This year we went up to Athens, Ohio to spend Thanksgiving with Tom's family. We usually went up to Cleveland but his brother recently moved to Athens. Tom had been in Athens years ago but this was a new place for me. The ride up was great. Very uneventful. I had bought the audio book The Lost Symbol but am such a dope, I bought the abridged version. I was so mad because I really wanted to hear the whole thing. But in the end it was still good and we enjoyed it. (Above: In the picture from left to right: Jake, Steve, Amy, Dave Jim, Amy, Tom, Me and in the front Jeanne and Hayley)
Wednesday we arrived and kicked back at the hotel for a while until we went over to Jim's house for dinner. It was nice to finally meet Jim's wife , Amy and see the rest of the family. I also got to see my new nieces and nephews. I never had nor will I have blood nieces or nephews because my sister is like me and we never wanted kids. It's strange that we both didn't want kids but in the end, it was a great decision on our part. But now I have some by marriage and it's kind of cool. (From left to right: Hayley, Jake, Amy, Dave and Steve) After dinner and catching up, we called it a night because we were super tired from the drive.
On Thursday, we had some free time before dinner so we went and toured the town. I would say it's a small town but coming from Sylva, I really can't say that. Our town is about half the size of Athens or smaller. Basically the University rules the town. But the University is pretty cool and the downtown area is quite cute. We drove all over and checked out some cute neighborhoods and shops. We didn't stop because everything was closed. Across the river from the University we saw this cool building on a hill so we drove up there. I took a picture and mentioned to Tom that it looked like an asylum. When we drove around Tom noticed the bars on the windows and we were sure it was. After we drove up the hill we saw a cemetery and it turned out that it was the cemetery for the Psychiatric Hospital. And when we drove further up the hill there was this totally creepy building that would have made a great location for a horror film. And you know how much I love horror films so I would know. But overall, the whole area was creepy and I got some weird vibes so I told Tom let's get out of here. Later on that night Hayley told Tom that building is one of the most haunted buildings in that area. After hearing that, I wish I would have been able to go into the building and see if I would see or feel any spirits. Cool.
Tom has wanted a GPS system for a while and I think we need to buy one because when it was time to go to Jim's house for dinner, we got lost. Of course, I got blamed because Tom says I am the navigator. But I have told Tom time and time again that I am a sucky ass navigator and shouldn't be trusted when it comes to directions but he doesn't listen. So we end up lost. Somehow we ended up not making a turn we should have and ended up driving up a hill for awhile. We finally realized that we hadn't passed any of the houses the day before so we might be lost. Luckily we turned around and willy-nilly made the decision to take a left at one street and that was the right street.
Dinner was delish. There was so much food but it was all good. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, pie, cake, jello, and green bean casserole. I have to say that besides the piece of birthday cake I had (it was David and Steve's birthday on Sunday), I was good and only ate one plate of food. I could have eaten more but didn't. There is nothing like a Thanksgiving meal. The rest of the night was spent catching up, drinking, hanging out and me and Amy worked on a puzzle for a while. I forgot how much I love to do puzzles. I never do them but once you start, it's hard to walk away. By the end of the night, we were beat and had to get up early to drive back home the next morning. (right: Steve and his girlfriend Heather)
The next morning we awoke to flurries and cold!!! A storm was coming in and when we left Athens, it wasn't snowing hard but the snow was sticking in the mountains. Luckily, Tom was driving the first leg because I don't drive in snow or flurries. The weather was pretty dreadful as we got left Ohio and entered West Virginia. All of West Virginia was gloomy and snowy. Luckily when we rolled into Virginia, the weather broke and the sun came out. Tennessee was beautiful as well and by the time we got into Asheville, the weather was a lot warmer and the sun was still shining. When we got home the weather was gorgeous!!
It's always nice to get home after a trip whether it's a few days or a few weeks. Of course the cats were in a twitter. We left them alone and they hate that because that means no wet food just the dry stuff. Shawn went nuts and started yelling to beat Jesus until we fed her wet food. There was no hi mom or hi dad, just FEED ME like Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. Scout was hiding under the bed and ignored us for a few hours until she decided we had been punished enough and finally came out to say hello. Our cats are freaks.
I hate that every time we drive up north it snows. Next year, we are doing Thanksgiving here at our house. I have already invited my sister. I am so excited if she comes because it has been years since we have done a Thanksgiving together. Although we did do a Thanksgiving for Christmas last year in Costa Rica but it isn't the same. The only drag is that I will have to make Tofurkey for her. I can't imagine that is any good but what can I do? She doesn't eat meat. Tofurkey is just so wrong!! But since I won't have to eat the damn Tofurkey, I am cool with that.
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