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Title: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: Langue_doc on November 05, 2022, 10:16:40 AM
Thanksgiving is almost upon us. What are your plans? Are you hosting, guesting, traveling, or staying home?

I'm looking forward to good company and good food. As long as the weather is reasonable--no blizzards or freezing rain--I don't mind the long drive. We'll probably have a traditional dinner with turkey and the assorted trimmings/side dishes.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: sinenomine on November 05, 2022, 10:43:55 AM
I’m heading out of the country to do archival research Thanksgiving week, after staying within 50 miles of my house for almost three years.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: Hegemony on November 05, 2022, 04:08:17 PM
I'm wondering whether it's Covid-safe to have a few cautious people over. I have health vulnerabilities, so I am risk-averse. Another obstacle is that two of my usual guests dislike each other intensely, and one of them snipes unpleasantly at the other, making everyone uncomfortable. It's not a situation where I can leave one of them off the guest list, if there is a guest list, and not cause offense. It kinda just makes me want to hide under the covers.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: Harlow2 on November 05, 2022, 05:50:26 PM
Several of us are within30 miles of each other and like the idea of simplicity.  Haven’t figured out whose house yet.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: onthefringe on November 05, 2022, 05:56:00 PM
Second year of going to fringelet’s college town and hosting dinner at a AirBnB for fringelet and friends who can’t head home for T’giving (her school only guves Thursday and Friday off).
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: clean on November 05, 2022, 06:26:17 PM
We are going on a 'Love Boat' Honey Moon Cruise.  It is our 2nd anniversary, but COVID is down enough to give her a honeymoon cruise. 

It is from LA to Puarto Villarta, Mantlazon, Cabo and back to LA.  I think that we will be in Cabo on Thanksgiving. 

The excursions that I think that she wanted most were already filled before I really started to book them.  It was only a wait list when I saw them, but I asked, and she didnt want to be on the wait list, so now we are on NO LIST at all! 

We will do Salsa and Salsa on one day.  Where they show you 5 kinds of salsa and then you learn to dance some.  A similar activity was available in 2 ports, but she didnt want to have 2 exercise days in a row! 

We fly out in 2 weeks, and fly back the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Because of the flight costs,  (even Southwest flights were $450 each on the way back) I went ahead and spent the extra money to get First Class flights on the way up and the way back.  I wasnt concerned about the way up, but the way back.... after Thanksgiving when the flights are likely full, as will be the airports, I figured I didnt want to add a 3rd to sit on our post cruise, expanded laps.  Also, IF there are problems with flight cancellations, I expect that first class tickets will get some sort of priority. 


Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: Vkw10 on November 06, 2022, 05:46:06 PM
A friend’s parents have invited me to join them for Thanksgiving weekend, as Nephew and Partner will be visiting Nephew’s remaining grandparent in Austria. We’ll dine at their retirement home’s excellent restaurant on the day,  spend a day making Christmas candy for their friends and helpers, then enjoy an opening night performance at the local dinner theatre.

I’m hoping the Austrian trip goes well, because Nephew’s grandparent is at the stage where minor health issues become major quickly. I’ve reminded them to make short daily trips to see sights and bring back little treats, so grandparent can have a lie-down.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: Sun_Worshiper on November 07, 2022, 07:10:47 AM
Traveling to visit family this year.

It is always a tradeoff: The time/money/hassle of traveling vs. the stress of hosting. I usually prefer the latter, but actually looking forward to getting away this year.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: paultuttle on November 07, 2022, 07:43:39 AM
I'm wondering whether it's Covid-safe to have a few cautious people over. I have health vulnerabilities, so I am risk-averse. Another obstacle is that two of my usual guests dislike each other intensely, and one of them snipes unpleasantly at the other, making everyone uncomfortable. It's not a situation where I can leave one of them off the guest list, if there is a guest list, and not cause offense. It kinda just makes me want to hide under the covers.

