THE GOOD AND BAD OF THANKSGIVING WEEKEND
Good: Attending an advance screening of “Big Fish” with Drew and hearing him blubbering like a baby all the way through.
Bad: Drew crying again at the next movie we saw – “Bad Santa”. (Oh, yes, he did.)
Worse: Seeing “The Triplets of Belleville” with him after that, and both of us falling asleep.
Good: Making chocolate chip cookies and cornbread for Thanksgiving dinner.
Bad: Danny complaining that my cookies didn’t have enough chips in them.
Worse: Danny complaining that my cookies didn’t have enough chips all night long.
Good: Realizing that Danny didn’t make anything himself, and that this supplied me with the perfect comeback.
Bad: Not realizing that fact until I was on my way home.
Worse: Eating my leftover cookies the next day and realizing that Danny was probably right.
Good: Clearing out of my old apartment for good and cleaning it as much as possible in one afternoon.
Bad: Being reminded of what it looked like when it was clean and empty and new.
Worse: Realizing how easy it would’ve been to keep it clean all the time I’d lived there and feeling like a total slob.
Good: Getting back my entire security deposit.
Better: Getting a picture of myself with my landlady before I left.
Best: Having to bend down for the picture when standing beside her and feeling tall.
Good: Going day-after-Thanksgiving shopping at Best Buy and Target.
Bad: Having to wake up at 5 a.m. to do it.
Worse: Spending more money buying things for myself than for people on my Christmas list.
Good: Discovering my new favorite song, “Deckchairs and Cigarettes” by the Thrills.
Bad: Playing that song so many times that it vaulted directly to #1 on my iTunes Top 25.
Worse: Seeing Robbie Williams’ “Mr. Bojangles” fall to #2. And then getting sick of that damn Thrills song.
Good: Finding a new place to put the couch in the new apartment, so that it’s no longer blocking the hallway.
Better: Clearing enough space so that we had room for a Christmas tree.
Best: That brisk pine smell and the glow of tiny lights.
Good: Getting to shop for Christmas tree ornaments.
Bad: Suggesting the 99 cent store as a good place to start, and then realizing that 99 cent ornaments are crap.
Worse: Going back to Target for the third time in four days to get some decent decorations.
Good: Finding somebody to see Avenue Q with when I go back east later this month.
Bad: Immediately finding someone else to see it with, too. Someone who doesn’t get along with the first person.
Worse: Trying to unite different groups of friends.
Bad:Not getting to play any Mario Kart all weekend.
Good: Still having four new racetracks and a bunch of karts to unlock on that game.
Best: … and knowing that once that’s done, Tony Hawk is still waiting for me.