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Well! It looks like I haven't posted here since June! I do still read about once a week, but I wanted to hop on to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Tonight is cooking and baking night, in preparation for tomorrow and our guests. Hard to believe, but this will be the 9th year for [livejournal.com profile] beowabbit and me hosting Thanksgiving together, and 10 years exactly since the first day we met at [livejournal.com profile] surrealestate's Thanksgiving.

Three pies are currently in the oven (pumpkin, spicy apple and a cherry-apple crumble). Wabbit's mom [livejournal.com profile] silverlibre is here from Illinois, and is making Waldorf salad, among many other treats. Wabbit is on potato duty as well as brussels sprouts. Everything but the turkey will be done before we go to bed tonight, and we won't be too exhausted to have fun with our guests.

What else is new? I was recently in the PMRP Halloween show, and have just been cast in the upcoming PMRP gender-swapped Star Trek. I'm still loving my work at the DOE. More in love with Wabbit with every day. Oh those pies are smelling so good!

I don't know who's still here, but wishing you and yours a delightful Thanksgiving!
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The 4th was just lovely. It didn't even feel like the 4th of July, just a happy summer day, with fireworks.

[livejournal.com profile] beowabbit hosted a low-key brunch that was just the ticket. I came early-ish and turned into a kitchen dervish. I sometimes forget how much I love cooking for a crowd. We had way too much food, so more of you should have come. But we were glad to have your share of bacon. 10 people hoovered 3 pounds of bacon and probably would have eaten more if we had it.

After a nap (part of which was spent napping) we went to dinner with [livejournal.com profile] cathijosephine and [livejournal.com profile] darxus (I could eat edamame until I burst), then onward to the fireworks. I was anxious to stay near the T, so [livejournal.com profile] beowabbit and I watched from the bridge. It started very late this year, and I had just given up and was letting Jay walk me to the T when they finally started, so we stayed. The bridge is the best view I've ever had of the fireworks. It was lightly raining and I was under-dressed, but Jay held me and kept me warm, and it was one of those incredibly sweet scenes of togetherness where there's no need to talk, just be there with each other.

Hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th!
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I'm still bubbly over how sailingly well the Thanksgiving potluck went. This was the first event that [livejournal.com profile] beowabbit and I have hosted together, and on a special day for us -- the exact 1-year anniversary of the first time we were introduced to each other (by [livejournal.com profile] pheromone). And here we are a year later, well fed with wonderful friends, a fridge full of leftovers, and memories of a very happy holiday.

Perhaps only [livejournal.com profile] heliopsis and my mother knew of my severe turkey-roasting anxiety -- it was my first. But with their help and advice, I was able to do a little dance of joy when the "done" button popped up on the beautiful, golden-brown bird, all 22-pounds of it. It came out juicy and delicious, with enough drippings for [livejournal.com profile] heliopsis to make gravy, which [livejournal.com profile] beowabbit and I agreed was the Very Best gravy either of us had ever tasted. [livejournal.com profile] mangosteen brought over a selection of very fine scotch and tequilla (for sipping, not mixing!) that was liberally enjoyed. [livejournal.com profile] kalliejenn2 supplied punch and pie. The Wabbit made his famous garlicky sweet potatoes, while I covered mashed potatoes and stuffing. Pies flew in from all directions (6 in all, I think). [livejournal.com profile] docorion sage-n-onioned us, and I got to meet [livejournal.com profile] mattlistener and [livejournal.com profile] mud_puppy for the first time. It was a cuddly squeeze in the livingroom with plates-on-laps. But as [livejournal.com profile] mangosteen observed, "This is what a family Thanksgiving really is." Much snuggling, much laughter and leisurely fun.

I am, without mentioning it often, painfully and cringingly shy about hosting or letting people see my house. Look up "humble abode" in the dictionary, and you'll see this crow's nest that [livejournal.com profile] vanguardcdk and I share. The kitchen is is similar to a ship's galley, with all the pots and pans hanging hodge-podge from the walls, and the floor unlevel. The apartment is appointed with yard sales goodies and prize trash picks, and the cats have the run of the house. Peculiar bric-a-brac catches the cautiously curious eye here and there. The house has a vague Weasley flavor to it -- one might expect the dishes to leap up and do themselves, albeit a slapshod job. It isn't a planned decorating scheme; it's just what we have. But seeing it filled with friends and merrymaking let me know that, in spite of my doubts, it is indeed a place where merry can be made.

I have such a lot to be thankful for, and felt so much of that gratitude on this lovely holiday. After the last guests trickled out, [livejournal.com profile] beowabbit and I went a bit wild and used the kitchen in a manner for which it was not designed. ;-) And why not? A feast goes beyond food, when one is blessed with the twin treasures of love and an oaisis of light-hearted time.

A happy holiday weekend to all, and a wonderful year ahead.



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