I had a great holiday meal at my sister's this afternoon, and I came home with my favorite food: leftovers. I can hardly wait until lunch tomorrow to make a big Thanksgiving-like plate and enjoy it all over again. I might have to do it for breakfast. Today we broke up the bouts of eating by going to see Benjamin Button. It's an interesting, pretty unique movie and I enjoyed it, even though I generally hate any movie, no matter how good, over two hours. This one is almost three, so it says a lot that I liked it. And then we came home and ate again.
I can't go through a holiday now without thinking back to my holidays in Japan. I feel overwhelmed, truly, with how nice my holidays are now. I don't have everyone that I love right here - the balance of my family is still in the Pacific Northwest, and my friends are scattered everywhere, except here I guess - but it's incredibly meaningful to be with my sister and BIL. I can't even say how thankful I am.
Santa was good to me. I have a new book about Bobby Kennedy and lots of other treats. And I got lots of e-mails, calls and texts from friends. It's so good to be in the States for the holidays!