Friday, November 27, 2015

Thank you, Facebook.....and Friends

Facebook has been a game changer for me in a multitude of ways.  There's the obvious - reuniting me with friends, locating family I didn't know, all that stuff.  The surprise was all the cooking stuff I've learned.  I had no idea all the stuff I didn't know!  Because of all the posts, I had a great thanksgiving.  This is what I learned:

1.  Brine a turkey.  I had no idea what the hell that meant.  I also had no idea just how many people do that.  And that it's pretty hard to fuck it up.  Game changer!  It should be noted that I've never cooked a turkey before so I'm new to this game.

2. Crockpot stuffing.  Again, who knew?  Thanks to yummly and allrecipes and the people who post reviews with suggestions, I made some kick ass stuffing.

3.  Sausage stuffing.  This was a foreign concept to me.  I like Stove Top stuffing.  I'm a simple girl.  But holy moly, this is good shit!

Now, I learned a few things from our dinner companions.  It was such an educational day!

1.  Sweet potatoes don't suck.  In fact, they're good.  No marshmallows on these, thankfully, but oh so yummy.

2.  People like green beans.  Whew!  And garlic - double whew!

3.  Gravy isn't so hard to make.  It didn't quite look as I expected but it tasted good.

The most important lessons of the day?

1.  Laughing fixes almost everything.

2.  I love having a diverse group of friends.

3.  Wine helps.

Lastly, I'm not a left-overs kind of girl, usually.  Remember that sausage stuffing I mentioned?  It's good cold, too - directly from the container with a spoon.  Or fingers.  Yum.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thank you, Universe

I've been thinking a lot about all the things for which I am grateful.  I've been reading all the facebook posts documenting the things my friends are thankful for with interest.  There's a lot of gratitude out there!

So, what am I saying thank you to the universe for?  Lots of things....but let's see if I can narrow this down a bit.

1.  My children are super cool.  I love them, obviously, but I like them a whole lot.  They make me laugh, cringe, giggle and proud.  I can't ask for more than that.

2.  Andrew. I am extraordinarily lucky to have him in my life.  I overheard a conversation the other day between my girls.  One was telling the other that "he treats mom so well" and they were adding that to the list of reasons we love him.  It's a good list.

3.  My mom is still here.  'Nuff said.  She's still doing okay, for which I'm grateful.

4.  Work.  I'm lucky enough to spend much of my professional life with clients I enjoy working with and interpreters who make me laugh.  And it keeps a roof over our heads.

5.  Last but certainly not least, family. Our family dynamics have changed over the years but some things have stayed the same.  One of my favorite books in the world is Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah.  And one of my favorite quotes is “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.”  Oh how true that is. I'm grateful to my new family who take such good care of me and my girls. These are the people who make me laugh when I'm down, come see my kids perform in their first play, help me with my mom - they are my family.

So thank you, universe, for reminding me that I'm lucky and surprisingly happy.  That's a good thing.