Day before Thanksgiving woes

25 Nov

I need to go to Walmart.  I know what you’re thinking, there can’t possibly be any reason on God’s green earth compelling enough to justify a trip to Walmart the day before Thanksgiving.  The thing is, I promised DynaGirl that I would make her pumpkin cookies for Thanksgiving dessert.  These special pumpkin cookies (the ones my allergy stricken children can eat) require a spice cake mix.  But not just any old spice cake mix.  No, no, no.  I need a particular brand of cake mix because all of the other brands have milk in them.  And naturally, the only store in our town that carries the particular brand I need also happens to be the only store that I particularly avoid at all costs.  The sacrifices we make for our children.

We typically get together with my oldest sister and her family for Thanksgiving.  It makes sense, seeing how they live just three miles down the road.  We share the meal responsibilities.  We each make a turkey.  I make the potatoes, rolls, jello and a dessert.  She makes the stuffing, green beans, yams and pumpkin pie.  This past year her husband has had some health concerns, which have resulted in changes in their lifestyle and diet.  Instead of my sister’s delicious homemade stuffing (the part of the meal I look forward to the most), we will be having low sodium Stove Top.  There will be no bacony, sweet and soury green beans.  There will be no pumpkin pie.  The yams will not be candied (which is actually fine since as far as I’m concerned yams are a non-food group).  And yes, I’m perfectly aware that there are starving people living under bridges who would gladly give their right pinkies for low sodium Stove Top and bacon-free green beans, but we’re talking about me right now.

While waiting for my girls to get out of school yesterday, I had a brief conversation with the mother of one of Goose’s little friends.  We were having a perfectly lovely conversation until she casually mentioned that she had their turkey thawing in the bathtub.  IN THE BATHTUB.  She further explained that they do this every year, and if it’s not fully thawed by Wednesday night, they just run warm water into the tub.  Thanks to her, I don’t even think I’ll be able to enjoy my turkey this year.

In short, Thanksgiving will suck.

But I am grateful for all of you and hope you have a lovely day of gratitude and thanksgiving.  Please know I will be thinking of you as I’m choking down my fat free pumpkin-like dessert.

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5 Responses to “Day before Thanksgiving woes”

  1. Julie November 25, 2009 at 11:45 am #

    That’s sick.

    I need to go to the grocery store, too, although not Walmart, so my life’s better than yours right now.

  2. Alison Wonderland November 25, 2009 at 11:57 am #

    I’m with Julie. Sick. On so many levels.

  3. Mother of the Wild Boys November 25, 2009 at 1:17 pm #

    Eeewww!

    And I do have to go to Walmart today as well….Here’s hoping that you and I both survive!

  4. boquinha November 25, 2009 at 5:20 pm #

    Well, if you can manage the errand without ending up on the People of Walmart site, I’d call it a banner day.

  5. madhousewife November 26, 2009 at 3:23 pm #

    Bummer, dude. 😦

    At least the potatoes won’t be instant, eh?

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