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5 Missions for You This Thanksgiving

by retirebyforty on November 27, 2013 · 10 comments

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Happy Thanksgiving! What are you doing at work? Don’t you know how to play hooky? :)

It always amazes me how quickly the year comes to a close. Time really flies and we need to make the best of our time on Earth. Anyway, it’s going to be a short one today because I’m sure a ton of people already took off for the holidays.

Here are your missions for Thanksgiving, if you choose to accept them.

I love Thanksgiving!

1) Cook

Cooking can be a chore sometimes, but it can be a lot of fun when trying new recipes. This is especially true on Thanksgiving. We rarely cook Thanksgiving-type dishes at home and this gives us a chance to go all out for the holiday. Even if you’re not having Thanksgiving at home, you can bring some food to the party. Here is what we’re planning this year. I’m cooking the lamb and Mrs. RB40 is in charge of side dishes and desserts.

  • Braised lamb shanks
  • Creamy Brussels sprouts
  • Oyster stuffing
  • Beluga lentils
  • Need to decide between sour cream apple pie or butternut squash pudding

Thanksgiving has a unique aroma and it’s even better when you are cooking in the kitchen. If you don’t know how to cook, then this year is a chance to learn how to make a few things. Really, it’s a lot of fun.

2) Overeat

Mission 2 is to eat as much as you can and then go back for at least 2 more helpings. Thanksgiving is the only time of the year when we have a free pass on overeating, so let’s enjoy the results of our hard work in the kitchen. Our little guy is way too skinny and we’ll try our best to plump him up this Thanksgiving.

3) Watch TV, read books, and/or play games

Ahh… We also get a free pass to goof off on Thanksgiving! You can pick your own favorite activities here. We’ll probably watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV and read some more books this year. I can’t wait until RB40 Jr. can play board games. All our games are gathering dust in the closet right now. It would be great to play Ticket to Ride and Carcassonne again.

4) Pass out on your favorite napping spot

As we all know, turkey is very conducive to napping. I have been sleep deprived lately because I blog at night and it will be great to catch up on some Zzzzs. I’m sure we’ll pass out under our kotatsu table. BTW, that was one of the best purchases we’ve ever made. It’s so cozy and comfortable in the winter.

5) Don’t go shopping unless you really need to

You really should just enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends and avoid shopping on Thursday. All the retailers are going nuts this year because of the shortened shopping season, but you don’t have to get caught up in it. We will be hunkering down at home on Thursday and enjoying the warm cozy radiant heat from the oven. Mrs. RB40 might go out for an hour on Friday, but we’ll see if she can really get up that early. The boys will be sleeping in on Friday.

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone! What’s your plan this year?

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[email protected] November 27, 2013 at 1:53 am

Happy Thanksgiving Joe, I’m going to drink beers and watch football.

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Antionette Blake November 27, 2013 at 5:05 am

Happy Thanksgiving….I’m heading to work!

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JC @ Passive-Income-Pursuit November 27, 2013 at 5:11 am

Don’t forget to enjoy the company of family and friends too. That’s my favorite part about the end of the year, everyone wants to get to together and it’s pretty much assumed that your schedule will be clear.

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retirebyforty November 27, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Only our family this Thanksgiving. We’ll head down to see families next week though.

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The Warrior November 27, 2013 at 5:32 am

I’m a fairly healthy and fit guy so when my friends ask what I do about eating on Turkey Day, I tell them I pig out. ;)

It’s okay to enjoy life a little too much as long as it isn’t too regular.

Have a great Thanksgiving Joe!

The Warrior
NetWorthWarrior.com

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Fast Weekly November 27, 2013 at 7:06 am

Sounds like a good plan Joe. We also enjoy dropping in on a few friend’s Thanksgiving celebrations too. We’re not big eaters, so it’s all about time with family and friends.

Enjoy
-Bryan

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Mr. Utopia @ Personal Finance Utopia November 27, 2013 at 9:01 am

I will accomplish all of these missions except #1. I’ve outsourced the cooking to others in my family!!

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Justin @ RootofGood November 27, 2013 at 12:25 pm

I’ll get to work on this to do list right away! In fact I already started #1 and #3.

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Jane Savers @ Solving The Money Puzzle November 27, 2013 at 7:16 pm

I am Canadian so Thanksgiving was last month.

I feel badly for your retail workers who have to work on Thanksgiving Day because shoppers are so bored at home that they can’t go an entire day with the stores closed. Your holiday seems to have become all about shopping.

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Moneycone November 29, 2013 at 4:37 am

Happy Thanksgiving to you too Joe! We are off to cut our Christmas tree – staying out of stores! Hope Jr. is keeping you on your toes! :)

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