Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 242: Travel for Turkey Day

Last year, Mr. E and I spent Thanksgiving in the Midwest with Mr. E's family. His sister and brother-in-law hosted the holiday meal at their home in Oak Park, and we then drove up to Madison the next day to spend some time in our old haunts and go to the Badger football game on Saturday. Brrrrr!

We decided this year that it would be better if no one had to play host, so all six of us flew to New Orleans. It's my fourth time in the city, as I attended a conference here when I was in grad school, and Mr. E and I came here with friends M and L in February 2002, when Mr. E was running a 1/2 marathon with a friend, and then we returned for a "mini-honeymoon" after we got married in January 2003. Mr. E's dad hasn't been here for decades, and his mom, sister, and brother-in-law have never visited before.

Traveling for Turkey Day is a nice way to get in some extra "destination trip" time and get together with family in "neutral" territory (which also allows us to both spend time as a group as well as separate for our own activities).


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