I can’t believe we are already halfway through November. That means it’s almost Thanksgiving. Poor Thanksgiving. If it were to win a yearbook superlative, it would be Most Likely to Succeed in Being Overshadowed by Christmas.
It’s actually kind of enraging to me that as soon as Halloween is over, Christmas is shoved in our faces without any love shown to Thanksgiving. I happen to be Team Thanksgiving in a big way. There are no gifts or costumes to cloud our judgement; it’s all food and family.
November itself sort of serves as our indicator that our year is about to wrap up, and therefore, it’s time for reflection and gratitude. In the spirit of honoring November and it’s ever-so-slighted holiday, here is a list of 5 things I am thankful for this November:
1- November has given me some of my most favorite people ever: my grandmother (Nov. 1), my sister-in-law Tiffany (Nov. 12), my friend Brad (Nov. 14), my older-brother-from-another-mother Dave (Nov. 17), and my first nephew Gram (Nov. 27), who was born in the wee hours of the morning on Thanksgiving Day 6 years ago.
2- Gram’s birthday falls on Thanksgiving Day again this year, and I’m thankful that this time we don’t have to eat at the Golden Corral like we did the year he was born. That Chocolate Wonder-fall isn’t doing ANYONE any favors. Trust me.
3- Speaking of which, I’m thankful for delicious home-cooked Thanksgiving food. It really is superior to all other holidays’ cuisine. Turkey and all carb sides, plus GRAVY ON EVERYTHING. And pies on pies on pies.
4- The above makes me thankful that on Thanksgiving, it’s totally acceptable to unbutton your pants to make room for more pie. And after you’re done eating, it’s cool if you fall asleep watching a football game you probably don’t care about anyways.
5- Last Saturday, I got to have my Girls’ Day with my mom and sister (and half the day with my niece), and it was so wonderful. We had lunch, got mani/pedis, and shopped, and we just laughed and had fun and spent quality time together. These are the kind of days that life is supposed to be about.
It goes without saying, but it’s too important to not say this, too: I am so very grateful for all my family and friends.
Totally and completely unrelated, and a horrible way to end this post, but basically, all through this month, Guns and Roses’ “November Rain” gets in my head and pretty much won’t get out. Especially Slash’s guitar solo. That is all.
List accomplishments as of last post:
- Concert #3 was a success. It was not the best time I’ve seen Ryan Adams, but he did redeem himself from the last time.
- Tonight I am making a Greek feast for my weekly recipe.
- As I mentioned above, I had my amazing girls’ day with my mom and sister.
- Started my letters to my loved ones about why I love them. I already finished and read Tim’s to him, and I also wrote one to my dogs, because, yes, I am the kind of person who writes letters to her dogs. I can already tell, this will probably be my favorite thing on my whole list.
- Took photos and wrote each day. Here are a few shots from the last week: