from Jon Carroll at <http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/11/22/dddstg29e.dtl&hw=carroll&sn=001&sc=1000> with thanks to Making Light for posting the link.
I was expecting today to be a little sad - my huge extended family is mostly 2000 miles away, we aren't doing anything special at home, and I'm used to this being a jam-packed madhouse of cooking, visiting, gossiping and fabulous foods. I was wrong. It has been very nice to not follow a schedule, putter about the house, skim email - or not! - and generally lay about.
We'll have a perfectly ordinary dinner tonight, and that's a comfort all on its own.