I hope everyone is enjoying their turkey and time with friends/family. I did things a little differently.
See, I work on Thanksgiving, so I don’t really get to celebrate. Which isn’t that big a deal, given that I don’t have family here and my friends scatter to the winds on the holiday to be with their families.
But I feel left out if I don’t get some turkey around this time of year. So last year I hosted a Friendsgiving/game night here at my house. And I continued the tradition again this year on Saturday the 23rd.
There was much laughing, eating and drinking. And of course some game-playing.
Alas, it wasn’t the most frugal of Friendsgivings. The turkey itself was cheap at $0.67 per pound — so even at 20.56 lbs, it was pretty affordable. But I also bought oven bags, cheese, crackers, hummus and the makings for pumpkin pie.
All in all, I spent about $45. But on the other hand, I have a fair amount of leftovers:
The white meat I’ll eat now, either straight out of the fridge (with some salt) or in sandwiches.
The dark meat goes in the freezer for Mom to make turkey chili when she’s here in January.
I also still had a whole pumpkin pie left — I made two since up to 11 people were coming (9 showed) — and copious amounts of cheese and crackers and almost a full container of hummus.
That’s because everyone brought food of their own to share. (The key to a good Friendsgiving.) We had mashed potatoes, sweet potato pie, apple pie, a fruit torte, a cheese-and-nuts-and-I-think-some-berries? dip and of course cranberry sauce.
Plus everyone and their brother brought wine. Alas, I don’t drink the stuff, so the unused bottles went home with the guests. I also made them take their food home so that I’m not 200 lbs by Christmas.
There was much laughing, some playing of games and of course, as with any good holiday, drinking.
So while I may not be gorging myself on Thanksgiving proper, I assure you that I had my holiday nonetheless.
And since this is a Thanksgiving Day post, I suppose I ought to say what I’m thankful for. (It’s a tradition we mercifully skip on Friendsgiving.)
I’m so thankful that I’m on my own, with only myself to take care of. My mental health has skyrocketed now that it’s just me that I have to worry about.
I’m infinitely grateful for how well my finances are doing since the divorce. Which has also greatly helped my mental health.
And of course I’m thankful for all of you for coming here and reading my thoughts/life updates. It means more to me than you can know.
What’s your Thanksgiving tradition? What are you thankful for this year?