This thanksgiving was at the same time busy and not busy. It was wonderful.
I had thought of taking a little trip to Albany to visit the family seat, but I heard that 1. it takes 8 hours to drive and 2. Michelle wasnâ€™t sure if sheâ€™d have Friday off from work and 3. I had a big chemistry test on the Monday following, and I donâ€™t want to get a C in chemistry. C does not stand for Chemistry, as far as Iâ€™m concerned. Iâ€™m pretty sure B does, but would be pleasantly and shockingly surprised if I found out later that A stands for chemistry. Not likely!
So, I decided that in light of my terrible schedule Iâ€™d just stay home. And in light of my terrible ankle injury, itâ€™s a darn good thing I did. I can drive the stick shift around a little bit but lordy I donâ€™t need to do that for 8 hours straight. So we made plans to go to Auroraâ€™s house for a big sumptuous thanksgiving meal, prepared by herself and her culinary school fiancÃ©. And Gabulo came out for thanksgiving as well.
And also, I was asked to care for two cats and two turtles. By two turtles I mean feed one turtle and â€œcheck in on Claire while youâ€™re at our house doing your laundry, ok?â€? So I was waltzing around with 4 other-persons keys on my key ring. As waltzing as you can get while youâ€™re on crutches!
Wednesday night Michelle and I went to Mariss and Kellyâ€™s to do laundry. That was great. We ordered in ridiculous sandwiches (why do warm sandwiches in Pittsburgh have lettuce on them? Thatâ€™s so strange) and sat around until very late. And then I locked up and went home.
Thursday morning Gabulo showed up and we went over to Jaredâ€™s to feed his cats. Now, as I may have mentioned before, Iâ€™m on crutches. That means Clumsy. So I dropped my keys on the way out of his apartment. Then home, where we mashed up about 3X too many potatoes and whipped up a green bean casserole: one of my favorite foods, but also one I cannot justify making for myself and myself only. And itâ€™s a pretty special food that I canâ€™t justify making. The dinner was wonderful and the spread amazing and the company super duper. We played parlor games afterwards and went home a tiny bit too late in a gentle snow.
And then I realized that 2 of the 4 other peoples keys were missing. Yikes!
So I tore through my bag, and through all of my pockets, and got the flashlight and crutched down the driveway to see if when I had moved my car the keys had fallen. And I checked my car and Gabuloâ€™s car and no key. It was terrible. Luckily I was totally exhausted so I was able to get to sleep ok, but when I woke up on Friday morning too early I could not get back to sleep at all. I kept going over in my head where they keys could have fallen off of my key ring. This was especially frustrating because I donâ€™t usually lose keys. Iâ€™m a very good person to give things like keys and pieces of identification and other things to. And worse, one of the keysâ€™ missing was to Mariss and Kellyâ€™s house, and theyâ€™re so nice about letting us use their washer and dryer that I didnâ€™t want to have to tell them that their key was missing.
I figured the keyâ€™s were in two of three places: either in Jaredâ€™s house near the table Iâ€™d tossed them on when we first got there, out side of his apartment where I dropped the keys, or gone for freakinâ€™ ever. We got up and went out to lunch at our wonderful and super and delightful new cafÃ© and then headed over to Jaredâ€™s where first Michelle tried to â€˜break inâ€™ to his apartment through a window (all locked) and then I started buzzing people. The first guy I buzzed came out all disheveled and sleepy and I said â€œyou donâ€™t know me but Iâ€™m supposed to feed come cats upstairs and I donâ€™t have the key, can I come in?â€? and he kind of grunted and stepped back. Yay! I we went up up up and . . . There were the keys! Right on the floor where Iâ€™d dropped the whole right. I was so happy, and we all stayed and petted Jaredâ€™s cats for an hour or so before heading over to feed the turtle.
That night we went back to our new cafÃ© for some live music. It is a fantastic place there. Itâ€™s just a few blocks away from our house and is right on the edge of several incredibly different neighborhoods. The proprietress is a cool lady and fun to chat with, and the coffee is the best Iâ€™ve ever had, and definitely the best Iâ€™ve had since Puerto Rico. Is it strange that I only like really strong coffee? I hope weâ€™ll have a chance to go back there often, and really, I think itâ€™s so great to have a local place with live music and a good atmosphere. After 4 years in Spanish Harlem itâ€™s especially appreciated.
Saturday we spent all day doing laundry. It was amazing. And then we went to an Ouve show, starring Friend Bruce. Theyâ€™re fantastic, they always are. Sunday morning we had brunch at the coop (another wonderful local place) and saw Gabulo off. Michelle and I went back to CafÃ© Bliss and spent a few hours doing work there, and then I regrouped for Chemistry Fun with my classmates. After, you know, I locked Jared out of his apartment and he had to break in for real. Yikes! Iâ€™ll never be asked to watch the cats again!
When I was little we had to go around the table and say what we were thankful for this year. Thereâ€™s so many things Iâ€™m thankful for, but this weekend I was most thankful Iâ€™d found the lost keys and that I had good friends with me to look for them.