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The next best thing to pumpkin pie

Tomorrow my knitting circle is having its Christmas party and I have made a pecan pie in order to get a head start on the holiday calories. Meanwhile, everyone in the United States is celebrating Thanksgiving today and I'm feeling a bit homesick.

 

Thanksgiving is my all-time, most favorite holiday. It is a completely secular and relatively commercial- and merchandise-free holiday where everyone walks around for days being outwardly and unabashedly grateful for all the good things in life before gorging themselves on the finest ingredients that autumn has to offer. This year this is so much to be grateful for:

 

- Barak Obama will soon be president.

 

- Absentee voters (i.e. me) rallied to elect Mark Begich to the US Senate, sending Alaska's long-time Senator, and convicted felon, Ted Stevens into retirement.

 

- My father is living like a newlywed in Las Vegas and is the happiest I've ever known him to be.

 

- Facebook makes it easy to find (and be found by) long, lost friends.

 

- I survived another semester of teaching with minimal bruising to my reputation and ego.

 

- My PhD program is flexible enough to allow me a six week writing retreat in California during the dead of winter (I leave on December 14).

 

- And finally, that I have so many dedicated contacts who care enough about what's going on in my life to stay current with my narcissistic twittering.

 

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Taken on November 27, 2008