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We had a great Thanksgiving with my family. The MSG made a wonderful turkey, with homemade (by me!) cornbread and sausage stuffing and homemade gravy. My family adores the MSG, and not just for his mad culinary skillz. We all laughed a lot and played Cranium and Chez Geek and now I am thoroughly sleep-deprived.

Thankstucking Some of that sleep deprivation came about in a less than optimal way. We got up so early on Friday to spend most of the day traveling, spent all of Saturday cooking, and then got up at the crack of dawn again to spend Sunday traveling. Our first flight of the day was delayed, so we missed our connector in Denver just as the snow really got going. Six hours later, we finally caught a flight out to Oakland instead of SFO, and spent another hour in the shuttle home with an amazingly bad and possibly drugged-up driver who had less of a clue about navigating San Francisco than I do. And that’s saying something.

We are staying put in the Bay Area for the rest of the holidays this year. It seems so pointless to spend longer traveling to and from a destination than at the destination itself, especially during such aggro travel days. I’m just not as resilient as I used to be, plus I’m still recovering from my illness and dealing with school stress.

Speaking of school stress, the final reading for my graduate prose workshop is tonight! I’m beyond nervous, and hoping I don’t burn myself out before I get up and read. This morning I was up at 05:00 because I couldn’t sleep a moment longer, knowing my car was parked in a towaway zone, despite the towaway time being two hours later. So I got up and came to work. I should be sufficiently exhausted by the time everyone shows up, if I don’t catch a nap in my office.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to think about shopping for presents. While I love giving presents, I don’t have a lot of cash to burn, so I’m considering my options while making my list. Regardless, I’m definitely sending holiday cards. Now would be a great time to email me your snail-mail address if you would like a card from me this year.

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