Finally, happier notes. Less grumpy. Surrounded by family here, phonelinks to family afar and echoes of friends and family online. And full from a delightful dinner.
Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, baked root vegetables (potatoes, turnips, carrots, leeks, onions), two kinds of cranberries (canned jelly and homemade cranberry-orange relish), gravy, a bottle of homemade Malbec (from a friend of Mrs. Dr. Phil in trade for some homemade bagels) -- and two kinds of pies, pumpkin and pecan. Oh. My. Yum.
Okay, So Much For The Big, Pig-Out Meal, But What About That Thankful Bit?
I am thankful that there's still a little sanity left in the world. That not everyone has to turn the holidays into a crass money grab. That I know many families who are visiting each other, meeting up with friends, and playing with their children. That not everyone is hellbent on trying to destroy the Earth (and each other). That there are still people interested in learning new things. And that there are people who are will to lighten up and have a little fun every now and then.
Yeah, Dr. Phil is pretty thankful every day -- and really, I'm much more of an optimist than a pessimist. Really.