So let me tell you upfront that my lack of posts this past week was due to being locked out of my account. Not sure if it was hacked or what, but I tried to stick to my promise. Ironically it got unlocked today, Thanksgiving, I guess I can be thankful for that.
As I sit here drinking a $4.40 cent lipton iced tea (will never order iced tea off a menu again, I thought it was freshly brewed for that price) I am missing home. I am missing cold weather (never thought I would say that), tall boots, sweaters, foliage, pumpkins, football, and most of all, my family and friends on this amazing American holiday. Let me tell you people, we thought they started pushing Christmas decor and retail early at home? We actually have it pretty good. Christmas Creep is alive and well in Brisbane. With no Thanksgiving Holiday to celebrate here, we were able to purchase a gingerbread house (a tradition continues!) village – yes village (pics to come) – the first week of October. The city square is already decorated, grocery stores have Christmas aisles for eats, retail stores have decorated windows, and some even have whole floors dedicated to Christmas decorations. I’ve been trying to ignore it all as best as I can until Friday. Then I can justify getting ready for Christmas.
Now for Thanksgiving, with only one other American couple that we are friends with out here, we will be hosting and sharing our tradition with some of our Canadian and Aussie friends on Saturday because we have a full work week out here – no short week for us :-(. Boo! But we have made sure to include just about everything a traditional US Thanksgiving table would have. Little secret, I hate turkey (I know, I know, call me “Un-American”, but I just dont fancy the damn bird) and cooking it. It grosses me out. I have a great recipe for it though, so as long as someone else guts it I will deal with it. Thanksgiving to me isn’t about the food, it’s about showing appreciation for my family, friends, and what I have in life. So on that note, here are just a few things I am thankful for this year.
I am thankful for my family
I am thankful for my friends
I am thankful for the opportunity to live in a foreign country
I am thankful for the life lessons I have learned this year
I am thankful for the support I get from the people I care most about
I am thankful for my life
I am thankful that my grandfather, who I miss terribly, is no longer suffering
I am thankful for the gifts and talents I have learned I have
Again, just the few of the things I am thankful for, but probably some of the most important.
Happy Thanksgiving All!!!!
Over and out,
American Girl in Australia