BTRIPP (btripp) wrote,

eh ...

Yesterday was a mess ... most of the day it was cold and rainy, with a lot of wind. The Lake was all churning with whitecaps and quite violent and the rain/sleet/snow was whipping like curtains between the buildings. As the day progressed it leaned more towards snow, and this morning, all the cement on the east side and much of the north of our building was coated in ice. There was about 1/2" of snow out in grassy/shady areas and The Girls wanted to go out to play in it. Intially we'd planned to get up and go down to the Loop for the Thanksgiving Parade, but as it was quite cold, and that starts fairly early, we never quite managed to get our act together for that, but ended up heading out to the Park around 10am. The Girls threw snow, terrorized some squirrels, and got cold. The Wife suggested going up to the Zoo, which Daughter #2 thought was a splendid plan, but Daughter #1 wanted to head back home, so #1 and I meandered home (with stops at Dunkin Donuts, Walgreens and a candy shop ...#1 had set her mind on needing a chocolate turkey!) whilst #2 and The Wife headed off to the Zoo. Once we got home I was able to crawl back into bed and watch some of the Detroit game).

We ended up going out to dinner tongiht. We were up in the air as far as any Thanksgiving plans, and I did not get around to trying to make any reservations until Monday, and by then most places were either totally booked up (like up at the 95th), or could only take us around noon or 9pm. We ended up at Melnick's, which used to be a "nicer" place, but has since been downgraded to pretty much a bar (under the same ownership) ... I'd only been in there once since the changeover, and that was for a very crowded fund-raiser for #1's school, and I didn't "get" the extent of the change. So, Thanksgiving dinner was in a bar ... the food was good, though (I'd found them on a list of restaurants doing Thanksgivng dinners), although the kids were cranky and I could tell that The Wife was not pleased by there being TVs every 15 feet or so loudly playing the Bears game (no, that was not why we ended up there). Oh, well. I knew it was going to suck, so had pretty low expectations.

This was the first Thanksgiving without my Mom ... and that hung over things as well. Since we don't have any relatives anywhere near us anymore, The Wife is talking about us trying to figure out some new "family traditions" for Thanksgiving. I'm not too keen on travelling with the other zillion people, but maybe we could figure out something "quaint" (like someplace we could get to via Amtrak, like New Orleans)..

I suspect this weekend is going to be straight out of Hell. I am already feeling way depressed and I'd really like to just curl up in a ball and have people not bother me. Like that's gonnna happen.

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