It’s been a really great week of Thanksgiving events.  My friends really stepped up to the plate by including me in their family gatherings and making sure I was taken care of.  Since I posted last week in my blog that my family would be scattered this year for the actual holiday, invitations starting coming in so I wouldn’t have to spend it by myself.  And while there were still a few lonely moments, it’s been so wonderful overall.  It actually made me realize how many other people there are without family oriented things to do on big holidays.  These folks usually seek out a common gathering place, like Rojo, to celebrate in a low-key atmosphere with others.  It was really cool to be with other people in a similar boat.  Unscripted Thanksgivings aren’t so bad after all.

Something amazing happened to me last night that was pretty unexpected – I dreamed I could fly.  I can probably count on one hand how many times I’ve had this dream in my whole life.  And on top of that I had another crazy good dream too – that I graduated from college.  Weird thing is, I actually did graduate from college in real life with no difficulties, but I always have really terrible, sad, and unrealistic dreams about school.  This was actually my first ever positive dream related to a school experience.  The most common theme is that I have to go back b/c I did something wrong or skipped a class, and I am 32 and people make fun of me for having to do so. I’m embarrassed and ashamed.  But last night I was actually graduating in my dream, and I was very proud and happy.  I don’t know what I did to trigger such wonderful emotions in my sleep last night, but I woke up this morning feeling that everything was right with the world.

Today is the Iron Bowl, which is a pretty big deal here in Alabama.  I really don’t watch football for the most part but I always watch this game.  I am going to see it with my sister and her fiance David at their place in Cahaba Heights, along with my brother Dave and niece Lily Bean.  I don’t have any plans for the rest of the weekend, but I’m sure things will come up as the day goes on.  If not, it is never bad to have a little quiet time instead.

I hope your Thanksgiving was a good one.  Only one more month until 2012, can you believe it?

First Thanksgiving stop with Courtney and her hysterical family!

Thanksgiving dinner and mimosas with Courtney's crew. YUM.

Thanksgiving sunset at Demet's apartment.

Stop #2 - An amazing Turkish meal prepared by Demet's mother Nigar. Homemade pasta, jams, dolmas (pepper and zucchini) and cig borek. And... champagne! 🙂

You can't tell, but we are STUFFED.

Take-away Turkish candy. Mmmm...

Last Thanksgiving stop - Rojo!