Thursday Things

1. The holiday season busyness has already caught up with me! Sorry for not getting a post up on Tuesday (see aforementioned busyness). I have a feeling that may be the story of the next month or so.

2. I went home for Thanksgiving, per usual, and we fulfilled all our standard Thanksgiving traditions, including the most important one of all: afternoon bowling. We usually divide our family up into two lanes, and after the first game, the bowlers with the highest scores all switch to one lane (this also happens at the halfway point of our annual cousins mini golf outing, except instead of lanes, we switch who’s on which scorecard). My extremely athletic cousin and his wife now live in Guatemala, my other cousin currently lives in Guinea, and my sister lives in Mississippi, which means I have substantially less competition, since none of them come home for Thanksgiving. For the second year in a row (also the second year all of them have been gone – probably not a coincidence), I made it to the winner’s lane for the second game this year! I actually had one fo the best bowling outings of my life, throwing a 97 for the first game and, in an extremely rare turn of events, doing better in game two than game one with a 110! I came in fourth overall (…out of seven. Haha), which I think is the best I’ve ever done. I’m happy to sign autographs at any time.

3. On the day after Thanksgiving, most of my family got together again to cut down Christmas trees in The Middle of Nowhere, West Michigan.

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I don’t remember the last time I actually went to a Christmas tree farm. Maybe middle school? It’s been a really, really long time, and even though I was woefully underprepared in my tennis shoes and pea coat (compared to the people who knew what they were doing and wore rain boots and heavy winter coats), it was a lot of fun!

I was quite surprised to learn just how much thought goes into Christmas tree purchasing. If I had been there to buy a tree for myself, I would’ve chopped down the first one I saw of appropriate height and called it a day. My family, apparently, does not operate that way. We thoughtfully considered several trees before finally settling on The Perfect One (which, as far as I can tell, looks identical to the other ones we considered, as they are all roughly six feet tall, green, and tree-shaped).

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Behold.

While the tree chopping was enjoyable, I’d have to say that my favorite parts of the excursion were the hot chocolate for sale in the barn where you paid for your tree (50 cents! What a steal!) and the horse-drawn wagon ride out to the trees. I may or may not have pretended like we were in Oregon Trail while in the wagon. I’m happy to report that not a single one of my family members came down with scurvy on the trip.

4. Speaking of Christmas and other holiday-related things, I’m having a very difficult time coming up with a Christmas list that meets my mother’s expectations in the quantity department. Is this a mark of adulthood? I’d like to think it’s a mark of adulthood. When I was a kid, I could go through catalogs and come up with 50 things I wanted, no problem. But now that I’m gainfully employed and live in an apartment with extremely limited storage space, I kind of don’t want…anything. I mean, I enjoy the act of opening up presents just as much as the next person, but I have everything I need, and even if I did need something else, I don’t know where on earth I’d put it. Besides, the things I really want–an electric stove/oven so I can stop having panic attacks every time I need to cook food because GAS AND FIRE ARE DANGEROUS, WHY IS THIS A NORMAL THING TO HAVE IN A HOUSE?!, a 30-hour workweek with full benefits and 40-hour workweek pay, to be a faster runner without having to train harder–aren’t exactly things you can put on a Christmas list.

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6 thoughts on “Thursday Things

  1. I’ve never cut down my own Christmas tree or even had a real tree – fake trees always! Now Matt and I don’t even have a tree though people keep giving us ornaments haha.
    I’ve been collecting things on my Christmas list since about July. Any time I have an idea of something I might want I put it on my Amazon wish list. This makes putting together a Christmas list much easier! I also want less “stuff” so I try to think of things to replace older items or upgrade other items. It’s tough!

    Since getting a new stove/oven isn’t really feasible you could get one of those induction cook tops that just sit on your countertop! That would take care of the stove part!

    • Really?? We exclusively had real trees growing up (though now that I’ve had fake trees, I certainly understand the appeal. SO much more cost effective, not to mention way cleaner!).

      That’s a really smart idea about collecting ideas throughout the year. I should definitely do that! I don’t know why I feel like I’m not “allowed” to start thinking about my Christmas list until November haha. An induction oven isn’t a bad idea! I could be like the people I saw on Tiny House Hunters when I did nothing but watch HGTV over Thanksgiving hahaha šŸ˜›

  2. Would you believe I’ve never put up a Christmas tree since I was in high school still living with my parents? I had no idea so much thought or effort went into selecting a tree, either!!! Hurray for hot chocolate!!! Congratulations on your bowling prowess and may I please request an autograph now before the paparazzi take over??????? That is amazing that you’ve got family in Guatemala and Guinea. It would make for such interesting places to visit!!!

    • Really?! That’s actually very surprising! Even when I lived in my old (smaller) apartment, we still had a tiny little baby tree. A good portion of my family has gone to visit my cousins living abroad, and their collection of passport stamps is quite impressive! My cousin currently living in Guinea has lived all around the world, which has provided his immediate family in particular with lots of travel opportunities to unique locations.

  3. I do the same as Alyssa and work on a list year round so I have one ready to go. šŸ™‚

    Don’t get an electric stove! They’re horrible! You have way more control over your cooking with a gas stove!!! LOL

    I’ve gone to tree farms a few times with Steven and it’s a lot of fun… as long as it doesn’t take all day to find that “perfect” tree. I am less picky and more likely to settle on one after seeing a few, but we usually look at a lot. Ha ha. This year, we knew we wanted a 10’+ foot tree, so that made our selection much smaller.

    I think post dinner bowling is an awesome idea!

    • All you people are so smart! Why didn’t I complain about this years ago so I could’ve gotten your secrets then?? Haha šŸ˜›

      But electric stoves don’t spout FIRE! And are so much less likely to cause a gas leak, given the lack of gas used to generate heat in them. I would seriously sacrifice all of my control for my sanity in a heartbeat haha.

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