Hey, y'all. So, it's early in the wee hours of Monday morning, which is officially late for participating in Sunday Stealing. But, as my daughter has been in the hospital since Wednesday afternoon and I have been one big bundle of scattered brains, I feel like I have a decent excuse. However, I missed you guys and still want to participate, and here I am. So there!
1. What made you feel patriotic this year?
Well, while it may not seem to fit the standard definition of patriotism, I felt that way when my daughters and I participated in the Women's March (in Miami) and the Earth Day March and March for Science (here in Boise) this year. I felt so united for a good cause or two with my fellow Americans, and in that mood of solidarity, there was definitely and uplifting of good feeling toward my country.
2 . What do you value most about your life?
This little family of mine is my whole, entire everything.
3. What do you appreciate about your friendships?
Among other things: Loyalty, Honesty, and the Ability to Share our Senses of Inappropriate Humor ;)
4. Name one person who can make you laugh, even months later. Why?
That honor belongs to Hubs. He's ridiculously funny. I can't even stand it. When I am pissed at him, and the last thing I want to do is laugh, he cracks me up. I hate that!!
5. What is the funniest thing you remember about a Thanksgiving past?
My husband loves to tease me about the fact that, every single year I make a pumpkin pie or two for Thanksgiving, and every single year I leave out a different ingredient. Without fail. Ugh!
6. Do you have any unusual traditions, rituals or habits around Thanksgiving?
I don't think we do anything unusual for Thanksgiving. I do like to go all out with the big feast, starting from a full breakfast (or brunch if you're going by the clock, since we sleep the morning away), to snacky things for lunch and throughout the day, until the giant spread for dinner. Hubs and I usually have something sparkly to drink for dinner, so I typically pick up a couple bottles of sparkling grape juice for the kiddos. It really matters to them; they always look forward to that!
7. Name one ancestor that you think about on Thanksgiving and tell us why.
I always think about my grandparents, especially when I break out the can of black olives, and my kids put them on each of their fingertips. My sister and I always did that at Thanksgiving. Grandma made sure to stock up just for that. Hee!
8. Is there a family heirloom at the Thanksgiving table? What its story?
9. What is your favorite part about Thanksgiving Day?
I'm hoping to get TV service in time to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! I've always loved it. Even went to Manhattan one year and froze my tuckus off watching it with the snow falling everywhere! Such fun.
10. What random act of kindness did you perform or that was done to you this year that makes you feel grateful?
I don't like to point out my own RAOKs, and I know several happened to us this year for which I'm grateful, but I'm drawing a complete blank. However, right now with Chloë in the hospital, I know several of my friends are planning on sending her some fun mail to cheer up her day(s) there. And I truly appreciate them for that.
11. What do you appreciate about the change of seasons?
Here in Idaho, the Autumn colors are beautiful enough to rival any of Vermont's, all day long. I've turned into quite the leaf peeper!
12. Name five things that make you happy about today.
- I got to speak to Chloë on the phone and hear how she's doing!
- I picked up some stuff for ice cream sundaes for Jack & Sophia, who were ridiculously excited about it.
- Sophia and I went to the grocery store together and acted like complete, idiotic goofballs, and instead of being annoyed by us, the cashier thought we were hysterical. He said we were entertaining and brightened his shift.
- Rob's migraine went away (thank you, caffeine).
- The dinner I made turned out to be super yummy.
13. How has the celebration of Thanksgiving today changed from when you were little?
For me, personally, Thanksgiving changed from having my entire extended family over for the day to it just being our little nuclear family. We've only had one Thanksgiving in our marriage where it was more than just us. And you know what? I don't mind.
14. If you could share Thanksgiving dinner today with one person in history who would it be? Why? (Note: it can be a relative)
Of course, now that I'm feeling all sappy and reminiscent, I'm gonna say me mum. She was a great cook and a lovely hostess. But all that is beside the point; she was just a fabulous mom and person in general, and I miss the crap out of her.
15. What is one wish you have for the next generation as they begin to establish their own Thanksgiving traditions?
For my kids, I am hoping that they will continue to love and express that love for each other and for each of their own families when the time comes. When I depart this world, I want to know that Sophia, Jack, and Chloë are taking care of each other and keeping the Team Odette love going...
Welp, that's it from me! It's not yet 0500, so I'm going to go'head and visit y'all, too.