Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!(Well, those who celebrate it, of course. To the others: hope it was a great day!) Ours was great. Went to someone else's place. The hosts have known our family for a very long time. They're almost like family. Some years they have a lot of people, and some years maybe one other person besides us. (Felt weird without Mom, though.)
Seemed more cozy and welcoming with just one other person, so it was nice too.They have 2 big dogs who are always so hyper when we see them. They seemed more so this time. Jumping, licking, and sometimes giving us tiny bites. One of their cats, Cassidy, was rubbing and licking me while we played games after dinner. Her brother Butch died recently.
That one other person was very nice. She was a writer and a Jew. So, already we had a lot in common.She loves to cook, make knickknacks, etc. Very interesting person. Talks a lot, though. She thought I was 15 years old for a while. When we told her how old I actually am, she was very surprised. (I don't know why, but everyone thinks I'm younger than I am. No one has guessed my actual age, and it's always younger. Usually around high school age.) We got along with her so well, she invited us to her place for a Hanukkah party next month.
She also said that if I need anybody to give me feedback on my novel, I should contact her. She's very willing to help. She said she doesn't know much about the sci-fi/fantasy genre, so she can't give me much advice about that part. Just on how its written, editing, and getting it out there. To me, that's a lot.She suggested that I should go to the Writers Guild of America-West site, and pay $20 to have it copyrighted. You get a certificate in the mail. I'm thinking about it. I'm not even finished with it. Should I try to get one before I'm even finished writing the thing? Wouldn't make sense to me. Maybe when I'm done with writing it.
She also suggested that since I've gone through so much in my life, maybe I should write something like a memoir. I thought people much older than me did that. I mean, yes I have gone through a lot, but I thought I hadn't experienced enough years of my life to do it.Other people say I've gone through plenty to make up for that. And, they think it'd be a great idea. So, maybe in the future I'll start it.
Meanwhile, I'm thinking of starting 2 projects after the JLPT. (Since I'm trying to study as much as I can for it right now. It's on Dec. 2nd.) One would be about featuring a mentsch every week or so. (Maybe it'll be more like every other week.) A mentsch is an upstanding citizen, a good person, or like a good samaritan. All around great people. It'll be something positive, and these people usually need more recognition.
The 2nd project will be on, as I think I'll call it, 'aging beautifully'. Showing that youthful beauty isn't all that's out there. There are many beautiful people older than 40. This is physical and inner beauty. Men and women, people from all over the world, etc. I myself am not that old. But, I think the older generations should be admired at the same time. I don't know it might sound funny right now, as I'm still figuring it out myself. Got the idea when I saw someone on one of the forums make a list of beautiful actresses who were 25 and over. Mind you, they only went up to 34 years old.That, to me, doesn't sound impressive or really that interesting. I mean great that they look amazing, but that's like at their peak. So, it shouldn't be as surprising as some people commented. I thought what about the older people? Somehow, our society thinks that after around 35, people aren't as beautiful. There's something wrong with that. Plus, they only showed women from Korea. (This was a site that focuses on Asian drama.) Which is great, but what about actresses from other countries? I want to feature not only actresses, but athletes, politicians, 'regular' people, etc. People from all walks of life.
I'll make 2 separate blogs for these projects. I think I'll do 1 on one week, and the other on the next. Alternating between them. I'll also make 2 separate facebook pages for it. Announcing when a post is up, featuring pics of people I've talked about, and maybe for suggestions of who to do next. This way people who aren't in my friends list can check it out too. For some reason, I'm getting really excited about these projects. Maybe something good will come out of them.
Anyways, we brought an olive spread, red pepper spread, crackers, and small slices of bread for hor d'oeuvres. For dinner, they smoked their turkey, made stuffing (one with chestnuts and one without. I hate chestnuts), candied yams (another thing I hate), cranberry-orange relish (which is nasty and I think they are usually the only ones that eat it), and had canned cranberry sauce as an alternative.
The other person who came did a green bean and almond thing, and a very strange raspberry yogurt jelly mold. After I asked what the raspberry thing was (it was bright pink and scared me anyways), she immediately threw a huge amount on my plate without telling me. Only after I tried a tiny bit did she tell me what it was. It didn't go with the meal at all, and it was very hard to eat more than a few bites.The green beans were pretty good.
For dessert, the hostess made her brownies that everyone loves. And usually she makes a somewhat bland pumpkin pie, with some bland whipped cream. It's ok, but it's ho-hum, not much flavor. This year they won a pumpkin pie, and used that. It was a bit better, but still not the best. That other person made these huge truffles. They were very good, but one of them goes a long way.
We played a little Trivial Pursuit. The hosts were winning, but we couldn't finish the game. We all wanted to talk more instead. The game almost put me to sleep too.
No one showed up to Dad's support group. And, I wasn't able to go with her, before she found out. So, that was a bit of a downer. I didn't feel like going to the cafe this week. And, I have my therapy this afternoon. Turned out to be an odd week.