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
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:
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?