You could include this statement in the invitation or when you call the snipe-er to invite that person:

We would like to have you, if you can refrain from expressing your known dislike of Guest X, who will also be present. If you do not feel you can refrain from doing so, I will understand why you have chosen to stay home.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: apl68 on November 07, 2022, 08:56:18 AM
Just planning to drive a little over two hours to my parents' house to spend a long Thanksgiving weekend.  I've been greatly blessed to never miss a Thanksgiving or Christmas at home, even when I lived out of state.  And greatly blessed to have both of them still with me and well.  I do miss the old family gatherings we used to have when my grandmother was still alive.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: poiuy on November 07, 2022, 03:29:05 PM
Those who are spending time with loved ones you want to see are indeed blessed and have something to be grateful for.

We have never lived near extended family, so it's always been our nuclear group.  As adults, our small nuclear family dislike each other. It's not due to politics or any major drama, but due to clashing personalities. I keep making an effort to get us together for occasions because I feel someone must try, but after a day or two we are thankful to be done with that and go our own ways again. No one else bothers.   

We are taking a road trip to a minor tourist attraction that is open on the holidays, so that will help dilute our dynamics. Also the dogs. Two days plus driving time each way.

Oh well.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: Langue_doc on November 08, 2022, 12:34:30 PM
I'm wondering whether it's Covid-safe to have a few cautious people over. I have health vulnerabilities, so I am risk-averse. Another obstacle is that two of my usual guests dislike each other intensely, and one of them snipes unpleasantly at the other, making everyone uncomfortable. It's not a situation where I can leave one of them off the guest list, if there is a guest list, and not cause offense. It kinda just makes me want to hide under the covers.

Sending you good wishes for a happy Thanksgiving, Hegemony. Sorry to hear about your sniper guest--hope hu behaves if you decide to have people over.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: ab_grp on November 08, 2022, 02:26:20 PM
We're still not up for hanging around people, but youngest is coming to visit us and others for the first time this semester of living away at college.  Thankfully, it sounds as though the old favorite, chili, will be the main meal during the very brief visit, since I was having trouble finding Thanksgiving-related food for vegetarians who don't like vegetables with the added challenge that things now need to be diabetic-friendly.  Or, I guess we could all just eat different meals.  The longer winter break will be more of a challenge.  So the holiday will be pretty low key overall.  Hopefully we'll get the Christmas tree up during the visit.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on November 08, 2022, 05:12:14 PM
I would love to just hide in a cave, but I'll probably be dragged into some extended family gathering. That in itself may work because there will be enough people to use as a buffer against the really toxic ones.

We even have a turkey that we bought last year (hiding in our freezer) for about 50 cents a pound which is unheard of right now.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: dismalist on November 08, 2022, 05:13:41 PM
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We even have a turkey that we bought last year (hiding in our freezer) for about 50 cents a pound which is unheard of right now.

Speculators!
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on November 18, 2022, 07:11:05 PM
Oops! I forgot that this thread was here and started another one.

Here's a question. What will YOU be cooking, eating, or both for Thanksgiving?
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: Langue_doc on November 18, 2022, 07:36:30 PM
Oops! I forgot that this thread was here and started another one.

Here's a question. What will YOU be cooking, eating, or both for Thanksgiving?

Thankfully I won't have to cook, prep, clean up, or do a major grocery run, but just enjoy the company of some wonderful people who sort of adopted me. We've never ever discussed politics during any of the Thanksgiving gatherings, which is one of the many reasons why I enjoy the holiday and the company. The hostess is a close friend's relative. I suspect the hostess and family (not my friend) are staunch conservatives, so the absence of political discussions is truly a gift.

Hope you are surrounded by people who care about you.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: clean on November 18, 2022, 07:40:29 PM
Leaving tomorrow for our Covid Delayed Honeymoon.  See Vent Thread! 

But I am hoping that once I wake up tomorrow afternoon from what I am sure will be a much needed nap, I intend to have a good time! 

