Nov. 24th, 2011

prosodic: (Pike Place)
"Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast." - William Shakespeare (The Comedy of Errors)

It was nice to wake up (early, thanks dogs) to the realization that I did most of the grunt work yesterday. In about 45 minutes, I'll get started on the scalloped corn, which has to bake at 325 degrees. I'll take that out, turn the heat up to 350, and roast the tenderloin for an hour or so. Then I'll take that out, turn up the heat to 375, and finish off the mushrooms that must start roasting while the turkey is still in the oven.

And then I'll also need to reheat the scalloped corn, make the stuffing, and warm up the gravy (from a jar, since I doubt I'll get any juices from the turkey tenderloin).

The mashed potatoes are reheating in the slow cooker right now. Because I *HAVE* to incorporate my slow cooker into Thanksgiving. I have never had a Thanksgiving without it. :)

It's been a fairly leisurely morning. Had a light breakfast, as I usually do on Thanksgiving: a couple slices of cranberry bread, vanilla yogurt, and coffee. Made phone calls and texted Thanksgiving greetings. Watched A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

This has been the worst year of my life. But today, I'm thankful that this year is coming to an end, and it's ending better than it started. I'm thankful for what's ahead in 2012. I'm thankful for every single friend who supported me through all the highs and lows this year. I'm thankful for the closeness of my family. And I'm thankful that Lance and I are fighting through all of life's difficulties together.

Also, I'm thankful my dogs are so cute, so I can't get too mad about them getting me up so early every morning. :)



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