Good morning everyone! Do you know what day it is? It’s crazy-shoppers-gone-mad day, aka Black Friday. It’s a day where we Americans forget all about being thankful for simple pleasures like family and friends. Instead, we turn our attention to consumerism and a frantic need to elbow strangers out of our way so we can buy stuff. Yay, stuff!!!
I won’t pretend I have no plans to shop today, because I do. I’m a sucker for a good deal! I just don’t last very long out there because it’s almost like a war zone. I live across from an outlet mall that’s had orange parking cones out for 24 hours in anticipation of the crowds. They’ve been busing people in since midnight and it’ll take me 10 minutes to get out of my own neighborhood.
I’m trying to time my brief shopping trip to land right between the two biggest waves of shoppers. I’ve found between 7:30-10:30 AM it’s actually relatively safe, so here goes nothing!
My Thanksgiving celebrations started on Wednesday night when Riley and I went out for a few beers and dinner. We went to a local Williamsburg place called Paul’s Deli, which is a big favorite of the college kids. Riley worked there in college and used to have his picture up on the big wall with Donovan McNabb!
Every Wednesday at Paul’s they have Corona night, where Coronas are only $1. The place was packed, so we enjoyed a few beers before our dinner arrived. I had a roast beef sub with peppers and onions and it was freakin’ amazing.
Thanksgiving morning was spent by the fire watching the Macy’s parade on tv, drinking coffee, and having some breakfast. Coco is also a huge fan of lazy mornings. Her bald little belly kills me!
After the parade I headed out for a 4.5 mile run. I’m not a fan of running outside in the cold, but my gym was closed and I didn’t feel like getting creative. I ran pretty slowly because it was 39 degrees and windy out, but I was glad I got in a workout before all the food!
The rest of the day Riley and I visited his grandparents, then went to his dad’s house for dinner. I took a picture of my meal, but for some reason it never showed up on my phone. Fail. Sorry, guys….luckily, you’ll probably have a million other pictures of bloggers’ Thanksgiving meals to look at. I’ll paint a picture with my words for you, though: I piled up my plate with turkey, stuffing, corn, yams, and mashed potatoes. And that’s it. I’m a total wuss at Thanksgiving. I get all excited about the food, then I’m full after one normal-sized plate. Oh well, luckily we took home a lot of leftovers for the weekend!
As far as dessert goes, I didn’t have any pie, but I did dig in to the banana pudding made by Riley’s grandma. His grandma makes the best banana pudding I’ve ever had. Again, no pictures because Riley and I destroyed the pudding over the kitchen counter at home. We also have some pie leftovers in the fridge that I’m sure I’ll break into later today.
After getting home, we went to give the pets their special Thanksgiving meal (i.e. canned food), but Bella had already set aside her own snack.
Anyone else have a dog that likes to stash snacks on the other side of the house from her bowl? She’s such a weirdo.
Well, that’s my Thanksgiving in a nutshell. I apologize for the lack of family or food pics. I didn’t really pull the phone out much when we were with Riley’s family, but I promise I did eat some good food!
Off I go to hit the stores for a while and probably hit the gym later. Cross your fingers I don’t get trampled!
Are you shopping on Black Friday?
What was the best part of your Thanksgiving?