Sunday, November 28, 2010
TSS: Thanksgiving Weekend Edition
I love Thanksgiving. As as kid, it signaled the beginning of the Christmas season. As an adult, it's every bit as special as Christmas... but without the pressure to find the perfect gift! I enjoy the planning, cooking, and baking, and it was truly a blessing to have 18 family members at our dinner table on Thursday.
Our Friday family gathering (which included two sisters who spent Thanksgiving with in-laws) turned out to be a surprise anniversary celebration. How in the world did they pull that off? My husband and I will mark our 25th wedding anniversary on Tuesday. It sounds like such a long time, but often seems like yesterday. We were planning a trip to London in late April.... then the royal wedding was announced. R had arranged coverage, but tickets were not purchased. Suddenly prices are higher and we're wondering if that's really the best time to be in London anyway. We may head to Florida instead and try to get to London during the winter.
Yesterday featured more family togetherness, and today there is even talk of cutting the Christmas tree before Daughter #1 heads back to college. We usually wait until she comes home for winter break, but there's snow on the ground now, so we may get into the holiday mood early!
Although I wasn't blogging last week, I did read. Holidays on Ice is classic David Sedaris. I think audio is the best way to experience his books but, since I have his voice in my head, this is still very funny.
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. The Corrections has long been a favorite and I have high hopes for Freedom, too. The New Yorker magazine ran a short story "Good Neighbors", excerpted from the novel, earlier this year. You can read it here.
Finally, Pearl S. Buck's Pavilion of Women is wonderful. I won this last month from Oasis Audio as part of the Friday Reads twitter meme. There was a snag this week when disk #3 was actually from a different book, but I borrowed a print copy from the library, read the missing section, and am ready to move on to disk four.
I hope you're enjoying the weekend. What are you reading today?