Saturday Small Talk: What Did You All Do For Thanksgiving?

Happy Day After Day After Thanksgiving!  I am so happy to still have a day off, I wish every week was a 4 day weekend and only 3 days of work.  I am getting so much done!  And also, for once, enough sleep!

So, how did we all spend Thanksgiving?  I’ll start!

I slept in (yaaay!) and then woke up and took all my paperback books off the shelves where they live and sorted them into Big Box To Ship To My Sister, and Keep.

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(this is a definite “keep”.  It’s my coffee table book!  Any time conversation seems to lag, I just pull this out and invite someone to read the plot synopsis aloud.)

And then I sorted the Keep pile into Bedroom Shelf and Living Room Shelf.  And then I moved the smaller bookshelf from the living room to the bedroom and the other shelf I was using for hair things and jewelry out to the living room to be disassembled.

(See all that stuff on Sridevi’s accessories shelf?  I have SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT)

And then I got to shelve books.  And just for FilmiLibrarian, I will tell the system I used.  I put authors together, but not alphabetical by author.  Heyers and Rex Stouts and Agatha Christies got to stay in the living room (because they are respectable).  Patricia Wredes and Mercedes Lackeys and Tarzan got to move to the bedroom (because they are not respectable).  And I also moved my old sentimental paperbacks to the bedroom, my Anne of Green Gables books and a few other random paperbacks from childhood.  Most important, I moved all the romance novels my sister has given me that I haven’t read yet to the top shelf so I can remember they are there for Romance Novel Emergencies.

(Romance Novel Emergency.  Not like she is in a romance novel, although it’s kind of that too, but like she really really needs to get home and escape into a romance novel)

And then Dog Hazel made me go outside (she is so stern!), quick walk, back inside, finished writing reviews, and then went “woops! I have to get dressed for dinner!”  Rush rush, and my parents picked me up and took me over to Grandpa’s.  Picked up Grandpa and then over to the really nice restaurant for dinner.  It’s in an old inn that’s been turned into a fancy restaurant and bed and breakfast place right in the middle of downtown, very cool.

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Dinner was delicious, but the absolute best part was when we got the menus and Grandpa triumphantly pulled out his pocket flashlight.  Because he remembered from last year, they have the elegant dining candlelight, which is too dark to read for old eyes.

(I suppose Grandpa could have then used his little flashlight to put on an elaborate light show while I did a modern style dance performance, but we didn’t)

And then we went back to Grandpa’s for the traditional Thanksgiving post-meal attempt to fix his computer.  Which failed, sort of.  We got the Skype to call people, but not to play his video.  Oh well, we all know what he looks like, no great loss.  And then home!  To my poor lonely little doggie, gave her a walk, took off my fancy clothes, ate sweet more sweet potatoes (’tis the season), called my sister to get her Thanksgiving report, and off to bed!

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(Bored lonely little doggie.  She built herself a blanket/pillow fort)

Now, what did you do?

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17 thoughts on “Saturday Small Talk: What Did You All Do For Thanksgiving?

  1. I know Canada has a Thanksgiving Day holiday, but I’m curious as to how well known the concept is elsewhere. Is it just a funny American thing, or do people in other countries sort-of know about it and maybe acknowledge it in some way?

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    • I can talk for Polish and Italian people. We know about Thanksgiving from movies. So we know it’s important, all family gather, and there must be turkey. My son had english lesson dedicated to Thanksgiving last week. I think the teacher told them about the origins of this holiday and they had to draw a turkey, cornucopia and pumpkin.

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      • That’s interesting, that “English” class now includes learning about American holidays instead of British. Although I guess in America, our Spanish classes are all oriented to central and south America instead of Spain so it’s not that strange.

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        • The main book they use is more British-centered, with lessons about Buckingham Palace, the queen and stuff, But from time to time they add something American like Thanksgiving or Halloween.

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  2. Happy belated Thanksgiving! My husband, son and I ate a fancy restaurant because our friends were out of town and our families live on the opposite coast. Then on Friday I took my son to the mall at his request because he wanted to experience Black Friday (we went early so managed to get out in one piece). Today I went to a Korean spa and got a salt scrub and massage and then went for a hike with the family in a nearby park and then to a Mexican restaurant for an early dinner.

    I’m hoping to finish the first part of Bahubali tomorrow if I can get my husband to sit back down for it.

    Pics from yesterday’s DeepVeer reception are coming out on Twitter. This has been weirdly dragged out, yes? I mean in a different way than Sonam’s wedding.

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    • Your Thanksgiving sounds really nice! Only possible way to improve it would be if you manage to actually finish B1. So you can move on to the reward, B2!

      Anushka and Virat’s wedding was kind of like Dips and Ranveer, an overseas marriage ceremony, then a Delhi reception for the big fancy political/sports connections. And a Bombay reception for the filmi folks.

      Maybe Dips and Ranveer are adding on family parties plus marriage plus Bombay reception? I think I saw that her side had a party in Bangalore, and now his side is hosting in Bombay, plus the big December 1 thing that actually matters. Anushka and Virat took their whole show on the road within a few days, but I’m not going to blame Dips and Ranveer if they want a week to recover between events.

      We were just talking about weddings at Thanksgiving, because we’ve got a big one coming up in my family. There’s this complicated expectation thing of “owing” people invitations to weddings in India which isn’t a thing in WASP America in the same way, I wouldn’t have expected to be invited to the wedding of my father’s boss’ daughter, and wouldn’t expect to then remember it and turn around and invite their family to my wedding 10 years later. If Dips and Ranveer just did the Italy thing, they could probably get away with it, but if they are doing a work party in Bombay, then they have to do a party for all of Dips family and friends and their business acquaintances and so on in Bangalore, and then the same for Ranveer’s side in Bombay.

