The Thanksgiving long weekend was pretty fun as my family got to attend a really awesome party at Henry's house. The rest of the weekend was less eventful, but it wasn't bad by any means either.
The morning was fairly busy as I was mostly listening to online lectures and helping my father unclog our drains. However, the evening was really awesome as the Changs again invited us to their annual Thanksgiving party.
Sophie and the girls made several dishes, and the Tings brought six more, including desserts. In addition, Ruth's boyfriend Steven brought lots of high-end whiskeys, as well as prepared a table with a bunch of cheese, crackers and chocolates. There was so much food that I didn't get to try everything despite my best efforts.
The party was so enjoyable that we didn't leave until 1:15 a.m. The only reason we didn't stay longer was that Henry had to teach an 8:00 a.m. class, and we didn't want to disturb his sleep. The gathering was just as fun as the one last year, if not more fun.
This year, I am thankful for being able to visit New Zealand, especially considering that my aunts helped us pay for the trip. International travel is expensive these days, and the memories from that trip will undoubtedly last a lifetime.
The three of us stayed home for Black Friday as we didn't feel like braving the crowds. Experience tells us that it's extremely hard to get good Black Friday deals, so we decided not to waste the time. Therefore, I took the opportunity to work on my assignments for an online class.
The day was pretty busy as the assignments for the online class took quite a bit of time. It was pretty late when I finished them, so we didn't have time to go hiking as we had hoped. That said, getting that homework out of the way was certainly nice.
Our neighbor Bob had generously allowed us to pick persimmons from their tree, so that's what Dad and I did in the morning. Mom had recently found a way to make some really nice dried persimmons. Other than that, we did take a stroll to the local BevMo and Cost Plus World Market to look at some wines, as well as watched the 2013 remake of Oldboy in the evening for Henry's film club. It was a freaky movie to say the least. The movie being discussed at the next meeting is actually the original 2003 one, but Mom felt that we would have more to talk about if we watched both movies.
On the whole, the Thanksgiving long weekend totally rocked.
Currently watching: Oldboy (2013)