Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My Faux Thanksgiving Break

Remember when you were in elementary school and you got a whole week off for Thanksgiving?  Wasn't that the best?  I never knew how good my ten year old self had things.  All I thought about were Barbies, sequins, little brothers, and Thanksgiving break.  What a life.  Unfortunately, the adult me doesn't get a week off for Thanksgiving, in fact, I barely got a day off.  (When I accepted the assistant manager position at "the store" I was well aware what I was getting myself into.)  But never one to let the grown up rules ruin all my fun, I forced myself to celebrate Thanksgiving all week and squeeze in some fun where I could.  I ended up with a faux Thanksgiving break even the ten year Allison would have been proud of.

DSCN3955.JPGLast Saturday, Matt and I drove a few hours to small town Indiana to celebrate an early Thanksgiving with my dear friend/old boss Jenny and her family.  We hadn't seen Jenny and Dave since their visit earlier in the summer, and I was about at my limit with missing her.  So in the car we hopped, and one state over we went.  Jenny's extended family was so welcoming and so sweet to let us crash their family Thanksgiving.

DSCN3954.jpgOh how I miss these pictures with me and my mini sized friend :)

DSCN3957.JPGTuesday, my friend Christie and I had a much needed girl's day in the city.  She and I make it a point to find a weekday every month or so to take off work and spend time playing in the city.  We usually don't have a specific plan, but of course, it always involves eating.  On this girl's day, we had lunch at caffe De Luca, a great little Italian spot in Bucktown.  I went for the spinach and goat cheese quiche, and oh my goodness, was it yummy!

DSCN3958.JPGOur girls days are always so fun (see our last one here.)  A girl's day is fabulous any day, but something about sneaking away mid week makes it feel even more special.  If you've got some flexibility in your schedule, I highly recommend a mid week girl's day once in a while!

DSCN3961.JPGI worked liked a crazy person this past week getting "the store" ready for Black Friday.  Though it was a crazy week, it was a fun one.  Here is a quick pic of what I wore to work on Wednesday.  Who says full sequins are only for special occasions?

Dress/Tunic: Express
Jacket: Ann Taylor
Leggings: the Gap
Boots: Vince Camuto
Jewelry: vintage

DSCN3963.JPGWednesday night Matt and I saw Harry Potter for the second time.  Yes, we are dorks for going to the midnight premiere and yes, we are dorks for going to see it twice :)  But this time we opted for our favorite dinner movie theater.  The only thing better than seeing Harry Potter for the second time is seeing Harry Potter for the second time with a fruity cocktail in your hand.

DSCN3968.jpgThursday for Thanksgiving, Matt and I were so blessed to spend the day with Terri, my boss from "the store," and her family.  (When I took the assistant manager position, I knew I'd be giving up Thanksgiving with my family.  But in recent years, we've been spending Thanksgiving with Matt's family and Christmas with mine, so I've gotten semi-used to turkey without my family.  Plus my family is coming to Chicago for Christmas so I am ecstatic about that!)  Anyway, we had a fabulous time and Terri was such a fabulous host.  Terri is from Texas, so we share a southern connection that has been so comforting to me as I'm getting used to life outside of Texas.  Plus, she is an incredible chef which made for an extra yummy Thanksgiving.  Even though Matt and I were far from our families, we felt right at home at Terri's and are were grateful for such a fun and welcoming pseudo-family!

DSCN3965.JPGI'm thankful for so many things, one of which is an incredible husband.  I forget sometimes just how lucky I am to have him.

DSCN3973.JPGSaturday after two nonstop days at the store Matt and I went to pick out our Christmas tree.  When we moved from Texas, I was limited in how much Christmas stuff I could bring, so rather than waste storage space on our artificial tree, I donated it and decided we'd get a real one when the time came.  And since I am a huge fan of the Christmas season, I wasted no time in breaking out the decorations.  Two days after Thanksgiving was long enough!

