How To Make A Good Thanksgiving Out Of A Bad Week

by - October 14, 2014

How To Make A Good Thanksgiving Out Of A Bad Week - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna Rusnak

It's bound to happen once in a while, isn't it? A bad week? An entire five days of the Mondays?

That was my story last week.

I fit enough complaining for a year within the course of four days.

1. After a year of resistance, I updated to the Maverick operating system.  This took my computer out of commission for almost three hours. {They should really warn you about that before you hit accept.} I had to follow that up by updating all my programs which took another good hour. Everything that should have been accomplished on Tuesday didn't even get so much as a 'hey there!'

2. Because of a project I've been tasked with at work I had to install Word. I despise Word. I think Word is it's own curse word and somewhere a little demon is gleefully rubbing his hands together while I fume and rant and force-quit that CURSE over and over again.

3. Every year during performance reviews we have to set goals for the coming year. One of my goals for this season was to begin the recording/editing/uploading of our Sunday services so that we're reaching anyone unable to physically attend.  Because of all the upgrades I basically had to relearn how to use the programs and then converting the video files to an up-loadable size took HOURS and slowed down my now awesomely upgraded computer so that I could do nothing else but watch that little timer tick by.

{I am not interested in wasting time. It makes steam come out of the top of my head. I become a cartoon character. I am Lucy from the Peanuts with mad black scribbles in my speech bubble.}

4. Walmart sold out of their 79¢ turkeys.

5. It was flipping cold and the fire was flipping frustrating to keep lit - even it knows it's too early to have to heat your home!

This - all of this - culminated into a big black pot of angry yuck and the idea of thankfulness seemed like a bad joke.

But then Friday came. And I still managed to get through my list at work. And Walmart restocked their turkeys. And the country station started playing Momma's Broken Heart while I was doing the dishes and before I knew it, I was singing loud and chopping celery for my stuffing and looking forward to the twenty mouths I'd be feeding the next day.

Because all I needed was for that week to be over so that I could get busy getting over it.

And I shucked it off like a smelly coat and replaced the stench with the scents of sage and thyme and cinnamon and as the family poured in and their loudness multiplied into a symphony of chaotic blessing, I sat there beside my sweet Great Aunt and smiled at the mess and the volume and the pie crumbs on the counter and knew that this - right there in the heat and the noise - that was what I was thankful for.

A bad week means nothing when you've got the love of a family around you.

And gravy. 

And pie.

{But I still hate Word!}

How To Make A Good Thanksgiving Out Of A Bad Week - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna RusnakHow To Make A Good Thanksgiving Out Of A Bad Week - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna Rusnak
How To Make A Good Thanksgiving Out Of A Bad Week - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna Rusnak
How To Make A Good Thanksgiving Out Of A Bad Week - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna Rusnak

P.S. Thrift Blitz Episode Two will be coming soon and you'll be invited to link up your own great finds! Get your posts and photos ready!!

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  1. I love the way your mind works, Alanna! Also, your writing style. I am very glad that Wal Mart had another shipment of turkeys come in.

    1. Oh, me too! Believe me! It would have been embarrassing if I'd had to feed the hoard with chicken nuggets or something ;) When I went back they actually only had about 15 left so I dug through, found the biggest, and counted myself blessed!

  2. I'm ready for thrift blitz! Well almost. You know besides the pictures and everything else, but ready! Sorry you hate word. I love it and use it all the time!

    Search my facebook for a link from There is an amazing soup recipe with chicken and a poached egg. Would be really good for leftover turkey, and it really is like a hug in a bowl. Sounds like you could use one.

    1. I would LOVE if you participated in Thrift Blitz at some point!

      Listen, I know A LOT of people love Word - I'm just not one of them. I think it must be a Mac vs PC thing...? I find it so cumbersome and frustrating.

      I'm not going to lie - a poached egg in soup sounds weird but my interest is piqued...I'll definitely check it a little while...right now I have to run to staff meeting. Have a gorgeous day!!!

  3. You have a wonderful way with words.

    1. Thanks Susan :) And you have a wonderful way with yarn! Everybody's gotta have something, right?!


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