It’s OK to be a Piglet

Barbara Vey -- November 26th, 2007

Normally on Mondays I like to give kudos to deserving souls and report on the latest happenings in the publishing world, but since I haven’t received anything in my inbox, I’ll have to go with my own stuff today.

First, a high five to myself for not pigging out on Thanksgiving.  Not that there wasn’t ample opportunity.  My family has always held the belief that there is no such thing as too much food at a family gathering.  This was evidenced by no less than 3 different potato dishes, 2 turkeys, ham, dressing, 4 hot veggies (plus a platter of cold ones with dip of course), fruit platters, dressing, gravy, 2 kinds of cranberries, 2 jello molds, hot biscuits and at least 20 pies with homemade whipped cream (including chocolate).  My sister even managed to make pilgrim hats out of cookies and marshmallows dipped in chocolate.

Then the Green Bay Packer victory, which put all 36 of us in a party hardy mood (even though I didn’t win any of the football pools or lottery ticket drawings [money went to the Breast Cancer Fund, of which my nieces are active participants]).

My next high five goes to all the brave souls who have drawn the short straw and had to work on Black Friday, especially at 4 a.m.  I was pressured to join my sisters and nieces on their annual adventure as they divided to conquer all the sales to be had.  By 6:30, we all met up for breakfast to exchange packages and money.  BTW, I manage to only buy myself 2 tops for $2.80 and $4.80 along with a 15% discount.  I’m sure I’m not the shopper the retailers had in mind while imagining their bottom line.

For me, I plan to give books, books and more books.  After the batteries run dead, the dolls heads fall off, the clothes go out of style and the gift certificates get lost or forgotten, my thoughtful presents will live on.  I want them to be lasting reminders of how I looked for something special that says something about the person I bought them for.  In the past, I’ve inscribed the books, pouring my feelings into the words that describe the indescribable….how much that person means to me.  

Bottom Line:  Ok, so maybe on Thanksgiving I was more of a piglet than a full blown pig.  Piglets are kind of cute.

131 thoughts on “It’s OK to be a Piglet

  1. Marilyn AKA the Playground Monitor

    I tried to be good. Honest I did. Two more pieces and that pumpkin pie is history. There’s still half a pan of brownies left though. I should have sent them home with my son when he left yesterday. I’m heading out for my yearly physical. I should never have scheduled it for right after Thanksgiving.

  2. Edie Ramer

    I didn’t pig out too bad, but my fil put out cashews and that was hard to resist. Love cashews. We watched the Packers game too. Yay!!! I went shopping the next morning, my first Black Friday shopping spree, and had to wait in the checkout line for 40 minutes. Next year I’m doing my shopping online.

  3. Christy

    Well, Barb…I DID eat way too much on Thursday, but the food was just divine!!! I never, never, never do Black Friday. Nope, not gonna happen here! Here in Mississippi, Thanksgiving Friday is all about the Egg Bowl, which is the season-ending football game between Mississippi State University (bulldogs)and University of Mississippi (rebels). In the last 8 minutes, my ‘Dawgs scored 2 touchdowns and a field goal to win it in very dramatic fashion! WooHoo!!!! Also, just wanted to tell you that I agree with you about giving books as gifts. I love giving something that is so special to me and something that will last forever – if taken care of!!!! Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  4. Jacquie D'Alessandro

    Your Thanksgiving sounds great, Barbara! I’m especially intrigued by the Pilgrim hats as chocolate covered marshmallows are my favorites. You really hit a great sale–you deserved to for getting up so early to shop! As for giving books for gifts–as far as I’m concerned, that’s the best present there is!

  5. Peggy

    I had the best appetite suppressant there is. A cold! Didn’t want to burden everyone else with my germs and misery so I stayed home and my sweetie came over and grilled steaks for us. Somebody oughta write a romance novel about him….haaaaaaaaa

  6. Liz Kreger

    I managed to behave myself on Thanksgiving. Food was great, though. We’re still gnawing on the 20 pound turkey that I got for 5 people. I have no doubt it’ll be gone within the next few days. Nearly spit tea out my nose when I saw that Sesame Street cartoon. Good one.

  7. violet s

    Good morning Barbara! Loved your blog about your family get-together! Wish we read more than menus over this 4-day weekend, as restaurants were the places we feasted since our family has gotten so big! But we are delving in Michael Connelly’s books–now “The Overlook”–I’m #220 on the list to read James Patterson’s “Double Cross.” Just picked up Anita Diamant “Good Harbor” since finishing “The Red Tent” by her. Thanks for all the updates on books!

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