Spaghetti and Marshmallows: Post Thanksgiving Blues

Posted on November 26th, 2012 by & filed under 30 Health Blog Posts in 30 Days, Everything Miz Meliz

Thanksgiving.  It was really great!  I enjoyed having the family meal at my home.  I loved cooking food from scratch for my kids, my husband, my brother and my sister-in-law.  I worked hard.  I spent too much money.  It was relaxing and mostly stress-free. After the meal, football, games, and naps, we went to see the film Skyfall.  I do not remember the last time we all went to see a movie together.  Watching a 007 flick was a perfect way to end a splendid day.

In the morning, I woke up thinking of the Madonna song, La Isla Bonita.  I actually felt like I had visited my “special place.”  Every single thing that we do this year is amplified in my heart as super special because it is a “year of lasts” for my oldest son.  He is a senior in high school and plans on going away to college.

Our Thanksgiving Day was so good. . .

“I prayed that the days
would last
They went so fast”

I was beat on Friday!  I was so tired and sore from the marathon cleaning and cooking the prior two days that I could barely walk.  Yet, I still felt good.  I was satisfied with how everything went.  I was looking forward to spending the next few days preparing left overs in creative ways and kicking back.  The main thing I had planned to do was not blog or spend too much time on social media and watch a few seasons of the West Wing.

Saturday I had a migraine.  It was horrible.  It didn’t keep me from doing anything I planned on doing, since I planned on relaxing anyway. But I did get frustrated that I had gotten off schedule with my meals, my medicines, and my diet restrictions.  I ate way too many sweets and too much of a lot of things that I should have eaten more moderately.  It was like having a hangover without having the fun of drinking any alcohol.  I need to plan to have more healthy snacks around for the days after a big event next time.  Next time.  That reminds me, the countdown to Christmas has begun!

Here is a little Anatomy Chart that I made, as suggested by WEGO Health’s 30 posts in 30 days prompt:

Property of Miz Meliz, #MizMeliz, http://mizmeliz.com Photo by Melissa Reyes Copyright 2012

One of the fun things that I want to remember about this Thanksgiving is the participation of all the people who read my “Thanksgiving Checklist” post.  It was nice to plan out some new traditions and talk about what things we like to do as a family.  My brother kept asking me, prodding me, “Is this it?”  He wanted to know what was the “one thing” that I would write about in my post Thanksgiving blog.  I did challenge myself to make one thing stand out, to make something extraordinary to remember.  Well, what I realized is that thing is different for each person.  For the kids, it might be that my sister-in-law managed to wow them with eight amazing pies (technically one for each person!) For me, it might be that I bought a pre-cooked turkey from Whole Foods and it was pretty darn good.  Or, that the no sugar added Cranberry Chutney and the Quinoa Pilaf that I made quickly became new favorites.  Or, that I wanted to have everything ready to eat and on the table by noon and my gosh – it was 12:01 PM! For my husband, it might have been his awesome carving skills.  For my brother, it might have been the phone calls he received from his children to wish us all a “Happy Thanksgiving!” I know one thing for sure, it was a really great Thanksgiving and I will always remember it. . . as my Isla Bonita!

To me, the Thanksgiving holiday is like a tropical getaway that I can always visit in my mind.  It has become a blend of all the wonderful memories, smiles, hugs, tastes, and smells of all the years combined.  I am so blessed!

If you haven’t read the Checklist for Thanksgiving post, here it is:  http://mizmeliz.com/2012/11/16/miz-meliz-checklist-for-the-thanksgiving-feast/

Tell me. . . what is your favorite “go to” memory

of the Thanksgiving Holiday?

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5 responses to “Spaghetti and Marshmallows: Post Thanksgiving Blues”

  1. Jennifer says:

    What a special day, I felt so lucky to be a part of it. Thank You

  2. LOL It is so hard being a women isn’t it? Thanksgiving is my husband’s favorite holiday. In the pass I have spent half of Wednesday and much of Thanksgiving Thursday to prepare my Thanksgiving dinner. This year my husband offer to take us out. We went back and forth about it. My adult son sound disappointed so I made a compromised. I purchased a pre-cooked meal from Mimi’s along with the brunch meal deal. I also purchased a ham from Honey baked ham. My son prepared the baked Mac and Cheese, Green bean casserole and purchased potato salad from Vons. My husband always cleans up after. So this Thanksgiving was less hectic. The food was actually good. I had no complaints. Regarding the migraine it was probably from the sugar if you’ve been off sugar. When I cut sugar out my diet and then try to eat something like a cookie. It is the worst! The headache is on going. Yeah it’s hard being a women.

  3. Jenn Willey says:

    Migraines are horrible!!! Sorry you ended up with one. At least you’re better now and back on track. Love the pix – making me hungry!

  4. Ann says:

    Sorry to hear about your migraine–I feel your pain (literally). I’m glad you were able to enjoy the Feast though. Your dinner sounds like it was fabulous!

  5. Yaaah on the Quinoa pilaf-Go Melissa!! See you Tuesday

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