Okay…so yesterday was Thanksgiving. Well…technically it was two days ago, since it’s now like 3 a.m…but for all intents and purposes…it was yesterday.
Those who regularly read my blog (poor devils) know that I’m fond of posting list-based things. Usually it’s random stuff that’s on my mind…but today’s list is focused. It’s a list of fun stuff that happened during my family’s gathering. I might have a few details off or not remember some stuff…I was completely sleep-deprived and I’m sure it effected my brain… But these are the highlights I remember. Enjoy!
- Jake (my brother and sister-in-law’s dog) got an early Thanksgiving treat. I went over to their house to stay there since we were leaving early and I am not an early riser. Valerie was making rolls for the family gathering. She got her last batch done and set it on the counter to cool while she and Dave gave Tessa (my niece) a bath. I was hanging out downstairs. This left the dog all alone near a plate of fresh, hot, delicious rolls — and he loves rolls. He ate seven. Well done, Jake.
- Several family members weren’t there…it was kind of a light year. Some of the regulars were missing due to either work commitments, expecting babies, or sick relatives. So, it was a slightly more intimate group and we didn’t fill up the church basement like we normally do. Which was fine…more food for the rest of us. 🙂
- My aunt Sue is well known for manning the coupon table for the Black Friday deals. She started early, before lunch was served. She and Donna (the other legend of thrifty shopping in the family) had TWO tables going this year. One for St. Louis, one for Jonesboro (Arkansas). Always fun to wander over there and see people pricing what they don’t need or want.
- I had a long chat with my cousin Matt, who I’d found on Facebook the night before. Matt and I live fairly close to one another but we don’t see each other much. Long time readers may remember when my cousin Jimmy died a couple of years ago; Matt’s his son. He’s in his 20s and is the perfect age to come out and see one of my bands play in the bars. Hopefully he will. He’s a good guy.
- My cousin Cory (Sue’s son) brought along his first guitar. I took a peek. It’s nice. All wood Fender acoustic with Fishman electronics. WAY nicer than my first guitar! I’m thinking it’s maple, spruce, and rosewood, and it’s got a glossy coat. I kind of want it.
- It was awesome to hear my Cousin Jim talking to my brother Dave about “how many civil liberties we’ve lost under George Bush.” Jim (Donna’s husband) lives on a farm in the Jonesboro area (I think he’s either in Brookland or Goobertown, to be accurate) and is a trucker — the kind of dude who has every car he’s owned on the lawn somewhere. (I’m not poking fun at that. I actually think it’s kind of cool.) You’d expect him to be a big part of Bush’s (non-rich) base…but then again, he was stuck in Katrina a few years back (which you can read about elsewhere on my blog via the “search” function). I guess I should’ve figured. So that was really cool.
- It was (my niece) Tessa’s first Thanksgiving. In a large Southern family, that’s pretty much a day off for the parents. They basically walked in, handed her to Grandma and collected her at the end of the day. She was fawned over, as we all knew she would be. There’s something about old people and babies…they just fit together. (To be fair, though, the young folks spent just about as much time with her as the old ones.)
- My uncle and aunt Ron & Sue (the parents of the aforementioned Cory/the lady with the coupons) invited me to their church. I haven’t found a place to settle after the Ferguson Fallout (as I’ve come to call it) and from their description of what a regular week is like, I might really enjoy it. Plus, it’s far enough away that I doubt I’ll run into many SLCC people there. Not that I dislike the SLCC folks, but I need some separation between my job and my church. I’ll be going not THIS Sunday, but probably the next one. (I thought about driving out to Dave and Valerie’s church, but there are some things about Methodist practice that I can’t get past — mostly to do with baptism — no offense to anyone.)
- I found out that my cousin Samantha (Ron and Sue’s daughter/Cory’s sister/person I should’ve mentioned somewhere by now) is named after Alyssa Milano. I know…those of you who’re “Charmed” fans have no idea how “Samantha” = “Alyssa.” Well…many moons ago, Alyssa was on a little show called “Who’s the Boss” (featuring Tony Danza) and her character name was “Samantha.” Sue explained that they mostly liked the way Danza SAID the name, so they went with it, to which I replied that all of the names on that show were great for him to say. I then put on a Tony Danza voice and said, “Moan-uh, Angel-uh, Samant-uh, John-uh-ten…and that’s my Tony Danza.” It’s funnier if you hear it.
- My cousin Duke (Jim and Donna’s boy) showed up with his family. Duke is a doctor — which, I must say, NO ONE saw coming. He was talking to Dave and Valerie about their vacations in the Smokey Mountains. He mentioned a pottery place that relatives of his wife own…turns out it’s the same place that Dave and Valerie have bought a BUNCH of bowls (which I really, really like, btw). Small world…and hopefully some free pottery.
- I said the blessing for the food. That was a first for me at the Thanksgiving celebration. My cousin Terry usually says it, but he wasn’t there because his wife is VERY pregnant and shouldn’t travel. So, I got the nod from Jerry (who’s another cousin, and is a great guy). It was cool. Kind of like, “Wow! I’ve been in this family for 28 years…but I’m finally IN!” 🙂 Little things like that go a long way in families.
- I had an uncharacteristically small appetite. That was the only real downer. I think it had to do with my lack of sleep. Any time I’m up all night, my stomach’s sensitive the next day. I’ll tell you what, though…I was doing just fine until I took my first bite of stuffing…then I was FULL. It was amazing stuffing…I’m not sure I’ve ever had stuffing like that before. (There was also some really awesome corn.)
That was basically my Thanksgiving…I’m sure I missed a few things, like I said…and I’m sure those of you who don’t know these people got bored round-about #3. So I’ll stop. 🙂
Hope your Thanksgiving was good too, gentle reader.
- “Their car’s awesome! It talks to you!” – My cousin Duke, regarding my uncle Ron’s car.
- “I hate you so much it gives me energy!” – Bernard Black, Black Books.
- “She’s Hulking up!” – My brother, regarding Tessa rallying to keep crawling while nearly falling asleep.