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Holidays Can Be A Pain

thinkthrice's picture

Even with PASed out skids!  So Awesomeson has been deployed to Saudi Arabia until early April.  And here in the US Thanksgiving comes rather early aka next week.  

I'm pretty sure AwesomeDIL  will not want to travel 2 hours one way with DGD2.5, stay at our non child proofed home for two nights especially after DGD had a rather bad reaction to a flu shot a week and a half ago, then travel back (lots of driving for me)

It would be more of a chore for her to come here and stay a couple nights but Chef thinks it's a good idea and he will not scale down the traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner because most likely it will just be the two of us.  He wants the full work up but he will be working Thanksgiving day before the meal so will not be around to help me, as usual.  

I asked if we could just do a simple smoked turkey breast seeing that I am also extremely busy putting the finishing touches on the rental property and going down to Awesome DIL's that week as well plus a number of other appointments.

Nope!  He wants the full regalia of a deep fried turkey with all the trimmings and pumpkin pie.  And he usually gets sick of the turkey shortly after the second day!



thinkthrice's picture

By trying to compare AwesomeDIL's situation with "When I was married to the Girhippo and I had to work all day on Thanksgiving, the Girhippo took the kids to her aunt and uncle's house for Thanksgiving dinner." 

Me:  "How far away was the uncle's house from your house?" 

Chef then told me the name of the town they lived in.

Me:  "So about 25 minutes away max?"

You should have seen the look on his face!


Sadielady's picture

Maybe you should go to DIL's for TG dinner. She'd probably be quite hapoy with a smoked turkey breast :) 

thinkthrice's picture

This would put Chef's nose out of joint big time as he expects a giant home cooked holiday meal due to the fact that he works hard 7 days a week and deserves it!

la_dulce_vida's picture

Send him to Cracker Barrel for Thanksgiving.

Let him have his nose out of joint - what a brat.

thinkthrice's picture

Awesome DIL's family NEVER cook.  They host either a pot luck  for relatives at their house or this year they actually did it at a restaurant close to where AwesomeDIL and her brother with his wife and new baby.  Chef thinks  this is an abomination not to cook on Thanksgiving Day.   

Don't get me wrong I love cooking holiday meals however if it's just us two I don't see why Chef can't settle for something smaller so there isn't that many leftovers but he is basically a giant toddler.

AgedOut's picture

there are plenty of places that will cook up his multi course dinner and you just have to pick it up

AgedOut's picture

my tv is obviously spying on me, I just had two commercials for buyable Thanksgiving meals ... crackerbarrel and popeyes.. popeyes delivers! 



AlmostGone834's picture

Yeah holidays can definitely be a pain, especially Christmas. I used to love it before entering steplife.

The Thanksgiving feast is a lot of work. I did the whole thing last year. (Except making pumpkin pie from pumpkins. That is taking it too far for me haha). This year I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I've been surviving one day at a time lately so I'm not that far planned out.

If you're feeling overwhelmed, like others have said, lots of places sell a put together meal. Tell Chef to stuff it if he doesn't like it. Aside from that, would he know if you cut some corners? Ie: premade mashed potatoes and squash, store bought pie, ready-made stuffing? 

thinkthrice's picture

To me on that one!

UPDATE:  I think AwesomeDIL is going to bow out... I will just have to explain it to Chef in a way that won't hurt his fee fees.

Actually rather a relief because I have so many things to do next week.  I will be looking for shortcuts though.

Winterglow's picture

Can't say I blame her. Did he really expect her to drive 4 hours with a toddler in one day? 

Tell him it's a safety measure. Can you imagine trying to stay awake at the wheel after a huge meal?

thinkthrice's picture

They'd stay overnight.   Lol they haven't stayed overnight at our house since they had the baby.  That was when Awesomeson and AwesomeDIL were just a couple aka before children.

SMto3's picture

is too long of a commute!

Rags's picture

Not a whole lot more expensive than buying the stuff and doing it yourself.  And oh so much less stressful.

We started it when we would spend TG at Big Bend NP.  We would pick up a full TG feast from Boston Mkt, a local cafeteria, or a favorite local restaurant on our way out of town on Wed.  We would heat it all on on Thursday on the fire, camp stoves, or grills. Easy, tasty, and fun.  We continued the trend when we moved internationally and started Friends Giving with international friends, and when we spend TG or Christmas with my ILs.

If the fixing the food is part of fond memories, people can make their favorite side dish or pies, you can get the together thing and the fixin the favorites with your peeps thing while avoiding the days of prep and days of clean up. We buy Chinette plastic plates and heavy plasticware that all goes in the dumpster.

I know, lazy. But.... I don't have to do the prep or clean up, and neither does DW. Though I do hear about it a bit before and after because for DW it is at least partially about the pain and suffering of working one's ass for for days.