Our families are crazy, so we consider ourselves very lucky when it comes to Thanksgiving. My parents meet at our house & then they follow us to Doug's parents' house. This way, we aren't hurting anyone's feelings by leaving early or arriving late (& we are so happy to dodge that bullet), & we avoid all of the running around that happens all weekend long. That's Step 1 of the Survival Plan. What this means, however, is that the end result of both sides of the family being together is one big dysfunctional soup. This year, we'll have my dad, Doug's dad, my sister-in-law, her husband, & their kids, my thrice-divorced, diabetic brother-in-law, & 2 of his 3 sons, & quite possibly the 2 oldest boys' babies & babies' mamas. Oh yeah, & us. My mom's skipping out this year because she wants to do yard work.
Let me paint you a tiny picture: My dad will just talk on & on - mostly to my brother-in-law about the bakers' union (they're both retired members). He has this amazing ability to start a subject, change it, & then seamlessly pick up the first subject 20 minutes later - it's quite funny to watch everyone struggle to figure out what he's talking about (Doug & I are pros, we've been doing it for years). Since our nephews have gotten older, my sister-in-law has become the dirty uncle - she's constantly rubbing their arms & backs, & hugging them. Yes, folks, I've witnessed a body hug or 2, & the looks on our nephews' faces... well, "priceless" is close, but it doesn't quite cut it. Doug & I just sit back & snicker. Anyway, because of this affection from their other aunt, sitting by me at the dinner table is the hottest ticket in town. Unfortunately for them, Doug sits by me, so that leaves 1 seat. The smarter of the 2 nephews has tricked the other one into arriving late for the last 2 or 3 years, thereby dooming the late one into sitting in The Scary Spot. Now mind you, nothing truly inappropriate (just marginally!) is happening, but it sure makes for great entertainment for me & Doug.
Step 2...the wine. We bring 3 bottles every year - a sweet one for the rest of the family, & 2 just for us. Usually a red & a white, but sometimes we'll throw in a rose' or a sparkling. Now, we never bring the really great stuff because someone always wants to try what we have, only to say that they don't like it. Life's too short to waste great wine on people who don't know better! We could've gone safe with our choices this year & gone with a Pinot Noir (always a winner) & perhaps a Gruner Veltliner or dry Riesling, but we wanted to go a different route this year. For the red, we had several options, but we went with the Lucca from Mosby Winery in Buellton, CA. It's a blend of estate-grown Sangiovese & Dolcetto, & I knew it was the one for this year when I tasted it! It was also under $16, so that didn't hurt. We're still deciding on the white - we have a couple in mind, but we're headed to a wine store later so who knows what the winner will be. Oh, & just as an FYI to some of you newer wine drinkers...there WILL be a tasting or 2 at any wine store worth their salt tonight.
Step 3 is easy. We never stay long. I mean, really - we can only take so much. Anyway, dinner's at 2, & when our bottles are gone, so are we.
The final part of the plan - Step 4 - is to get the hell out of town, so were headed to Nashville again on Friday. We can't wait!
Ok, I have wine to buy & clothes to pack, so I'm out of here. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!