Several people, in person and online, were concerned about what I might be doing for Thanksgiving, and I suppose it's worth saying. My parents are of course in Turkey exploring the wonders of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires (my father somehow text-messaged back grumbling about how my mother was buying stuff like ceramics that we clearly have no use for), the older of my little brothers is in California getting ready to move back home, the younger of my little brothers and his wife were going to her parents' house, and my sister and her husband were ... well, we're not sure. They're kind of odd. So I figured that I would spend the day by myself. You don't need company to be thankful for what you have, and my experience in Singapore --- five Thanksgivings in a land that doesn't explicitly celebrate it --- had me pretty well ready.
I knew I wasn't going to cook a turkey dinner for myself, and a couple days before I figured I could go to the supermarket and buy a pre-made meal. This lead to my discovery that I have only a vaguely defined idea of where the pre-made meals are, outside the frozen TV dinners. While I did find the refrigerated HDTV dinners I didn't find any that could be considered turkey-based. But I did find a lovely-looking stromboli, and I haven't had stromboli in years, so I picked that up. I also picked up a calzone in case that wasn't enough Italian food, and a pumpkin pie, and I figured I could round it out with a pack of Chinese egg rolls. (My sister-in-law grimaced at this, but I could tell she was considering it.)
Ultimately I just had the stromboli and egg rolls. I saved the calzone for Friday, and I felt full enough not to make the pumpkin pie. And I enjoyed the day, quietly apart from the occasion cat explosion of activity, watching my Mystery Science Theater 3000 DVD set, and watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and finding things wrong in the This Is America, Charlie Brown episode about the first Thanksgiving (some historical; more just in having adults in the show and trying to aim Peanuts for the Educational/Instructional/Unenjoyable ghetto). It may not sound traditional, but it was peaceful, and happy. I doubt I could have hoped for better.
Trivia: Moses Bruines Cotsworth's proposed the world adopt his reformed calendar in 2000, with leap years henceforth omitted every 128 years. Source: Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History, EG Richards.
Currently Reading: Terraforming Earth, Jack Williamson.