Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving and the Spirit of Giving

I know it's a day late, but I hope everyone that celebrates Thanksgiving had a good one!

On Tuesday my parents came in with their dog Nash, who happens to be Bauer's best friend.  We just spent the night hanging out and laughing at the dogs as they played.  Even though Thanksgiving was yesterday, we did our big meal on Wednesday.  Mike had a game Thursday night, but we still wanted Thanksgiving dinner (obviously) so Wednesday it was.

From the moment I woke up Wednesday, I was in the kitchen most of the day.  I love hosting, and despite it just being my family, I like to do everything myself when guests are over.  I turned down multiple offers of help, and got to work.

On the menu was: Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and rolls.  You know, the classics.  Not shown was the pumpkin, apple, and pecan pies with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream for dessert.  I made everything except the turkey, cranberry sauce, and desserts myself on Wednesday, although I did assist on the turkey.  You can't underestimate the power of seasoning on food, and that was my job.  My brother made it to town just in time to sit down at the table and have dinner with us.

Thursday was game day, so while Mike did his typical pre-game stuff, I entertained everyone.  Okay, I put football on the TV.  It also happened to be my Dad's birthday so we celebrated that yesterday as well.  I got to the rink early so I could take donations for Movember before the game started.  Then it was on to watching Mike get a 37 save win!  After the game the team set up an awesome meal for the guys' and their families where we got a second Thanksgiving feast.  Then we came home and had my Dad open his presents before we all fell asleep.

My parents and brother all left this morning.  I'm exhausted.  Of course, part of that comes fromm whatever that ridiculously loud beeping sound going on in the neighborhood was that went on from about 5 am until 8.  Bauer's passed out from playing with Nash non-stop for the last 3 days, and as soon as Mike hits the road to Syracuse for his game tonight, I'm going to be passed out too.

For any fans in Binghamton - The Movember donations can still be made at the game on Saturday if you didn't get a chance to make one last night.  A table will be set up on the concourse with pictures of all the guys and their mustaches!  For every $5 you donate you get a raffle ticket to put into the jar of whichever guy (or guys) you think has the best mustache.  Whichever player has the most votes (and makes the most money) will draw one name from his jar, and that person will win a meet in greet with the player along with an autographed action shot.  You also get a fake mustache to wear (or pass out to someone who will) for every $5 donation.  I hope to see lots of those mustaches being sported at the game on Saturday night!

On another note (and keeping in the spirit of giving) I've just discovered that the B-Sens girls raised way more than I expected for Love for Lokomotiv through our bracelet sales!  There are a few bracelets left, but barely, so if you are still interested in purchasing one, get in contact with the front office!  It's awesome that we had the kind of support from the community that we did, even after the flooding in the region.  We also haven't even collected the donations from the guys themselves yet, so the total amount donated will be even higher!

I also spent some time one afternoon this week with a couple of the other girls making wreaths that are going to be auctioned off for charity.  I don't have all the information on that yet, but when I get it I'll be sure to pass it along!  One wreath is a B-Sens themed wreath with all sorts of team goodies on it.  Another is a lotto themed wreath full of different lotto tickets and some gingerbread goodness as well.

And last, this upcoming Tuesday the B-Sens are doing their annual Toys for Tots Spaghetti Dinner.  Dinner will be served to you by the players, and you can also bid on an opportunity to eat dinner with your favorite player!  More info can be found here.

Also, the girls and I will be doing one more thing for the holidays.  When we get all the details worked out, I'll pass that info along as well.  I know that it's holiday time, and money gets spread thin, but every little bit helps, so if you have the means, please donate not just to the above mentioned charities, but any that you feel strongly about supporting.  And don't forget that charitable work doesn't only need to be done around the holidays, but the rest of the year as well.  Also, money isn't all that is needed.  Any free time you have can be spent volunteering, which can mean just as much to someone if not more as the money could.  Sorry if I'm preaching, it won't happen again!

What did all of you do for Thanksgiving?  Who braved the crowds to do some Black Friday shopping?  Not me!  If you went, you're a brave soul!  I wouldn't have the patience or the balls, haha.  Happy Holiday season everyone!

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