Skipping Thanksgiving

Have you ever watched “Christmas with the Kranks?” Where they skip the tree, scrooge the carolers, and refuse to put up Frosty? Well, this year I’m feeling a similar feeling by skipping every foodies’ favorite holiday. No I’m not on a diet (New Year’s resolutions are still a ways off, thank goodness). I just owed my husband a vacation and with work closed for the holiday, what better time to get away?

So Happy Thanksgiving from a beautiful, little boutique hotel in Sulphur, OK! It was weird to wake up and not have to stick something in the oven. There’s no pots and pans to clean here. No family meals to plan for. We needed this time away. It’s been a crazy year. Lots of work. Lots of stress. Sometimes you need quiet time away with your other half, time to take a deep breath, just so you can even begin to reflect on what you have to be thankful for. And that’s what I’m doing, taking a breath.

I woke up at 6:00a this morning (darn it). I forgot my daily alarm was still set for work. But instead of getting up and rushing to start the day, I began reading a book I’ve been wanting to read. I listened to the sound of my husband breathing as he slept. I looked through the slit of the curtain by the window and traced the tiny line of light. I took a deep breath and reflected on my life.

In the daily grind and hustle, it’s so easy to lose focus on what you have to be thankful for. It seems to be human nature to focus on the negative, and I have found myself wallowing in lame self-pity and comparisons lately. We all do it. I definitely do it. But I am blessed with so much and I need to focus on that more. So long story short, I needed this reset. Time to bring the world back into a better and more genuine perspective.

So we’re skipping out on Thanksgiving. No pumpkin pie. No turkey and dressing. No cookies. No worries. No stress. Instead, I will read my book. Watch some old movies (and probably the History channel if my husband steals the remote). Spend quality time with him hiking through the park. Get a massage. See some buffalos. And just be.

I look forward to coming back soon refreshed and ready to take on the world! Both personally and professionally! I will be ready to tackle that next work project. I will be recharged and focused on being a better wife, friend, and coworker. And I’ll be ready to blog lots of delicious recipes to my wonderful blog family who still surprise me daily by actually reading my recipes and ramblings.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Cook yummy food, eat yummy food, and enjoy time with those you love!

(p.s. Someone eat some pie with calf slobbers for me!)

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