We are both recovering from this years epic Thanksgiving, Kyle by committing some violence on scenery, I by channeling my lethargy into grad school personal statements. I am always struck by the slightly ridiculous nature of a specific day marked by the consumption of obscene amounts of food (a little wasteful, no?) – however, we are lucky enough to have a fairly tight-knit and loving family, and this was the first holiday in many, many years that our whole extended family was able to come together and share stories, quality time, games, and, of course, food.

We were out in a painfully quaint* part of Cape Cod near Orleans, which was calm and quiet and nautical. The food was all home-made and amazing, from Kyle’s mozzarella, shrimp and artichoke casserole to the amazing spread of antipasto to the sweet-potato rolls made by yours truly + SO, from our cousins seasonal fruit dressing to our grandmothers onion pie, from many different pies to rocking traditional green bean casserole, topped off (of course) by brined turkey in a bag. Holy crap.

We did manage to do some non-eating things. Many games of Ticket to Ride: Europe were played, as well as more wordy/partyish games. Many walks were taken. We also managed to get out to Provincetown to take advantage of the end-of-season sales, which were truly amazing. I picked up a fantastic enameled ring from Century, and Kyle did some scarf shopping at Marc by Marc Jacobs. Of course there’s a Marc Jacobs in P-town. Also, more good food.

Since the economy out there goes by the tourist season, everything is pretty much shut down from December through April – so going in November to do some quality shopping at deep discounts (50% in my case, and most stores were offering at least 10-30%) isn’t that bad of an idea for Boston locals.

Now I’m disappearing into application land for a bit. I hope that everyone managed to have a warm and happy Thanksgiving, and best of luck keeping sane through the next month!

*I’m a city boy at this point, sorry!