Not a clue when it comes to advice. You are talking to someone that goes to work, maybe Wal-mart when it is not crazy busy and that is about it. My sisters, who are much older than I, had a bit of a falling out a few years ago after our father passed away. We are OK now, we love each other from afar, just don't get into each others daily lives which I am thankful for. But I remember when we all use to get together, before I was diagnosed and the feelings of wanting to leave 10 minutes after I got there. I do not miss that. You will be OK, at least your not cooking for 22 people, right?
Gosh Darn it! I do the same thing every year!! I stress the heck outta myself. This year is worse though since I'm still trying to heal from surgery. Had my tummy cut opened!
So here is how it usually goes. The week of Thanksgiving I get all my shopping done. I have to stop at the Polish Deli for our Potato Dumplings too! The family soooo looks forward to those babies!!!(Got all of that done).
The day before Thanksgiving, (Today) I cook my whole dinner. Made my Pumpkin Pie this morning and have my Turkey in the oven right now. I have an appt. with my surgeon this afternoon and another appt. w/my pdoc after that.
Then tonight I'll make my sweet potatoes and stuffing and put put all my cranberry sauce, olives, veggies, etc. in their serving containers.
Tomorrow we will all go to my sister's house for a 1pm dinner. I'll see my whole family. Approx., 30 people. It will be fun visiting with everyone since we only get together once or twice a year!
By the time we get home later (6pm ish)...the family will be hungry AGAIN and I'll bring out my turkey dinner for left overs! Ya know...nothing formal with setting the table...just bringing everything out and everyone making there own plates and poppin it in the microwave. We will then all just chill and hang out together.
The next day...no cooking...Left overs again!
But like I said, I'm still suppose to be healing, but I pushed myself and last night I was very sore! I'm suppose to take it easy today, (Yeah right) but I won't relax until tonight when everything is finished.
I will be able to be relaxed though on Thanksgiving Day!!! Everything will be done!!! My anxiety is better this year so I'll be able to be more social than usual.
My family all looks forward to getting together and my hubby, & kids all look forward to my "leftovers" the best! Ya know,...nobody makes it better than Mom!
I am just thankful to be surrounded with all of my family and good times! This year I am thankful for my health and coming through surgery. I hope this leaves me to a better place physically & emotionally.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! No matter what you do or how you will be spending it, I hope it is special for you!
Thinking of you
Thanksgiving was fine. I spent most of it in the kitchen helping my mother cook. I showed up 5 hours brfore the meal, so I had been there a while before anyone else came in. When we sat down to eat I picked a corner seat where it would be quieter, and got right back into the kitchen afterward.
But when I ran out to the store to grab sone forgotten items I started to shake and my heart raced and I got so nervous. It wasn't even my money I was spending and an empty store I was in. It calmed down right after I got back in the kitchen.
The same thing happened when I went out to get something tonight. The store was hopping, and my adrenoline was running, and I felt almost sick to my stomach. I only needed to get one thing and I was out the door.
I haven't gone out to anything except church and weekday morning grocery shopping for a long time because I have had moods that I could not hide and made me not approprate for public. I would hate to think that I now have anxiety just running out to go holiday shopping...