I haven’t updated for a while because I’ve been too busy enjoying my incredible new job! I acutally have energy when I get home from work now, so I’ve been making dinner most nights again, doing the dishes (although Andy really helps out alot with that too!) cleaning, doing and folding laundry and walking for 30-45 minutes! I’m amazed at how much I can accomplish when I don’t come home and plop down in front of the TV all night.
Well, Thanksgiving came and went and although the food was probably the best I’ve ever had, there were a few family glitches. Since my dad is working in Utah, he wasn’t able to come home for the holiday to eat the annual peaches and cream pancakes with us (sans peaches since he can’t stand them!), watch the parade, eat cheese and crackers while listening to Cat Stevens/Bob Dylan/ Brenda/Herb Alpert, watch movies or play games with the rest of us. We definitely missed him! On top of that, my sister had what we thought was a massive migraine headache all day that caused her to miss dinner. We found out the next day that it was really viral meningitis! She spent several days in the hospital and is now back at school gradually starting to feel better again. I did appreciate being at my parents house, enjoying a wonderful dinner, spending time with my mom and my brother and relishing the simple joys of Thanksgiving since the complicated Christmas is ever approaching.
I’ve been pretty nostalgic lately. I think it’s a symptom of fall. Alot of people get bombarded with fall allergies and I get bombarded with memories. It’s funny how it only really happens in the fall, not spring, summer or winter. I’ve been reminiscing about the years my family lived in the little duplex on Ontario St., all the trips we took to the cider mill, going back to school when I was a student at Wayne State and all of my fond times working at Wayne State. I’ve also been thinking about past Thanksgivings. Check out my Thanksgiving 2004 post and Thanksgiving 2005 picture. I guess I didn’t have anything to post about Thanksgiving 2006…I was too busy losing a job and trying to find a new one!
Christmas is fast approaching and for the second year in a row I feel like the grinch. Buying presents isn’t inspired by the desire to get someone something that you stumbled upon and that they would love, it’s become all about getting a list of what they want, going to the appropriate store to get it, and then giving them a list of things you want so they can do the same. I’d rather go out and buy myself a bunch of presents and have them go buy what they want. I do enjoy the music, the cookies, the decorations, the parties and the time spent with family, but the whole gift thing has totally lost its luster.
Anyway, I’m off to the mall to buy an outfit for all the Christmas parties this year…I refuse to wear the same black dress for the 3rd year in a row!