Thanksgiving 2015, and we’ve been experiencing some maddening Internet woes here on the homefront today. On, then off for a few minutes. Repeat at inconvenient intervals. Season with an impromptu shutdown of the laptop for an update.
A sign that we should be spending this holiday unplugged from our technology and more connected to the things that really matter?
(The irony isn’t lost on me that I’m writing this with the benefit of an Internet connection. For now.)
There will be some unplugged time today and throughout this weekend. I’m participating in the annual Thankfully Reading Weekend hosted by Jenn’s Bookshelves. I need to start Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann for a review, and I’m also still reading The Witches by Stacy Schiff. That one is taking me forever — it’s definitely a chunkster. I don’t have any goals for Thankfully Reading; it’s meant to be a low-key event, which are the best kinds of read-a-thons and challenges, in my mind.
Today I’m cooking dinner for The Husband, the kids, and my mother-in-law. Started last night, actually, by making a few things ahead of time: cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie. In the crockpot are sweet potatoes and carrots. The turkey breast is already taken care of, courtesy of a gift certificate to Honeybaked Ham, and we have a Quorn turkey roll for the two of us who abstain from meat. Stuffing (two kinds — one regular, one gluten-free), mashed potatoes and biscuits still to come.
It will be an abundant, delicious meal on this, a bit of a difficult holiday. The past five months have brought several significant challenges and stress, and as the year quickly draws to a close, there’s some real apprehension about what 2016 will bring.
I’m trying very hard to look past all that — beyond what’s been lost and what lies ahead — and trying to focus on being grateful, for now.
To stay plugged in to what truly matters.