That sandwich right there was Thanksgiving dinner last year. Not kidding. The movers had come a few days before and taken all of our things so we were living in an empty apartment. Well, we had an air mattress, a little table that we decided to use for a few days and then throw away and two lawn chairs. (Hahaha, classy.) So basically empty. There was nothing in the kitchen, so we just picked up this turkey sandwich (+ a salad) up from Costco the day before and a tiny pumpkin pie (for me) from a small grocery store and that was it.
Then because we had no internet and nothing to do, we waited in line at the local Target until they opened to get some dvd's to watch.
It was cold. I had never been to a store on Thanksgiving night or black Friday, but it was kind of cool. Kind of felt the "rush." I get why people do it. They were even passing out Kind granola bars to everyone in line, haha. (The wait was worth it just for that, those are expensive lol!)
I can't say it was the worst Thanksgiving ever because I think we still had fun, but it was definitely the least celebrated Thanksgiving I've ever had. And that's why this year I am soooo thankful that we get to actually celebrate it the right way. John doesn't really care about Thanksgiving (or any holidays for that matter lol), but Thanksgiving was always a big deal in my family. I always tell John that if he lets me do Thanksgiving my way, we can do Christmas his way - which is going to the movies and getting Chinese food, haha. I don't know if I would cook if it were just the two of us, because I've done that before and it was a lot of work for just two people, but someday my family will be bigger and it's my dream to do the traditional Thanksgiving family thing. (Everything is my dream lol.) But since that's a ways off, I'm super pumped to be able to "host" a little get together this year and practice my turkey making skills. I'm sure I already mentioned it, but my sister and her boyfriend are coming over Thanksgiving day and then Johns brothers is flying in today for the weekend. Not a huge get-together by any means, but it's the best we've had in years so I'm just so, so thankful. It should be a good time.
But I guess this is all kind of a trade off because we won't be celebrating a Christmas this year. Like at all. We're (fingers crossed) moving the week before Christmas and should get into a new place by Christmas Eve, and if we're lucky have our things delivered. But maybe not. (Probably not..) So we're either going to celebrate in an empty apartment, or an apartment filled with boxes. The tree won't be going up at all, and we will definitely be eating take out Chinese standing up in the kitchen on Christmas night, but it's all good. This Thanksgiving will make up for all of that. Plus, I look forward to that Chinese food all year, haha!
A few others things I'm feeling extra thankful for this week:
Thankful that the little chihuahua girl had a successful surgery on Monday, so no more babies. Everything went well and after she slept for like 15 hours, she was up and ready to party again. I was a little worried at first because about an hour after I dropped her off at the vet, they called and said she threw up, but I told them that I'm pretty sure it's because she is weird and has to be around people so if they picked her up she would be fine. And then she was, haha. I'm so glad that we were able to get that done for her this week since I don't have to work so I was able to be home to look after her. (And keep Ted away from her, because he is insane. He seriously believes she's here as his toy or something.) Also, feeling thankful that we may have some possible homes for her...so feeling better that everything is all going to work out fine. (Still stressed out badly, but I'm keeping faith.)
Thankful that I went into urgent care earlier this week and ended up being completely normal and healthy. I'm totally a hypochondriac and think I'm dying all the time, but I really thought I had a kidney infection or a stone because one side of my lower back has been killing me...and guess what? It's just a muscular thing. Essentially back pain. I felt really stupid and wasted almost 2 hours of my life, but hey at least I know. And not to be tmi, but I have had a kidney infection before so I know the feeling. So whatever! Better safe than sorry right? I was texting John the whole time and he was like, "you can't drink if they put you on antibiotics" and I was like, "..dang.." because our fridge is filled with tons of booze for this weekend, haha. That wouldn't have been the end of the world, but I'm still glad that I don't have a kidney stone and I can indulge in mimosas for breakfast tomorrow. And after walking Ted last night I realized, "IT'S FROM YOU!" because I really do strain my lower back every time he see's another dog or a human and pulls me as hard as he can towards them. Or I'm making things up in my head, I don't know.
Thankful we have cable so I could watch the Pretty Little Liars fast forward special last night. I actually stopped watching that show years ago because like, EVERYONE IS A, and they dress way too good to just be going to high school everyday, but it's still such a guilty pleasure every once in a while. So who is Charlotte? I thought A was Allison...then Ezra...then Mona...then I stopped watching. Such a stupid show really. Just forget that I even brought it up haha...
Thankful for free pajamas, AKA shirts of Johns that I shrink and then steal. Like the Guinness shirt I'm currently wearing. (I wore it outside with Ted this morning - bed head and all - and he went, "you look like a drunk." lolololol.) But seriously, why are mens shirts so much softer than ours??
Thankful that we have a small, cozy apartment that I can clean really quick because I've cleaned about three times this week. I get crazy when people are coming over. Like no dog hair allowed. If we ever have more than 800 square feet, my life will be over.
Thankful for authors who write books so I can read them. Like Lena Dunham whose book "Not That Kind of Girl" I cannot put down this week. I know I'm late to this, but she is so awesome and honest and it's the first autobiography I've read in a while that I feel I can somewhat relate to parts of. (Besides being wildly successful by my age lol.)
Thankful for youtube which taught me how to make a turkey this morning. I don't know though, bag or no bag? (DAD! CALL ME BACK! HELP!) I think the scariest thing about cooking a turkey is that it is just big. It's size is what's so intimidating. And the weird things inside...I'm basically going to close my eyes, reach in and throw them out as quickly as possible.
And last but not least, I am so so thankful for that John guy I'm married to. He really is just the best. He's been the sweetest about helping out this little chihuahua, and insisting that we do everything we can for her and treat her like our own until we can find her someone just as good. (He doesn't want to hear this yet, but he's going to make such a great Dad someday.) He's letting me completely do whatever I want for Thanksgiving and isn't asking why we have to have twenty different desserts and napkins with turkeys on them. He's doing more work on his end with coordinating our move, when I was supposed to do it all, because he know I'm stressed out right now about the dog(s). He just bought me the calendar I've been lusting after forever and got me some gift cards so that I can do some internet shopping this Friday. OH, and he got me the new Justin Bieber album. Still not sure if he really bought it for himself or not haha, but I've been enjoying it regardless. I need to think of something really nice to get him for Christmas. But guys are so hard, are they not?! What's everyone else getting for their husband/boyfriend/men in their lives? I need some ideas.
Anyways, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Here's to whole turkeys and extra large mimosas! x
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