It’s hard to believe another holiday season is already here! Although the time went extremely fast (as always), I had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It was full of family fun and, of course, amazing food. My favorite part of dinner was the dessert. My aunt deserves a lot of credit for making what I considered the best dish of the night: pumpkin gooey butter cake. Just the name says enough about how delicious it was.
I love that holidays bring everyone together, despite so many of us living in various cities for school, work, etc. There are many family members that I only see on holidays, so there is always a lot to catch up on. After dinner and dessert (a couple rounds, I must admit), we played board games. I love family game nights, and wish there was time to have more nights like this. Therefore, I cherish the ones we do get. We all were being so goofy and having an amazing time together.
After staying up late playing games and munching on leftovers, I did not go to sleep like one would assume. I went straight to work at 1 a.m.. I pushed through the night on no sleep (or, should I say “morning”?) and finally got off at 9:30 a.m. This is just part of the job now when you work in retail. This is the sixth holiday season I have worked at Gordmans. This is the first year we opened at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and then stayed open all night, into Black Friday. I lucked out that I didn’t have to work during Thanksgiving. That’s what I kept telling myself every time I felt really tired at work. Working this day wasn’t nearly as crazy as the other years, since I was not there to open the store. Although I was sleep deprived, my shift went faster than expected. Singing Christmas songs all night long really helped. We are now officially in the season!
Mom and Me!
I feel very grateful to have been able to attend Fontbonne University and to have on campus mass on Sunday’s at 7pm. At the end of the week, it is always important to set aside a time for reflection and also to give thanks. Even if there was nothing extraordinary happening the week before, there is always something to be grateful for.
As we approach the holidays, let’s not forget that we have the beautiful Doerr Chapel located in the 2nd floor of Ryan Hall. If you have never been there before, I encourage you to go. It is usually a quiet place, but a very beautiful one.
Mass is also offered on Friday’s at noon and there are many other activities to get involved in! Visit the Campus Ministry website to find other ways to get involved http://www.fontbonne.edu/studentlife/campusministry/
I’m not athletic. I don’t relish in the idea of a trophy room. I’d rather see everyone who sincerely tries succeed instead of seeing the same few people being successful all of the time. However, all of that being said, I’m definitely excited to have taken home first place from my microbiology lab’s first Thanksgiving pie-off.
What started as a joke turned in to one of the biggest events of this fall at my lab. Test pies were made before the actual event. One of the would-be judges was disqualified because he knew who was making each type of pie. Even some “trash talk” was issued over lunch. (“You bake pies like your momma. Unless your momma bakes good pies, in which case you bake nothing like your momma.”) Yep, it got intense.
We started out the competition day with what one of my lab managers called the “pie parade,” which was basically just us bringing our pies into the building and putting them into our refrigerator. (Don’t worry – no bacteria or samples go in that refrigerator!) Then, at lunch, one of our scientists judged the pies. I was so enthralled to have won.
Want to make my award-winning pie? Here’s the recipe. If you want it to be more like my pie, use these modifications: I didn’t make my own whipped cream. I just used Cool Whip. I used one entire normal-sized (sorry, I’m not sure of the actual volume) container’s contents to fold into the chocolate mixture, and I used half of another container’s contents on the top of the finished pie.
Thanksgiving break was much needed. I needed time with my family, time away from Clayton and time away from school. I did not go home for break, but I went to North County to spend time with all my extended family. My parents are the odd balls that are still in Illinois. I love Thanksgiving. Great time with family and lots of food. Who wouldn’t like that?! But there’s a side of Thanksgiving that I do not like. For one black friday shopping was started on Thanksgiving. In my opinion that is really wrong. That is supposed to be a day about family not finding good deals for christmas presents. Another thing is that christmas decorations and music is up and being played way before Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving deserves its time and does not need Christmas butting in. Well, that’s my rant for the day. I love Christmas don’t get me wrong, but it will have its’ time on December 25th.