Raise your hand if you feel like you just returned from a 10 days cruise. On the S. S. Turkey.
Me too! Just polished off my third full-on Thanksgiving dinner and I can't zip up my pants.
Soooooooo, how was/were your food party/(ies) this year?
All three of mine were tremendous, as my MIL would say, although I have to admit food parties in Utah are very very different from food parties in Hawaii?
First of all, in Hawaii it is considered rude to leave a party with the leftover food you brought with you. The host gets all the leftover food to divy out among his guests. You can bring home as many plates of food as you want, but if you bring a bag of chips to a party in Hawaii, consider it gone. For good. Don't even give it a second thought.
(Not that a Polynesian would ever bring a bag of chips to a party. That's haole food. Why bring one bag when you can bring 5 bags, plus a bucket of shoyu chicken, a foil pan of laulau, and a tray of panipopo.)
In Utah you can't even pay your host to take your leftovers off your hands. Yesterday, after dinner, I was like, "So can I please leave this pie with you? And this gravy? And the rolls? Wouldn't you enjoy a few rolls to make turkey sandwiches tomorrow? Can I leave it, please? Please? PLEASE?"
"Oh, NOOOOOOOO," protested the hostesses. "NOOOOOO WAY! I will just eat it if you leave it."
Uhhhh, yeah, that was kinda the POINT! But Whatev!
Another difference between the food parties in Hawaii and the food parties in Utah is the size of the plates. We all know that size doesn't matter, but when it comes to plates, it DOES matter. In Hawaii the paper plates are like lunch trays. Sturdy. With five seperate compartments to keep your food groups organzed.
Do you wanna see the plates at my family party yesterday?
It's the same size as a pie tin, and only an inch bigger than the dessert plates.
It's not my mom's fault though. It's the stores fault. It's all the stores in Utah's fault. Honestly, my mom couldn't find any bigger plates in the whole state of Utah. She said so herself.
And besides, my family doesn't eat very much.
She also said so herself when I frowned on the miniature bowl of gravy she had prepared. So I made a whole nother, huge, honkin', ginormous bowl of gravy, just to show her she was wrong. But she was right. No one ate it. And on my way out the door the hostess threatened to throw it away if I didn't get it the helk out of her house.
Another big difference between a Utarded vs. a Hawaiian style food party is I'm pretty sure they don't watch t.v. programs about cholesterol during Thanksgiving dinner in Hawaii.
And I've never seen anyone where snowman pajamas in public in Hawaii either.
Imagine my chagrin when what to my wondering eyes did appear through my open-minded blinds.
Is that my famdamily? Going on a pre-turkey-dinner walk? In public?
And is that my . . . hub?
Wearing snowman pajamas?????
(Do you think that will ruin my chances at getting the SAM-e job?)
Despite all the differences, one thing remains the same in both Hawaii and Utah--the hypnotic power of Tryptophan:
(Eyeballs added to protect the innocent.) (And because I really like eyeballs.)
Ah, but I jest (except about my hub's snowman pajamas)! I was diggin' on every little thing about my family food parties this year.
She had to spend Thanksgiving all alone . . .
All by her lonesome . . .
All by her very own self . . .
Yes, it killed me.
Do you think it's weird that I left a few lights on for her. Along with some David Archuleta Christmas music?
And do you think it's weird that I'm writing a letter to the prophet to see if dogs can be sealed to their families forever?
P.S. First time in more than 10 years my hub and I didn't do Black Friday. Instead I cleaned out my closets and . . . you won't believe this . . . started hanging stuff (pictures) (and clocks) (and mirrors) on my bare nekked walls.
I now know what time it is in Utah.
Do you think I'm almost done grieving?
Do you like my hot cocoa pot?
P.S.S. Oh, and hey, don't forget to click and vote. I'm getting close to 3,000 so I only need 10,000 more in the next 14 days. Easy Peasy lemon squeezy.