I’m a little embarrassed to say that I only celebrate Thanksgiving when I’m in the US. I love everything about the holiday: stuffing, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, and a big fat turkey. But for some reason the feast just doesn’t translate over when we’re in another country. I guess it’s a combination of hard to find ingredients (turkey!) and lack of atmosphere. It just doesn’t feel the same if nobody around you is feeling festive, not to mention Thursday is a regular workday everywhere else in the world! However, when we are Stateside and do celebrate, we have some Thanksgiving traditions we uphold. We have two Thanksgivings…in a row! On Thursday we head to the clubhouse for a special Thanksgiving buffet, then on Friday we do the whole shebang all over again but this time homemade. Truly. The. Best. Nothing beats that. Since I’m in Korea this year, I’ll be missing out on all the festivities tomorrow. Hopeful that maybe next year I’ll be back to celebrate!
In the meantime, here are some Thanksgiving and un-Thanksgiving related finds I found roaming around the internet.
Remembering that Thanksgiving is not just about the food but also about the people.
For those of you flying during the weekend, going gourmet at airports (food truck at LAX?!).
What your favorite pie says about you.
It’s been a particularly hard week on all fronts. Work, life, and the start of winter have all bombarded me at the same time. I guess it’s just that time of year right before the holidays when everything comes together like a perfect storm. It’s never easy, but this year seems particular harder. I do admit, I tend to dwell on the negative when I’m feeling down. I’m no pessimistic, but I also don’t think I’m a beacon of optimism. I spent a good portion of the last few days in a gloomy cloud, until I finally gave in and let myself have a little meltdown. It wasn’t the prettiest of pictures, but I felt a lot better afterwards. None of my problems have washed away, but my attachment to them have…a little bit. Sometimes I forget that I’m still (fairly) young, and need to grow up more. When I reached my mid-twenties, I put a lot of pressure on myself to know and be everything I wanted to be. I’m still learning, which means I also have many more mistakes to make…I guess I’m just going through some growing pains.
On a number of occasions I’ve mentioned something about a tea seminar. It was an assignment I headed this past week to teach a class about tea to a group of power bloggers. Although little in comparison to everything else I’ve done at my job, it was my first solo “gig,” so it felt huge! To be honest, I had no interest in giving a seminar, but I agreed to take on the optional project because I personally wanted to learn more about tea. Haha, it was a bit selfish in some ways, but I think that it actually made me work harder; make it something better than if I had just thought of it as extra work (which it totally was!). Because it was a side project, I had to prepare for it mostly on my own time and during the weekends, but it was totally worth it. I’m nowhere near to being a tea expert, but I feel like I definitely got the basics down. And plus, I never knew teaching could feel so rewarding!
Since turning my foodie interest into a full time career I haven’t looked back. It was the first big decision that I ever made that was entirely for me. No looking at what other people were doing, asking my family for advise, or following anyone else’s lead. It’s brought a lot of happiness and vivacity into my life, something that I felt was lacking tremendously in the past.
It’s been over six months now so I thought it was about time I introduce my new job…