Thanksgiving 2020

If you know me in real life or have been reading this blog for any length of time, you know I LOVE LOVE LOVE Thanksgiving. Christmas is great and all, but have you ever tried a holiday centered around food that doesn’t require you to buy any presents?? Wonderful!! This Thanksgiving was definitely not what we thought it would be. Back in June, we thought we’d finally finally be able to host (and put our dining table to use!), but Corona Virus had other plans. My parents were going to join us, but at the urging of my sister, a nurse who’s had first hand experience working with COVID patients, we came to our senses and decided to cancel. Still, we were able to do a quick food swap (and photo shoot), masked and distant in our back yard. We did a few FaceTime calls too, so we still got to “see” everyone.

I know we could not have the traditional Thanksgiving weekend we had hoped to have, but man does having a baby make up for any COVID disappointment. We still got to have our Thanksgiving Eve ramen, we still got to eat that big old T-Day meal, we still got to watch holiday movies and bust out the Christmas decorations. I wish we could have done all of that with our families, but baby cuddles more than made up for it!

I mean, we were probably going to get take out this year regardless of restaurants being open to indoor dining or not. Uncle doesn’t seem like the easiest place to bring a baby. And I could finally enjoy a bowl of ramen without having to fish out the egg and sprouts. My first full beer too!

Thanksgiving Day photo dump!! I picked up a pumpkin pie and breakfast treats on Wednesday and it made it feel so holiday-y to be running errands, even if it was in a mask. We ate our pastries and semi paid attention to the parade — mostly what we do now is stare at Dempsey and briefly glance up at the TV, ha ha — before heading into the kitchen to cook. We were in charge of turkey, gravy, rolls, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and vegan gravy. I think it all turned out really good!!! Mom brought stuffing, cranberry sauce, carrots and bacon and wine. Oh and a Baby Yoda hat! It was slightly too big so that it kept falling over Dempsey’s eyes and it was too funny. I hadn’t seen my sis in so long, so it was nice to finally see her face in person 🙂 Post-meal, we took a walk (I’ve always wanted that to be a T-Day tradition) and FaceTimed with Lori, then we settled onto the couch to watch Happiest Season (guys, I’m sure it had its faults, but I liked it!) and have dessert (Joey made use the best whipped cream!). Our two sleepy boys were OUT!

Friday involved couch cuddles and Christmas decorations. We ordered all new personalized stockings for the family and now I’m like “wait, do I have to fill these now??” We also ate lots of leftovers, watched so much TV (two episodes of the Amazing Race and the finale of Great British Bake Off) and topped it all off with Hillbilly Elegy, which Joey liked but I thought was just okay and I can’t really pinpoint why but it didn’t super excite me.

Saturday was super unproductive and I think I let the ennui get to me because I wasn’t in a great mood. We did break out and take a walk though and when I felt like I couldn’t eat yet another plate of leftovers, we took advantage of a gift card my friend Kate sent us and ordered a small feast from Mizu. I was trying to rev up the energy to make turkey soup and couldn’t find it, so this take out felt extra nice. Oh and earlier in the day, we watched The Family Stone which I’d seen pieces of but never the whole thing and good god was it sad and uncomfortable!!!

Sunday already?? As I write this, I’m sipping my second cup of coffee, watching the baby nap and listening to Joey work outside. We ordered Stowaway for breakfast and even though we were annoyed at having our order cancelled TWICE and then having to go pick it up, the crullers were amazing, the Colorful Colorado was perfect as always and they gave us a free coffee for our troubles. In other words, they got us again!!! I think I’ll spend the rest of the day with caffeine jitters fitting in shower for me, a bath for the baby, maybe some reading (but more likely, just watching crappy holiday movies) and we’re FaceTiming with my brother and fam later! I hope you have a great holiday weekend and the Sunday Scaries aren’t treating you too badly today!

Weekend Things

Hello from my new routine of bouncing on my yoga ball, eating dates, drinking red raspberry leaf tea, walking and responding to texts asking if I’ve had this baby yet. I have not! I know it’s not even his due date yet, but dang, I so thought this baby was going to come early, so it’s sort of killing me that he’s not. Both Joey and I were born three days late, so maybe baby just wants to continue the pattern 🙂 Here’s what this weekend looked like!

Extremely thankful that my indigestion has actually basically subsided instead of becoming worse in these last few weeks of pregnancy. Mostly so I could stop avoiding spicy food (another wives’ tale for inducing labor). We decided to try an Indian place right around the corner and um… why don’t we eat more Indian food?? So good! My mouth was on FIRE, but it was worth it. Didn’t do the trick though 😦

After dinner, we stood across the street to admire the Halloween lights Joey put up earlier in the day (I love them!) then headed back inside and queued up The Trial of the Chicago 7. Even though I was making a “too many men!” joke beforehand, I really liked it! I thought Sacha Baron Cohen was marvelous and only the last ten-ish minutes started to feel slightly cheesy to me.

Saturday started with ricotta pancakes (my fav!) and then who knows what we did! Every weekend day is a blur of me sitting on the couch, watching random things on TV, looking at my phone and feeling impatient 😂

Joey spent some time voting (Andi was being really helpful I think!) and I was out admiring the fall colors on our tree. I love that we have a pretty pink one in our own backyard! Oh and we did take a long walk that afternoon too. I really love seeing all the cute houses in our new neighborhood, plus all the Halloween decor they’re dressed in right now.

We took a trip to the office and when we got back we pulled out leftovers for dinner then watched this unfortunately titled film. I tried to search it through the voice command button and my TV told me it didn’t respond to such language 😂😂 I read a favorable Vanity Fair review but I actually thought this movie was just okay. I did appreciate how vulnerable, sensitive and emotional the main male character was though ❤ We watched this week’s episode of The Great British Bake Off afterward to fill the time before SNL. I feel like the only time I see Justin Bieber is on SNL and I always think he’s good??

It was so gloomy on Sunday morning and our room was so dark but I somehow managed to wake up at a normal hour and decided to order us some Snooze while Joey… uh snoozed. My egg came over hard (ew) but otherwise, I really love their shrimp and grits. We got a pumpkin pancake on the side and it was so good! We also finished up SNL.

No joke, I felt like I just sat on the couch/my yoga ball for the rest of the day. We bundled up to walk at some point though! Before dinner we watched the last episode of Unorthodox, which I thought was really good! Joey made us dinner ❤ and it was delicious. Love a fall feeling pasta with at least four different kinds of cheese! After dinner, we decided to get back on our Hitchcock binge and pulled up Marnie. That movie is… weird. The psychological stuff at the end was interesting but I was deeply uncomfortable at the way Sean Connery’s character treated Tippi Hedron’s. I hope you all had a good weekend!