Saturday, November 17, 2007


Deirdre and I are just a few days away from celebrating our twentieth Thanksgiving since we were married in 1987. However, due to the nature of my former job, we were not always able to spend the holiday together. The other day Dee and I sat down and looked back at each Thanksgiving holiday to see where we were and more importantly if we were together. Here are the stats:

19 total Thanksgiving Holidays
9 Thanksgiving Holiday spent together
10 Thanksgiving Holidays spent apart

So, of the 10 holidays spent apart, I was either deployed, had duty aboard ship or was not living anywhere near Deirdre. To put it in other terms, if I were a forward on a hockey team, my plus/minus rating would be minus 1. This is one of the reasons Dee and I are not going anywhere for Thanksgiving. We are spending here in EGR, together and quite possibly alone. Dee's goal is to spend as much time as possible this coming Thursday in her jammies, which I think I will be able to support.

As many of you know, Dee is not much of a cook. The responsibility for our Thanksgiving meal falls squarely on my shoulders, but I think I am up to the task. The past two years, we spent the holiday at our home aboard Naval Station Great Lakes, and we had what could be called "non-traditional" meals. Last year, I made Apple Curried Chicken Cous Cous, and the year before last I made Peppery Flank Steak. Well, this year Dee had dictated the following for our Thanksgiving meal:

Here is what I would like and I am MORE than willing to help. This is the one day of the year that I enjoy cooking.
Stuffing (home made - NO onions or celery - I will make this)
Cranberry sauce

Green bean casserole ( I will make a small dish)

Decent white wine

Your apple pie for dessert.

Looks like we are going to be a little more traditional this year!


John said...

"As many of you know, Dee is not much of a cook."

There's an understatement !!!

Paul's Blog said...

Sometimes the truth hurts!


John said...

where's the scotch ???

Paul's Blog said...

Check out the "Things I am sipping" section of my blog.