The full holiday rush is about to hit, so take a deep breath and enjoy the calm before the storm. (I have a really terrible cold and throat ache right now, so it actually is difficult for me to breathe, wah).
Thanksgiving is next week, and I know this only because I keep seeing Facebook updates from responsible people who totally pre-plan a menu and shop ahead. If it wasn't for Facebook, I wouldn't actually believe people my age did that. I usually make a grocery store run on Tuesday or Wednesday. Well, all three times that I've cooked Thanksgiving dinner in my life. Last time I cooked a T-day meal was two years ago, when I was about nine weeks pregolicious with the baby K and smack dab in the middle of first trimester. I made a beautiful meal and literally felt like puking taking it all out of the oven. And then I did puke, then sipped on ginger ale and watched HGTV from the couch the rest of the day.
Last year we were in Miami so we had lechon, yucca, black beans and other delicious but definitely non-traditional Thanksgiving food. I didn't have to cook so I extra-enjoyed it. And it was also hot in Miami, and cafe con leches were calling my name from every street corner. Miami always makes me happy.
This year my mother is cooking the big stuff, i.e. turkey, stuffing and dressing, so I can take a load off and stick to the sides. And maybe even relax, and actually have some time to think about what I am thankful for.
I know Macy's and their little parade make us all think **Christmas** even before the turkey is out of the oven. But before we get to Christmas, we have to go through one of my favorite celebration days of the year -- the fiesta de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe. When we lived in Houston, we used to go to the little Our Lady of Guadalupe church that was close to downtown for their midnight celebration. The mariachis singing Las Mananitas and matachines dancing were always wonderful, and I especially loved seeing the children dressed up as little Juan Dieguito.
I've been waiting to do this for a looooong time. I have a Juan Dieguito outfit for the toddler K for this year. Now just have to look for a fiesta. At the least, I'll take her to the Basilica here in DC to pay a visit to the Virgen de Guadalupe chapel. We'll dress the toddler, paint a little bigotito on her with eyeliner and we'll take roses to La Virgen.
I can't really muster up the energy to think too much about Christmas yet, or make a shopping list of gifts to buy (online). I have a Naughty or Nice iphone app that I downloaded last year that really helped me keep track of what I was buying and stick to a list. We've bought tickets to head to South Texas for the holidays, and that's planning enough. But soon, that will be over too, and we'll be in a New Year.
2011, is it? So where are all the flying cars they promised us we'd have by now?