giant silver beans, turkey and italians

Lately I've been frazzled enough that I barely have the ability to construct verbal sentences, let alone written ones. I have been able to stop and collect myself long enough to learn some Continental knitting with my Norwegian coworker, which was awesome. Went to ladies' night last Friday with my lady friends and stitched while eating scrumptious pita pizzas, drinking wine and watching Downton Abbey. I baked some banana bread and pumpkin bread. Oh, I also completed five whole rows of my own knitting at home, mailed my parents and my in-law Thanksgiving cards, worked on our 2012 budget spreadsheet, planned a Thanksgiving potluck for work and [we] finally decided on the photo we'd like to use for our Save the Date postcards. Productive, right? Also...brain numbing.

Fortunately we're headed out on Sunday morning to the wild windy wonderland that is Chicago for a whole week. A WHOLE WEEK! Em's dad's family is from the Rockford area, and Great Aunt Rose is hosting a big ol' Italian family reunion the day after Thanksgiving. So we're settling just north of Chicago with Em's aunt and uncle, enjoying the company of lots of new extended family, and hopefully scurrying down to the city for a bit to site-see and stuff. My Dad's family is also from the Chicago-area, and I haven't been there since my senior year of high school (on a journalism trip), so I'm looking forward to taking a few moments and absorbing the essence of the city, because I have heard and remember that it's fantastic. Posting will likely be sparse next week, but I will take pictures for sure.

I hope all of you have a great week, whether you're celebrating with turkey or not, and that you're all braced/excited/ready for what happens the moment Santa appears at the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade...the Christmas Season Finally Begins!**

** Lest someone call me out for announcing this now, I will be honest and say that I started listening to Christmas music in July. I can't help myself.

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