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So, I decided since you guys clepped out of that drivel you might need some real tips to help take your Thanksgiving to the proverbial 'next level' (let's hope it's not the burning ring of hell level).
Here we go.
1. Read this. It has nothing to do with Thanksgiving, but I'm thinking of making it my About Me page.
2. Thanksgiving is stressful, but it pales in comparison to the next 30 days. So, instead of those name plates from paper you wove yourself, give everyone a shiny party blower and some fireworks. It's kinda like the last day of summer (except you might not want to wear a bathing suit).
3. And don't wear a costume either. It confuses your guests.
4. I'm an introvert (see #1). But, damn it if like four of the five people in my inner circle have birthdays near Thanksgiving. Sucks for them because they get Turkey Surprise! for their birthday dinner and their presents all come wrapped for Christmas. Try to avoid making friends with these people.
5. Don't eat turkey before Thanksgiving. I recommend leaving approximately 364 days in between the times you eat turkey.
6. Become a vegetarian and go gluten free right before Thanksgiving. This will annoy the crap out of everyone you know thereby greatly relieving your stress. You will have no family and friends left to dine with on the big day.
7. When you cook the bird, flip it. I did this completely by accident about 20 years ago. It was my first turkey (I think I can tell you that, right?) and I had no idea what kind of protection to use, where to put my hands, what went in where, or which way was up. Everyone raved at how smart I was because the breast? thigh? wing? testicles? came out so juicy and moist because they were left to simmer in their own juices. (I have no idea what I'm talking about, but it sounds like we're ready for #8.)
8. Any mistake can be covered up with a "delicious gravy." (This tip I actually stole from NPR.)
|This is what "delicious gravy" looks like. I think you can find it on aisle 10.|
9. Hubby knows a little rhyming joke about pumpkin pie (circa The Bible - or when he was in middle school). As much as I cringe when I hear the joke I cannot get it out of my mind and it goes without saying that I cannot eat pumpkin pie. Unless there is a lot of whip cream. Or just whip cream. Straight from the can into my mouth. And a shot for my coffee.
|(photo credit: gumblestump.com) That's about right.|
11. If you need a new foundation (or I would venture to say any home repair costing more than a grand), consider frying your turkey.
12. If you have kids, you may need to brush up on Sqanto and the Wampanogs, so you can appropriately discuss this at the dinner table (you might want to follow that with The Trail of Tears just so that everyone is sufficiently depressed and so that there is an edge of reality to your history). (Hint: Wampanog is not a verb as in: I'm gonna wampanog your a$$ if you don't make your bed.)
14. Just in case there is not enough tryptophan in your turkey this year, I recommend crushing up sleeping pills in the stuffing. This will ensure you can watch Not Football on TV.
15. This came from NPR, too: When all else fails there is always The Google. I've used this search before 'Restaurants open on Thanksgiving this year.'
Have a good one and I'll save you a piece of pie (or the whole pie).