I am home for the holidays for the first time in over two years. It was a lot harder celebrating those special days without my family and long established traditions. My China buddies can tell you that I tried really hard to recreate those traditions on foreign soil – another story for another post – and I was religious in Skype/Gift opening requirements with the folks. I’m def a type A personality around the holidays.
This holiday season, however, I have put type A on the back burner in favour of relaxation and quality time with friends and family. I landed in the states (with arm rest bruises on my ample hips and joy in my heart) to an empty reception room. Mom made up for the parking delay, however, with the best Mexican tamales ever at Jose’s Mexican Restaurant & Bar in Pearl, MS. A wedding and Thanksgiving soon followed. I’ll do a write-up on all the delicious food later.
Some of the highlights of my quick 10-day trip to the south, however, were seeing my long lost friends. Joshua, Marie, and I went and celebrated eleven years of nearly killing each other, secret sharing/bribery, and general insanity at Chili’s. Drinks and delicious honey-chipolte chicken crispers got us all talking and laughing way more loudly than decent in a public eating establishment. I love how I can go away from these two for over a year, but we are right back to our high school comradeship as soon as we all get together again. I know how blessed I am to have these two.
On the day after Thanksgiving, Joshua and I went to see Thor: The Dark World. He’d already seen it before, but he knows how much I
stalk admire Lookie. If you’ve never seen a movie with Joshua and I, then consider yourself blessed. We talk and talk and talk and talk and talk. I promise we try to sit away from people and keep it quite. We are, however, a running commentary on every movie we see together. We just can’t help it! We watch to many behind the scenes and “the making of” videos on Youtube in combination with reading everything related to a movie. We both loved Thor2, and I am dying to see #3 because whoa that ending was a twist.
(Our best commentary was on “The Happening” which wasn’t happening. The theatre was packed because everyone thought it would be a great scary movie. About 30mins into the movie, people started booing, leaving, and complaining. Joshua and I decided to compete for the best movie joke. We called out one liners right after the other, and everyone in the theatre was dying laughing. We even got an applause after the movie. I digress back to my recap . . . )
The next day Marie joined me to meet-up with four of my five college buddies. (Emily couldn’t join us because she’s a big shot nurse in a Georgia cardiology unit and people’s lives depend on her whereas the rest of us have less important jobs that give us a Thanksgiving holiday.) We hit up our favourite, heart-clogging, test-cramming eatery Dan’s Dinner. Dan’s is a 24-hour truck stop about five minutes up the road from where we went to college in Hattiesburg, MS on Hwy 49. We have spent many a night there cramming for tests, and we have embarrassed ourselves on more than one occasion playing games like Cranium and not knowing that our partner was acting out a volcano killing everyone on a tiny island nation instead of a fountain . . . looking at you Ashley.
We kept our Dan’s time a little more tame this time. I was focused on one thing . . . HOMEMADE RANCH DRESSING!!! I don’t really like ranch dressing from the store, but I will eat Dan’s homemade ranch dressing with a spoon. It was my staple in college along with ample amounts of cheddar fries. It was also probably the main culprit behind my massive weight gain, but hey now I know the definition of the word moderation.
After dinner, we made a last minute decision to go see Frozen with which I am now obsessed. I have been listening to the soundtrack non-stop for days. It even kept me calm through all the delays on Tuesday. I can’t get enough of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel. I would go see the movie again in a heartbeat. Ashley even liked it even though she almost abandoned us at the door. She’s has the more jaded inner-child of us all.
Over-all I had the best time ever with my friends. It was low-key and laid back. I even got to go throw back more honey-chipolte chicken crispers at Chili’s later that week with my girl Susannah. I hate I had to leave so soon, but South Dakota snow was waiting to greet me in its arms. Happy Holidays everyone. I hope you have the best Christmas season ever!