Thursday Born

The everyday life of a psychiatry resident (who was born on a Thursday).

Archive for December 1st, 2010

Thanksgiving Recap

leave a comment »

Thanksgiving was a welcome mid-block break, but coming back has very much a “hitting the ground running” feeling. I wrote this post on the plane ride back and only now am finding the time to edit it, add a few pictures and post it. There’s less than two weeks till exams start again (The Friday after next!), which means I spent a good deal of my Thanksgiving break curled up on a bean bag chair with a small ikea desk and my laptop, catching up on lectures. I’m returning more caught up than I left, which is good, but it will take continued effort to stay this way.
It was unexpectedly cold in Seattle, and it snowed! Likely the most snow Seattle will see at once all winter. And yes, it’s true; the city does shut down at the slightest bit of snow/ice because they really aren’t prepared for it and the roads get very dangerous (see this video for evidence of cars, and two busses, sliding down a hill because of the ice). It was beautiful though, and my first snow of the season.
Last Thanksgiving was a lot of fun; my boyfriend visited, and as it was his first time in my city there was sight-seeing to be done. And as it was my and my roommate’s first time properly settled in an apartment, there was a lot of shopping (mostly furniture and electronics, a few clothes). There was also a lot of cooking. Even though it was a small four person dinner, we had a full spread of homecooked items: a turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, bread rolls, pecan pie and pumpkin pie. This year I visited Ahmet, and we kept things very low-key. All Black Friday shopping happened online (I personally didn’t do any; last year’s buys should last me at least a few more years), and Thanksgiving involved very little cooking.
Having proven, twice, that I am capable of cooking an entire Turkey, this year I settled for buying turkey cutlets. They were far more pricey per pound than an entire Turkey, but much quicker to defrost and bake. I ended up over-baking them (followed the timing I read online instead of checking up on them myself) but they still tasted fine with the gravy (which I did make from scratch) and I’ve had drier meat from a whole bird before. Everything else was pre-prepared. Trader Joe’s stuffing, mashed potatoes (I’m a bit embarassed about this one but I just didn’t have it in me to do it myself), cranberry sauce, sweet potatoe fries (which I tossed in brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg before baking), and pumpkin souffles (a lovely lighter ending to our meal than pumpkin pie). Everything turned out better than I expected for a pre-made Thanksgiving Dinner. :)
We did have a “real” dinner on Friday though, which was really nice because it’s been three years since I’ve been in someone’s home for Thanksgiving, and it was Ahmet’s first time. There were even kids, complete with a kids table/adults table separation! Homemade whipped cream is delicious, by the way.
Other than all the studying, I also made pizza for the first time. Again, lots of Trader Joe’s shortcuts: pre-sliced meat, premade tomato sauce, pre-shredded cheeze, and premade dough. Still cheaper than buying pizza, and maybe still healthier than a restaurant pizza (note to self: be careful who you let add the cheese). It had portabella mushrooms on it in addition to the meat, and I would’ve added some broccoli or spinach or asparagus but I don’t the three young men I was going to be eating it with were rather ambivalent (if not actually opposed) to the idea. Anyway, it was really good! And really quick. I’m always on the lookout for ways to cut corners while keeping things healthy, since as much as I have fun cooking, it’s more a hobby than something I want to (or will have time to) do several times a day to keep myself alive and healthy.
I’m thankful that I had a Thanksgiving break at all (who knows what it’ll be like next year), and I’m thankful for my family and my friends and my boyfriend, for my noisy, territorial parrot, for having gotten into and doing pretty well in medical school, and for being alive and well in the first place. Life’s been good to me lately. I can complain (who can’t?), but I shouldn’t, because the things to be grateful for far, far outweigh the things to whinge about.

Written by Aba

December 1, 2010 at 11:56 pm

%d bloggers like this: