Hanging out with all sorts of family in the Valley, ages ranging from 74 to 1. Four days of four generations of wacky!
2. Does your family have any particular traditions?
Bottles are opened. Joy is spread. Meanwhile, the under-forty set spend a lot of time watching TV and making fun of each other. I imagine this is a tradition that will last until we're the over-forty set.
3. If you could invite one guest to dinner (someone alive), who would it be?
My mom's other sister and her family, marooned in Florida, will be missed.
4. What dish do you always bring? Or, what's your favorite dish at the table (if you don't cook)?
I LOVE PIE. I am a big fan of any holiday that involves pie. I should learn how to make pie - but that could lead to chaos and me no longer fitting into my pants. So instead, I'm there for the pie.
5. What *serious* thing are you giving thanks for this year?
I'm in a good place right now, and I have some strong friendships in my life, some sense of focus about what I'm doing after graduation. And my family is amazing - they do amazing things, and they're there for me, and I'm so lucky.
6. What *goofy* thing are you giving thanks for this year?
HAIL TO THE PIE. GOD BLESS PIE.
7. What's the strangest thing that has happened to you on Thanksgiving?
There's a tie.
We were visiting my grandparents in Ohio over Thanksgiving, and had two Thanksgiving dinners. We ate a lunch-type deal at the nursing home (which featured a truly disgusting cranberry loaf that Shall Not Be Described), but that night, got dinner at a buffet-style place called Randy's. This was where Dad saw a guy fill a plate with bacon bits and then cover 'em with melted cheese.
It was fairly surreal.
And then, tied for first:
Wednesday, 8 PM:
"What time's your flight to Sacramento, Liz?"
"9:30. You can still give me a ride, Jess?"
"Yeah. It'll only take us twenty minutes to get to LAX from USC. You packed?"
"Give me a minute."
Wednesday, 9:45 PM
"Um. Hi Dad. That noise? Well, I'm still at the airport..."
A 6:00 AM cab ride and 7:30 standby flight led to me showing up in time for breakfast.
20 minutes to LAX on Thanksgiving Eve. You can't make this stuff up.