Thanksgiving Was Great

We had a great Thanksgiving. I was so happy that it went so well. There were a few hiccups, including the cold gusting wind, snow, and difficult roads to bike getting home.

I got invited to a friend’s house for some of the afternoon and evening. So I was trying to fit everything else I had planned around that.

First I got up and watched the Thanksgiving parade. I have to say, I hate the commentary that networks insist on having over the music and the show. I really don’t care to know fun facts. I want to listen to the bands! Oh and we absolutely have to be able to watch the Rockettes dance right before the parade officially begins.

Radio City Rockettes 2009

Radio City Rockettes 2010

Then I traveled by bike and bus, alternating, to arrive where I needed to be. First I stopped at my brother’s, one that is nice to me, and we chatted for about an hour. We talked about what we had both been up to lately, tv shows, recent movies, politics. It was a lot of fun. I miss him a lot and wish we could get together more often.

Then off to my friend’s home, from where I lived before. I wasn’t sure if we would be friends during my packing and moving out time, but I think we might be. I’ve been able to visit the doggies several times and that has gone great. I miss them so much. It was nice to get an invite to the holiday. It was nice to feel wanted. On the other hand, I really enjoy the holidays that I am alone as well. I get to decide everything that happens that day and that is a very powerful and healing thing for us.

For part of the afternoon I got to watch the doggie show, the National Dog Show. Here is where you can see all the different dogs in the competition. And at The Kennel Club of Philadelphia you can download the whole show.

We had a lovely dinner and a lovely time visiting and hanging out. It was nice to visit, but I am so happy that I don’t live there anymore. It was all wrong for me, except for the doggies. My new place is so much more comfortable and quiet.

The food was so good! I was so happy that I could eat. I had made some gluten-free bread and also brought some sweet potatoes. I got to spend some time with the doggies and that always makes me happy.

Biking home seemed frigid. I decided to really rethink going out while it was snowing ever again. But then again I didn’t know it was going to get so cold or that it was going to snow, bordering on sleet. I guess I should have checked on the weather the night before, but they had been forecasting 65 and nice, which it was until about two pm. I am seriously upset with the weather forecasters. Next time I bundle up better.

16 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Was Great

  1. I’m glad you had a nice Thanksgiving, apart from the icky weather, and got to spend time with friends and family you like.

    Dog shows remind me of beauty pageants-but for dogs! I don’t like how the dogs are objectified for their appearance and have to be so uniform in their tempers. It makes me feel like they can’t just be dogs. Although I did check the photos you linked to in the kennel club and the dogs were cute. I know I am a bit odd but I think of dogs as small, furry people!

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    • Hi,

      I understand about the dog show. For us it is lots of fun, but I know others think and feel differently. The more we are around dogs the more that we think of them as little people too.

      Good and healing thoughts to you.

      Kate

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      • That’s good. I don’t touch the Christmas stuff until December-usually the second week at the earliest! LOL Have fun πŸ˜‰

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      • Thanks. It takes me time to get the stuff out and being multiple there are lots of inners who have Christmas things to do, so I need to start early, so they all get some time and get some decorations and get to watch some shows, movies, read children books, go to activities, and listen to music. Actually we listen to Christmas music most of the year, just don’t like the songs that are repeated over and over on the radio. Another year and we haven’t managed to do any Christmas crafts, too much time and focus on packing, moving and dealing with health issues.

        Good and healing thoughts to you.

        Kate

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      • Oh, okay. I hadn’t considered that aspect. Good point. It must be challenging to try and meet everyone in your system’s different wishes. When I was dissociating on a regular basis I found it difficult to make decisions. The diagnosis I was given was PTSD and years earlier I’d had BPD attached to me. My personal opinion is I had/have DDNOS and PTSD. I don’t dissociate much now though. Hope you get to do lots of fun things with the younger parts πŸ™‚

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      • Hi,

        Thanks. I appreciate that.

        If I didn’t love the holiday season as much, then it would be hard, but I still owe them some indulgences and fun times, even if it isn’t something I enjoy, like watching certain shows I don’t like one little bit and I have promised to stop my negative commentary. No kid deserves to have an adult nearby saying why they don’t like some character or show they like or love and being in one body makes it obvious to them that I am being negative if I don’t curb that. I consider it their right to enjoy the things they love and a huge part of healing.

        What fun and healing things do you do for yourself this time of year?

        Good and healing thoughts to you.

        Kate

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      • You sound very compassionate toward your younger parts. πŸ™‚

        I don’t do much since I’m not religious and don’t get a kick out of decorating like a lot of people seem to. Putting the tree up has become a lot easier since my dad and I got my grandfather’s ceramic Christmas tree with lights on it. I used to look forward to Christmas a little more when my grandparents were still alive but now it’s sort of trying. It’s hard for me to get excited too since we didn’t do much growing up either for the holidays. Mom with her NPD was a kill joy at holiday times and dad did whatever mom wanted. So not much fun. I guess I’ll have to work on creating something fun and meaningful on my own.

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      • Hi,

        Any ideas on winter fun activities that you can do, inside or out, that aren’t holiday related? I know that might be a challenge this time of year, but just putting a thought out there for you to ponder.

        When I was young adult I still loved to go skating and sledding. Those were great childhood memories when I was young, with my older siblings, so I did them with other kids when an adult. I am anti-cold now though. Wish I didn’t get so cold now. Another thing that I loved was hot chocolate and making candy and still do. What things did you do that are still enjoyable now or what new things might you like to try?

        By the way I love your blog, I love how you gather stuff and bring it there that is all about healing. Great.

        Kate

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      • Thanks! πŸ™‚ I’ll have to take some time to consider what things I could do. To be honest I usually don’t think about it because of all the disappointment from years past. If I get too excited it feels weird because I celebrate more due to cultural influence. People always ask me what I’m going to be doing and I usually don’t know. It seems to change every year. For awhile I’d go to my sister’s place but my sister can’t always do something because she focuses more on making it work with her partner’s side of the family-as it’s a blended family. My dad and I are both low key types so I don’t feel pressure at any rate to decorate or cook-neither of which I do well! lol I’ll have to ponder what I can do to make it a little more festive this year πŸ˜‰

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      • Hi,

        You’re welcome.

        I’ve found that managing expectation and finding the time and energy to do things is a real challenge. What I have been trying to do is have low expectations and plan to do one thing as a celebration rather than plan a huge thing that I might be overwhelmed about and not do anything, well that is me a lot of the time, too much pressure and too much work or money I don’t have or activities I know very little about. I’ll be writing about that soon on the blog.

        I’ve found a lot of success lately with several times a week planning to do one fun or extra thing; going for a toy or a hot fudge sundae or a special food or a matinee movie. That way I am getting more fun stuff done, with less stress, less cost, and have more fun more days of the week. For me low-key and low expectations are working out good so far.

        Good and healing thoughts to you.

        Kate

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  2. What a lovely day you had! So glad to hear it! I say enjoy any holiday any time you can. If you want to celebrate Christmas all year round – go for it! Whatever works for you works. Happy Post-Thanksgiving Pre-Christmas Season to you!

    Granny

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      Thank you Granny.

      I know others get tired of it and others still just don’t like the holiday or the winter, or find it difficult or triggering or very debilitating. I do understand that. I try to be understanding that others don’t think and feel exactly like us. But we like doing the things that we like to do.

      Good and healing thoughts to you.

      Kate

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