Weekend Magic

Home for the holidays…..manana! YEE-ha.

And let me tell ya, I am going into this Thanksgiving week grateful for a whole ┬áheck of a lot. It’s been a really, really good past week. [Brett Dennen could not make me smile more. I just LOVE that dude. And do you know Grizfolk? I’m so excited to get to know their music better.]

Hope your weekends were filled with oodles to be thankful for, too!

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My trip home, by the numbers

22: Pounds of our bird

5: Movies watched–2 new releases at the cinema, 1 fab IMAX at Natural History, 1 Christmastime classic (The Holiday…love it all over again each and every time), 1 blast-from-the-past in archaic VHS form (City Slickers! Be kind, please rewind!)

4: Museums and memorials visited, highlights being the awesome Black List exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, the super-hidden, very wee, Secret Service museum on H Street (who knew?) and the awesome new MLK Jr. Memorial on the edge of the Tidal Basin

10: Rating (out of 10) I’d give the brisket at American Ice Company. (Thanks, Pat, for reserving us that table too!)

0: Times I opened my laptop, which I left here in Seattle. It felt great!

3: Alfresco walks–one with dad on Thanksgiving day, two with the entire fam around nearby Burke Lake

21: Age of my cousin David, who accompanied the older cousins out to the bar for the first time:)

19: Place settings at our slightly hectic yet delicious and fun Thanksgiving feast

Umpteen: mugs of tea and peanut butter-kiss cookies consumed, hugs from Elliott, giggles from Gracie, fried dishes and beer pints ordered at Stoney’s during a fun friends reunion, times Abby and Anna sweetly (and thankfully, gently) tugged on my earrings, identical puzzle pieces of blue sky Erik and KL somehow managed to fit together, times the new Decemberists album repeated in my mom’s car:), immeasurable tally of the times I felt grateful during the past two weeks for the amazing family and friends I am so blessed to have and love and already miss.

It was a lot of togetherness in close quarters, but overall we all did pretty well, I think, and it was a really lovely trip home. The friend-family balance is new to me and admittedly a bit tough. But I’ll get it down, eventually…

I was quite sad to leave yesterday, but I’m also excited for December here in the Pacific NW. Last night I arrived to a festive, fully-decked downtown Seattle. Back at the house after a longggg day of travel, the Christmas tree precariously perched atop the Space Needle twinkled at us through the family room windows. Happy December, friends!

(Hazy Georgetown, taken from the Kennedy Center terrace at the Sheer Madness intermission)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cozied into a packed family room, all watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Around 4 o’clock, 19 of us will feast on turkey and stuffing and potatoes and pie. There will be a wee bit of chaos, hopefully no drama and undoubtedly heaps of food and gratitude. Man, I love this holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! Enjoy.
Cheers!

‘Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.’~Melody Beattie