It’s December, but I want the feeling of thankfulness to continue on. Here are some of the many things I’m thankful for (and a recap of my long weekend – now nearly a week ago):
Thanksgiving came much later this year – this time, falling only one day after the sister’s birthday. To celebrate her birthday and ensure that we didn’t lump it together with Thanksgiving festivities, we invited friends over for an early Crabsgiving on Wednesday. I am thankful for the relationship the sister and I have. I am thankful for all the friends we have made along the way. I am also very thankful that this year’s crabs are plentiful and delicious.
Early Thanksgiving morning, I dragged Ryan out of bed and to Advanced Wellness for a workout. Here he is signing his life away:
He’s not that into working out, so he’s been sore every day since. He may have finally recovered four days later. The morning workout was much needed because we had two Thanksgiving feasts back-to-back on Thursday. The eating started around noon and didn’t stop until after 8pm. I am thankful for the extended family that lives nearby, and I am thankful that it’s a family of EXCELLENT cooks!
Our Black Friday ended up being Wine Friday! We drove up to Geyserville for some wine tasting instead of facing the crowds in the malls. Passed by these crab pots on the Golden Gate Bridge on our way up:
We did hit some of that holiday shopping traffic on our way back, so we were almost the last to arrive at another family feast. After getting our fill of more Thanksgiving goodies, we met up with friends for another birthday celebration for the sister. When it’s your birthday, you get the entire weekend to celebrate. Heck, you get the entire month.
On Saturday, Ryan’s brother came into town, so we did the brunch thing at Beretta. No waiting on the weekend after Thanksgiving! View from our table:
Even with brunch in our bellies, we made a stop at Craftsman and Wolves for pastries and coffee soon after. It’s a handful of blocks away, so getting there gave us a good post-meal stroll. Since our lives really do revolve around food, our late afternoon snack was fresh Dungeness crab from the market. In the evening, we ate and drank all sorts of delicious Mexican food at Mamacita.
Ryan and I then watched Catching Fire. While we aimed for the 9pm showing, we ended up swapping our tickets for a slightly later one, and it made all the difference. The first theater was pretty packed, and the only seats were either all the way up in front or the view was partially blocked. Who puts seats in a theater that are partially blocked!?! We ended up getting our pick of seats 45 minutes later, so the additional wait was worth it. I’m thankful that when a popular movie comes out in theaters, there are way more showings than the number of viewers in attendance.
Sunday was spent at the Dickens Fair with Ryan’s mom and her manfriend. Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like a Victorian Holiday Party.
It was probably better than I hadn’t blogged in awhile because now that I’m writing, it’s all these mundane details of my day-to-day. Did I mention that we went to Gialina for dinner, and their food is delicious? There, I said it.
This may be my once-a-month update. Hopefully I am only kidding!