#Blessed

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians out there!

So far this long weekend has been pretty great. Lots of laziness. Lots of socializing. Lots of food.
JW and I started the weekend off with date night and half price appies at the Crown and Moose.
Saturday was spent getting ready for our first, and hopefully annual, Friendsgiving.
I’m not always a fan of being in the kitchen, but this guy, he makes it a lot more fun. Even with the occasional pause to goof off, we were able to get everything ready by the time everyone showed up.
JW are a pretty good match, we both have a tendency to go overboard for potlucks. What was supposed to be wings, turned into two kinds of wings, two kinds of alouettes, a cheese and meet plate, and baba ganoush. And then to top it all off I channeled my inner Pioneer Woman and made some Crazy Brownies.
Look at all that goodness.

The weather was terrible all day, extreme winds, rain, hail and snow. There were times when I thought everyone would cancel. But it turns out we all love good food more than we hate crap weather. And man was it worth it!

So much food. And I had to try some of everything of course. And then seconds of a few things too. By dinner on Sunday I was still full. 
But I’ll never turn down a home cooked turkey dinner with these crazy folks. 
JW and I have one more Thanksgiving dinner before the weekend of eating ends and the diet begins again. And I’m kind of looking forward to the eating being over. But I am so unbelievably thankful for all of the wonderful people in my life. How wonderful it is to be surrounded by people who love to get together (regardless of the weather) to enjoy each others company and to celebrate.
How did you spend your (Thanksgiving) weekend?



Finally…

I am finally finished the diploma program that I have been working on for like five years. Yes, I know that’s a long time to finish what should have been a two year program, but I did it while building my career. I’m starting my degree program this fall hopefully. I’m definitely a sucker for punishment. But I do get the next four months free from the stress of school.

And since I apparently don’t know how to operate without stress in my life, I decided to host family supper at my place this coming Sunday. Which really wouldn’t be a huge deal except, I’m going to visit my parents for the weekend, so I’ll be out of town Friday – Sunday afternoon. And, since I’ve been studying for the last few weeks, I haven’t done much house work (I’m no Martha Stewart remember). So, I’ve got one night to get the groceries I need, and clean my place before I head out for the weekend.

I don’t cook for other people often. So I should probably apologize to them in advance. It could be a questionable meal 🙂