This year, due to work schedules, we are not having Thanksgiving. Typically speaking, C works about a half-day and then we’d have about 12 people or so over for the festivities. So, the fact that it is Thanksgiving Eve and I only have a couple things on my list for tonight, is a little strange for me. Still, it’s a far cry from the “good old days” of only worrying about what to wear or what bar or club we were going to for the biggest party night of the year!
Tonight, I plan on keeping my normal routine of going to Body Pump at the gym. Then, you can find me chopping up some root vegetables! See, I still know how to party 😉 They will store nicely in gallon size Ziploc bags and that way tomorrow I can pretty much preheat the oven, toss them in some olive oil, salt and pepper, throw in a few sprigs of fresh herbs and then roast them. I’m also making two whole heads of cauliflower with a curry aioli for dipping, and sautéed spinach. Oh, and picking up some fresh bread.
The more you can prep the night before, the less you have to stress over the day of. This holds true even when you don’t have that much to do. No matter how much ahead of the game you are, there is usually something you are doing last minute anyway! On holidays, Ziploc bags really help because they take up less room. I usually try getting most of the chopping done the night before even when I am doing most of the cooking. When veggies are just ready to go whether for stuffing, under the bird, or otherwise…it just makes you feel ahead of the game to unzip and toss in even if maybe you aren’t! Mind over matter, right?
But, since I don’t have that much to do tonight I am going to take advantage and stick with the walk Bell and go to the gym routine and then maybe get started on my usual weekend cleaning. It should be a pretty early wake-up as my brother and I are doing our own annual “Turkey Trot” tomorrow morning. We’ve been doing it for several years now. We wake, get in a decent run, then go to Rook our favorite coffee spot for coffee! Then, he usually helps me prep the bird a little but this year perhaps he’ll just come to the bakery with me!
Tomorrow will be our first sans dog Turkey Trot. Last year we were without Sahara and this year we are without Lexi, my brother’s dog. Since Bell is not enjoying the long runs as much anymore, we’ll go for a walk instead when I get home. It is sad, but it really does make you thankful for all the memories. And there are so many good ones that we’ve had.
I’m so thankful for my family and that even when C is working I have people I love to spend time with. I know not everyone is fortunate enough to say that. I will never take it for granted. That, and the fact I only have a few sides to make this year! Haha.