Sunday, November 28, 2004

Turkey Week in Review

Well, it was an exhausting week. I was exhausted when it started, but it was a different kind of overworked exhaustion. As silly as it sounds, I was really happy to tire myself in a different way. At least I saw people I love. At least I had some really great meals. Maybe there was a lot of socializing and not much down time, but lately, there's been too much work and not much down time. I am sitting here realizing that I have to do all of my shopping and a LOT of job search work in the next few weeks. Lots to do and not nearly enough time to do it, but I guess that's kind of par for the course.

Regarding the details of Thanksgiving, many of us spent the morning at Elfo's chopping and prepping for the meal. David is my parents' friend Mary Ann's son, and the head chef. He is also mellow as can be... not at all like the chefs they show on TV who bark orders at all of their underlings.


The chopping scene on Thanksgiving morning.


The Thanksgiving group watches The 2004 Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Show with great interest!

David and company quietly made a large tasty meal for about 30 people. We ate it in Elfo's, which was closed for the day. It was tasty stuff.


Mom models the new backpack and dumps the old fanny pack. Yay!


Look! Actual people in my apartment!

The rest of the week involved lots of restaurants, a nice walk on the Mississippi, a trip to the National Ornamental Metal Museum, and general hanging out with the family. My plans to make little snowmen out of mints never quite materialized, but I think I've recovered!


Aaron gains wisdom from Dad outside the bookstore.

At least Aaron and I got a little decorating done around here:


Purty!


Miss Maggie just loves lying under the Christmas tree, real or fake! (Sadly, it's a fake this year. I'm going to be gone for 10 days, so it's not really worth the expense and effort to get a real one.) :(