1. What are you doing for Thanksgiving this year? Finally today we know that my grandfather will be able to go home tomorrow (barring any unforeseen circumstances!) just in time for Thanksgiving! Plans are still being finalized, but this is what I am imagining/assuming will happen: I’ll go to the Thanksgiving Day Gratitude Yoga Class at Amsa Yoga early in the morning, the husband and I will go to my dad’s for a little food and chilling around 1 p.m.-ish, and then we’ll go to my grandfather’s house to eat more food and look at the ads in the paper and maybe rake his leaves up.
2. What are you most thankful for this year? More than anything- that my grandfather is still here to celebrate it with us. I am glad that I have been able to keep my spirits up despite a less than satisfactory hunt for my next career move, that my husband got himself a better job over the summer, and that we are in a decent place in our lives. I’m also thankful that I have been able to improve my writing and my physical fitness after letting both of those things lie dormant for a few years and how great doing both of those things make me feel.
3. Do you have any traditions on Thanksgiving? The parade? Football? Long naps? Eating. Eating! I’d love to have more, but I think that’s probably good enough. I don’t want to obligate myself to anything more than food, which is why I love this holiday so much.
4. Is it called stuffing or dressing? Is it in the bird or a separate dish? Stuffing, and this year I want to make this vegetarian stuffing recipe from The Lonely Wife Project.
5. Do you cook? Depends on what my mom and aunt tell me to/let me make. This year I am going to assist my grandfather in making the much celebrated yeast rolls. I thought I was going to have to make them all myself, but I am glad to have him supervising me again this year since he taught me how to make them.
6. What is your favorite dish? Mashed potatoes are a winner.
7. What is your dessert preference? I like pies, and after eating the heavy traditional fare I’d prefer a key lime pie over a heavy one like pumpkin, but I won’t argue with that one either.
8. What is your favorite Thanksgiving memory? 2005- I brought my new boyfriend and this was his first fall down South. My other friend and his girlfriend came too (my friend was cousins with my boyfriend too, so he was also from up North), and we were all tossing a football around in the field behind my grandfather’s house in short sleeves because it was such a gloriously warm Thanksgiving Day. We had the windows in the house open, and it was just nice having that blend of family and friends who are practically family.
9. Do you plan to shop on Black Friday? Hell no. I have never gone shopping on Black Friday, but I have worked in it. It’s motherloving madness.
10. What are you most dreading about Thanksgiving this year? The uncertainty of the plans! I wish my mom and aunt would just decide something and stick with it!