All About You (Krissie)

Well, everyone talked about what they were doing yesterday, so we’ll talk about what we’re going to do.  I had to blow off NANOWRIMO after I fell — couldn’t see for days, and then it became clear Tim was leaving at the end of the month and I have a thousand things to do.  December will be my NANOWRIMO.

We’re having a small thanksgiving.  Just Richie and me and Tim — Daniel will stay out in WI.  We have to decide what’s happening at Christmas — whether he’ll come home or not or we’ll go out there.  I think we’ll bring him home — the grandchildren will be up as well and I don’t want to miss them.

So here’s what I have to do this week:

book Tim’s flight

help him find a place to live

set up bank accounts for him (we have to go 90 miles to find the nearest national bank)

find a doctor for him (call Mini-me and see what she can do)

stop worrying about Christmas for him (Mini-me’s place will be filled up and there’s no public transport back and forth).  He’ll work it out.

talk to his current medical prescriber (a fiend from hell)

Get the extra kindle fire up and running so he can check Facebook, email and do FaceTime.

Okay, that’s everything to do with Tim.  I also have to:

get the snow tires on

get the old car taken to the garage or wreckers

make stuffing, dessert and rolls

clean the living/dining area (for my own peace of mind)

limited food shopping

my therapist

do enough laundry that I have clothes to wear

take a tranquilizer.  Ack!

I’ll tell you what I do on Thanksgiving.  First I watch the Macy’s parade. Always.  Of course when I lived in NYC Macy’s was my favorite store (much more than Bloomies, etc).  then leave the dog show on if it’s running, while I retire to the kitchen, stuff the turkey and start cooking it while I listen to George Winston’s December CD (with “Thanksgiving” on it).  I’ll probably need Richie’s help when it comes to stuff the turkey — I don’t think I have the strength in myright arm to wrestle with it.  We eat in the late afternoon, collapse on the sofa and watch something cheering on TV.  Maybe Scrooged (one of my favorite Christmas movies).  Maybe call cousins to wish ’em a happy Thanksgiving.

And then back into getting stuff done for Tim’s move.

Do I see writing anywhere on this list?  I love writing.  I love going to that special world.  I need to carve out enough time — it’s my therapy (as well as my income).

One of my favorite books on writing and on life is Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.  If any of you happened to miss it, go out and buy it (or download it) immediately.  You don’t need to be a writer to make use of its life lessons.

I suppose I should count my blessings.  No racist uncle blowhards, no tipsy aunts, no group of people who sit on the sofa and don’t offer to help.  In fact, there are a lot of good things, and I think one more thing I’ll do this week (Thursday or Friday) is to list all the good things that I’m grateful for, with no caveats, no take backs, etc.  There’s a lot to be thankful for if only I’d stop and notice it.

If you’ve got a second to spare show up here and list your gratitudes as well.  The more good will we have sending out into the world, the better place it will be.

Who’s cooking?  Who’s traveling?  Who’s pretending the whole damned thing doesn’t exist?  Who lives in other countries where the whole damned thing doesn’t exist?  And which of you are foolhardy enough to plan on Black Friday skirmishes?

Gird your loins, maidens of St. Trinians.  It’s a week to do battle.

19 thoughts on “All About You (Krissie)

  1. Cindy says:

    You are busy! I’ve broken up my Thanksgiving food shopping over the last week, so I’m done. I’m ready. Now I just have to cook the whole dinner. My mother- and father- in law are coming over. I’m making a huge spread. I’m so excited for the day. I start cooking earlier in the day, then we all get stuffed, and then we hang out and watch movies. This year, we are watching Die Hard.

    I’m grateful for so many things. Here’s a small list:

    I’m grateful for my husband and my daughters, and for the great love I have for them and from them.
    I’m grateful for our health.
    I’m grateful for my parents and for the great relationship I have with my dad.
    I’m grateful for my husband’s job.

    I’m feeling extremely blessed and lucky. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

  2. Eileen A-W says:

    Sounds like you have a busy week. Make sure to carve out some time just for you. Most of the extended family with be out east at my brother’s for Thanksgiving. My kids all live near me, if not with me, so I am cooking at my house for them. Actually I’ll share the cooking duties with my hubby. He does the turkey, green bean casserole and mashed potatoes. I do the stuffing, sweet potato casserole, and dessert. Over time we’ve evened out the work. Maybe next year we will consider joining my brother.

    I still have to organize all of the stuff I sent home from my mom’s house so I can get to my sewing machine. I have some holiday gifts to sew and need to get them done soon.

    Have a great week Krissie.

  3. Carol says:

    We are having Thanksgiving with friends, so I’m doing two cranberries (pear/brandy/walnut, and with peach), and DH is doing potatoes au gratin with Hatch chiles. And we’ll bring some excellent wine from the cellar. Should be many kinds of fun, and we’ll deep fry a smaller turkey on Friday so we have our own leftovers.

