First and foremost:
As of Friday, I won NaNo. Meaning I officially wrote 50,000 words of my novel. But the story isn't finished. There are at least 10,000 words left to go, possibly more.
I just ordered my winner's T-shirt, and I am so proud of myself! When I began on November 1st I didn't really know what I was getting myself into or how much fun I'd have along the way.
Appropriately, I am thankful that I did NaNo this year.
On to Thanksgiving. I was in Los Osos with my family for almost 5 full days and I got a good amount packed into those days.
On Wednesday I:
- -Cooked two apple pies and three pumpkin pies
- -Washed and prepped a 24.4 lb turkey (affectionately named Nigel; two years ago I named the turkey Carl)
- -Pulled out Nigel's neck and bag o' gizzards (sick.)
- -Slicked onions and celery for the stuffing
- -When cracking eggs, learned that the umbilical cord is inside the egg. How gross is that?
- Sauteed shrimp
- Met my friend Jacey for a few hours in downtown San Luis and met a man named Wally. Then, at a restaurant, met five guys who tried to steal our chicken strips and onion rings. One of them, Jed, was shocked that we wouldn't share, and I was very stern with him about wanting to eat all of the chicken because I was so hungry. "You seem so genuine. Can't we be friends? Let's go to lunch." He was persistent, but to no avail.
On Thursday I:
- Basted the turkey
- Peeled and sliced 30 carrots
- Peeled and cut 28 potatoes
- Ironed a tablecloth
- Went to Vons
- Cooked Nigel (he was amazing)
- Arranged two huge fruit platters
- Served undercooked apple pies (convection ovens are different than regular ovens ... apparently.)
- Did dishes
- Thoroughly enjoyed my time with my entire family: (parents, aunt, two brothers, two sisters, one sister-in-law, one brother-in-law, 98 year old great uncle, grandma, brother's two roommates). We had a competition after we ate in which each person had to come up with either a Thanksgivinging themed poem, short tale, or trivia question, and there was a winner in each category. My family is very clever and funny, and hanging out with them is always an enjoyable experience!
On Friday I:
- Slept in until noon
- Got up for a few minutes, went back to bed and slept until 2
- Visited my good friends the Phillips. Haven't seen them in months and it was wonderful to catch up with this fantastic family!!
- Ate dinner with my parents, younger sister, older brother and his wife, and then played an exciting game of Catch Phrase
- Won NaNoWriMo
On Saturday I:
- Went for a walk down to the bay with my dad just like we used to when I was younger. We had coffee and breakfast at a quaint little coffee shop by the bay and it was a gorgeous day (68 degrees at 10am) and the water and sky were clear and beautiful.
- Saw the Hugos, a missionary family to South Africa. My parents' church is their sending church, and they have adopted two children, a boy and a girl who are 12 and 10 respectively. Years ago they asked me to be the girl's godsister, and I feel blessed to have that privilege. This family is so amazing and a beautiful testimony of how wonderful God is
- Put Christmas lights up on the outside of our house with my dad. Again, another thing we used to do together when I was younger
- Picked up my grandma and great uncle and drove them from San Luis to Los Osos to see our remodeled house
- Ate dinner with my parents
- Saw Breaking Dawn with my aunt
Sunday was church, lunch with church friends, and then I packed and headed back down here. It was a perfect Thanksgiving weekend, with much to be thankful for and many reminders of just how blessed my life has been. Thank you God, for everything.