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Thanksgiving at Toad Woods

Gavi is here on her Thanksgiving break, so it will be obvious to all reading this just what a hard time I'm having these days. :-)

It's joy. Pure, indulgent, easy-going, great conversations joy.

We'd planned to kick back with a Doctor Who marathon, but I'm still catching up on work I wanted to have finished last week and Gavi hauled most of a suitcase of books and even more electronic files so she'd have what she needs to work on Parallel Processing, English, Logic, and Art History readings, projects, and papers. The end of the semester is near and she's carrying not just a heavy load, but something that seems a lot more like a load and a half.

Okay, I might be exaggerating. She's taking a mere 20 credit hours (when 16 is average). Plus doing projects with various professors, attending the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, and managing the responsibilities and opportunities that come from being a Clare Boothe Luce scholar. This semester, she also applied for and won a digital humanities student fellowship. Yoswer, and All That Jazz....

All of which means Gavi's been here since Tuesday evening and we have yet to watch a single episode of Dr. Who. We did spend a lazy morning on the sofa, watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the National Dog Show, all the while talking, working (Gavi), and knitting (me). And petting the cats. Lots and lots and lots of petting the cats. Especially Jinx, who doesn't normally get up on the sofa at all. Today she spent at least an hour there, demanding that Gavi constantly pet her and cuddling up next to Gavi but also seeking extra attention from me.

I ended up with a full Thanksgiving dinner without the work of one thanks to a swap with the next door neighbors. I'd ordered a smoked turkey, so it only needed warming. I made cranberry sauce (easy peasy) and stuffing. Juda made mashed potatoes, butternut squash, and roasted asparagus. At 5pm, Ed came down and we swapped containers. I sent along a few pitted, black olives, which are my canonical Thanksgiving treat. I pulled out the good china and lit candles here. Gavi enjoyed pizza and I enjoyed every bite of my feast. So far, dessert has consisted of a taste of the Hachez almond raspberry chocolate bar that showed up in Gavi's Hanukkah bag tonight. We'll have Talenti German Chocolate Cake gelato and/or their mango sorbetto if we have room for it later. It's already been close to two hours and there's clearly no room yet.

So much to be thankful for. This year, and every year. I'm especially thankful for each and every one of you and hope the best for our friendship and lives, today and every day to come.


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Nov. 29th, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
It sounds totally lovely! So glad you and Gavi had such a wonderful day!
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