I had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I was lucky to be able to spend it with friends. We had a traditional meal with a gloriously delicious turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, corn, homemade stuffing, and dinner rolls. We finished it all off with pumpkin pie and apple-pear pie. We enjoyed each other's company, laughed and watched some great movies: Eight Crazy Nights, The Tale of Despereaux, Addams Family Values and last but not least, The Color of Magic. I take photos of holidays and special occasions because I get sad that Vernon is not there with me, so I bring him with me by taking pictures and talking about him. Last night was even better because they turned on The Color of Magic, which is a movie based on the Discworld Book series by Terry Pratchett. Vernon and I have read all of the Rincewind books together and then watched the movie together on one of my trips to England. But, to be honest, he and I weren't very impressed with the movie and quickly dozed off. There was so much missing that we got frustrated. When watching the same movie last night, everyone liked it so very much. I enjoyed it and happily talked about the Terry Pratchett books with everyone. It was like Vernon was there and at one moment during the movie I felt emotional and wanted to cry.
The next day is.... you guessed it... Black Friday. I did this once several years ago. I stood out in a parking lot with a friend at like 4am and I don't think either of us were really planning on getting anything specific. We just wanted to have the experience. I don't think I'll ever do that again, especially with the crazy stories that I hear every year and the scary videos that I see. I can't imagine what the rest of the world thinks of us crazy Americans fighting each other, stepping on children and grabbing and shoving like a bunch of starving wild dogs over a freshly killed deer carcass. It's pretty sad when you think about it. Just so you non-Americans know, we all aren't like that.
Today I did go out on Black Friday, but later in the morning when the psycho craziness had died down; but the parking lots are still full and stores are still busy, but it's all civilized. I stopped at the Goodwill store and found a couple of beautiful teapots for my reception centerpieces. I want to find used ones and I don't want them to match. They only cost $1.50 each. I feel like I got the best deal of Black Friday! I was so excited to find these. I'm going to go back a few times a month to look for more. These are the only ones I'm going to share because I don't want to spoil all the fun. So exciting!
Tomorrow I have a second Thanksgiving dinner with my parents so that will be fun. I was able to have some face time with Vernon today after I came back from my Black Friday shopping and he said to me, "Darling, I'm glad you get to have multiple Thanksgiving meals". Yeah, me too.