Prior to leaving town, I fell into a frenzy of household cleaning, tackling the oddball jobs that never seem to rise to the top of any weekend to-do list, such as dusting ceiling fans and filing paperwork. I also took time for more exciting activities, like joining a prayer retreat at my church, making fresh cranberry sauce to top our requisite, holiday turkey-brie sandwiches, and putting up our Christmas tree and stockings.
Having dispensed with all necessary preparations, we embarked on a Planes, Trains and Automobiles-esque trip to visit my in-laws, involving more than enough running through airport terminals and flinging ourselves onto flights during the final boarding calls. As is often the case, our escapades seem funny now that we know that the story ends well.
With all family members safely gathered, I happily threw myself into a week's worth of revelry, involving:
giggling over too many games of Dumb Ways to Die,
eating copious amounts of fresh Chex Mix, smoked turkey and pumpkin cheesecake,
playing house with my niece,
playing firefighters with my nephew,
getting into bed at 9 pm every night,
and camping out on the couch for long stretches, watching movies.
To temper all the debauchery, my husband and I also hit up the local YMCA (which is not only way fancier than our regular one but also gave us complimentary day passes as affiliate members!) and tried to intersperse our decadent eats with eating normally as well. I was glad to find that my breakfast bowl of Cheerios, bananas and nuts made regular appearences, even on vacation.
I'm incredibly refreshed. Here's hoping I can make it stick.
Question - What was the most refreshing part of your Thanksgiving festivities?