My mom decided to switch things up this year, and she delegated part of Thanksgiving dinner out to my sisters and me. I mean, how dare she. She thinks it’s “a lot” to cook appetizers and turkey and 40 side dishes and all the desserts all from scratch for 12+ people year after year after year. Weak.
This year, I’m in charge of appetizers. I thought it would be easy to come up with something, but it’s proving to be harder than I thought. My family is pretty nontraditional—more often than not, for apps we have empanadas and chorizo sandwiches from our Argentine market. We also do a lot of shrimp cocktail and cheese and crackers. But I can’t just throw something together or hit up Costco. This is for reals. She also asked me to lay off the heavy dips and eliminate anything with chips all together. What. a. biotch.
So…anyone have anything that will rock my family’s world? I created a pinterest board of potentials…I think the “for sure’s” are:
But does anyone out there have a great appetizer recommendation? What is your family’s go-to?
Just got a text message from my dog walker. One of the dogs ate my “insomnia” medicine. Truth: I don’t have insomnia, but I don’t think “absolutely motherfucking terrified to fly and goes batshit crazy on a plane without heavy sedation” fits on the prescription bottle, so the doc’s gotta do what a doc’s gotta do. Back to the original story. Both Kara and I had our freakout moment. But then we got the full story from the dog walker (bottle is chewed to bits, 12 pills are sitting in a pile), and I called the vet to double check. Based on their weights and the toxicity levels, we think we are in the clear. Chances are they might have had one each, max, so if anything, I’m coming home to a stoned dog later today. Dude, pass the bong, and let’s get some tacos.
I have to thank the good people of Nashville for an incredible trip. You know how on those polls, New Yorkers always get a bad rep for being rude? Well, I’ve never thought that was true. Until I went to Nashville. Southerners are EXCEPTIONALLY friendly. Perhaps the nicest people I’ve ever met. Such a pleasure. All the time. And Kara even made fun of me for saying “Oh shoot!” twice since I’ve been back. Go to the south(ish), drop your swearing habits. Who would have thought?!
Highlights of the trip:
Taylor sitting maybe 5 feet away from me during rehearsals. You know, just hanging out. Me and Tay Tay.
Speaking of, there was a lot of just hanging out. Jennifer Nettles and I are practically besties at this point. (Not really.) Keith Urban totally loves me. (Again, not really). But hey, Nicole Kidman smiled at me. (Yes, really!)
Rehearsals in general. It so incredible to watch people like Miranda Lambert roll into rehearsals with no make-up on, sweats, and wet hair, and she just NAILS it. Such TALENT.
The dude at craft services asked me if I was from the South or the North. I was so caught off guard, I said something like, “The West, by way of the North?” He smirked, and said, “HERE. Unsweetened.” I was almost offended, expect he got it right. Segregation is alive and well, folks. We are a divided nation based on tea preference.
Kelly Pickler. In general. If only I could really get into it..but less just say, bless her heart, she’s my new fave.
Carrie’s legs. Truly, killer in person. If wasn’t creepy to say something or reach out, I would have.
Miss Piggy improving. Here’s the sitch—I know she’s a puppet. I know there is a man under there, but when Miss Piggy is asking for more volume in her ear piece, it just moves grown men into borderline tears.
During the actual show, Coworker Amy and I decided to mosey on back to see Chris Young perform at the back of the arena. Apparently we ended up on camera. Oops?
When chatting with Scotty after the show, Coworker Amy told him that she won 75 dollars in our office Idol pool because he won. I then, ever so brilliantly, chimed in, “And I lost so thanks a lot!” We all laughed, and then when I walked away, I realized I basically told him I didn’t want him to win.
Speaking of, I DID tell Lauren Alaina I voted for her. She said “Thanks!”
I could go on and on. So many pinch-me moments. So many, “I love my job, this is what I need to be doing in life,” moments. So blessed to be a part of it. And now, here are some pictures: