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Sunday Matters: Thanksgiving Is Almost Here

Sunday Matters

The past nine days have been taken up with events and activities related to my previous post about 11/14. Everyone is exhausted and no one is sleeping well but Thanksgiving week is here and I am ready to think about something else. Plus, my son is down from college and spending the week home which we are all excited about.

Right Now:

My youth group changed meeting times and today is the first meeting at the new time, 11:30 a.m. This will possibly work better for me because now my Sunday evenings will be free. It’s hard to do much on a Sunday evening. You just want to hangout at home.

This Week:

All I want to do is cook and eat and watch movies. I think that is what we’ll do.


I just picked up The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell.


Still watching the Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas. Also watching The Walking Dead but finished American Horror Story.

I’m ready for Home for the Holidays which is my fave movie to watching before Thanksgiving.

New Things I’ve Tried:

I typically cook the same meal each Thanksgiving but add a new dish now and then. This year, I am adding a dish from this post which has some amazing sides to choose from. If you don’t follow Gaby on Instagram you should. From this list, I will add those green beans. I like to include a green vegetable.

Grateful for:

Due to the events of last week, my daughter’s production of Macbeth had to be rescheduled for the end of January. It’s a busy time because Annie will have just ended and she’ll go right into Macbeth but we are all so relieved to not have the show this week. Anxiety was too high. Still is, but getting better each day.

If you are celebrating Thanksgiving this week , what will your day look like? Mine will be relaxing. I am envisioning couch time while the pup busily sniffs the air, curious about what treats she will get later.

Last Week, This Week

The Ottterpup

Last week I took the entire week off from work but Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday I spent battling a fever. Why do these things happen to me?

My fever and I made many trips to the various markets to get what I needed for the big holiday meal but spent much of my time wandering around in a DayQuil fog. However, I did manage to pick everything up eventually.

By Thursday, I woke to rain but I felt much better. Good enough to whip-up a kick-butt meal. But I was sleepy because The Otter Pup was sick the night before. That photo above is her at the table, waiting for her grub but since she was sick it was greatly reduced to plain turkey and sweet potatoes. That face is her, “Where is my gravy?” face.

I was inspired by Bryan’s post recently so here is what we did on Thanksgiving:

  • I woke at 8 o’clock to set the table and prep stuff.
  • I cooked all the traditional dishes except green beans. We had brussels sprouts instead.
  • While it was all cooking we snacked on cheese and nuts but good lord I bought a lot of cheese. DayQuil fog will do that to you. Oh, I need to get cheese! Even though I already bought pounds of it.
  • We watched the parade but ending up turning it off because it was really cheesy and sub-par.
  • We sat down to watch Miracle on 34th Street, the original, but I somehow selected the colorized version and not the B&W version but my cold-addled brain said, WTH and it was still good.
  • I was supposed to also watch Home for the Holidays but forgot.
  • No one wanted to play games or do puzzles so I read Murakami and drank eggnog while The Hub watched football and the pup begged for food.
  • At 4:30 p,m. I pulled all the food out and had dinner served fifteen minutes later. It was SO good. Three days of not eating made the food seem super good but the kids had more than two plates so maybe I should always be in a DayQuil fog.
  • We took our time eating. I had been washing dishes as I cooked so there wasn’t much to deal with. The weather was cool, a nice breeze was flowing through the house and I had all the candles lit. My son was in charge of the playlist so the music was nice too.
  • After dinner we just hung out and ended it with pie. No shopping or craziness.

Overall, it was a perfect day. Here’s a meal photo because why not? Also, my daughter set the silverware out so ignore the placement. Those sweet potatoes are a Southern recipe I tried which involved placing raw yams into a dish, covering them with brown sugar, butter, nutmeg, cinnamon and… heavy cream and it was awesome.


On Black Friday I did venture out to buy Michelle Obama’s book but that’s it. I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. I am just now catching up on my blog reading.