I think I’ve summed it up nicely.
Anyway, this year is definitely my least organized year of Thanksgiving preparation. Lets blame the baby shall we? (Poor girl. Gets blamed for so much! Mom didn’t wash her hair today….eh, the baby.) In reality it is more that I kept thinking “eh the holiday is so late this year” and then probably didn’t hop to it as quickly as I should have. Have no fear though- the menu is done, the shopping is (almost) complete and the cinnamon rolls and cheesecake are hanging out in the freezer. Note to self: self, don’t forget to take that stuff out of the freezer on Wednesday.
This year’s menu has many of our favorite repeats and a few newcomers to the table.
In the morning I always serve homemade cinnamon rolls. I make Pioneer Woman’s basic roll and then top it with homemade cream cheese frosting. The cream cheese frosting is a blatant rip off from Cinnabon, and I implore you to take my lead on this. The rolls are all you get until dinner (around 3:00) which is my justification for serving such calorie filled goodness. For our actual dinner:
I’d be remiss if I didn’t just touch on the fact that this year our Thankgiving table will include Little Miss and I really couldn’t be more thankful about that. She has already shown her affinity for green bean casserole, and I’m betting she doesn’t turn up her nose at the potatoes, the rolls or the corn pudding. I’m looking forward to enjoying the holiday with her, even if she isn’t quite sure why everyone is eating a giant bird and yelling at the television.
And you know, it just isn’t Thanksgiving without a little of this:
Thus far this week has been just terrible. I hate to use my blog to complain but this week was the kind that you want to scrub out with a big fat pencil eraser until there is a hole in the paper. Remove all memory of these days. Forget that all these things happened, mostly small, but oh so many, that pile up and turn every day into one where even going to bed doesn’t change your outlook on the day ahead.
Big picture: everyone is happy and healthy and doing ok. B and I are fine, Gracie is doing well.
But I’m exhausted. I have no goodwill or merriment in me. I even contemplated listening to Christmas music to help myself out, and I’m a firm Turkeys Before Trees kind of girl.
I’ve mentioned that I now take public transportation to and from work on the days I go into the office. It is a finely orchastrated schedule of affairs. In the morning I walk to a bus to a commuter train to a shuttle to my office. On the way home I catch a suburbuan bus that I take a very long way to the top of the El (our subway system) and I take two different lines to get back to a stop near my house and then I walk. On Monday, after a long day in the office, I stood in my usual vestibule to await the bus. As I saw it pulling up I went to walk out as I always do. But the doors were locked. I’ve worked in my office building for years and being locked in has never been a problem. The time it took me to jiggle the doors, look around wildly, fish out my key card, determine that a tiny strip of new metal on the door frame might be an interior key card reader, and get out to the sidwalk….the bus was pulling out of the parking lot. I’d missed my orchastrated ride home. It was an ominous start to the week, that was for sure.
On Tuesday I worked from home but Gracie goes to the other family in the nanny share’s house. I left my house a few minutes late to pick her up, jogged to the El station only to discover…I’d left my wallet at home.
And on and on on my week went, just like this.
I have nothing insightful to say about any of it all, other than to hope that I’m on an upswing. That I don’t forget anything important next week or burn the turkey or break a plate. I’m hoping this week was just a blip in the radar. And if not….well I’m sorry you couldn’t find any chocolate at the grocery store. I seem to have eaten it all.
Thing Number One: Pretty Wreaths!
I’ve documented my love for holiday decorating more than a few times over here. One thing I love is wreaths (big statement, no table space required) and a sorority sister of mine, Jamie, has started her own Etsy store selling wreaths made with the ever popular decorators mesh and burlap. I have tried working with both (results: less than spectacular) and found it to be pretty difficult. That just tells me Jamie is really talented.
She hasn’t asked me to post this, or given me anything for free, but I wanted to pass these along because I think they are awesome. If holiday decorations and independent sellers are your thing, well, match made in heaven!
Thing Number Two: GoldieBlox (Part Deaux)
Last year, before I knew I was having a baby girl, I wrote an article for the Curvy Girl Guide on GoldieBlox and its kickstarter. Fast forward 11 months- GoldieBlox got its funding, is sold in stores and is now competing for a chance to have its awesome ad air in the Superbowl:
Awesome, right? You can vote for it here.
I’ve seen some criticism of GoldieBlox- girlifying something to make it appealing, countering the pink aisle with another pink toy…but I think if you dig a little deeper you’ll see at its core, the toys are made to be appealing to girls and boys. It is a combination of reading and STEM subjects, the stories include male characters, and for all the pink parts, there are blue and green parts too. The toy is aimed at combating a girl-specific issue (the lack of women becoming engineers) so if the ratio of pink to blue isn’t 50-50, well that is something I’m willing to say “eh, no big deal” if it means another girl isn’t intimidated by math like I was. (Through no fault of my parents who tried mightily to help me overcome my math-deficeits). The reason I didn’t go to medical school? I got intimidated in chemistry, and dropped the class halfway through the semester, decided law schcool was just reading which I was good at, and what is done is done. Perhaps I’d have made that choice later, for different reasons, and maybe being a lawyer is my calling…but I will admit that the my inability to hack it in the STEM subjects is a huge “what if” in my life…..i
Blogging and social media have brought a lot of good and some bad into my life. For instance, blogging has led to the abuse and overuse of chevron, pumpkin spice, the word “Blessed”, and an odd infiltration of sponsored content into every day lives. But for all of the annoying things it has led to good things too…like better family photos. No longer do you have to sit in front of a backdrop awkwardly posing with your family- photographers and families now get out and about, taking pictures in natural settings and capturing real moments. Well, for most of us it captures real moments…photos in fields with “random” velvet couches and clusters of balloons are not really natural but you catch my drift. Blogging/social media might not be responsible for this movement out of the studio and away from awkward poses, but it has given people an easy way to share their photos, reminding all of us to capture the moment.
I’m glad that blogging has pushed me to learn take photos of my family (even if they are not professional grade), to have professional photos taken and to generally get a snapshot of where we are in life. Even if I don’t pose us on an couch in a field of flowers (no..thanks) or have artfully staged maternity photos (double no thanks) I have photos to look back on. Recently my very talented aunt was in Chicago and took some family photos for us. I’m so happy with them- I can’t wait to have a few framed in our house. You know, on my gallery wall. Thanks blogging!
And I know…Gracie’s hat is a bit too big. That is what I get for ordering things without measuring her tiny little noggin.