Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thanksgiving Pictures!

Trent and his 20 lb bird. Gorgeous. And delicious, after being brined with all sorts of great herbs and a bottle of reisling.

The calm before the storm.

The dinner begins. Steph is very excited about all this, as you can see.

Our desk converted into the buffet. Look at all that good food. Everyone did a great job of bringing something, everything was delicious.

Linda, Deirdre, and Anne loading up.

Folks getting seated. I didn't do assigned seating this year, and I felt the it helped keep everything casual and easy. We are all friends, and the conversation was great.

And unlike last year, we can all fit into one camera frame. Cute!

My turn in the photo, thanks Kate!

We retired to the drawing room for port in my adorable port glasses, Irish coffees thanks to Deirdre, lots of wine, and great conversations. We also enjoyed pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin pie, and cheddar apple pie. Yum.

Bio-homie Adam and awesome neighbor David joined us for the after dinner aperitifs.

Linda enjoys the comfy chair, Roman Holiday plays on repeat for the 3rd time, and Steph keeps the wine and conversation flowing.

I believe in this photo we were discussing whether it is feasible to run across the Atlantic Ocean in an inflatable hamster ball. Cutting social commentary, you see.

So I decide to help myself to some more wine. A lot more wine!

We had a great evening, talking the night away, decimating the leftovers a few hours later, starting a fire in the firepit, and generally being goofy. It is hard to be away for the holidays, I missed my family terribly, but it is nice to know I have a family of friends who will celebrate with me. I am very thankful for that.

Fully recovered and cleaned up the next day. Enjoying the rest of my secret family recipe pumpkin pie.

And we went house hunting!! We had kind of given up the idea of buying but found this little gem/fixer-upper in a great part of town. We are going to meet with the mortgage folks to see if it is feasible, but we loved it because it was structurally sound, in a great location, but definitely has a lot of fixing up/beautification that can be done that may improve the value substantially. We'll see, I will keep you posted.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!