My parents went to San Francisco to see my little sister. My older sister moved back to N. Carolina. The friend that invites everybody over for everything moved too. Mj and I were on our own this year so we made dinner reservations. The people there didn't look too sad and lonely and we weren't either. We had each other.
I was actually pretty excited about it. I've always wanted to see what it was like. Dinner would be at 4:30pm and Thanksgiving would not be an all day affair of grazing on foods and drinking wine. Not that I don't enjoy that. I enjoy it way too much. That's the problem. I overeat when there is food staring me in the face all day long. We showed up, got seated and then went off to have our fill of the Thanksgiving buffet. We each got one glass of champagne that came with dinner. We went back for seconds and dessert, enjoyed a good meal and were on our way home by 6pm for more relaxing. It was perfect. The only mishap had to do with Yams. Amidst the throngs of people lined up in the food area someone dropped yams and I happened to be right there. I noticed the sticky globs on my Tom's wedge booties when I got home. I LOVE these shoes so that kind of sucked but my cleaning solution took care of it. I don't even like yams.
If I had to pick one way every year forever it would be to spend Thanksgiving with family. It's what I've always done and I'm very grateful for that. It didn't work out that way this year but it was nice to do something different. I didn't hate it.
I'm not into Black Friday at all. I've never done it. I'm not trying to get up at the crack of dawn to spend money I shouldn't be spending on things I don't need on my precious day off. MAYBE and that's a big maybe, if there was something specific I wanted. Instead, we did something we haven't done in a long long time. We cuddled up in bed until about 11:00am dozing off and chatting. It was way better then Black Friday as far as I'm concerned. I'm not shopping right now so I did my best to ignore all the 50% online sales. I did however score a free digital issue of Self and Allure magazine for my my i pad. It's something.
I've been checking Maui weather obsessively. Things can be really iffy in December with rain but it's looking good for us so far and I'm hoping it stays that way.
The packing started on Thursday and didn't end until Saturday. It makes me sad to see the sheer volume of stuff I need when I go on vacation. I have one small suitcase dedicated to hair products, toiletries and shoes. I'm a chronic over packer. My packing anxiety has improved a lot. It kind of had to with all the traveling I've been doing or else I'd drive myself crazy. Mj checked on my round trip ticket that wasn't. I used frequent flyer miles to pay for my trip there. Mj used his points to pay for my return flight; or so we thought. Apparently the price went up before the booking was confirmed so they cancelled my return flight without us even realizing it and didn't even give him his points back. Crisis averted. I got the very last seat available for the return flight so it looks like I won't be stuck in Maui. Although, when I think about it I kind of wish I was. I mean, Maui!!! I'm not ever going to want to come home.