It’s 4 AM. Shall we discuss how many mornings I’ve seen 4 AM since I’ve been in New Jersey? Three out of four. And that one when I didn’t? That one, which I thought heralded an end to this jet lag silliness? Well, I stayed up until 2 AM that night. Apparently, when I don’t have a rigid schedule to stick to, I’m not so motivated to get rid of the jet lag.
While jet lag was super useful when I returned to help care for a sick relative (I got the night shift), and again when I was back for sisterly wedding shenanigans (and there was too much to do to sleep), there’s not much use for it now. But I’m also minimally motivated to correct the problem. So instead, I go to sleep around 11, wake up around 2 or 3 AM, work for a few hours, then sleep from 5 AM until 8 or 9 AM. Altogether, I’m getting a decent amount of sleep – and sleeping well, really – it’s just in two medium sized chunks, rather than one long block. But that 3-5 AM window turns out to be pretty productive.
Take this morning, for example. I’ve spent the last few days wondering what, if anything, I should do on the blog to celebrate Thanksgiving. It is, after all, my most favorite holiday. But I couldn’t really think of anything appropriate and not annoying. Then, in the wee hours of the morning, I scrolled through my feed reader and found a post from Shut Up and Run (SUAR): 10 Quick Thanksgiving Questions.
Quick? Check. (5 AM is fast approaching)
No requirement to import a button or do any fancy linking? CHECK.
[^One day, I shall learn to do this.]
So without further ado:
1. How old do you have to be to move up from the kids’ table?
My sister and I grew up as the only kids in our family, really. We always sat at the adults’ table. When I was a kid, people were always telling me that I “was very well-spoken with adults”. I attribute this to a kids’ table-less childhood. [Incidentally, I didn’t do so well with my peers.]
Amusingly, when I was a teenager, my sister and I went to a “family” party at the house of one of my parent’s friends. These folks had relatives with kids – lots of kids – and the whole concept of getting to play games, eat at our own table, and generally have a great time with people our own age – was revolutionary to us. We still laugh about this.
2. Stuff the turkey or cook stuffing separately? (aka salmonella or not?)
Nooooooooooo. In fact, we make Stuffing Balls. No lie. [And by “we”, I mean my sister’s best friend from high school, who my parents have practically adopted as their son. He comes over every year to help with Thanksgiving prep. And makes the Stuffing Balls.]
3. Who sits at the head of the table?
We’re not fussy. The lithe people squeeze into the back, the patient people sit on the ends, and the people who need to get up a lot sit on the outside. Or, we all sit wherever we happen to put down our drink.
4. Pumpkin, pecan, apple pie?
Yes!!!!!!!!! ALL THE PIES*!!!!!!!!!
5. What the hell is mince meat?
Not something the RWH Family eats on Thanksgiving.
[*Exception to the ALL THE PIES rule = Mincemeat pie.]
6. Is it okay to play Christmas music on Thanksgiving?
To whip out some Singlish (which is rather ironic): NO, LAH. Absolutely not.
Christmas music can come out AFTER Thanksgiving. Like, Friday. But no sooner.
7. In five words or less, worst Thanksgiving memory?
Strep throat, puked orange juice.
8. Speaking of leftovers. Who gets dibs on them?
My family always hosts. We keep most of the leftovers, but will happily fill a container or two for anyone who’d like to take some food home.
9. Worst Thanksgiving food?
I love all Thanksgiving food. But honestly, the turkey is probably my least favorite part, when there is so much other deliciousness around. Unless there’s fruit in the stuffing. Then, the stuffing. Ick.
10. Best Thanksgiving quick joke?
I have no idea. I’m not especially good with jokes.
Your turn! Answer any/all in the comments, or copy & paste onto your own blog. Or, just skim through my answers while recovering from your turkey-and-pie induced food coma.
Singapore friends, feel free to ask whatever pressing Thanksgiving questions you may have. [In all honesty, I considered doing a post on the historical and modern cultural aspects of Thanksgiving, but I was too busy eating pizza last night.]
Wishing all my Thanksgiving-celebrating friends: Safe travels, Family harmony, Delicious food, and
Much thankfulness today (and every day, really, if we’re gonna be cheesy about it).
And be sure to stop back later today, because I’ll be featuring a special, post-big-meal Thanksgiving Day STRETCH!!!