Well, I’m back! I’m not sure how we decided to do it but somehow we ended up deciding to celebrate Thanksgiving every other year at the home of one of the siblings. It might have been after having Thanksgiving with my mom’s side of the family once? I think that might have been where the idea incubated. But, the first time we did it was back in 2003 when we started the tradition at my brother and his wife’s home in Lancaster Ohio. Then 05 was in Chicago at one of my sister’s home and then 07 I hosted so it was back to my brother’s for 09. 11 will be back in the Chicago area and then 13 will be more tricky – it will somehow involve NC or perhaps VA depending on if we celebrate at my house, wherever my other sister ends up after her husband finishes college or if we return to the Chesapeake and Elizabeth City area in general where we grew up to celebrate. If we really spread it out amongst all the siblings every two years there would be extensive travel every time for just about everyone so we are keeping it in a cycle of three for now.
For me the trip meant a 450 or so mile trek into Ohio. I made this trip once before back in 2003 and I actually traveled part of it once ot twice afterwards into Charleston, WV for work but this time I was doing it by myself so I knew there would be a lot of stopping along the way. Along the trip I left the remaining poetry books I had in my give away pile. I thought of it, after the fact, that I should have left like one of my cards for my chapbook or something but I didn’t think of that until I had left most of them at various rest stops, resturants etc along the way. Oh well, free poetry is better anyway!
One big thing I had forgotten, for this drive up, is the tolls! Doh! Luckily, when I was buying things, I kept using large bills because I wanted to have change on me. I had forgotten while but I had exact change for all but one toll. $6 in tolls each way. Yikes! Oh well, part of the travel SURPRISE!Before I finally made it to this travel plaza, I ran into bad traffic where I-77 and I-81 split off in Wytheville, VA. I actually debated just putting a detour into my GPS (something I didn’t have the last time I made this trip!) but I just decided to suck it up and to try and enjoy the music on my iPod and the scenery.I lost about an hour. I might have made the trip in only 7 hours if it hadn’t been for that traffic! Was so glad to finally make it to my brother and his wife! We rested up for a bit, debated dinner and ended up getting take-out from Applebee’s cause no one cooks on the day before Thanksgiving right?We spent the evening playing video games, chatting, playing with my sister’s kids and at least one round of Settlers of Catan which is now our new official board game addiction. Thanksgiving Day was great. We had our turkey and fixings early which we prefer to do, so that we can spend the rest of the day just hanging out. There were more games and many cute moments with the kids
Some quotes from the kids.
Dylan: Will you pray for my face?
Jasmin: You can shoot me!
Should I explain those? Well, takes away the fun doesn’t it?
We probably stayed up a bit late on turkey day after watching Star Trek and people fall off of things in the new Mario game for the Wii but I think I functioned better with the Black Friday shopping on Friday. We got some great deals at Target and then Sam’s Club later in the day (thanks bro for letting me use your card!) and I could have spent hours in a used book store we went to over in Columbus but by 1 in the afternoon we were all exhausted so we piled back into the house for more togetherness.
At least I slept like a rock before having to get back on the road!