Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving Day Blues

I've been asked a couple of times what I did for Thanksgiving. The highlight of the day was when Huyen rang my doorbell at 10:45 AM holding a giant mango and an even bigger smile. I asked here why she was at my house so early on a work day and she said, "To wish you a happy Thanksgiving day."

Huyen and I ate the mango together and in this way it was the closest I've ever come to the original Thanksgiving -- sharing local crops with the natives.

Besides that though the day was uneventful and frankly depressing. I had to work until 9:30 PM and then had my big Thanksgiving meal by myself since Huyen had dinner with Ryan's parents who were visiting. I went to my favorite new chicken spot (been there 5 times in 8 days) and ordered the largest plate of chicken they had and pretended it was turkey:

After I got home Huyen and I went for coffee and shot some pool. I think it goes without saying that besides my family, the thing I'm most thankful for this year is Huyen.

That said, I was definitely homesick on Thursday. There's really no replacement for sitting in my dining room in Livingston with my family. Perhaps next year Huyen can join us for Thanksgiving!