Friendskuhgivvakwanzturkeyjewjesusmas Recap

I KNOW. I know. But I’m back and I haven’t mass murdered the employees of Verizon Wireless so that’s really all that matters, right? We’re going to pretend that I’m publishing this in a timely matter that’s consistent with everyone else’s Turkey Day recaps because it’s my world blog so just go with it. Please & thanks.

To say I had THE BEST THANKSGIVING EVER, would actually be putting it lightly. I’m serious. As per my last post, my good friend Jordan (whom I’ve known since pre-Mrs. Divish second grade) decided to check the Macy’s Parade off her Bucket List and spend her holiday running around Manhattan in two layers of athletic pants, drinking Starbucks’ Christmas Blend and attempting to keep me away from drowning my sorrows in carbohydrates. Two out of three ain’t bad.

Alongside freezing our toes off for six hours on Central Park West, we spent the rest of her time here brunching on the Upper East Side, window shopping on 5th Ave., black Friday shopping downtown, counting 13 abandoned broken umbrellas due to terrifying weather, cooking for and attending a wonderful Friendsgiving in the Heights, watching Elf, visiting the lighting of the Christmas tree at South Street Seaport, and drinking too many Brooklyn Lagers. I had an absolute blast during the three days she visited, and I’m so thankful I was able to be a part of her first New York City experience.

And now, for the fuzzy cell phone pictures!

Thanksgiving 10

 

Thanksgiving Collage 1

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Thanksgiving 3

Thanksgiving Collage 4

Giving [Concise] Thanks

Of course, I’m thankful for many things. Everyone is, I’d assume. I’d prefer not to post something each day throughout the entire month of November because IMO, that’s obnoxious, stupid and typically boring. Surely there are people out there who think the content I post on my social media accounts can be obnoxious, stupid and boring as well. Que sera sera; everyone’s entitled to their own opinion.

As stated, I’m thankful for many things. With Turkey Day just around the corner, here are the select few I deem appropriate to highlight and share with the general public.

I’m thankful for…

  • Starbucks’ Christmas Blend. Enough said.
  • The MTA. Even when I hate it. Even when it holds me underground for 75 minutes without explanation thus making me increasingly late to wherever I was going and was most likely going to be a little bit late already anyways. MTA, you surely have more crazies and utter insanity to deal with than I on a daily basis, so I respect and am thankful for you, MTA. And when you’re on schedule and you have a car that doesn’t smell like piss, I could actually probably marry you.
  • Moments where you and your coworkers break out into song. Usually accompanied by dance moves. And usually to Ace of Base. When you see the sign, you see the sign.
  • My neighborhood dry-cleaners. The man and the woman. I realize as I type this that I am a terrible person because I do not know their names but they surely know mine. Every time I’m walking down my street and the girl runs to the door to say “Hiiii MinDEE!”, it completely makes my day. Not only do these kids literally deal with my dirty laundry, but I’m convinced they’re the nicest people in New York City.
  • The NYJL and the work they put into making the community a better place. I’m so fortunate to be an active member, and I love that there are so many professionals in New York City who choose to donate their time and money each week to such a respected organization.
  • Space heaters. Because NYC, I cannot right now.
  • Good friends/family. These are a lot harder to come by than I realized as a kid growing up in the Midwest. When you meet someone have a good connection, it just makes you appreciate it all the more. I relish all of my friendships, but I absolutely love that I talk to more than a handful of the people/family with whom I grew up with on a very regular basis.
  • And of course, my readers. Thank YOU for taking the time out of your day (or week, or month, or how every often you pop over) to read my crazy thoughts on insights on nothingism. I love sharing with you my little, strange part of the world, and I hope, at the very least, you leave with  a smile on your face.

Due to an impromptu holiday visit from one of my best friends, I’ll be taking the rest of the week off (from both work and blogging) to enjoy her company and secretly try to get her fat off of turkey. Have a lovely holiday, everyone! See ya next week.

Friendsgivukkah Recipes

Give Thanks

Thanksgiving week us upon us, pals! While I’m excited to have a few days off of work, spend time with some of my amazing friends and see the Macy’s parade in person, I’m a little bit dreading cooking for Friendsgiving (Or Friendsgivukkah, as I’m refer to it while pretending I have Jewish friends that will be in attendance). While I’ve had my outfit picked out for a week, I’m a little more last minute when it comes to preparing my portion of the menu. I like to pretend I can hold my own in the kitchen (I CAN if you consider “holding my own” microwaving a veggie patty and eating it off of a paper towel); but in all honesty, cooking is challenge for me. Perhaps, more that it’s something-I-don’t-allot-the-time-for-because-I’m-single-and-content-eating-microwave-popcorn-everyday, and less an actual challenge. Either way, it doesn’t matter. Here are some recipes I’ve found on the web that sound awesome — so someone should probably make them and bring them to our gathering because letsbehonest, I’m bringing wine.