Monday, November 22, 2010

Preparation for Thanksgiving

I went to a ballet class yesterday at The Joffrey with the help of a little Groupon. It was amazing--my legs feel so strong yet sore after the class, and it was amazing how quickly everything came back to me. So while my exercise routine has now reverted me back to my childhood, it will be this Thursday that throws me into semi-adulthood.

Yes, internet, it's time I confess: my family will be meeting the family of my boyfriend. Oh My Goodness! you think. No, I reply, we are not getting engaged. And no, we're not expecting. I don't know why everyone thinks this is such a momentous occasion. Don't people remember that Thanksgiving is just about spending time with the people you love? So we consolidated, big deal. And that's what we've decided to do.

My friend Jordan suggested that I live-blog about this experience (and oo boy what an experience it will be!). In the meantime, I am going to write, for my friends who may have to one day introduce their family to their significant other's family, here's some things to expect in preparation for this momentous occasion:

1. Nerves: Everyone is nervous. Will they like each other? Will there be awkward conversation? Will they judge one another? Answer: Uh, duh. That's why you drink wine. And if you don't drink, that's why you have a Wii. DISTRACTION is key.

2. The Sex Talk for Adults: This may or may not come up, but your families might be spending the night somewhere, which means that you and your beau will also be joining the sleepover fun, which means that you are going to have to decide whether or not you can share a room with them. This might mean having The Sex Talk Round 2 with either your parents or his. I got to have it with his. FUN.

3. Stupid traditions That Can't Be Forgotten: Every Thanksgiving, before we eat and before we give sacrament to our Beloved (jk), we have to say what we're thankful for. In our family, this requires something deep, profound, and touching. Other families might only watch football with all the thankful crap only getting in the way. You have to figure out a way to blend them: Being Thankful for Football.

4. Food: God, this is something that is so personal. People's pantries are like an extension of their life's philosophies. What if my parents don't like the food they serve? Vice Versa? Ahh...we'll have a pile of starving parents! What to do?!?!?!?

5. Explaining to your friends why you've been so on-edge lately: Again, this can be helped by copious amounts of red wine and Desperate Housewives.

Less than forty-eight hours until the experiment begins...muwahahahahahahahahahahahahahha...

At least we have Lady and my sister for comic relief.

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