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Thanks Given

It was a strange Thanksgiving, but not a bad one.

We got to sleep in, which was divine, and then raced out to pick up our grocery order. The Instacart picker grabbed regular Russet potatoes instead of sweet potatoes when we ordered Tuesday, which neither worked for my allergies or the sweet potato dish I promised to make. That was annoying, but it let us pick up some "impulse items" like bagels, lox and cream cheese. That was breakfast.

Mom-E still wanted to get together (Safely) to exchange Thanksgiving dinner, so we met up outside Lori-O's house to trade. She and her Fella have been quarantined, his test came back positive and I think hers was negative but they've both been sick. Luckily they have a new puppy to help fill the hours.

lonelydumptruck made cranberry sauce and I made my favorite sweet potatoes. Mom-E made the traditional family stuffing and rolls. Jay and his Special Lady Friend made mashed potatoes, Costco pumpkin pie and that old fashioned fruit salad where you add a can of fruit cocktail to cool whip. lonelydumptruck ate most of that last night.

We spent most of the day working on our dinner. We did a shrimp boil and I made cocktail sauce, so that was our starter. We ordered two massive steaks from a local butcher shop run by a friend in the arts community. How big were they, you ask? These steaks were so big we shared one for dinner and still couldn't finish it. lonelydumptruck made a stellar bernaise to go over the steak, we whipped up a dish of ribboned Brussel sprouts, pistachios and bacon for veg and ate the last serving of sweeet potatoes au gratin as a side.

After dinner we had a family Zoom Meeting. It was small but nice - just us, my parents, Mom-E and Eddie, one of Eddie's sons and his wife, Lori-O and her Fella and our cool step-niece (who shared she and her roommate both had Covid this month.)

Mom and dad called later to share a dirty joke dad read and we had the hard talk about Christmas. We're going to cancel our trip down to see them. It's just getting too bad here. We start a month-long hunker down on Tuesday and our numbers are so bad even the KRI (Known Racist Idiot) on Facebook has gone from claiming she's being treated like a Black person when asked to come into businesses special hours because she "can't breathe" in a mask to posting for Everyone to wear a fucking mask.

After all that, we finished our champagne and started watching The Dead Don't Die, but we fell asleep so hard lonelydumptruck say he woke up and we were 40 minutes into Trolls 2. Damn autoplay. Hopefully we'll actually watch it tonight while we eat leftovers.


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Nov. 28th, 2020 04:43 am (UTC)
I grew up on "fruit salad" as jello with fruit cocktail.
Nov. 28th, 2020 06:06 am (UTC)
That was "jell-o salad" at my Grandma Elaine's table.
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Nov. 28th, 2020 05:45 am (UTC)
that old fashioned fruit salad where you add a can of fruit cocktail to cool whip

Ambrosia salad?
Nov. 28th, 2020 06:07 am (UTC)

My mom's ambrosia was made with leftover rice.
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Nov. 28th, 2020 06:51 am (UTC)
I grew up on "fruit salad" as jello with fruit cocktail.
Nov. 28th, 2020 10:27 am (UTC)
We had a lot of "gelatin salads" made with flavored gelatin which in turn was our old friend Jell-O, but usually the stuff added to it would be mandarin orange segments to Orange Jell-O (and this one was always made in a ring mold); lime-flavored Jell-O mixed with cream cheese and containing fine-minced celery and walnut meats; a cranberry -flavored Jell-O with---if I remember correctly---those mandarin orange segments and maybe whole, cooked cranberries (wasn't well received except by a cousin who's crazy for cranberry anything and who asked for and was given the recipe and I do believe that salad was never served again); we must have had Jell-O with fruit cocktail in it when we kids were young---I have a sneaking suspicion my mother didn't like that one---and once or twice I know we had drained fruit cocktail mixed with something like Cool Whip (R), but I think that was a super quick and easy dessert.
Nov. 28th, 2020 06:47 pm (UTC)
I remember lime jell-o with pineapple and the Great Mystery of "did it set or is it soup."
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Nov. 28th, 2020 01:54 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a good day was had by all...
Nov. 28th, 2020 06:47 pm (UTC)
It was pretty damn great
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Nov. 28th, 2020 02:08 pm (UTC)
Sounds lovely....nice TD! You have a card on the way
Nov. 28th, 2020 06:47 pm (UTC)
Aww! Thank you!
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Nov. 28th, 2020 06:48 pm (UTC)
We really did. It almost felt more like a very special anniversary dinner
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Nov. 28th, 2020 05:39 pm (UTC)
That food sounds amazing; my family sticks to the classics for the holidays. (I never understood the old "salads," though. I like paging through cookbooks from pre-70s and picking out what I would and would not ever try.) My idea of fruit salad is just mixed fruit, maybe with vanilla Jell-O pudding powder mixed in.

Amazing how even the non-believers start preaching masks when it more obviously effects them. 🙄

Nov. 28th, 2020 06:50 pm (UTC)
We're usually a Very Classic family when it comes to Holiday meals, this was a nice departure .

Yeah, this KRI is astonishing...
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Nov. 28th, 2020 05:42 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm ... the food sounds lovely.

Seems to be a good idea not to travel anywhere for Xmas. Our government want to loosen the restrictions for the holidays. :-(
I see a massive rise of case numbers in January. Meh!
Nov. 28th, 2020 06:52 pm (UTC)
They just announced that one of the labs here hasn't been sending the results to be tallied, so we're going to have a terrifying jump when all the numbers get added in...and another from Thanksgiving gatherings.
Nov. 29th, 2020 01:56 am (UTC)
That sounds like a great day :)
Nov. 29th, 2020 07:51 pm (UTC)
It really was
Nov. 29th, 2020 03:14 am (UTC)
This year has been a cesspool.


Sounds like you had a lovely meal (more than one!) and it's good you got to "see" family, even if it was online. Stay safe!
Nov. 29th, 2020 07:51 pm (UTC)
It sure has, gotta find bright spots.

You take care of yourself
Nov. 30th, 2020 03:52 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you had a good Thanksgiving. It seems like most people are cancelling Christmas plans. The government here is going to relax regulations for 5 days over Christmas, so I'm fully expecting figures to shoot up in January.
Nov. 30th, 2020 05:51 pm (UTC)
It's a terrible thing to say, but I don't see things getting better until maybe Spring.
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