My goal for Thanksgiving week was to unplug. I don’t want to brag or anything, but I knocked that goal out of the park. I opened my laptop three times and often put my phone on airplane mode. I’m riding the tail-end of a burnout (blogging and otherwise) so while I wish I was super productive writing posts during the break, I wasn’t. I’m ok with that.
However, now that I’m trying to get back into the swing of things, I feel like a baby learning to walk…or write, in this case. What am I supposed to write about? This feels so awkward. Ok got it…No. Delete. I should have taken more pictures this week. Can I post more of my dog? Who reads this?
Clearly a week off hasn’t halted my over thinking, or my desire to be funny.
Before I started writing this post I re-read previous Thanksgiving recaps, just for fun (2014, 2015). Turns out, those posts weren’t half bad. In fact, they are very similar to how I feel right now. Still…2016 deserves its own acknowledgment.
We haven’t had a Thanksgiving with just the four of us in a long time (ever?) and my sister jokingly asked me, “are we eating normal Thanksgiving food or will you make me eat zoodles?” Um…no joking about zoodles on my watch. We kept it 100% traditional and my mom cooked a delicious feast in our very tiny kitchen. I helped her…kind of. Roasting vegetables is my calling in life so I couldn’t pass up that opportunity.
I’m not a fan of traditional Thanksgiving food (too mushy) but I always improvise and bake what I can. While my mom used the inside of the sweet potatoes for a mashed dish, I saved the skin and baked them with cinnamon and coconut oil to make “chips” (brilliant). I made rainbow carrots, too, but that’s it. I guess the oven did most of the work for me ;)
We added some persimmons to the table because they fit the orange-food theme (kidding, but they did match). The persimmon is the tomato’s better-tasting and looking cousin. I don’t know if they are actually related though…
I’m almost positive you ate the same thing, but here’s a picture of our turkey (stuffed with GF stuffing). After dinner I put that turkey to good use and made bone broth with the carcass.
We ate dinner at 2 p.m. (I hate calling it dinner because it’s really a late/big lunch), went on a family walk and then played Rotten Apples. Later that night we continued our should-be-an-official-tradition tradition of watching Friends Thanksgiving episodes. If you’ve never seen “The One Where Ross Got High,” go watch that now.
Football somehow fit into the day. Luckily, the Eagles weren’t on this year. We escaped the possibility of a depressing game on a holiday! That’s a win in itself.
The day was simple, yes, but I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.
With everything that has happened this year (not just personally), I keep reverting back to the fact that gratitude is a choice. It’s free, simple and one of the healthiest things we can do for ourselves. Maybe my abundance of gratitude from this past week counters my lack of exercise in terms of ‘healthy’? Sometimes I need to disconnect from the day-to-day (i.e. social media) to gain that perspective, but I’ve gotten better at implementing a gratitude/happiness practice into my routine. It’s pretty darn magical.
The rest of the week was very similar: simple but wonderful. We cleaned, decorated for Christmas, went on a boat-cruise, spent time with friends, shopped (not on Black Friday), and took Christmas card photos.
With that, I’m slowly coming back to blogging life. My Bloglovin‘ feed is out of control! I hope you had a wonderful and restful holiday. Go play Christmas music without any hesitation.