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Thanksgiving this year looked a little different from years past. We were missing a couple of people around the table, and the hubster and I went with a nontraditional Thanksgiving meal. We were striving for simple. Normally, Barry fries a turkey, and it is usually joined by cranberry sauce, a green veggie, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and a pecan or pumpkin pie. Since it would only be the four of us gathered around the table on Thursday, our menu consisted of turkey burgers, broccoli casserole, spinach artichoke dip, and cheesecake for dessert (courtesy of Rouse’s). Thankfully, I married a man who likes to cook. Everything on my plate was delicious. Of course, Mrs. Billie baked cookies. Chocolate chip cookies to be exact. My Daddy and Son #1 spent Thanksgiving in Atlanta with my sister Rachel, my brother-in-law Lee, and my beautiful niece Emma. According to my Daddy, their menu consisted of “ham, green bean casserole, and of course, dessert.”

On Friday evening, Barry and I joined Shelly and Kerry to attend Friendsgiving at my friend Wendy’s house. Shelly and I graduated from Riverdale High School with Wendy. This was my very first Friendsgiving event and Wendy’s first time hosting one. There were about 15 of us, mostly Riverdale graduates. What an absolutely awesome evening! Fantastic food, terrific conversation, and lots of laughter, especially when Wendy, Sharon, and Kristie performed their award-winning dance moves to the song “Heartbeat-It’s a Lovebeat” by the DeFranco Family, a Canadian pop music group from the 70s. Back in the 6th grade, they won the overall prize at their school’s talent show with this performance. Everyone had a wonderful time, so Wendy is planning to make Friendsgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, an annual event. Happiness Boost!

High School Friends: Shannon, Chris, Kat, Jeff, Kristie, Sharon, Michelle, Shelly, Stacey, Kim, Steve, Eddie, and Wendy (holding Millie)

The weekend kept on giving with last night’s Drink Nightsgiving (just made this up to even out the “giving” theme in the title of this post-HA!). Barry and I drove over to the Cyrus’s house to partake in libations with Shelly, Kerry, Mrs. Carol (Shelly’s mom), and Mr. Mike (Shelly’s bonus dad and my Godson). Drink Nights with the Cyruses originated because of COVID restrictions. I am not a big drinker; however, I like trying fancy cocktails. Kerry, who is our official bartender and enjoys mixing fancy cocktails, served us Black Cherry Chocolate Martinis last night. This yummy adult beverage is his very own concoction. To make one marvelous martini, you will need the following ingredients: 1 ounce chocolate vodka; 1 ounce cherry vodka; 2-3 ounces of Just Black Cherry Juice (Knudsen); Hershey’s dark chocolate syrup to taste. According to Kerry, “you can increase vodka amounts if you want it a bit stronger. Or, decrease vodka amounts if it’s too strong.” In addition to our martinis, we nibbled on snacks which included a cheese dip that Mrs. Carol made (shaped like a turkey), a crab rangoon dip that Shelly made, chocolate, and Cape Cod potato chips (provided by me). Another enjoyable evening spent with fabulous friends.

It’s now Sunday, the last day of my vacation. Although it was shortened this year because of Hurricane Ida, I am grateful for the much-needed break from my day job and for spending quality time with my family and friends. Family relationships and friendships are super important to me, and I have been blessed with many wonderful humans who bring so much joy to my life. And, you are also counted among those humans that enrich my life, dear reader. Thank you for being you and reading my content. If you participated in a “giving” activity or have a suggestion for a fancy cocktail, please share in the comments or email me at katloyacano@gmail.com. Enjoy the remainder of your weekend. Happiness!

“Gratitude is an antidote to negative emotions, a neutralizer of envy, hostility, worry, and irritation. It is savoring, it is not taking things for granted, it is present-oriented.” ~ Sonja Lyubomirsky

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Kat 2Yesterday morning, I set up a Google Photo account (#3 on my 18 for 2018 list) to help me win the constant battle I have with my iPhone over storage. Setting the account up was effortless. What I find praiseworthy about opening this account is I can access my photos on my computer which will make ordering photos for my scrapbooking projects super easy. I still need to explore all of the features this account has to offer. One ability I hope I have is uploading photos directly from my account to my blog or to social media. I’ll have to play with it. I’m not tech savvy, so figuring this out on my own is kind of exciting.

In Other News:

I’m in the early stages of planning my 50th birthday party. I have a date (January 12th)! I had so much fun at my 40th birthday party that I thought it would be fun to do it again for my 50th. I believe I have the most AWESOME group of friends who bring a great deal of love, laughter, and joy to my life, and I cannot imagine a better way to mark this milestone than to spend it with them and my lovely family. After all, I am going to be 1/2 a century old this upcoming year.

My season of sacrifice has officially ended. In fact, it ended on Saturday evening when I left Tiger Stadium after working LSU concessions for the last home game. It has also coincided beautifully with Thanksgiving of which I am blessed to have the whole week off. While I am relieved that this season of sacrifice is over, I am also grateful for the experiences it afforded me these past few months. It makes me more appreciative for the restorative benefits that down time has provided me the last few days.

Happy Thanksgiving, dear reader! I hope you can carve out some time this week to relax and reflect on your blessings amidst the cooking, eating, football watching, and  shopping. Thank you for your continued readership of my blog; I consider you a blessing and appreciate your ongoing encouragement and support. Happiness!

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” ~ W. T. Purkiser

 

 

 

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Today, I started the countdown to reaching my goal weight. It is hard to believe that Sunday, December 2nd will mark twenty weeks of me working towards reaching my weight loss goal. Originally, I did not set a goal date for reaching 125 pounds. I figured, I’ll get there when I get there.  However, as each week went by and my weight continued to drop, I began to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Sunday will also be the last day I keep a food journal, at least for a little while. If I can maintain my weight, I won’t have to keep one. The key to maintaining my weight is eating clean the majority of the time, planning my treat meals, and exercising on a regular basis.

Yesterday, I weighed in at 127.5 pounds. I didn’t lose any weight, and I didn’t gain any weight. I’m okay with my results considering this past week included a Thanksgiving feast and leftovers. I ate in moderation, and made sure I kept up with my running and power circuits. This leaves me with 2.5 pounds to go until I reach my goal weight. Can I do it?  

I continue to progress with my running. Check out my sidebar to see my weekly schedule. My friend Ming sent me an article called Running with Rachel: The Importance of Setting Goals. Check it out!

As we wade through the next few weeks preparing for Christmas, consider what brings you JOY. And, I’ll be doing some of the same. Happiness!

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ~Rumi

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Thanksgiving Day gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect upon our many blessings. It is a day for family, feasts, football, and fun. And, let us not forget the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

My day will be spent with my hubby, my little guy, and my parents. My airman son will be in Alaska. Sure, I’m disappointed he will not be with us for this day; however, he will be home in about three weeks.  I’m grateful he is safe, and the guys at his firehouse will prepare a feast for all of them to enjoy. Later today, we’ll skype with him.  Technology, at times,  can definitely be a blessing.

My Thanksgiving dinner will consist of fried turkey, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, green beans and mushrooms, rolls, cranberry sauce, and pecan pie. The best part of which I am eternally grateful…I don’t have to cook. I’m blessed that my mother and hubby will cook the dinner, and my mother-in-law baked the pie. Yum!

My dear friends, enjoy your day in whatever way you choose to spend it. Consider extending your gratitude attitude beyond today. Personally, I try to write on a daily basis at least  five things/events/people I’m grateful for in my gratitude journal. It helps me to focus on my blessings. Focusing on my blessings makes me a happier person.

Happy Thanksgiving!

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” ~ W.T. Purkiser

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