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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Marching MIZZOU and Maybe Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving from Ruby's Winding Road
Ruby in Badlands National Park

Thanksgiving has arrived and we'd like to send good wishes your way. Here at Ruby's Winding Road we're very thankful for the opportunities to travel the highways and byways of this beautiful country. Sharing our adventures with you makes our trips even more special. Thank you for coming along with us via our blog.

Thanksgiving has always been meaningful to us for a lot of different reasons. The whole giant dinner thing, well, not so much. Some folks we know think it's odd that we don't get wrapped up in the traditional, large turkey feast. Instead, we've had everything from Chinese food to spaghetti for past Thanksgiving dinners. Yes, some years we've even enjoyed good ol' turkey. But, honestly, it makes little difference to us what's on the menu. Some friends find that just weird because they love cooking, indulging in seasonal favorites and eating leftovers for days.

Just go with the flow and do what makes you happy are our thoughts. No holiday pressure. Those sentiments likely stem from our first Thanksgiving together years ago when we were away from home and our holiday dinner plans fell through. We found ourselves enjoying carry out from a restaurant in Chinatown, San Francisco. It was the only restaurant that wasn't packed. Our stomachs were glad we finally found a bite to eat and it turned out to be a fun change of plans. It was then that our Thanksgiving holiday tradition of welcoming the occasional non-traditional holiday meal began. It's also why the dinner scene from the holiday classic movie A Christmas Story has always resonated with us. If you haven't seen the movie, the home-cooked turkey dinner didn't go as planned and the Parker family ended up having a wonderful Chinese dinner instead. Hmmm. Sounds kinda familiar.

Food aside, Thanksgiving for us is about making special memories with our family and being grateful for the blessings in our lives. No matter the curveballs that sometimes come our way, we try to be grateful for the things that are going well. This year, we'll be spending the holiday at home watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on television. Marching MIZZOU (University of Missouri marching band) will be performing in the show and being from Missouri, we're excited to watch for them. They gave a sneak peek performance Wednesday on the Today show. Go Tigers!

Just in case you're wondering, turkey is on our menu this year and it's precooked from a local store. Super easy. No stuffing, no taters, probably some green beans, and a YES on bakery bread. Definitely something chocolate! Not many leftovers. That's the plan at least. We have a pack of turkey hotdogs in the fridge just in case the pre-cooked turkey breast doesn't work out. Unfortunately, we were too slow to purchase the limited-edition Figgy Pudding SPAM and it's sold out most places. Bummer. Nevertheless, we'll count our blessings, enjoy some family time, and go for a walk with our pup if the weather cooperates.

Happy Thanksgiving from John, Kristin and the pup! We wish you a good day, fun memories and many blessings.

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