This long holiday weekend has been filled with all the best things. Food, family, friends, relaxation, too many desserts, movies, a giant ball made out of cheese, the major kick-off to the holiday season, being able to do everything Christmas boldly and without fear. A few highlights, in lazy, holiday weekend format.
- My cousins and I spent Thanksgiving singing the latest SNL viral short Back Home Ballers. Particularly "bowls, bowls, all type a bowls". I think the best part was when we went to bed on Thanksgiving night at my aunt and uncle's, I texted my cousin that line and she responded with pictures of bowls that she had taken all over the house that day. I love having cousins nearby.
- I have a huge family. Most of them are on the east coast. We facetimed with at least three different groups, all of whom showed us the ten-ish inches of snow outside. Meanwhile, it was 90 degrees and we ate with all the doors and windows open, and the fans on.
- I wore these on Thanksgiving and got a lot of compliments. They're on sale, which is good, as I don't think they're worth their full price.
- I felt smart for wearing stretchy yet stylish pants. Also, I thought of Joey.
- The Macy's parade was so disappointing, wasn't it? Man. What a letdown. I don't remember it being quite that commercial in years past. There were so few balloons, and the whole thing felt like a giant ad. I know there's always been an element of that, but it was way too much and it just ruined it for me. I think this is the last year I'll watch.
- I saw Mockingjay yesterday with my friend Ginger. The movie was great, and I didn't even mind that much that it was only part one. Admittedly, it's been a while since I read the books so the details are a bit hazy, but I thought they did a good job with it.
-The theater we went to serves beer, has full-on recliners, and you can reserve your seats ahead of time online. It's also 21+ only. I am never seeing a movie any other way again, if I can help it. The beer was great and the seats were great and the no kids was great, but what really got me was the seat reservations. I typically arrive at the theater 30 minutes before showtime to ensure I get a good seat and can get comfortable. I get kind of anxious about it. Knowing I had a perfect seat reserved was a gamechanger.
- I am not used to a warm weather holiday season, and I don't think I'm going to get used to it. At least not this year. It is hard for this northeasterner to get into the spirit when holiday decor is juxtaposed against palm trees, and we're still wearing shorts and going for bike rides. It's a harder adjustment than I'd realized. But I have to say, going through the motions helps. It's chilly enough at night to light the fire, and yesterday I got my holiday cards delivered. I sat writing them out with Home Alone playing and a fire roaring. Sure, I had to keep the doors and windows open so I wouldn't die of heat stroke, but let's not split hairs.
- I haven't done holiday cards since 2010. I'm pretty excited to send them out this year.
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving that was exactly what you needed it to be.