The pie is cooling
on the wire rack on the counter, while the turkey in the fridge is well into its brining cycle. I have a schedule for cooking tomorrow so that the green bean casserole, cranberry compote, turkey, and stuffing are all the appropriate temperature when served at dinner tomorrow afternoon and I will theoretically somehow fit in a 3 mile walk. All in all, it's shaping up to be a relatively normal Thanksgiving dinner. That in and of itself is a treat.
The past few years have been challenging. We had the weird Thanksgiving in 2010 (courtesy of me), the following year was tricky, as we were already looking ahead to Peter's departure and knowing we'd be apart for Thanksgiving 2012. Then Thanksgiving 2012 rolled around and I realized I was still carrying a lot of stress from the past few years. And this year?
Finally, we are together as a family. We are happily ensconced in our new home and have no desire to travel over the holidays (especially considering Friday is a workday for us). We have the ability to procure our favorite Thanksgiving dishes, and interestingly enough, it's not an unknown holiday here. The kids' school held special celebrations in the lower grades, though the turkey was substituted with local fried chicken.
The best part of being here is that we don't have to stress about the craziness of Black Friday, work or no work. We can simply have a day off today and won't have to fret about insane traffic on Friday (well, any more so than normal). Lovely!
For all of that and so much more, we are grateful. Finally, after a long three years we are in a happy place again, and it is just feels so good. Here's hoping wherever you are and however you celebrate, that the day will be just as you wish it to be.