A Thanksgiving Day FAIL

Thanksgiving has come and gone. I spent the holiday enjoying the company of my lovely family. I headed up to my sister’s house on Wednesday after work where we celebrated my birthday with some gifts and my favorite ice cream cake!

With my birthday finally out of the way, the entire day on Thursday was dedicated to cooking. My family always spends the whole day in the kitchen. I usually just watch football since I don’t actually know how to cook (hey, it’s a learning process right). I thought about going into the kitchen to help out this year, but I decided that my place on the couch was just a little bit too warm for me to leave. There’s always next year, right?

We always have a TON of food on Thanksgiving, we are Italian after all. There is turkey, cranberries, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, homemade bread…the list goes on and on. In the past, all I’ve ever eaten on Thanksgiving was pizza. Weird, but true.

So many new foods to try! I’ve never had turkey, I’ve never had green beans, I’ve never had sweet potato casserole. With all those new food possibilities just sprawled out on the table ready for me to sink my teeth into, I’m sure you’re just dying to know what I ate (if you didn’t already guess it from this post’s title):

If you guessed pizza, someone should give you a cookie right now.

I know, I know, I had big time expectations for this holiday. After all, it is a holiday based around food. I thought for sure, I’d be striding for that green bean casserole, taking a huge bite of turkey, and filling my plate with mile high heaps of mashed potatoes and gravy. But then reality sunk in: I don’t eat any of these foods, and I’m not quite ready to make that leap just yet.

My family was giving me a hard time about trying “just one green bean”, citing that I “had” to do it because of my blog. Which, yes, I will admit, I felt mildly guilty after that pizza went into the oven thinking that I was letting myself down. But, then I remembered the tagline of my blog: Tackling life at a different pace. Trying turkey may not seem like a huge deal to everyone. Some people may not be able to understand why it is so hard for me to try new foods. But it is. And for me, trying turkey would be a huge deal. I need to take this thing at my own pace. This year I just wasn’t quite ready to dig into those green beans, but that doesn’t negate the fact that I added mashed potatoes and corn to my plate which have been left out in previous years.

Even though I didn’t try any new foods this year, I’m not giving up hope that maybe in the future you will see some turkey on my plate. Thursday may have been a small step back for me, a small reversion to my ways of the past; but hey, if my life is going to be one step back followed by two giant leaps forward, then I’LL TAKE IT!

Don’t even worry though, I made up for my lack of turkey consumption by eating a cornucopia of pumpkin pie. I’m definitely not afraid of dessert!

I’m thankful for

Happy Turkey Day everyone!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. While I haven’t tried turkey and most of the sides are a little bit out of my food realm, I always enjoy making up for it in the dessert round. My dad makes pumpkin pie from scratch (using real pumpkin) which is simply divine! Mmmm…I can already taste it!

But while we are all stuffing our faces, let’s take time to remember the true reason for this holiday. Giving thanks, counting our blessings and being grateful for what we have.

It’s been quite a trying year in many ways, but here are a few things I am thankful for:

My family


Good friends (near and far)







Learning to Cook Delicious Food




The beach




Settlers of Catan Parties




Christmas lights


Technology (I’m totally writing this blog post from my iPhone!)


Where I came from


Where I’m going


Happy Thanksgiving!!! What are you thankful for?

My Favorite Month

Happy November 1st, kids! You may not know this but November is absolutely my favorite month of the whole year. I think it’s often under-appreciated and overlooked. There is a tendency to rush through the last few days and jump into December and Christmas. But there is SO much to look forward to at the end of this month. Here is what I’m excited for in November:



This may come as a surprise given my phobia of food, but I seriously love Thanksgiving. It’s a time when my family all comes together no matter where we are, which in my family, is a recipe for constant entertainment. This year’s celebration will be a slightly different monster as my parents will be moving that weekend. The nice part will be that all the kids will be there to help out, and after that we can all eat lots and lots of food. Maybe I’ll even try some turkey and green bean casserole! Maybe.


When I went to JMU, I was located smack-dab in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley surrounded by mountains and just minutes from Skyline Drive. Obviously, one of my favorite things to do while in school was to go hiking and camping. I’ve found that November is the perfect month for both of these because it’s not too hot during the day (like it is in summer) and it’s not absolutely freezing yet at night especially if you have a campfire going (S’MORES ANYONE?). I’m looking at finding a few places that are a bit closer to home, but the pickings are slim so close to the city.

My Birthday

This year is the big 2-5. When did I get so old? I can feel a quarter life crisis a-brewin’! But really, last year’s birthday was so terrible that I’m determined to make this year’s a little better. Plus, there’s always cake involved which is NEVER a bad thing.

Red Cups from Starbucks


Is there anything better than drinking a peppermint mocha out of this little cup of happiness? Quick answer: no. I’m not a coffee drinker, but around the holidays, I LOVE me some peppermint mocha. It just screams winter and gets me amped for the holiday season. Everyone knows that on November 1st Starbucks whips these cute little cups out of storage. I can’t wait to get my first one!

Philadelphia Marathon

Yep, it’s November. So that means regardless of if I’m ready or not the Philadelphia marathon IS happening. I’ll be running withRachel (that lovely woman with me in the photo above) and my little brother, Adam (who is going to kick my butt). For both of them, this will be their first marathon and I’m excited that I get to share this experience with them. After running 12 miles this past weekend, I’m officially back on the training wagon. I’m starting to get mentally prepared and super pumped too!

As I contemplated this post, there were about 10 other things I jotted down as possible ideas. It was hard to narrow it down to just 5. November is going to be such a busy, fun month. Don’t rush through, enjoy it!