Friday, November 25, 2011
Seven Quick Takes for Friday: Turkeys, Turkey Burgers, Nonflying Turkeys and Advent
1. I woke up at 4:30 a.m. Thursday to take the train into Manhattan so I could see the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. What a blast! A friend from work and I, her two teenagers and two of their friends stood for two hours by Times Square, waiting for the parade. Thousands and thousands of others gathered to watch the marching bands, the clowns and the floats. It was a beautiful fall day and we grabbed breakfast at the Tic Toc Diner near Madison Square Garden before heading home.
2. My husband, as he has the past 19 years, prepared a wonderful Thanksgiving meal for me and our two sons. How is it a meal takes days to plan and prepare, and mere minutes to gobble? Thankfully, we have lots of leftovers.
3. The turkeys we eat are so heavy they can't fly. Just found that out. Just sayin'.
4. The next stop on our Thanksgiving adventure was suburban New York, where we had lunch at a restaurant with my parents, my sister and her two daughters. Sweet times. Still wondering why I ordered a turkey burger, though.
5. I am not ready for all the Christmas music on the radio, are you? And those incessant ads. Do you, like me, turn the radio off when the ads come on?
6. I am looking forward to attending an Advent retreat in a few weeks. I've never been on one. What are your Advent plans?
7. I am thankful for all the people who work on Thanksgiving so we don't have to. I am thinking about the mother I met at the parade with her four children. Her husband had a shift at the power plant. Ticket takers and conductors on the train, the folks at Dunkin' Donuts where I bought coffee, and the police officers who worked the parade so we could stay safe. Deepest thanks to all of them.