Happy Thanksgiving! How are you? Have you had a good week? Are you traveling? Hosting friends and relatives? Did you make a pie? Did you get any good Black Friday deals?
Our Thanksgiving was terrific. My mom wanted to mark what would have been my mother and father’s 50th wedding anniversary (my dad died about 21 years ago). So she rented a block of hotel rooms in San Diego, invited the whole family down, reserved a meeting room at the hotel for a big group, and we had a catered Thanksgiving dinner for 42 people. My mom brought the family photo albums, and a big genealogy chart where all the grandkids could easily see their place in our giant family. It was wonderful to be with all the Stanleys. My kids sure love their cousins! It was also the first time in several years that we didn’t cook and it was a nice break.
It was a very quick trip. The kids had rehearsal until late on Wednesday night. When they finished up, we jumped in the car at 11:00 PM and drove through the night to San Diego. Yes, we were tired, but the good news is it cut 2 hours off the predicted driving time because: no traffic. We were in San Diego from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The kids hit the beach, swam in the hotel pool, feasted on dinner, and soaked up every second of cousin time. Then we drove home, arriving at 1:30 AM and sleeping in this morning. Oscar, Betty, and June had their final dress rehearsal for Scrooge today and we needed to be home and rested. Opening day is tomorrow!
The other amazing thing that happened this week was RAIN. And lots of it. It started on Wednesday and it’s still going. Air quality rating today? 28.
I’m grateful for clean air. I’m grateful for my warm and cozy home. I’m grateful for a dependable car that can fit all eight of us. I’m grateful for caffeine that allowed us to drive through the night. I’m grateful for my mom (and my sister Rachel!) who organized the big family gathering. I’m grateful my kids like each other.
I’m especially grateful that you read here, and leave thoughtful comments, and send me interesting links, and encouraging notes. I’m grateful that you help me see things in new and different ways. I’m grateful for you.
I’m also grateful for lists! Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:
– More than 17,000 buildings burned in Northern California. Here’s what that looks like from above.
– Eye Candy: Alexander Girard’s boxes.
– Fox News Isn’t A Normal Media Company. We Have To Stop Treating It Like One.
– A study found MDMA makes men trust again after being betrayed.
– How to Buy a Car Without Interacting With a Human.
– How do you handle holiday gifts for your extended family?
– The assumption that current and future climate conditions will resemble the recent past is no longer valid.
– For exercise, she picks up everyone’s litter.
– Silicon Valley fell in love with sourdough and disrupted the 6,000-year-old craft of making bread.
– Fun fact — the Moon appears flipped “upside down” in the Southern Hemisphere.
– The New York Times examined nearly 600 projects that China helped finance in the last decade, through billions of dollars in grants, loans and investments. Taken together, they show the scope and motivation of China’s strategy.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.
P.S. — I’ve shared three gift guides so far — teens, tweens, and men. More coming!