to the police officers who blocked traffic. It was actually a lot of fun. People everywhere were cheerful and friendly. There were volunteers along the route encouraging people along. It was all very neighborly and quite apropos for Thanksgiving. If people could only act this way year round.

We finished the 5K with a time of about 55 minutes. Kelly and I made a pact to attempt to run the turkey trot next year, so I guess we both have some training to do between now and then. Along the route, we chatted, and people-watched, and tried to find the lowest possible number on runnings shirts (we were all given numbers–ours were in  the 2600-range. The lowest number we saw was 35. Not bad for 3,000 people, most of whom were ahead of us.

We walked back to the metro, reversed our route home, and on the way, I stopped at the grocery store and picked up goodies for everyone: donuts and muffins.

Later today we’re having our friends Sarah and Jay over for Thanksgiving dinner and I am about to start on some cooking.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Be safe this weekend.

My long holiday weekend plan

Since everyone has been posting what they will be doing this Thanksgiving weekend here is my plan:


  • Head home early
  • Clean up the house a bit
  • Work on more fixes for the novel outline
  • Write Chapter 24
  • Arlington Writers Group meetup at 7pm


  • Early morning writing (Chapter 25)
  • Last-minute house-stuff
  • Thanksgiving with friends: Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

(Black) Friday

  • Get up very early to… write Chapter 26 while everyone else is shopping
  • Hang out with friends coming into town for the weekend


  • Get up early to write Chapter 27
  • More hanging out with friends


  • Get up early to write Chapter 28
  • A little hanging out with friends before they head home
  • Cleaning up the house
  • Dexter and Boardwalk Empire

What will you be doing for your holiday weekend?

Thanksgiving dinner

We had a great Thanksgiving dinner yesterday, courtesy of Doug and Rachel. Rachel’s sister Theresa and her son Alex were over to have dinner with us as well. We had a turkey, some delicious mashed potatoes, gravy, salad, macaroni and cheese, stuffing, new potatoes and onions. It was all delicious. After dinner, we had a birthday celebration for Ruby, who will turn 3 years old on December 1. We had pumpkin pie and birthday cake, and Ruby got to open some presents.

We also had an iChat video chat with jen_ashlock and jkashlock since they were in New York and couldn’t be here for Thanksgiving.

I am both stuffed and exhausted. I was ready to go to bed at 7 PM (after having gotten up at 1 AM PST this morning)! But it looks like I’ll be off to bed in the next hour or so.