Thanksgiving in the port of Cabo.  (though we didnt get the excursions we wanted, so we may stay on the ship and have a spa day!   I promised to pay to let her sharpen and polish all her claws! ) 
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: hmaria1609 on November 21, 2022, 01:00:49 PM
Taking this week off. I bought home a few books from the library.

WTOP Radio has the best and worst times to be driving through the greater Baltimore/DC region:
https://wtop.com/thanksgiving-news/2022/11/traveling-for-thanksgiving-best-and-worst-times-to-hit-the-roads-in-dc-area/ (https://wtop.com/thanksgiving-news/2022/11/traveling-for-thanksgiving-best-and-worst-times-to-hit-the-roads-in-dc-area/)
Scroll past ad breaks to read full article.

Safe and smooth travels to everyone heading out for Thanksgiving!
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: mamselle on November 21, 2022, 01:23:32 PM
Home. Peace. Turkey, etc.

Bliss.

M.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: EdnaMode on November 21, 2022, 03:30:23 PM
Not travelling this year. It will be nice to stay home, cook, bake, relax, sleep in, read something I want to (not something I have to), and enjoy some peace. It's been a rough couple of months for many reasons so looking forward to the time off. Also, NOT looking at work email at all. There's absolutely nothing going on that will require a response from me until after break. Safe travels to everyone on the road and in the skies.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: Juvenal on November 21, 2022, 03:40:54 PM
Creamed onions--such a chore!  Peeling all those pearl onions and making sure the sauce is as-it-should-be.  But the folks (a couple of decades on) expect the dish to be there (casserole).  A long-time regular is not coming and so... no "Oysters Rockefeller" for us!
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: sinenomine on November 23, 2022, 09:16:49 AM
I canceled my planned trip and have been enjoying relaxing at home. Just went out and got the ingredients for tomorrow to make salmon with satay peanut sauce, veggies, cheese and crackers, and a sidecar. Or two. Or three.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: Puget on November 23, 2022, 09:47:28 AM
Thanksgiving has never been a big deal, must-do holiday in my family (being home for Passover on the other hand. . .), and travel this time of year is horrendous so I'm just using the break to catch up on work. Just being able to work from home without interruption is reducing my stress levels immensely at the moment. I will zoom with my parents tomorrow, and we will each make a few Thanksgiving-ish dishes (vegetarian so no bird). This weekend if the weather cooperates I may go the nearby wildlife refuge for hike/bird watch.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: OneMoreYear on November 23, 2022, 10:26:57 AM
Headed out to see the in-laws tomorrow early (7-hour drive). I won the in-law lottery; they are wonderful people who are amazing hosts (and wonderful cooks). But I have been sick most of this horrific semester. I am so exhausted, and all I want to do is stay home, sleep, and catch up on some work, so the next 2 weeks are not excruciating.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: Larimar on November 24, 2022, 05:20:39 AM
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, including the canine and feline members of The Fora!

Mr. Larimar and I are off soon to see his side of the family for the day. They live a little over an hour away. Yesterday I made large batches of a couple of my specialties, garlic mashed potatoes and green beans amandine, and we found some lovely rosemary bread to bring too. I've been looking forward to this. I really lucked out when it comes to the in-laws. They're good people.


Larimar
Title: Re: Thanksgiving 2022
Post by: clean on November 24, 2022, 06:29:27 PM
Happy Thanksgiving from our Honeymoon cruise in MEXICO! 

I dont really drink, so I have had more to drink in the last 5 days than in the entire last year.  Not that it is a  lot to drink, but it takes so little for me to feel it, and I am not a fan of the feeling! 

Tonight we are going to the Specialty Restaurant (which is Italian, as that is all that was available, and it wasnt available before 815 Mexico Time, .. so WAY past my usual supper time.  But that is ok, I have had plenty to eat).

May have to return to a more restricted diet when I return home.  Im feeling that I may be filling out the pants a bit more than when I departed. 

Anyway, I hope that everyone has had a Great Thanksgiving with people (and cats, or even dogs) that they WANT to spend time with!