Well, yeah. This Thanksgiving was weird, but good.
First - I am thankful for Jamie and how much she looks after me and Scout and everyone else in general, but in COVID times, she's been extra great. We're now however many months into this mess and she's been both dealing well with having to live with me and has been entirely key to me keeping an even keel throughout.
I'm thankful for a solid job that is unlike to see much damage as the situation around us remains fluid. It can be crazy, but it's a challenge I am growing to appreciate more all the time.
We live in town with much of our small family, and I'm thankful we're doing well, and I can see people (socially distanced) even if high-fives and hugs are harder to come by. We've got a solid support system here locally and in California, and that doesn't hurt.
And, of course, I'm grateful for all you knuckleheads who have made COVID-times bearable by staying in touch, co-producing podcasts, reading the blog, and doing Tuesday and Friday movie nights. It's a heck of a thing that there's a network from New York to San Francisco and Seattle and back again through the midwest, Kansas City and onward to North Carolina and Tennessee. Y'all are everywhere, and it's alarming.
It's hard not to be appreciative this year of our medical personnel, both frontline dealing every day with the fallout of the Coronavirus and the folks keeping the engines going everywhere from my local clinic to my new dentist - who are no doubt suffering major inconveniences as they have to stay germ-free. And, honestly, I'm grateful for the folks trying to maintain some normalcy from my LCS Austin Books, to the good folks at my grocery who changed everything about shopping so folks like us can do curbside if we choose.
In fact, this Thanksgiving was made possible by the good folks at Austin sub-chain of HEB, Central Market. This year, with just Jamie and I for dinner, we just picked up food and basically heated it up. And while it wasn't the same as my mom's Thanksgiving dinner, it was very good, indeed!
And now we have more leftovers than we will ever finish.
Jamie wrangled the turkey out of plastic
As mentioned, we headed to San Marcos to visit with my father-in-law on his nice big, back porch and drop off his dinner. Afterward, we wrapped the night by watching the Netflix Dolly Parton movie (directed by Debbie Allen) Christmas on the Square using Teleparty with Kristen and Doug.
Anyway - hope your turkey day was A-OK. Best to you and yours.