Hello friends of the web ! I’m not going to ask you whether you’re happy it’s Friday because I think that’s a given. Kind of like asking a stranger “how are you?” You know the answer and you know it will never change.
I must say the novelty of biking to work has not faded a single bit yet. I’m still really happy with my decision to ride to work. I love getting a good workout in twice a day while doing something utilitarian (going to work). I love being outdoors instead of “caged” in a car and exploring the quaint and pretty neighborhoods of Fort Lauderdale. Let me tell you that there is no better way to appreciate a neighborhood or a city than biking through it. You really have a chance to observe everything around you: the houses, the greenery, the people walking their dogs. I would never pay attention to all those things if I was driving.
So far I also have received quite a few comments from people who are impressed by my biking to work thing. Things like “you are soooo athletic!” (from someone who knew me as a runner) to “are you riding for fun or to work?” to “I totally didn’t recognize you” (that happens when I go from my lawyer’s outfit to bike shorts/shorts + helmet). Who knows, maybe I’m starting a trend here.
People complain about traffic all the time. South Florida is notorious for traffic and we all know it’s only going to get worse as population increases and roads fail to keep up. I’m doing my part.
But hey, I understand cars still have their purpose.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner.
I am so excited to announce that I am hosting Thanksgiving this year! Usually my mom hosts Thanksgiving every year so all I have to do is bake a pumpkin pie or two and haul them to my parents’ house. The last two years I also contributed a fallish cocktail recipe courtesy of Sandra Lee. Gavin also made an apple pie. We contribute the best stuff, what can I tell you.
But this year is different. Unfortunately my mom had to cancel Thanksgiving dinner this year because she is taking care of her mother (my grandma) who is in the hospital. My grandma is 87 years old and she is nearing the end of the road. We are all very sad about that and even sadder that we can’t be there with her in her last moments. But I am with her in heart and spirit.
So I will substitute for my mom this year. I’m still working on the menu but I can say that it will be very traditional and that everything will be made from scratch (because that’s how I roll). When I host, I either go all the way or go home. Gavin will be in charge of making the bread rolls, the apple pie and smashing the potatoes in our amazing KitchenAid mixer (I’m not the techie in the house). I’ll basically make everything else. We’ll be making a few things on Wednesday to save time but I’m even thinking of what I could make on Sunday. Definitely the cranberry sauce because that will stay fresh in the fridge. But I’m not going to make the pies and mashed potatoes that far in advance! Some things just have to be fresh, you know?
So on this note, I will now end this post and wish you all a great weekend. Mine is looking quite busy. I’ll be grocery shopping tomorrow morning and working this weekend to make sure I can file two more visa applications before Thanksgiving. It will be tough but we’ll see. This time of the year is always very busy in my office and I’m usually rushing like crazy the week of Thanksgiving.
But I’ll pop in over the weekend, promised!