Monday, November 28, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

It's American Thanksgiving! It was always a very big deal at KIS but at IST there aren't that many Americans. There are a handful, but not enough to justify a day off to celebrate, so we had a small gathering on Saturday. We opened the potluck to anyone interested and for a few of those who came, it was their very first thanksgiving. And unlike some people's first Thanksgiving, no one at our party left with smallpox (too soon?).

I didn't think it could come close to being as fun as the Thanksgiving parties we'd had in Korea, but it did! We opted out of getting a turkey because for a 12lb bird, it would have cost $85. That's too much risk considering we have a small oven that we've only used a handful of times. Instead we had plenty of rotisserie chicken from Sam's Club. The food was outstanding-well done for some who had never even been to thanksgiving before. We had amazing mashed potatoes, sweet potato fries, StoveTop stuffing, green bean casserole, lamb dumplings, pumpkin pie, apple pie, cheesecake. It felt just like being in America.

Then Jim set two alarms for the middle of the night so he could watch the world's greatest sports rivalry: THE OHIO STATE vs. *ichigan. I woke up and checked the score at 4am and caught a glimpse of Jim watching the game wearing his Ohio State jersey. All by himself.

You may know this, but the game went into double overtime and by the time they won, we were all up.

This picture is blurry because he was running all around cheering. I'm sure the neighbors understood.

1 comment:

  1. Do I see a Christmas Tree in one of the pictures? Where did you get it?

    So long,