Thanksgiving & after Thanksgiving (A Do-Nothing Personal Holiday)
Saturday, December 07, 2019
It seems like forever. All the planning, gift buying, wrapping, and packing in preparation to going to my sister's home back in Texas to see all my sibs and Mom for Thanksgiving. The 2 day drive there AND then again to get back home. The cooking of a few holiday dishes to bring. And of course, the glorious FIVE days we spent there with family! (I don't know how Sis withstood the circus in her home for 5 days, much less how she kept 40 vistitors fed all the time!) So much excitement to be there with everyone! Laughing and hugging; just SEEing them! And fortunately, NO politics!
WE used to be the babies. Now we're the grown-ups, the ELDERS(!), (but Mom is almost the last of her generation left); and all our kids are grown. The first great-grandbaby was celebrated and loved on by all. The second great-grandbaby is on its way!
And of course it was exhausting. As women, we did most of the cooking and cleaning.... SO... Sis decided we women -- just her, Mom, and 2 sisters -- were going to have the chance to get away from it all and relax in Aspen, her treat, a few days after Thanksgiving. This corresponded to the day immediately following the long drive home to Colorado for me -- but how could I pass THAT offer up? So it was get home and repack the suitcase and fall asleep and then hop back into the car the next morning and spend 4 hours drivng to Aspen all in short order... (whew!) to spend 4 days doing NOTHING. Glorious nothing but relaxing. Playing cards and dominos. Eating out every meal. Drinking wine at our leisure. And long talks. We are talking "the perfect women's weekend" here! I've never had a vacation like that before -- one with the specific object of doing NOTHING. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!
I got home yesterday, exhausted from crazy speeding traffic on the twisty mountain highway of I-70. And today is a glorious Saturday, awaiting me -- a fully rested me!