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THE THANKSGIVING THAT WASN'T
24 November 2006
This is the first year where Thanksgiving was a non-event. This is not to say that we don't care about getting together with the family to give thanks, but Ned & Marta were spending the day with Marta's family and though we were invited to join them, that would leave my mother out, because she didn't really want to drive up for the day, so we decided to postpone our Thanksgiving and get together on Friday (today) at my mother's, when Ned & Marta could join us and we could all be together.
It was going to be just a small family dinner, but then my cousin and her husband decided to join us, so now it seems more like a "party." (I am posting this before we leave for the dinner, so I can't give a Thanksgiving report yet).
With no Thanksgiving to prepare for, Thursday was really low key. The puppies got me up at 4:30 a.m., which I would normally complain about, but they had last been fed around 5:30 p.m. the night before and I knew they were hungry. After they ate, I let them wander around the house for awhile. Lizzie is getting to be so good with them. Sheila, this time around, is keeping her distance.
By the time I got them all fed, their bedding changed, everything cleaned up and the puppies back to sleep, I was wide awake.
I was up for a couple of hours and then decided that maybe I could go back to sleep for a bit. I turned on the Macy*s parade and climbed into the recliner. To my absolute shock, it was nearly noon when I woke up!!! I can't remember when I ever slept that late. I might have slept even longer, but the puppies were ready to eat again.
By now it was getting a bit warmer outside, so I let them outside for the first time. They got cold pretty quickly, but at least some of the pooping went on outside!
I also got full face pictures of each of the puppies (see 'Photo of the day'). I'm sorry I didn't get their ears "up" where the faces look cuter, but that will come, but I did get this very cute picture of Pinkie after they came back inside again.
I fed them around 5 p.m. and then Walt and I took off for dinner. The only restaurant in town that we knew was opened was Bakers Square, so we went there. An odd assortment of people you find in the only restaurant opened in town on Thanksgiving evening! But one couple we ran into was Jeri's band teacher in junior high and high school, who was there with his wife. They had been to see two movies in the afternoon (recommended Happy Feet highly, suggested we avoid Borat, which was pretty much what I had figured anyway).
I splurged and had pumpkin pie after my shrimp dinner (it was Thanksgiving, after all!), and then we went off to the Varsity Theatre to see For Your Consideration, the new Christopher Guest film. It was funny, but I didn't think it was on a par with his last three films: Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show and A Mighty Wind. Still, it was a nice diversion for a Thanksgiving evening.
Jeri and Phil were seeing the same movie in Boston, so we sent text messages on our cell phones when it was over--it was like having a long distance "Family Movie Night," which was kind of fun.
We came home, I watched Grey's Anatomy and then stayed up until about 12:30 making pumpkin pies to take to my mother's for our Friday evening Thanksgiving dinner.
I'm posting this around midnight and am hoping that the puppies will sleep until at least 5.
I hope everyone had a GREAT Thanksgiving (and that we have a great Thanksgiving tomorrow night).
PHOTO OF THE DAY
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