Thursday, November 23, 2006

T-minus X to Dinner

This here Thursday is one of my favorite days of the year. It doesn't hurt that Thursday just happens to be my favorite day of the week. It doesn't hurt that for the first time in years, I have tomorrow off. It doesn't hurt that my boss came into my office yesterday, gave me a bottle of wine and told me take the rest of the afternoon off. It doesn't hurt that I have TWO turkey dinners to go to (even though I don't like turkey... it's all the other goodies that get me slobbering like das poog). And it doesn't hurt that I get to spend this day with a myriad of friends.

You see, years ago, I selfishly proclaimed Thanksgiving as a holiday that was MINE. Meaning, no family. Don't get me wrong: I love my family. Fiercely. They might not know it, though. Ah well. But this holiday? It's mine. I don't have to choose sides. No one has to feel slighted because ONE side of the family 'wins' my company over the OTHER side. This frikkin' fiasco will play out next month for the ever dreaded holiday of exchanging debt with family. Yeah, yeah... don't give me any guff about the True Meaning of Christmas. Fuck that; I gave religion up for Lent in 1982 and it stuck. The reality is that Christmas is depressing. A choice has to be made which set of parents get The Day. Last year was easy: I had just moved into my new house a few months prior and made THEM come to ME. It was good. This year I ain't so lucky because I doubt they'll fall for the excuse of "My first Christmas in my first very own home." So das poog and I'll have to pack up and drive either south or west. Whichever way you cut it, someone is gonna be hurt. I hate that.

Aaaanywaaay... today is a day to be happy. It's easy. The weather is absolutely gorgeous for this time of the year. It's sunny, it's warm (as in: the high will be around 56 or so), and I have TWO dinners to attend. For the first, my friend Chris (where I spent last Thanksgiving) is cooking. She only cooks ONE day of the year and today is the day. Despite what people may think, she's a damn good cook as I found out last year. Kinda makes me want to throttle her for not doing it more often. I'm going to make my stuffed portobello mushrooms (with eggplant, gorgonzola, wine, basil, garlic, etc.) The other dozen-odd folks who will be there will each contribute something... most of it being of the spirit variety. And I know for a fact that Carol is bringing ice wine. TREEEEAT. It promises to be a doozy of a time.

The second will be at my friend Jessie's. And that promises to be a boozy of a time, though I may find a way to snarf down some more stuffing and such, because that darn Jessie and husband Bob are both very adept in the art of gastronomy. All in all, it's going to be a great day spent with people I love. How can you beat that?

So without further ado, a short list of those things in this world for which I am blessed:

1. My parents (all four of 'em)
2. My sister, BIL, niece and nephew (I'm sure you all remember The Did and The Goat)
3. My friends (the whole diverse and beautiful lot of 'em) -- which include, of course, the ones I won't see today (Keech, Nuclear Nick, Sue, Nico... all of you!)
4. Das Poog, aka Gus, aka the Methane Monster, aka Mister Chadwick
5. Mis gatos, Felix and Rufus, aka Little Man and Big Boy
6. My new job, that really is more than I could have hoped for
7. My house, Ghostradish Manor, that wears oh-so well
8. All of you... most of whom I have never met, but I wish you all the very best

Have a very Happy Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Save some stuffing for me.

Funny description of your holiday. Hope it was good! Mine was good because I never spend it with family!
You shared your eggplant parmesean recipe with me, now share your stuffed portabella mushroom recipe!!
I hope you had a grand Thanksgiving!

Leezer (V of F)
Isn't it funny how folks are different? Thanksgiving is the one holiday I MUST spend with my family.

I hope you had a great day, Darlin!
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