Ugh! I've been sick all day. I'm sure I didn't eat too much on Thanksgiving. I did eat a LOT though. I certainly didn't drink enough (any) water. I woke up dehydrated this morning. Nausea, leg cramp, moans and groans. It's been a heck of a day trying to rehydrate. The kicker is [and I can hardly believe this myself] I'M HUNGRY! But I'm not supposed to eat - I'm supposed to replenish fluids.
I had a wonderful Thanksgiving though. A fun gathering with Cheryl's family. Although, Cheryl's mom did panic when she saw the mashed potatoes, "Is this all there is? We have twenty people coming! Oh GREAT, we don't have any mashed potatoes." Now, I know she's not my mother but for some reason I still strive for her approval. I certainly didn't achieve it in that moment. [strike one] I also delivered them in a plastic container. [strike two] "Is there even any butter in them?" Yes, and we added some in the reheating! [pop fly - safe at first]
Growing up having Thanksgiving Dinner in my family, I became accustomed to keeping my hands by my side, sitting in silence, waiting for the blessing to be said, before I was ever allowed to pick up my napkin and place it across my lap. So, there I sat, when I suddenly realized serving plates were being tossed over my head, across my plate, into my arms. People were standing, leaning, reaching, yelling. "Do you want gravy? Who has the salt? Where's the white meat? I want the dark. Ooh Cranberries!" Everyone was eating while passing plates. It was amazing, freeing and wonderful!
A few moments into the meal, Cheryl read her beautiful blessing. And soon after that, Cheryl's mom announced to me from across the table, "The mashed potatoes are DELICIOUS!" [home run!] The best of all worlds! [I didn't have the heart to tell her they were made with Vanilla Rice Dream. I was reveling in her acceptance and validation.]
There were three pies, all delicious-looking - but no 'Umpkin.
We went to a dessert party later and still no 'Umpkin Pie! It's the one dessert I was craving. Still am. ::sigh::
Oh, and by the way, there were so many mashed potatoes I ended up taking home the left-overs.