    And a little downtime. I’ve been going at 90 miles an hour, so I’m looking forward to a few days within the speed limit. 🙂

  4. I’m grateful that I don’t really have to do much for Thanksgiving this year (just make dill bread and carrot cake — we’re going nontraditional this year). And particularly grateful that a project I’d been working on for a patient support group is actually coming to fruition when I’d begun to think it never would.

  5. Here in Manx-land, no Thanksgiving. Deadline for this term’s reports is looming – I have 48 to do by 8am Weds, but I need to read through some work they have all done for me first…And of course, Nano is there too, only 10K left to do. But this week, am catching up with marking, catching up with admin (taxes overdue) and starting to work out how to get 25+ Xmas gifts with no money in the bank….

    On the positive side, today I was given publication dates for the YA novel – coming out exclusively on the publisher’s website on 12 April, general release 7 June. But I haven’t had deadlines for editing…It still doesn’t feel real.

    Also, signed with an agent, but now I’ve signed, he’s gone totally silent. Sigh…

  6. Lynda says:

    I’ll be having Thanksgiving at my son’s house, as usual. My daughter-in-law loves to entertain, and even though I always make the ritual offer to do it here, it’s rejected kindly. When I asked what I should bring, my son told me that actually the best thing I could do would be to contribute money to buy the groceries. Fine with me–I figure I’m getting off lightly, and since I’m recovering from a cold, I’m fine with not cooking. And because it turns out that this year my oldest grandson and his wife and my great-grandson will be coming in from Nevada on Friday, I will in fact be hosting the family here then. I think I’m going to go buy barbecue for the crowd, so we can spend our brief time together visiting rather than cooking. This will be the first time in almost a year that I’ve seen Ricky and his family. I wish there were a way to get my other son and his brood down here from Sacramento so that we could all be together at once, but work schedules make that impossible.

    I am as always very thankful for my loving sons and their beautiful wives and all my glorious grandchildren, and I am thankful for the material abundance that makes my life so easy. Even though my life has not played out exactly the way I had dreamed it would when I was young, I am very blessed. My prayer is that everybody else should be as blessed as I am.

  7. Office Wench Cherry says:

    I’m thankful that I’ve already done Thanksgiving. Well, I don’t think we really did it – no turkey or fussing as TB was working nights and there was no way I was going to be banging around in the kitchen and waking him up. We will do a bird for Christmas and that will be enough.

    I do have a giant pot of turkey/chicken broth frozen out on the back step (I am thankful for the heavy lid that keeps the ravens out), and I will use that to make soups with over the next couple of weeks. It’s on the steps so that the fat solidifies on the top and I can scrape it off, that’s not where it’s going to live or anything.

    It looks like the things you need to do for Tim’s move are things that someone with his kind of reading difficulties would need help with, so it’s a reasonable list not a helicopter mom list. I can totally understand having you book the flights – that’s confusing enough without letters and numbers swimming around. Did Spawn the Eldest settle on a new name?

    This week I’m working on my course, as usual. I just bought a 3 month extension (starting December 1) but I’m challenging myself to have it done before Valentine’s day. I have a 10 day stretch in December where I’m only home for about one full day that is throwing a giant monkey wrench into the works. I do have a few half days in there where I can work but, really, there’s just that one day.

    • LOL! We have a running joke in our family. Any number of years I’ve made broth out of the turkey bones, set it out on the desk and it spends the entire winter there. I’ve been better recently but how much do you want to bet that Richie will twit me about leaving the soup on the doorstep?

  8. Janet says:

    I have my turkey thawing in the fridge. I am making cranberry sauce, applesauce, and onion pie (of course, there will be stuffing and gravy). With a salad on the side I should be all set. I love turkey dinner leftovers and will make soup with the extras.

    The weather is supposed to be good on Thursday so besides a good meal, I hope to go for a long walk, watch a movie, and read a book.

    I am thankful to have a roof over my head, a job to pay the bills and a little more, my siblings and their families, and the cats who share my home.

  9. I’m one of those mostly ignoring it. My family is far away and the friend I often celebrate with is going out of town, so I’m going to make myself a nice dinner that night (with leftovers to hold me over as I work at the artists’ cooperative shop I manage on Friday and Saturday), but mostly I’m going to be writing and making jewelry.

    My family will make our round of phone calls, which is nice, but otherwise it will pretty much be just another day, only quieter.

    I’m grateful for so much:
    My blossoming career as an author (such as it is)
    My kitties and my friends and my family (probably not in that order, coff)
    The fact that my stepdaughter’s mom (also a friend of mine) made it through her second heart attack and then open-heart bypass surgery last week more or less okay.
    The unusually mild November weather.
    The Betties and the Arghers and the Cherries 😉

  10. Kelly S says:

    I’ll be working until Thursday and then traveling 3 states over for the main meal to be had with the in-laws. The cats won’t be happy but we’ll return on Friday most likely.