DSCN3971.jpgThough I had high hopes for a grand tree, reality is, our apartment is tiny.  Therefore a tiny tree was in order.  The guys at the tree place laughed when we pointed to what we wanted, but they were super nice and friendly in getting it for us.  We laughed as Matt carried it out, especially since it took the family before us 30 minutes to strap it to the top of their truck lol.

DSCN3975.JPGClearly the decorating part went quickly since there are hardly any branches to decorate lol.  Its tiny and sparse, but we love it!  And the fact that Christmas is coming means I'm that much closer to seeing my family.  (20 days to be exact!)

So while the past week wasn't filled with consecutive days off or days spent lounging in sweats, i can't say I didn't love it.  Because I have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to. And that is the best faux Thanksgiving break a girl could ask for :)

23 comments:

Courtney said...

glad you made the best of your time though!
it's even harder not having the day off! being overseas meant reading posts/facebook statuses/etc about people and their brakes made it soooo hard to go to class :)

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

what a fun thanksgiving break - faux or not. ;) loooove that glittery dress!

Natalie said...

So fun! I love your little tree!

ty said...

I'm obsessed with your sequins!

Tinfoils Tiaras said...

I love the first outfit with the leopard print scarf- adorable! Plus that quiche looks super yummy!

xo Emily

Alivia said...

Oh, gosh. So many things.
Firstly, you are so lovely :) I really like your Thanksgiving outfit! Secondly: that meal. I need it, now please. It looks like you had an awesome Thanksgiving "break," and I'm so happy your family is coming for Christmas!

Kris said...

I'm glad you made the most of your Thanksgiving week!

Kayla said...

I 'm loving your blog. You look so cute and have so much personality. Seems like a great week. I love your tree.

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Amber's Notebook said...

I LOVE you leopard scarf and sequin tunic!!

Allison said...

Ya'll are SO SWEET! Thank you for all your wonderful comments, you make my cold Tuesday so much cheerier :)

amy kelinda said...

Alison, your tiny tree is ADORABLE!!! I love it so much, and the glow of the lights on it just make it look so cozy! It's so awesome that you have all these wonderful people around you to help you celebrate the holidays! It sounds like you had a great time! You look so cute in all of the pictures, too! I'm glad to hear that you'll be seeing your family for Christmas, though!

Dave and Jenny McIntosh said...

You almost can't tell that I am standing on my tip toes in the pictures! So glad you were able to come and that you found the perfect little tree! Don't forget to water it! :) And I agree with everyone else...you really are lovely inside and out!

Dave and Jenny McIntosh said...

You almost can't tell that I am standing on my tip toes in the pictures! So glad you were able to come and that you found the perfect little tree! Don't forget to water it! :) And I agree with everyone else...you really are lovely inside and out!

Glitterista said...

What a fun week! Love the picture of you and Matt on Thanksgiving. That dress is perfect. What a great little tree--I can't wait to decorate this weekend when I'm almost done with finals. :)

rlutz said...

love your leather jacket and leopard scarf...looks like a great "faux" thanksgiving...great tree!

Kinsey Michaels said...

your tree looks adorable even though it's miniature!!
it sounds like you definitely made the most of your time off! <3
i hear ya about the schedule, and working retail. i used to work in the hotel industry and it was even more awful. one year i worked christmas eve and christmas!

PursuitOfLLT said...

sounds like a great thanksgiving and that tree is absolutely adorable!!

Veronika said...

i love all of your outfits!

CarolinaBelle84 said...

Allison, I'm hoping you'll go to my blog and participate in the 7 things tag. I'd love to read your responses!

3ate4 said...

Wanting to put my tree up now!

Kate said...

I looove your Wednesday work outfit! So cute! & your little tree is adorable!

Alan said...

Love your tree. The best part of a "real" tree is the smell. You can't get that from an artificial tree.

Anonymous said...

Nice post. Thanks.