We gather together

We gather together

For me and Derrick this year, we gathered together with ourselves and the cats for our Thanksgiving holiday. The awesome thing though was that we were able to FaceTime with/call all our immediate families on Thanksgiving, so even though we couldn’t be them physically, we still got to see each other and say hello.

We decided to have a big meal even though it was just the two of us, so we had turkey, lima beans, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, rolls, and pie. Derrick mostly took care of everything, but the turkey was a team effort. We were pretty happy with how it turned out; it was flavorful and not dry. Even 4 days later when we reheat the turkey, it still tastes good and it is not dried out (I’m not going to lie, for a minute I envisioned us carving the turkey and it turning out much like the Christmas dinner in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation). So a success in the kitchen and a very tasty meal! Also, we got to use the electric knife we got for our wedding, and I always get excited when I get to use wedding presents that I haven’t gotten to use yet. The kitties may or may not have also had a little turkey the past several days as well 🙂 Apparently, they like Thanksgiving too.


Although I don’t have much in way of decoration for the fall season, my awesome aunt sent us a box full of autumn/harvest things, like chocolate and pumpkin crunch popcorn stuff and decorations, etc. One of my favorite items in the box was this set of turkey candle holder/place card holders:


I don’t know if you can really see it in the picture, but they are awesome. And although we didn’t have any company this year, so we had no reason to have place cards, I can’t wait till we do have guests for Thanksgiving in the future and I can use them besides just decoration by the TV (though they do work well there too!)

Besides spending time talking with family, cooking, and eating, we watched some football and just enjoyed the relaxation and time off. We have so much to be thankful for this year (well, every day really) especially for our marriage, our move, and our employment 🙂

Friday we ventured out to the mall. We decided to head out around 8, and I was counting on “California time” to work in my favor. If you have never been to California, you may not be aware of this: people are late risers around here. Things don’t pick up and get going till later in the morning, especially on the weekends. So I was hoping the craziness of early early Black Friday shopping would be over and the rest of the normal California population would still be sleeping when we hit the mall. Our gamble paid off because the mall was pretty dead when we got there. It allowed us to do a little shopping before the crowds got overwhelming and then we were out of there! As a side note, I was able to get a pair of skinny jeans for myself while shopping. This is my first pair of skinny jeans because I’ve been pretty skeptical about them. But oh. my. goodness. I have been missing out. These jeans might be one of the most comfortable pairs of jeans I have ever had. Ever. And they actually are really cute on and I have some boots that I can wear with them and I am just such a believer in skinny jeans now.

We went to see the latest Hunger Games movie in the theatre. It was good, and I think pretty true to the book (although it has been a little while since I read the Hunger Games, so I don’t remember all of it). I have mixed feelings about the series, mainly because I remember feeling like the author phoned it in for the ending of the third book. I’m considering taking another read of at least books 2 and 3 before the last movie comes out (wait, it might be a two-movie part 3, now I can’t remember) because I read them while I was in grad school and it is completely possible that I stayed up late reading and missed some important nuances of the story.

More relaxing followed all that the rest of this weekend. We watched a disappointing Clemson team lose to South Carolina. Tough to take a loss like that, even though I don’t think it will affect us too much in terms of what bowl game we get, just because I hate that we have lost to SC 5 years in a row. We are still eating turkey leftovers, although we did take a break today to eat at the food trucks at our apartment complex today for lunch, which was a nice change.

And now…Happy first day of December! And Happy first day of Advent! I’m finally in the “Christmas spirit” so to speak and am excited to be in the Advent season, looking towards Christmas. I have been doing some decorating, so next post I’ll share some pictures of our holiday decorating. It was fun to put up the tree with Derrick 🙂

I can’t believe we are so close to Christmas! I’ve managed to get most of my Christmas shopping done (mostly online, which makes things easier) and am trying to figure out a menu/plan for Christmas Eve/Christmas day. We miss everyone, especially this time of year when it is extra nice to be around family! But y’all are in our thoughts and prayers.

And now, I must leave you with this little gem that we stumbled upon a few Sunday nights ago and found again tonight. Since we are in a different time zone, Sunday Night Football ends around 8/830 so one night we were flipping channels and found a show called “Dance Party.” I’m not even going to explain it anymore besides that, just take a look at the video and enjoy (sorry if the video is a little shaky, it was hard not to laugh while recording this):



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