To: Thankful, 27-Nov-2008

Dear Thankful,

Today is your day to take front-and-center. Which is funny, because I thought I saw you do that yesterday. You have that really confounding habit of being at once so unique and too generic, so I can’t really be sure if it was you or not. I mean, I remember a smile…

Regardless, today is your day. And I’m cooking for you; well, me and millions of others. We are glad to do it! (I’ll refrain from mentioning the millions of others that are starving today.) I doubt you’ll be joining me for dinner directly, but that’s fine. It’s the thought that counts.

I’d like to take this day, your day, Thankful, to thank you. For being so optimistic, fun-loving, and cheap. Aside from today’s preparation costs, which are usually needlessly over-the-top, you don’t cost a whole lot to keep around. I mean, you’re just as happy today, with all the extravagance, as you were yesterday. Heck, I could have you over any day, and you’d just be grinning away. Tickled with life. That’s what I love about you.

I mean, that is something much easier said than done. Overlooking any bumps in the road, appreciative that you’re on the road to begin with. Glad simply remembering how you got to where you are. Chuckling, never fretting, at the memories that knocked you down. An attitude like that really enlightens others, too. Thank you for being pleasant.

Let us not, of course, forget your humility. While quick to acknowledge your fortune, your never impose it on others. You never make them feel less successful or less fortunate than you. That kind of humbleness is hard to come by. It’s probably what makes us all keep mimicking you annually.

I could carry on – about your wisdom, your thoughtfulness, your sensitivity, and your own ability to whip up an impressive meal, but I’ll stop here. I can see you’re already inching your way to the door – never one to take all the attention for too long…

I just want to say – thank you, Thankful, for being you. Not just today, but everyday. You’ve really set the bar high for the rest of us, and I could not be more thankful for that.

Whoa! An 11?! What do you mean it’s Thanksgiving already!?!

Maybe it’s just me, but this year is zipping past… I barely have time to breathe. Make haste, or things will pass us by!

On to the news… I scored a dismal ~11 on a physics test last week. Not just any physics test… a midterm. No, this is not some kind of funny joke. The test was not out of 11 points. It was out of 39. It defeated me. Luckily, it defeated a vast majority of the class… so the curve was great. Then again, even with the curve my score is equivalent to a C-. Yes, ouch. That’s most of my bad news.

But, good news abounds! Thursday is Thanksgiving – and I’ll be cooking from tomorrow until then. I’m quite excited and stepping outside of my <$1/day mentality. I went into the old sock, begged up a few donations, and will be having a feast fit for twenty. (And actually the left-overs should defray the cost… ok, enough…) I’m so psyched abut cooking so much wonderful food – I’ve attached my menu to ‘wow’ you.

The other good news… oh, yeah, that involves the end of this quarter being a measly 2.5 weeks away. A break I can use. I think there’s more news, but won’t over-due it in one post.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving this 2007.