Tag Archives: Thanksgiving

Fall festivities in the MIA

28 Nov

Happy holidays, everyone! I hope everyone had an amazing, and filling, Thanksgiving.

Now that Christmas is right around the corner I thought that it was finally time to update everyone on my fall festivities. I’ve been really busy with work, so I hope you’ll forgive me for being a little behind.

Miami Today had its annual Halloween party last month, and Jean went all out this year. She covered all our break room windows in black garbage bags, set up flashing white lights and drowned the place in cobwebs.

Since our party fell on Halloween day a few people dressed up for the occasion. We had a couple of witches, a doctor, an inmate, a hippie, a knight and a ghost – all of which looked absolutely fabulous. I couldn’t get a costume together with enough time to dress up, but I did get to rock one of my old Rocky Horror Picture Show shirts, and that’s always fun.

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Where’s the turkey, Chuck?

26 Nov

This holiday I had five things to be particularly thankful for, and their names were Vicki, Tatiana, Charles, Jaeshaun and Addam.

I have to admit, when I woke up yesterday morning I was feeling really down. This is the second Thanksgiving I’ve spent away from family, and it doesn’t get any easier the more you do it. To make matters worse, my landlord never faxed over a copy of the lease, so Addam and I couldn’t get the gas turned back on. We had absolutely no way to cook anything.

Golden Corral was having some sort of Thanksgiving special that we were going to check out, but that would have required a four-mile bike ride and two bus transfers. I wouldn’t have minded the commute in, but I didn’t want to have to worry about making it back to the apartment in the dark.  Not to mention, going to a restaurant just doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving.  I would have rather sat outside and grilled up a dinner.

Luckily, a couple of Addam and my friends were kind of in the same predicament. They had a working stove, but they were spending the holiday away from family as well. We decided to meet at Charles’s apartment for our own make-shift holiday, and I can’t think of anyone I would have rather celebrated with.  What could have been a depressing day turned into a night that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Last year Addam and I were visiting his family in Ohio and spent the entire day cooking. This year all we did was show up with some drinks.  (Honestly, as much as I hate to admit it, I’ve gotten into the baking thing and really wouldn’t have minded bringing a side or two. It was just an impossibility given the circumstances.)  But, wowza, was there a feast waiting for us!

When we got to Charles’s around 5:30 p.m. everything was ready.  Potatoes were mashed, green beans were casseroled, corn was cobbed, stuffing was…stuffed and rolls were warming in the oven. Everyone thought there was going to be a shortage of turkey.  While that obviously wouldn’t have bothered me one bit, it never became an issue.  There were a ton of left overs at the end of the night, and Addam and I brought a big pan of it home.  Vicki and Tatiana seem to have done most of the cooking, and I have to give the ladies credit, because they really outdid themselves.  Everything was absolutely fabulous.

We spent the evening playing cards and shooting the shit while our food digested.  I ate more than I think I’ve eaten in the past week combined.  (Seriously, I have no idea how I fit it all in.  I have not eaten like that since I started my diet a year ago.)  I didn’t have room for dessert, but the others enjoyed some pumpkin pie and warm brownies.  (I told you they went all out.) After everyone was good and stuffed, Jaeshaun caught a bus home and Vicki, Tatiana and Charles headed back to Addam and my apartment to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

We made a late night of it, so once everyone left Addam and I pretty much crawled into bed.  I had to work bright and early this morning, and when I woke up I was still full.  Being bloated didn’t make my day go by any faster, but it definitely reminded of the great night I had.  It’s nice to finally have a crew.  I’ve been missing my Chicagoans a lot lately, so it’s good to know that I have a group of people behind me again.

Speaking of people who always have my back — starting next week Addam and I will be entertaining different family members each weekend.  Addam’s mom, dad and uncle will be here on Friday, and his little sister and her boyfriend will be here the next two following.  After that is Christmas, and Addam and I are going to try to make a quick trip to Ohio to celebrate with the loved ones.  Any loneliness I had will soon be nonexistent.

Now that I am off work and have an entire weekend ahead of me, I think I may try to get into the Christmas spirit.  I plan to spend the evening decorating the tree and getting the place nice and shiny for the fam.  I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday and took a moment to realize what is truly important about the season — the love and support of family and friends.

Charlie Brown: “I can’t cook a Thanksgiving dinner. All I can make is cold cereal and maybe toast.”
Linus van Pelt: “That’s right. I’ve seen you make toast. You can’t butter it, but maybe we can help you.” — A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, 1973.

Back to business

22 Nov

Hello again, everyone!  Sorry for the hiatus.  I’m in the process of reformatting my blog and took everything down for awhile.  I know it’s still pretty empty up here, but I have to sift through three months of material, which is taking a lot longer than I expected.  I threw some of my better posts back up so that it wasn’t completely empty on my first day back. Expect some more material to appear in upcoming weeks, as well as a ton of new updates, because I’m finally back in business.

I’d like to say that tremendous things have happened since I last updated, but everything’s been pretty much the same.  I’ve been working five days a week and relaxing on the weekends.

Addam was home this past Saturday and Sunday, which, if you know anything about the restaurant industry, is as close to a miracle as you can get, especially considering he’s asked for  every weekend in December off.  We’re having family come in from Ohio next month.  His parents and uncle will be coming down the weekend after Thanksgiving, and his sister and her boyfriend, Ryan, are coming to Miami for a cruise the next week.  They’re going to stay with us the weekends before and after.  Super excited!  It’s been so long since we’ve seen any of the fam, and I’ve never gotten to meet Emily’s fella.

Saturday was the Bayside Rocks Festival, so we went downtown to see if we could catch part of the show.  We didn’t have money to get in, so we spent most of the day walking around the city and straining to hear any bits of Steel Pulse and Bunny Wailer that we could catch.  Which wasn’t too much, but we still had fun.

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