Thanksgiving! This was a long day. It was raining fairly steadily that day, continuing the fun from yesterday’s intense amount of rain. Was able to relax in the morning but then went to go and pick up mom (Michancy came with) from Duarte for some Thanksgiving fun. Happily traffic in LA during Thanksgiving weekend is basically amazing, so no issues except for having to drive in lots of rain. Mom was ready, of course, with the way this year has been for her, it’s just sad to not see her the same as she was just a year ago. Regardless, got her back here. Nicki was here by then and she had brought an insane spread of food as appetizers. Insane. Every platter had individual labels. She’s too good for all of us.
Jon and Alyssa were flying in this day, as that was the only time they could get seats for all 4 of them (including Stacey and Rachel) together. So they weren’t coming in till later that day, so we ended up doing a bit of a 2-stage dinner as my mom just really isn’t able to relax or wait. Even though she had brought soup with her, and she ate it, it was already ‘when are we eating turkey’? I wonder if it’s social anxiety at this point and she doesn’t know how to deal with people anymore so she’d rather just eat and get it done with. Anyway, that’s what happened – we got the turkey heated up along with potatoes and green beans, and the food was great, but we had all been snacking on the spread Nicki had brought so I didn’t eat with her, although I sat with her. That was around 3, and once she ate, she basically was ready to go home. So Michancy & I drove her home and then we were back around 4:30 or so, and by then, Jon & Alyssa had arrived.
It was great to see everyone. We had a very nice dinner with everyone, with people spread out across the living room eating. So much for needing the card table – at least I was ready just in case. What was funny was that General Tso, Bugsy, and Tigger were very popular with Stacey and Rachel. Sveta then came over while we were all recovering and after Jon & Alyssa had left back to their hotel, which was nice.