Hail from a drafty corner of a dark upstairs bedroom which is the only place in the condo that picks up a wireless signal! We’re winding down from Thanksgiving and getting ready to go play in the snow. (There’s snow on the ground, not in the air. It must’ve been 60 degrees yesterday… utterly lovely.)
So here, in no particular order, are ten happy things about this Thanksgiving that I would like to share with you:
- Four people cooking in a kitchen almost big enough for a single cook.
- Onyx Edition Scrabble–the aesthetic pleasures of this product are so great that I was inspired to win two games in a row.
- Sledding, or tobogganing, or whatever it was that we were doing yesterday involving hurtling down a frozen, bumpy hill at startling speeds. (Rhys and I got air a few times–whoo!)
- Learning how to play Yahtzee. Yep. Before yesterday I did not know how to play Yahtzee. ‘Cause it’s like math, and math is hard.
- Roasty-toasty, well-brined turkey with gravy the color of finely-polished mahogany.
- Mashed potatoes. And a second helping of mashed potatoes. Without any gravy, ’cause that’s just gilding the lily.
- Celebrating back-to-back birthdays: Jim’s mom’s was day before yesterday, our niece Kaley’s was yesterday. She is a heck of a three-year-old.
- Watching Fisher toting around his baby doll Franklin, followed closely by Rhys toting around his stuffed panda Pandy. (That’s nothing. His stuffed kitty is named Meow-Meow.)
- Talking to my family in Stockton, and knowing they’re having a lovely time despite my missing them dreadfully. (The gang was really all there–Grandma and her husband Cliff; Herm, Joe and Babyheim (ETA early March); Brother Benjamin; Cliff’s granddaughter Emmy and her husband Jimmy. It would have been super to be there, but I’m not sure where Mom and Dad would have put us…)
- The BLT (Brave Little Toaster/Scion xB, for those of you who may not have been Pic-Dem readers in May when we got it) making it over Vail Pass, fully overloaded, at a respectable 60 mph.
Now off to the mountains-proper for a family portrait-proper! We’ve all got cute little solid-colored sweaters and jeans, so we will Coordinate without actually Matching.