Thanksgiving Weekend 2016

Extended title for this post is “Thanksgiving Weekend 2016: A mixed bag, but mostly good.”  Because, uh yeah, it’s been a blurry roller-coaster type of deal for the past four and a half days.  And while I didn’t spend the entire time in the best of moods — I took a three day coffee break and I think my emotions are all over the place now that I’m back on the caffeine train — most of it was the custom food/family/fun explosion that makes Thanksgiving my absolute favorite time of the year.

Was that intro all over the place or what?  Oy with the poodles already!


If Thanksgiving is my favorite day of year, then the three days leading up to it are my second favorite.  I get to tap into my plan -ahead, list-making, over-preparing talents and oh what a Type A high it is!  I looked forward to making this Salted Butter Apple Galette all day on Tuesday.  It turned out perfectly!  Pretty impressed with my apple slice feathering skills 🙂


We managed to sneak out of work early on Wednesday, spent a couple of hours assembling/prepping dishes for the next day and made that one emergency trip to the grocery store, because something just HAS to go wrong when you’re cooking for Thanksgiving.  I totally made the Brussels sprouts with apple cider VINEGAR instead of actual apple cider and Joey had to pick up another two pounds so I could re-make them.  Yikes.

Crisis averted, we took ourselves to dinner at Uncle because after last year, I vowed to make ramen dinner our new Thanksgiving Eve tradition.  We people watched during the 45 minute wait, then sat in the exact same spot as last year!  What are the chances?



Morning time perfection brought to you by a mug of coffee and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  It feels so wrong to give up our Turkey Trot tradition, but it also so feels so relaxing and right.  Joey even had time to draw a little Christmas tree on our wall 🙂

Afternoon perfection brought to you by Meal #1, which involved the best turkey, the David Blaine special (I could not roll my eyes hard enough…), a nap for Jory and the Cowboys game.  They won, I guess.

Meal #2 at my parents’ made complete by festive cocktails, my sister ladling gravy onto her roll, MOM’S STUFFING (!!!!!!!) and James Bond.  We found a whole slew of the films on Amazon and went with Spectre.  Oh and that apple galette… YUM!


On Friday, I watched Joey’s first game of the alumni tournament before heading off to Loveland with my family to see my brother & co. at their new house!  Guess I was too busy scootering with my niece, holding my nephews cup of coffee for him while he rode his bike (start em young, right?), sipping beer with brother and admiring the penguin cake my sister-in-law made to take any pictures.  Fail!

But afterwards, Mom, Joey and I headed back to our house for GILMORE GIRLS!  I got us matching shirts to celebrate the arrival of the revival (I wanted to say that so bad!) and while we only made it through two episodes together (they were 30 minutes longer than we had originally thought), it was still so fun.  It only makes sense to watch a mother-daughter show with your mother 🙂  Debating a full out post about the series, but we’ll see!


Saturday started with pancakes (my turn!), progressed to the last episode of Gilmore Girls, followed by a run for me and outdoor Christmas decorations for Joey, who was just up on our roof when I got back from my run… normal, so normal.  Then we got ourselves together and headed over to the Denver Central Market!  It is BEAUTIFUL in there and I love all the restaurant/market stations, but I also think most people will use it to eat instead of taking advantage of the butcher, cheese shop and produce section.  I grabbed a tuna salad sandwich from Silva’s Fish Market and while the bread was Texas Toast-esque perfection, I kinda didn’t want to pay $12 to put the two halves together myself.

One major snafu later — paid $10 to park at the 16th Street Mall Pavilions only to discover the movie we wanted to see was sold out — we ended up in Arvada for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  Okay, I ADORE being in the Harry Potter world but if you took away any prior HP knowledge and judged the movie on its own, it’s a lot less interesting.  I felt like the dialogue was so lacking.  Wait, was there even any dialogue?  Caught the winning end of the CU game afterwards though!


Sunday started with breakfast tacos and ended with Thanksgiving leftovers pizza and that’s really all you need to know about that day.  Also, I’m guessing your attention is dwindling at this point.  Wishing you a quick recovery from this weekend hangover 🙂

10 Things That Happen When You Watch Gilmore Girls For The First Time


1. Three episodes in, you start singing along to every.single.word. of the theme song.  Except you change the first line to “Get your ass on the road,” because, be honest, it kind of sounds like it says that.


2. You hope to God that any future daughters you might have are as smart and self-motivated as Rory.  So much less work to do that way, right?


3. Your marriage becomes compromised because one of you is Team Dean and one of you is Team Jess.  But then you realize you’re both Team Logan and everything is okay again.  Side Note: It wasn’t until I was sucked into the Gilmore Girls Buzzfeed vortex that I realized a lot of people hate Logan.  And I am still very much confused as to why.


4. You will toy with the idea of getting “Rory bangs.”


5. You will realize that out of all the characters, you relate most to Emily Gilmore.  Then wonder if that’s depressing or not.


6. You will think Lorelai should end up with Christopher and then when she does, feel sad that she’s not with Luke.  And then feel totally at peace when you see the series finale.


7. You will cheer on every rebellious move Lane makes because you maybe love her character a little too much.  For the record, I kind of wish they hadn’t gone the get-married-get-pregnant route with Lane.  I mean, I love Zach but I would rather have seen her keep moving forward with her music career.

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8. You will feel like the end of Rory’s relationship with Logan was whoa! really abrupt.  I didn’t want her to get married either but geez that seemed like kind of a serious relationship to just end it so quick.  Was she even sad?


9. You will decide that you should probably never become a mother because you will never be as independent, witty or level-headed as Lorelai.  Plus you will never be able to drink as much coffee as she does and still be a functioning member of society. lorelai

10. You will declare Saturday January 24th, the day you finished watching the series, to be the saddest day of your life.  The finale was probably the hardest I’ve ever tried not to cry (except for when Rory gave her HS valedictorian speech, because that was rough too).  How many months do I have to let pass before I re-watch it?