      The funny thing (which is also what I loved about it) with Sonam’s wedding was that work and family were all combined. Her co-stars were also the children of their close family friends and her best friends were her co-workers and it all kind of combined into this one big celebration. And her husband’s side just sort of came along for the ride.

      On Sat, Nov 24, 2018 at 9:05 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  3. Happy almost end of Thanksgiving weekend. I also love a four day weekend and really needed the extra sleep!

    We hosted dinner at our house this year. For the last few years, we’ve done Thanksgiving on the block with neighbors who are also friends, plus any other friends staying in town who need a place to go. It means more cooking but no traveling, which works for me since I like the cooking part and find traveling for holidays (with my and everyone else’s children and inevitable delays and bad weather) horrible. My husband, who is from Spain but has survived many Thanksgivings in Madrid and NY/NJ at this point, was put in charge of the turkey against his will and bought a 20-pound Butterball, which seemed way more than we needed at the time but not so excessive once an additional family got invited at the last minute.

    I meant to make at least one pie the night before but I was tired and went to bed instead. Then I meant to get up early but instead I got up around 8am and we made the whole thing in one go:

    – pumpkin pie (Real Simple maple pumpkin recipe, my favorite; this is the one I meant to do the night before bc I pre-bake the shell but it’s so easy it was done by the time I finished breakfast)
    – stuffing (warm oven, needed to get it out of the way before the turkey took over the oven, plus some goes in the turkey)
    – turkey (brined the night before, stuffed, and trussed with help from my mother in law, told my husband to just follow the recipe and it turned out great)
    – apple, pear, cranberry pie (I purposely make this into a huge elaborate production every Thanksgiving, regardless of whether we host or go to someone else’s house, always make this pie, and – this is now my kids’ job – poke a hole in every single cranberry, make the top crust from scratch, which involves laborious cutting of butter into flour with butter knives because I don’t believe in owning kitchen gadgets that we would only use once a year; it’s crazy but they humor me and the pie is delicious)
    – sweet potatoes (I like them mashed with orange and candied ginger)

    Neighbors brought brussels sprouts, asparagus, salad, appetizers, and wine. It was a tight squeeze but good food and conversation. I was the only American, not unusual for our Thanksgivings. It’s fun and takes the pressure off the cooking because no one has deep childhood nostalgia for certain foods or traditions, mostly everyone is just curious or happy to have a place to go and be with people instead of trying to figure out how/if to do it all on their own. Which seems true to the spirit of Thanksgiving, to me.

    (To answer Ticket’s question, Canada has an earlier Thanksgiving, but yes, it’s a very American holiday with very American roots.)

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    • You’re Thanksgiving sounds really nice! I agree, traveling on Thanksgiving is awful. I did it a couple of times to visit my sister, it was the least possible stress, but it was still an odd thing to spend all that time at the airport and on the plane and then just have one meal together and turn around and come home again.

      My family also has a super easy pumpkin pie recipe, with a ton of molasses in it. It’s great, you can do the whole thing start to finish in no time at all. The only bit that takes longer is that we insist on using a real pumpkin, not canned, so you have to take forever preparing that. But it makes us feel so virtuous that we can’t give it up. The apple pie we use doesn’t sound nearly as elaborate (or tasty) as yours, but the apples alone are a BEAR. peeling and coring and slicing and it takes way longer than you would think it would.

      I love that Thanksgiving is such a simple holiday to become a part of. You just show up for a meal with people, and then you have “done” Thanksgiving. Whether your family has been American for generations or if you just arrived a few years back, it’s the same experience. So easy to understand, so easy to be welcomed into.

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      • You’ve understood exactly the spirit of our Thanksgivings :).

        It’s true, disassembling the fruit is part of the production of the big pie – it’s a deep dish made in a casserole dish, it takes 7 pears and 4 apples. I turn the peeling and coring into a race with my mother in law, which she always wins even though she’s 80 and has no idea I’m racing her.

        I love that you use real pumpkin because it t shows that I’m not the only crazy one with elaborate pie productions. I’m sure it is delicious.

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        • The real insanity is our stuffing recipe. Handed down 3 generations, takes about 4 hours of preparation before it even goes in the turkey. And we can never decide if it is necessarily even that good, or if we are just doing it for the sake of tradition.

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          • OK, this is a case where I’m gonna say break free of tradition. In four hours you could bake the bread for the stuffing. The beauty of stuffing is that it’s so basic but it tastes so good. If I hadn’t decided to throw in the chestnuts my husband bought for his own nostalgic reasons, ours would have taken all of 30 minutes to prepare – just sautee onions and whatever other herbs or ingredients you like in copious amounts of butter, mix with torn up bread, add salt and pepper, stuff. Save your energies for pie making.

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          • But, it’s the REDLICH STUFFING!!!! 80 years of tradition! The recipe handwritten by my great grandmother!!!! The whole process has kind of become part of the tradition at this point, the 4 hours of work can be done the night before, so we all stay up late together and complain about it and peal and slice the apples so long as we are up, and then stick it in the fridge and go to bed and pull it out to go in the turkey the next day.

            Although it is also the main reason I’m happy we aren’t doing a real Thanksgiving dinner any more now that it is just the 4 of us (Mom, Dad, me, Grandpa). Pies are fun, Turkey is easy, but I don’t want to go through the stuffing misery unless it’s at least 6 people.

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