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Posted on Wednesday 21 November 2007 at 10:45 pm

Happy Thanksgiving?

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Thanksgiving is, to me, an excuse to hang out with friends and family and eat lots of good food. Any other supposed meaning to the holiday is kind of lost on me, but I'm ok with that. All I'm asking is that I get to spend some stress-free time relaxing with my friends and the my parents, sister, and brother-in-law (I'm still trying to get used to that idea) make it to my grandparents' safely and get to spend some hassle-free time relaxing with the extended family. Apparently this is too much for the universe to handle.

This morning went quite well. Kelly and I got the house mostly cleaned (she did the living room and I did the kitchen) and I can easily finish the rest tomorrow morning (bathrooms only, who cares about the bedrooms). I even took the moldy pumpkins and the recycling to the dumpsters at the Grad Plex. This productivity was, unfortunately, the cause of my major problem.

Shortly after returning home, I realized that my cell phone was not in my jeans pocket. I spent a frantic hour or so searching the apartment and my car (while trying not to make too much noise since Kelly was napping). I even IMed my grandfather (the only one online) and had him call my phone to see if I could follow the ringer to find it. No such luck. I finally hopped on my bike, rode back over to the Grad Plex, and searched all around the dumpsters. Still no phone. Back to the apartment, more searching until the roommate got up and I could swipe her phone to try calling my cell again, still more searching, asking the kids on their bikes riding around outside if they happened to see the phone anywhere, etc. Absolutely no cell phone to be found. So I finally gave up, went to the Cingular/AT&T store and got a new phone. I've had my old phone for 3 years so getting a new one was kind of nice but I've lost all my numbers and didn't really have the money budgeted for a new phone right now. C'est la vie, right?

So I got my phone, went to a movie with some friends, finalized all my plans for tomorrow, and came home to start putting numbers into my phone. Everything is starting to look better for a nice Turkey Day tomorrow. Cue phone call from my parents. They are currently stranded on the side of the road on their way to my grandparents' and needed me to get some info for them off the 'net. It looks like the transmission is shot on our van and they will be needing a different vehicle to get them to my grandparents' (if they make it) and back home again. If I didn't have the money budgeted for a new phone, they certainly don't have it for a new vehicle. Great.

Since this is Thanksgiving, I'll end on the positive note - thus far in all of this, no one has been hurt.

EDIT: Dad just called. They got the van towed back last night. They arrived at the house at about 6:30 am and went right to bed. Since they were going to my grandparents', they have no Thanksgiving type foods so I asked what their plans were now for the holiday and he said "Sleep."
Feeling: Stressed
Exploring: Desk
Listening: Chicago - Little Drummer Boy


gilpin25 at 9:01 am on 23 November 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I hope you had a peaceful and quiet Thanksgiving after all that. How maddening about your phone. :(
bratty_jedi at 5:24 pm on 23 November 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I had a very nice Thanksgiving. I went over to some friends' house for lunch. There were 7 of us and we had a very nice meal with great conversation. Then I went home and cooked a small Thanksgiving meal all by myself. My roommate had to work and couldn't go to the lunch thing and I wanted to make sure she had a Thanksgiving. Some of the same people from lunch came over to our place and we had 5 people for dinner and then watched a movie. It was a lot of fun.

My parents, on the other hand, didn't have much of any Thanksgiving. When they finally did get up for real yesterday, they just chilled around the house. My mom was thinking she, Dad, Katrina, and Kasey could all go out to dinner or something since they were all supposed to have been at my grandparents' together. Apparently Katrina and Kasey decided they just didn't want to so my mom and dad had TV dinners and I've no idea what K&K did. Mom is kind of upset.

Still no word on what is definitively wrong with the van. It is at the shop being looked at and the best guess still remains the transmission is completely dead, but that isn't a final diagnosis.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 3:03 pm on 25 November 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that sucks! I'm glad your parents were okay but that's not a fun way to spend the time off. :(

Glad you had fun with your friends, though.
bratty_jedi at 3:32 pm on 25 November 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I really wish I knew why this kinds of things seem to happen more in my family than anybody else I know. Maybe it just seems that way?

I did have fun. I feel bad for my folks because they never really ended up having a good time, but I definitely had fun.

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