Hello, my friends. I hope this finds you all well in body/mind and fully recovered after the weekend (yes, I know it’s Tuesday). I just heard on the radio this morning that Thanksgiving is next Thursday. I feel as though I’ve been trapped in a time warp and have had absolutely no concept of what day/month we’re in. Losing a week of work, working a week from home, and feeling displaced for the past two weeks has definitely done a number on my sense of time, I suppose.
Things are slowly returning back to normal in this neck of the woods. While the news may not consider Sandy to be worthy of round-the-clock coverage, it does still affect so many in the tri-state area and I have seen the toll it has taken on friends and family who are thoroughly burned out by its effects. Two of my friends were involved in horrible car accidents (thankfully both are okay) and there are lots of flared tempers (and elevated stress levels) as commuters are trying various ways of getting in and out of the city. I started taking the ferry in yesterday and while it’s nearly three times the cost of my normal fare, it’s a far more pleasant and scenic route. I know I won’t be able to afford this forever, so prayers to the NJ Path Train gods that service is up and running sooner rather than later.
A beautiful thing happened over the weekend. Bryan and I were relaxing in the living room Sunday early evening when we heard a loud piano outside. We headed downstairs and saw a small red truck, a sweet old pup, and a man taking requests from the audience of onlookers who had left their apartments. One of my neighbors turned to me and said this was the most he had smiled in two weeks. I couldn’t thank the piano man and driver enough for spreading good cheer to Hoboken.
I am trying to get into the spirit of Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday despite the family drama and other craziness that tends to go hand-in-hand with this time of year. I have been banned from ever bringing a tofurkey to Thanksgiving again but I want to impress at the table and might step it up with a vegan tofu pot pie. Or I’ll pick up more of that delicious Trader Joe’s pumpkin muffin mix and pretend like I spent hours in the kitchen.
What are your Thanksgiving plans? Are you still stuck in October like me?