Thursday, November 22, 2012

Dinner For Three

My family's having a very different Thanksgiving this year. It used to be that my mother's side of the family would come to our house for dinner and then stay with us for a few days. Since one of my cousins started working at a casino though, she's always had to work on Thanksgiving, so my parents and I would drive to Erie to have dinner at their house instead.

This year, I'm working Thursday night into Friday morning; Thanksgiving into Black Friday. Because of that, both of our families are now tied up and having dinner by ourselves. I have no idea what our three-person household is going to do with a dinner intended for seven people, but I guess most of your traditional Thanksgiving dishes keep for a long time. I know what we'll still be eating for dinner next Thursday!

Actually, I'll probably need to eat as much turkey as possible today so I can get all my sleep in early. That's the only way you can make these midnight-to-8:00 AM shifts work.

Speaking of turkey, I've noticed a curious lack of wild ones roaming in our neighborhood these past few days. I mother threw out some bread crumbs for them (stuffing, I guess you could call it) today, but there haven't been any takers. How much do you want to bet that they've turned the space under our porch into a holiday bird bunker and won't be coming out again until january?

In other news, I've finished the second draft of my next book. It's going to need another run-through on the editing, so in the meantime, I've been collecting some of my old writing pieces and preparing a compilation book for Kindle. As it stands, the title will be "Getting Out of Love and Other Short Stories," and the book will be available in two weeks at the latest.

The biggest delay will be drawing the cover, because I can't imagine finding anything on Getty Images or Fotolia that would sufficiently represent the twisted dark comedy that is "Getting Out of Love."

Happy Thanksgiving, folks. And good luck shopping tomorrow! This will be the first time I've ever been in a retail store on Black Friday.

Let's see how many customers ask me tomorrow if I really work there...

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