November seems to have flown by and Christmas is almost upon us!
For Veteran’s Day weekend, I spontaneously bought a cheap ticket to AZ. I left Saturday morning, getting there about 11 am, and left Sunday night at 11:30 pm, getting home about 7am Monday morning. Luckily I had the rest of Monday to catch up on sleep and hang out with Ben! Saturday, November 9th was my mom’s birthday and I surprised her by showing up at her birthday dinner! That Saturday was also an old high school friend’s bridal shower. I got the time wrong and showed up 2 hours late, but it was a good thing since I got her all to myself for a few minutes to chit chat and catch up. I also had lunch with my dad at the restaurant my sister is a pastry chef for – The Parlor Pizzeria in Scottsdale, which was very good and hung out with my sister and cousins. Chelsey decorated her guest room the week before I got there and it turned out very cute! The next day I had a great breakfast with my dad and dinner with Mom&Craig, Kyle&Laura, Paul&Chelsey, and Afton&Michael. I even got some to try out my new favorite game Munchkin! A busy but random fun weekend!
For Thanksgiving, we went to Ben’s parents’ house and had a great time! It is getting a little smaller with just the youngest 5 at home now. I made mashed potatoes, baked yams, and green beans with bacon. Ben’s sister made an awesome apple pie! We had fun playing fuse-ball and Ben had fun getting out an old game, Super Smash Brothers, and playing it with his siblings.
We had dinner with my Schollian grandparents and aunts&uncles the Saturday before. Ben was done with our “no sugar competition” (Aug 1-Nov23, but he hadn’t used any of his 3 free-days so he was done Nov 21) but I had 1 more day to go, so my Grandmom who is a wonderful cook sent us home with a whole apple pie to eat the next day when I was done with the competition. I also had a fun Thanksgiving lunch at work.
The Saturday after Thanksgiving we went to Ben’s 10-year high school reunion. Ben had fun seeing people. I kinda forgot how big other people’s graduating classes are :D, and thought it would have been nice if the music was half as loud and the rooms were twice as big…lol , but it was fun to meet some of Ben’s high school friends.
The only downer of November was that while we were at our favorite food place, Spice 6, a Friday evening, someone broke our car window and stole Ben’s backpack with his iPad and external hard drive… where he stores most of his research. :-/ Luckily, someone found and returned his paper notebooks that were like his journal but he spent a few days redoing a lot of his work that was stolen. On the bright side he decided to build a nice computer (so he could access it remotely and not carry around an external hard drive or laptop) and is pretty much caught up now. So, the moral of the story is to not leave anything in the car! I guess we already new this, particularly considering we live in PG County but I guess sometimes it takes a hard lesson!
Well, I hope everyone else had a great November and Happy Thanksgiving! And in the spirit of Thanksgiving… I am very thankful for an awesome husband who is fun, loving, hard working, supportive, handsome, sexy, and silly. He makes life lots of fun. I am thankful for lots of good family and friends. It’s great to have people to talk to about little things and deep things. I’m thankful for my sister and a new brother-in-law. I am thankful for a good job and that we have enough to spare. I am grateful for freedom and that I feel free to ask questions and act on what I believe is right. I feel like Ben&I have learned a lot this last year and am grateful for it. I’m thankful for changing seasons in Maryland and the beauty of nature. I’m thankful we got to go to Lake Tahoe this year and enjoy nature there. I’m thankful for book clubs that help me find and motivate me to read interesting books. Hope everyone else has something to be grateful for this busy time of year!