Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Have a Great Thanksgiving!

I'm traveling today, yes, today, the day of all days, the biggest travel day of the year. Thank you, Hotrod, for making my reservation for today. Bleh.

Anyway, as I'll be a "guest" at my parents, I thought I'd discuss the "tips" Reader's Digest suggest guests follow:

*Arrive no earlier than the time the host has announced and no later than half an hour after the time.

> Since I'm staying at the house, this doesn't really affect me.

*Plan to stay about an hour after dinner unless travel plans or sleepy children necessitate leaving earlier.

> It goes without saying that I'll be sticking around longer than an hour. Besides, that's when we start eating again.

*Bring a gift and write a note of thanks afterward.

> A note of thanks? What, you want my mother to faint with shock? Seriously, though, I already sent flowers ahead. I'm not a complete heathen. And I come bearing a duffel bag's worth of goodies for my neice and nephew.

*Offer to help set up for dinner and to clean afterward.

> No way, dude. If it weren't for setting and cleaning up, my dad and Hotrod would do nothing all day.

*Notify the host of any special dietary needs -- if you are a vegetarian, diabetic or allergic to common foods. You can tell the host how to prepare a dish you can eat, or even better, offer to bring that dish yourself.

> Already done. I told my mother about my special dietary needs that include an extra pumpkin pie and a spiral ham.

*If you're going to a potluck Thanksgiving, bring a serving dish with your contribution. Remember, the best potluck dishes are those that need minimal preparation in the host's kitchen, can be served at room temperature and require only a fork to eat.

> Sorry, pie doesn't do well on a plane.


  1. Anonymous8:38 AM

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Kristen :)

  2. We'll miss you! Have a great time.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels!

  4. Anonymous7:36 PM

    I'm going to print those tips off and hand them out to everyone in town! They all know my rule is, "You can be as late as you want, but for God's sake, don't get here even one minute early!" And yet they still arrive up to thirty minutes before I want them. Do they care if I don't get a shower after cleaning house and cooking all day? NO. Do they care if I serve dinner looking like a greaseball? NO. Do they... Well, you get the idea.

    Anyway, I hope you have a great flight and a very happy Thanksgiving!

  5. I'm very thankful for your ongoing friendship and the many chuckles I get while CPing for you. I'll be even more thankful when those bums get their act together and get you into print. :-)
    Have a great Thanksgiving, Kristen.

    and lol Robin. :-)

  6. Hope you had a fabulous Tday! :)

  7. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and eat tons of turkey.

    Mmm. Thanksgiving.

  8. Hope you had a wonderful day and a fabulous visit:)

  9. Dude, we totally blew it on the when to leave thing. I think we were there for a few hours after we ate and I did my part on cleaning up, I threw away my paper plate.

  10. Happy Thanksgiving! And I just wanted to comment on your last post since I just read it... she is so cute!