1. It is now December and I will therefore acknowledge the existence of Christmas.
2. We had a lovely Thanksgiving, thank you very much. In fact we had two. On the actual legal holiday we went up to my brother- and sister-in-law’s house and feasted with Kim’s side of the family. It was the usual swirl of food, family, and conversation, and it was a good reminder of why we have an entire holiday set aside to be thankful for the things we have. We ate one of Lauren’s turkeys, expertly prepared, and generally had a grand time. And the next day we continued the tradition of Friendsgiving that Lauren and her friends started last year (hey – we’ve done it twice on purpose: it’s a tradition). Lauren herself is out of the country, of course, but her friends came over anyway, bearing food. We made another turkey and we all hung out at the table for a couple of hours talking and laughing. There were many rounds of Just Dance on the old Wii, and at one point they all ended up in Lauren’s room making music. It is a lovely thing to enjoy the company of your child’s friends.
3. The day after that we celebrated Kim’s birthday, because it’s always good to celebrate the birthday of someone you love. There was cake and good food, and if we’re not getting any younger at least we’re doing it well. Happy birthday, Kim!
4. Lauren actually got her friends to get a birthday present for Kim for her. That was really cool.
5. Program change: the part of Tabitha will now be played by Oliver. Please make a note of it.
6. The problem with all that lovely family time, of course, is that you have to go back to work afterward. Now, I like my job. I like the people I work with. But I also like hanging around the house with nothing more pressing to do than read books, drink tea, and watch whatever hockey, soccer, or other sporting event might be floating by on the television at the moment. So Monday was a bit of a shock, is what I’m saying here.
7. We’re in the middle of getting trained for Yet Another New Software Platform down at Home Campus, which effectively means that nothing I was using when I started my advising job in 2016 exists there anymore. And since, as a friend once told me, technology is what doesn’t quite work (“when it works all the time, it’s an appliance”), this means that we have spent the better part of the last month working around all of the improvements in order to get things done. We are, in fact, getting things done, but the next time some engineer wants to upgrade something that already works they can go pound sand.
8. I’m not much for watching shows these days, but sometimes Kim can get me to do that. If you get a chance, I highly recommend Killing Eve. Sandra Oh is wonderful and Jodie Comer deserves All The Awards and you should go see this show right now. I’ll wait.
9. I have spent the better part of this evening with “Mambo Italiano” running through my head and I can’t tell if this is a win or not.
10. I can remember when the WKRP in Cincinnati Thanksgiving episode was only remembered by a handful of people old enough to have experienced the 1970s firsthand. Now it’s become a touchstone meme. And you know? I like that. Good things should be popular, because there is enough crap out there to drown a small planet and the good things need all the help they can get. So let the turkeys fly, fellow babies, and have a happy … Thannnnnnnnnnnks … giving!