Personally, it seems like only yesterday that we were gearing up for the 2012 season, preparing estimates, setting the project calendar for the year and preparing to knock out some really nice projects.
It’s still a bit too early to recap the entire season – we’re still hard at work on some remaining projects before the winter arrives.
But Thanksgiving is a welcome opportunity to pause, take one deep breath before the final push of the season, and spend some quality time with friends and loved ones.
There’s a number of things that I really like about Thanksgiving as a Holiday, mostly centered around the four F’s– Food, Family, Friends and Football. With the possible exception of the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving is perhaps the most American of Holidays, a holiday in which all Americans, regardless of age, religion, political leanings, or any other personal differences can all relax, enjoy quality time with loved ones and give thanks for what we have. All with little pressure or financial expectations.
For our family personally, we celebrate the Holiday at home with my parents who live nearby. The food preparation typically starts this weekend, culminating in an all-day gluttony of food on Thanksgiving Day. In addition to the traditional turkey and fixings, we also supplement the food frenzy with my homemade crabcakes, mussels, fine fruits and cheeses, and of course the necessary assortment of pies. Usually with some good wine and local craftbrews for those who care to partake. (Side note: For craft beer lovers out there, I strongly recommend Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale – an excellent seasonal brew from our brewing friends down in Delaware!)
And of course, no Thanksgiving weekend would ever be complete, at least not for us University of Michigan alumni, without the annual rivalry game between UM and Ohio State. Go Blue!! (Another side note – we did a really nice patio project for a couple of OSU alums this summer. So if you guys are reading this – you know who you are – I really enjoyed working with you and getting to know you better this summer, but I’m going to have to do some OSU bashing this weekend! It’s in my DNA and I wouldn’t be true to myself if I didn’t. But we can still be friends once the game is over! – Just not this weekend!)
Anyway, whatever your traditions, and whatever college team you root for (even OSU, I guess…) I hope everybody has a great Turkey Day. Happy Thanksgiving!