Thankful Weekend

So we rallied up the clan and stuffed 12 people in our dining room on Thursday with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, macaroni, salad, apple pie, pecan pie, and pineapple-basil sorbet, and wine!

I did about half of the cooking and my mom did the other half; that’s why you haven’t heard from me all weekend!

But the end result was great! 12 people from 6pm until midnight.

I love entertaining for guests! And it was wonderful to be in great company, in what has felt like a really long time. Anyway, this time last year I was unemployed, single/heartbroken, and newly published.

This year I have a job.

A lot has changed.

And I’m writing the 2nd book.

So as I reflect on 2014, and all that has brought me here, I have so much to be thankful for, because really life is good when you have good health and loyal friends and family.

I also did not participate in Black Friday. Not only did I enjoy the Friday after Thanksgiving for what it’s meant for (sleeping in and having apple pie and wine for a late breakfast), but I hung out with mom and did some reading.

Black Friday, Fergusen Riot, Trample, stampede, S.c Rhyne, Brown Friday

But unfortunately, I did have to go out this weekend, to pick up an online order, and for my usual Sunday groceries.

I know what you’re thinking and no, that’s not me in the picture. I was neither trampling nor was I trampled at the Target.

I wasn’t arrested neither.

Instead, I had to endure a tortuous wait at Macy’s and face the reality that I will never find parking at the outlet center again until mid-to-late January.

The wait was so long, I could have eventually been arrested for murdering a sales associate.

I really can’t believe that in this day and age (with a broken economy, remember that?) there are more and more people dropping dime that they don’t have and using credit they’ll never be able to pay back this weekend.

So much for being thankful.

Hence this year, I am not going to buy anyone a gift — AND I will not buy myself a gift. I will still send holiday cards to my family and associates. But this year will not be about gift giving but giving something back.

I hope to be blogging more this season about this challenge and hopefully will have a positive experience from it.

So tell me, what are you thankful for?

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