today's smoothie comprised of 1 cup of frozen fruits, 5 scoops of plain yogurt, half a cup of mango juice, and a tablespoon of sugar. the final concoction had a way of congealing in the center, too much frozen fruits, will add more juice next time.
sometime in the afternoon my father showed with the 17 pound turkey (i think it was 17, it was a big turkey) for my oven, the very first time i'd using that thing (up to this point i cooked everything via the toaster oven). around nightfall he came back with more food and to check up on the turkey. jack was the first to arrive (one of my godmother's son), driving back from umass lowell, followed by my mother and sister and aunt (arriving with even more food), then my godmother and her son alex, with my other aunt (lili) and uncle matthew the last to show up. there was the initial tour of the house, everyone catching up with what i've done up to this point, with my mother seemingly taking the reign as resident tour guide. there wasn't enough seats around the small dining table in my kitchen, so eating was kind of haphazard, sitting wherever you can, or just standing and eating. while most people gathered in the kitchen, i ate in relative quiet of the living room, watching television. there's no rule of thanksgiving etiquette in my family. at least this year we decided to use real plates and silverware (upon my personal request) instead of paper plates and plastic utensils.
everyone left by 10pm, with my kitchen full of leftovers. for a thanksgiving dinner at my house it went rather effortlessly, with very little help from me, most of the work going to my parents. i was just providing a venue for the event, despite the fact that i obviously had more people than i could comfortably support. next year? definitely more seats.