Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving Eve Thoughts

1. I am filled with euphoria every year on Thanksgiving Eve. My company rocks so I get an early dismissal if I'm working (which I am this year) and I'm super pumped about the days off ahead. I'm in a good mood the entirety of Thanksgiving week. Everything feels full and I always make sure I do something(s) for someone else and spend some quiet time by myself, reflecting. Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose and all. I am privileged and fortunate and I don't allow myself to forget for a second that others are not and that it is my responsibility as a human being to do what I can for those people.

2. Gift guides are not my favorite but I love Shelby's every year on Big Hungry Shelby without fail. It is one of my holiday must reads. Shower me in Trader Joe's Everything.

3. I mailed out a lot of books to new homes yesterday. Well, MFD mailed them out for me. Hallelujah. He has been the MVP of errands last week and this week. My mom is getting pies I ordered from Jen and making stuffing and pumpkin bread and dropping everything off to me too which is all an enormous help. Team work makes the dream work. There are a lot of moving parts to get this show on the road.

4. I picked up new books from the library yesterday. It was the first time I've been to the Philly library in a while as I've been relying heavily on the abundant OCNJ library. All the work in front of the old Family Court Building and library itself is done. The walk is much nicer than it's been over the last year. Looking good, Philly.
5. Also apparent from my lunch walk yesterday: Philly has the fever, big time.
6. Stack 'em up.

7. Okay last stack reference, I swear. Don't forget that Amazon will be running its $10 off $25 books sale this weekend like they do every post-Thanksgiving weekend. Treat yo'self or get some gifts loaded in your cart so you're ready.

8. Things I'm not thankful for: this fucking tax scam. It is an absolute disaster for all of us. Please contact your Senators about this shit sundae. Call, write, mail a postcard, send a fax via text through ResistBot (text RESIST to 504-09), hire a skywriter...whatever. Let it be known loudly and clearly that this tax bill will hurt the middle class and the poor. We'll all be in debtor's prison together. It's Robin Hood in reverse in which they steal from the poor and middle class people to pay the rich and the corporations and, of course, themselves. It is vile. There is no other explanation for 1) student loan interest not being deductible while private school tuition is 2) supplies teachers buy out of pocket not being deductible while maintenance on a private jet and I can't keep going because it makes me fucking ill. Read this Forbes article on it entitled GOP Tax Bill Is The End Of All Economic Sanity in Washington. This tax bill is horrifying and will hurt all of us, especially our kids still in the education system. Kids of democrats and republicans and independents and non-voters. Do something. Democracy requires participation.
9. Reminder:

10. E-card of the week: it takes skills to make a mostly beige meal appear appetizing. May the odds be ever in your favor.

I will have a post up tomorrow. If you are not checking in, have a very happy Thanksgiving! 


  1. Love the e cards. Teamwork does make the dream work. Beyond grateful I am on your team❣️ Looking forward to your blog tomorrow. And really , to all of your blogs. You are the best❣️ Love. Your. Momma.

  2. I'm hoping for an early dismissal to day as well and then yay for the holiday break! Hope you have a great holiday! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. Thanks for the reminder about Amazon ... heading over there now. Considering I'm the only one in the office today, there WILL be an early dismissal for me - sanctioned or not. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. I dont have Thanksgiving but its the one holiday I wish we did have - the spirit of this holiday is just such a good one! Good on you for early dismissal and for shipping out those books. Have a great Thanksgiving Steph!

  5. We're hosting a Funeral for American Economy Tax Rally. We try to get our MOC to listen to us but since 2 of 3 are part of the bill we figured we needed to do something to get the attention of locals at least! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I miss family - travelling for both Thanksgiving and Christmas with three dogs is next to impossible, but we have our own traditions I've grown to love!

  6. Thanks for the Amazon reminder! Many books to order this year and I am now incredibly thankful I’ve been greedily hanging on to a $10 gift card so I can get $25 of books for $5

  7. I'm so lucky! I'm lucky my sister and mom do all the food and I show up with a bag of ice. I'm lucky to spending time with my family, if only for lunch. I'm lucky to leave early today and having 4 days at home. I'm lucky to have all that I have and my daily gratitude list. Have a wonderful holiday!

  8. girl, what is up with the US government... amid the other BS that's going on, this tax thing, hunting elephants and now the eradication of net neutrality? they should ban trump and his administration!

  9. Hooray for an early dismissal the day before Thanksgiving! That ecard made me laugh out loud, and I'm off to see what books I *need* from Amazon!

  10. LOL at the IG ecard! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  11. As someone who will probably be paying off student loans foreverrrrrr I am livid about this! *Rant over* Super jealous of your early dismissal today, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving <3

  12. I love you share the book love. It's like a Sisterhood of traveling pants thing ;)
    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  13. L & I say"Team work makes the dream work." Glad we're not the only ones, ha!

    I bought my niece a reading tent and a book for Christmas. Hoping she learns to love reading as much as her Tia does!

  14. Yay for early dismissal, we are getting one too and I am already half out of my seat and clearly not focused. Thanks for the Amazon sales reminder! Pug tails are my favorite. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  15. we get early dismissal too! i am allowed to go home right now but i am blog reading instead haha. soon. i love and hate gift guides, hate because i rarely find things for other people i actually need to buy, love because i always find things for myself. i will have to check that one out you linked.
    $10 off $25?!!?!?!?! OH MY GOD. Thank you for sharing, i did not know that! GOODBYE MONEY!! yay books!
    ok i need to calm down.
    happy thanksgiving!

  16. Go you for supporting others and giving back to the community and those in need! I wonder is the $10 off books applies to audio-books? I have a ton on my wish list. Enjoy your early dismissal and Thanksgiving celebrations with your family! xo Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

  17. That's a great way to declutter books too!

    I stopped attempting to deduct classroom supplies long ago...there was a $200 limit and it never made a difference in what we had to pay back. Most of Scott's income is tax-free since he spends so much time in other places. My job actually hurts us come tax time which is the most ridiculous thing ever.

  18. For some reason I always get angry on Thanksgiving. It's just rarely a good holiday for me. I'm hoping that's different today once we start our rounds to all the meals. So far, so good ;)
    Hope you have the happiest of Thanksgiving, Steph! And a good weekend!!

  19. LOL at all the pugs on top of each other. That's family love right there. I love how quickly they've fallen into a comfort with each other... even if Mama Mae pretends she's not into it sometimes.

    The tax scam is nonsense. ABSOLUTE NONSENSE. I can't believe more people aren't talking about it. I think I've already complained about this to you... but still insane how little attention people are paying to it.


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