I'm not one to park in front of the TV and watch horror unfold.
The only time I've ever felt "glued to the TV" during a news story was the Valentine's Day Carnival Cruise of 2013. I could not get enough of the telephone calls from customers stranded on the ship. It is so cold! We are going to freeze to death! We haven't had a hot meal in six hours! It was like 60F and they had enough sandwich supplies to last them for weeks. They were being towed back to port and had to endure about 48 hours. Oh! And there was actual shit flowing down the walls. It was just awful enough to be captivating, but not tragic or horrific. I lost hours just sitting there giggling, reveling in a glow of Schadenfreude.
But when something so evil happens, I can only handle snippets here and there. I try to be aware of my personal threshold between being informed and being bombarded. During these disturbing events, I channel my energy into something creative and beautiful. I think we all appreciate beauty more when the world feels ugly.
Going into this week, the pace of my Thanksgiving prep reaches fever pitch (I have no idea what fever pitch means outside of the fab rom com Fever Pitch). It's the time to really start laying the foundation--cleaning china and crystal, polishing silver, mapping out the table. It's also one of the three busiest weeks of the year (always a toss up between Fourth of July, this coming week, and the week before Christmas). So before, between, and after work, I'll be trying to cross things off my lists.
Also, this past weekend I tried to make a Things I Always Forget list. Included were Jetdry, dishsoap, coffee*, and...uh...I forget the rest. What are the things you always forget?
I try to always pamper my dishwashers leading up to Thanksgiving, as the holiday demands much from them. I run an empty cycle with this, and make sure the rinse aid reserve is filled to the brim.
*You may have gathered that I am a Tim Horton's coffee devotee. I hate making coffee at home. I'm terrible at it and it always tastes like burned ass. I have this coffee maker and don't think I can blame the equipment. I draw the line with coffee and cannot be bothered to grind, roast, blah blah. I have enough to do. But I always make coffee at home on holidays because I think Timmie's should be closed and I don't want to contribute to their numbers that prove it's lucrative to be open. Seriously, if you have any tips for making coffee at home taste less like shit--please share. Which brand do you buy? I always make Dunkin Donuts on vacation and it's fabulous. But everything tastes good on vacation.