Sure I know it’s not even Halloween yet and I’m already writing about Thanksgiving but I’m excited for it this year. And I’ll get to why in a minute but first I want to take a trip down memory lane, dragging you along with me. To me Thanksgiving isn’t that big of a holiday. The last year I spent at home for the big day was back in 1996, my senior year in high school. Here’s the recap since:
1997 & 1998 – I was a freshman/sophmore at a school in Idaho bored to tears and almost snowed in. Thankfully my two older sisters were living in Utah at the time and I hitched a ride down for the long weekend. I can not for the life of me remember what we did other than make a Christmas tree out of baby food jars (don’t ask) and watch My So Called Life. I don’t really remember it but I have a picture of us doing it so I guess that’s what we did.
1999 & 2000 – I was going to school over in Hawaii so traveling anywhere was out of the question. Again I don’t really remember what I did but most students couldn’t go anywhere either so it wasn’t like I was deserted on campus. They probably showed movies on campus all weekend and plus there was the beach. No complaints here, I mean I was in Hawaii for crying out loud.
2001 – I was living in Mexico. Need I say more?
2002 – I was in the Missionary Training Center. This is kind of a blur as well. I don’t think we had classes that day but instead we watched a movie (The Other Side of Heaven) and afterward the man who is was based on was there to talk to us and answer questions. This is really all I remember so I don’t know what I did the rest of the day.
2003 – I was in Guatemala and probably forgot it was even Thanksgiving.
2004 – Went to Vegas with a friend. Which sounds fun right? Well, not really because we didn’t go to the strip. Instead we spent the weekend with her sister and her sister’s in-laws in a town just outside of Vegas. I had no car and was at the mercy of this family. I played a lot with the kids and watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoons.
2005 – Went with a friend to a friend of her families house. This was actually pretty fun. They lived only a 1/2 hour from where we were so basically we showed up for food, chit chat and then left. Brilliant!
2006 – My brother was living and going to school in Idaho and it was my turn to be the dutiful sister and have him over for Thanksgiving ( I was living in Utah). My roommate was gone for the weekend and all was pretty chill. I made a dinner and we watched seasons of That 70’s Show pretty much the whole time.
2007 – My roommate was gone and I sat in the apartment doing nothing but watching TV. I didn’t shower or get out of my pajamas for four days. And I think the only time I even stepped outside was to go to Walmart because I wanted another pumpkin pie after I had consumed the other two. I remember coming across a DVD that belonged to my roommate that I have never seen so I put it in. I didn’t realize Mists of Avalon had been made for TNT and was 6 hours long until about hour 4 when I finally looked on the back to see what the deal was. It didn’t matter because I wasn’t going anywhere anyway.
All of this brings me to this year. I’m going down to southern Utah to go hiking and take pictures at the Arches National Park in Moab!! I’m so excited! A friend and I have been talking about this since the spring but it became more of a reality when we booked our motel room the other day. For three nights I will be away from the snow and gloom of the valley (I’m assuming that will be the weather because it’s been like that every other year I’ve lived here) and instead be in the southern desert with breathtaking views. I will not be out of the country, sitting with people I don’t know, or watching TV mindlessly while my brain turns to mush. I leave you now with views I will be seeing for myself in one short month: