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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Freakin’ Out about Thanksgiving?

I don’t know about you, but it’s the Sunday before Thanksgiving and I am seriously

Last night after 10pm I drove to Meijer to do my Thanksgiving grocery shopping. I had my list and my coupons and my highly caffeinated daughter with me to help. We went late because I didn’t want to deal with the normal Saturday shopping crowd. I often shop at off hours for precisely that reason.

It took over an hour and half, but we managed to finish…minus Celery. Yes, Meijer was out of Celery! How does a grocery store run out of Celery before Thanksgiving? It’s Thanksgiving for cryin’ out loud! People need Celery for stuffing and vegetable crudite trays for their Thanksgiving table!

We were done shopping and headed to the checkout lanes and guess what? There were ONLY Self Checkout Lanes open! It’s the Saturday before Thanksgiving! And, I’m not the only one who decided to their Thanksgiving shopping after 10pm this Saturday! The Self Checkout Lanes have lines of people with overflowing shopping carts that have NEVER used a Self Checkout Lane in their lives! What were they thinking? I went and found a manager and he got on his walkie-talkie and opened up 3 Full Service Checkout Lanes. Poor kid, he was like a deer in headlights. He didn’t even see it coming.

Ok, that was HIS Freak Out.

This is MY Freak Out…this is my first year since…EVER that I am having guests for Thanksgiving. My sister and her husband are driving in from out of state. My partner has to spend the day with her family (it’s a caregiver issue, nothing problematic), so she will not be home to help…or referee. I say referee because I know going in that my kids will be arguing, fighting and trying to get out of helping me. My son will likely help, but will grunt and groan and complain incessantly about doing so. My daughter will likely ground herself to her room. Remember this?
I have my Thanksgiving Menu, and I know I need to get my game plan going, but I’m very overwhelmed. Instead of setting my plan to paper, I’M FREAKIN’ OUT!

**If anyone was playing that drinking game and took a drink every time they read the word “Thanksgiving”…you’re already under the table and you CLEARLY have nothing to worry about...Thanksgiving.


Patricia said...

Hey, Lola,
You must live near me. I see you list a Naperville charity and go to a Meijer grocery--so probably not so far. I'm in Aurora. Howdy, neighbor! Have a great Thanksgiving!

Lola said...

Howdy neighbor!

JD at I Do Things said...

I have it pretty easy this year. My mom is doing all the cooking (and hosting); all I have to do is show up with a few containers of "Simply Potatoes" and a pair of loose pants. My brother's girlfriend always insists on doing the dishes, so I can lie on the floor after dinner. Ahhhh.

I hope your dinner goes smoothly and your kids behave. Behave, kids, or no gizzard!

JD at I Do Things

Babette said...

Take a deep breath! :o) It helps me a lot when I'm freaking out. :o)
You can pre-cook some of the food the day before like potatoes and cut up the veggies.

Lola said...

If I didn't have running around to do or an appointment tonight, I could prep ahead.

But alas, my daughter has a counseling appointment tonight and tomorrow I have to pick up our friend who installed our furnace so we can go get new filters for our air cleaner. I can't put this off because I am seriously allergic to dust.

I'm hoping to get the veggies cut up tomorrow and get the mashed potatoes done, but it's all dependant on timing. Hence the freakin' out.

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