    I am doing a bit of Black “Friday” madness. It’s starting Tuesday for me as Joann’s has an iron on sale that I want but they’ve limited the sale to what’s in stock. There is only 1 in my area. (Had a Highlander flashback there.) I was ok with going to get it at 9 am but found out they open at 6 am tomorrow instead. Grrrr. So, my plan is to get up at 5:30, put on clothes, shoes & coat. Drive to the store. Go directly to the iron. Buy it. Return home to sleep for another 2 hours before getting up to get ready to go to work. The rest of the stuff I’m thinking of trying to buy I hope to do so online. Kohls may be another in store visit or maybe not. It depends on where I’m at and how tired I am.

  11. Reb says:

    No thanksgiving here, which always strikes me as a bit of a shame. A holiday about gratitude sounds like a great idea.

    I’m incredibly grateful for my friends. A few years ago, almost all my old friends had drifted off to other cities and I just hadn’t managed to make new ones. Life was pretty lonely. Then I got involved in a new group and now my life is full of wonderful people.

  12. No cooking or chores for me this year, other than driving to my daughter’s home, all I have to bring is the wine. There will only be the four of us, but that’s fine. I don’t do well in large groups. I’m so thankful for my small but loving family, and hope next year to be living in the same city.
    Wishing everyone a happy, warm, and loving Thanksgiving.

  13. lynn says:

    My big cooking event happens on Friday nights, and it has only just occurred to me that it is sort of like having Thanksgiving every week. Lots of cooking, check. Lots of people, check. Racist blowhards, people who never lift a finger, someone passed out on the couch…well, usually some of the above, anyway, though none of them are actual relatives. It is abrasive and exhausting and hilarious and satisfying, all at once.

    So I guess I am thankful for my Friday nights. Thankful for a good life, even with its rocky patches. Thankful for my dog, who makes me laugh. Thankful for the mountains, which make me feel both strong and small.

    Thankful for a good book too. I’m reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, and it’s just as great as I expected. I love the feeling of wanting to read something that you also never want to finish.

  14. I’m Canadian, so it’s an ordinary week for me. Very grateful that my mother is moving to the same city as me in 10 days. I’m getting daily calls about one thing or another – hard to resolve when I’m 5 hours away. Also grateful that DS is navigating Grade 9 reasonably well – HS isn;t easy and I’m very proud of him.

    Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all US ReFabbers. Enjoy!

  15. Jessie says:

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

    My sister is coming in from Alaska. I am busy cooking and cleaning the house. And my husband has been excellent in helping.

    Note the has been. Yesterday he tripped and probably ripped a tendon in his knee. We won’t know for sure until the MRI and the specialist this afternoon (WOW. Try to get into see a doctor just before a holiday. Both his GP and his orthopedic specialist suggested going to emergency yesterday when he did it.)S We spent two hours there to have them say it looked like a soft tissue injury and they don’t do MRI’s in Emergecy except for life threatening conditions and not being able to walk does not meet the criteria. But they did get him into see a specialist today who can order the MRI.

    OH. My sister just called: her flight is fogged in and she can’t get out of Gustavus. She was suppose to fly out yesterday but there was an ice and snow storm and the planes were grounded so they rescheduled for today. If the fog does not lift by 2 pm they will catch the ferry to Juneau (4 hour trip) but then they will miss their connecting flight so they may not be able to get to Seattle until too late to get a connecting flight to Portland. They will call if they can’t get a seat out of Juneau and we will plan from there. Good thing she called before I picked up fresh oysters. I will get something non-perishable for the first course.

  16. Jill says:

    Our Thanksgiving was quiet. Joe and I went to our younger daughters. It was just the 3 of us and elder daughters dog, who lay around all day missing her family who went to the in-laws. We watched the parade, ate, played chicken foot dominoes, watched football.
    Happiness is that our grandson, granddaughter in-law , and great granddaughter are coming from Anchorage for a week. Our Christmas gift to them.
    Happiness is crafting. Pinterest is a blessing or a curse. I have enough ornament ideas to open a shop. I just need time.
    Happiness is finishing Christmas shopping-most of it online. If you Google my address there is a UPS truck in front. I like the Amazon Wish List thing.
    Happiness is Refabbers being published ! And/or making writing goals.
    Happiness is the Lamar High School football team being Class 2 champs for the 5th year in a row. In our little town this is a big deal.
    Sadness is Refabbers losing a parent. I read an article years ago that said that when you experience the death of both parents-no matter at what age you or they are-you can feel like an orphan. I know I felt this way.
    Hope is that Tim has a successful re-location

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