Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving Recap and Bookish Goodness!

Well hello there, kittens. I'm back from a Thanksgiving vacation to rival all Thanksgiving vacations. It didn't start out so great, but it ended strong. 

On Friday the 16th I came down with a persnickety stomach bug that didn't know if it wanted to stay or go. All told, I was sick for about 6 days. After 5 days I gave up, went to the doc, and got medicated. That was the beginning of improvements. The worst part about it is that I had to send Greyson away because I was just too sick to function and chase him around. I also desperately did not want him to catch it! It's a good thing I went to the doc because in addition to the persnickety bug, I am REALLY anemic. No wonder I've been so tired! I'm scheduling a follow up for this week, and I cannot start those darned iron supplements soon enough.

With my "sick time" and the Thanksgiving break, Greyson was with Chuck and the Rockets for 10 days. I missed him horribly and was plagued by guilt, but he had a great time, and the family got to spend some extra time with him; everyone won.

Thanksgiving day, David, his mom, and I all took off to Austin to visit with his dad, sisters, and their families. Boy, can this bunch entertain!!! We started with afternoon appetizers -- homemade queso, chips, taco soup, guacamole, and some baked brie. Then we moved on to the main event in the evening with turkey, ham, dressing,  fresh green bean casserole (no canned beans here), fruit salad with homemade whipped cream, sweet potatoes, rolls, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, and a homemade Italian Cream Cake (OMG!). There may have been more, but I can't remember, and isn't this enough???!!! It was SO GOOD. 

Friday, we had a leisurely (code for huge) brunch. David's dad (also named David) helps his sister cater, and he's quite the chef. Our brunch consisted of scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, sausage, ham, leftover fruit salad, homemade whipped cream, sparkling cider, juice, coffee, breads, cookies, cakes, pancakes and homemade raspberry syrup. I was seriously full.  

With brunch consumed, we headed out for an evening in San Antonio. It's only about an hour's drive. David's dad drove, we picked up two of his nephews, met up with his sister and her family, and we were off and running. A little later than expected, but we didn't let it hamper our good time. We were just in time to walk around a bit and take in the Christmas tree lighting outside the Alamo. 

With the Christmas tree lit, we decided to hunt down some Mexican food in the marketplace. It had to have been a two-mile walk, but we made it to Mi Tierra Cafe and Bakery, and the carne asada tacos were worth the hike.

We arrived back in Austin very late, but it was worth the trip!

Saturday was a little more of a relaxed, laid back adventure. We stayed close and explored some local Austin spots for Small Business Saturday! My #1 destination was BookPeople! I've heard about this store for YEARS, and it was fun to actually go in and explore after hearing so much hype. I grabbed a copy of Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, so I can attempt to read it before I see the movie.

We also stopped by a local garden salvage shop, cruised through Central Market for some macarons and bread, and had a quick bowl of chili before we were back out the door for a dusky drive past the capital, a stop at Half-Price Books to scope out the clearance section, and some exploring on South Congress Avenue.

This is a sizeable village of food trucks on South Congress. Including one with a spinning cupcake on top, cajun food, thai food, and a "cone truck." David and I first saw The Mighty Cone truck on a Netflix food show, so I felt a little like I'd encountered a celebrity. 

Finally, I know you're wondering what I snagged at Half-Price. You guys know I can't leave that joint without grabbing some clearance goodies...

  • The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger -- loved the movie but haven't read the book
  • Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich -- because I haven't read Erdrich and I flaked on this one when I checked it out from the library earlier this year
  • The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig -- because it looks super fun
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin -- because everyone loves it
And The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, vol. 2 is for review. FYI: I read it last night. Review coming this week!

In closing, I picked Greyson up yesterday afternoon, and got home early last night. As much fun as I had in Austin over the last four days, it's always good to get home, make a nest, and get back into the usual routine. And settle down with all these new books, of course. 

How was your Thanksgiving??? 

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