Thanksgiving 2014 in Alaska

November 29, 2014

This year was the first year Matt & I have celebrated Thanksgiving with no family. It was sad and I definitely missed my Dad’s pumpkin pie, just like I know Matt missed eating a deep-fried turkey while they deep-fried more turkeys. But despite that, I think we had a pretty good Turkey Day!

We started the day running a Turkey Trot 5k, with both of us having a good running day.

jerseysWe spent the rest of Thanksgiving getting ready for dinner. Thanksgiving is Matt’s favourite holiday, particularly because of the amount of food he gets to eat. He was so excited to cook a turkey this year, especially after last year’s Smoked Turkey issue. (Turns out it’s super hard to smoke a turkey when it’s zero degrees outside)

This year, he made it in the oven, and it was amazing. He also made mac & cheese, gravy, and cornbread while I was in charge of brussels sprouts and rice. We invited our friends Betsy & Cody over, and they brought an amazing sweet potato casserole.

Betsy & Cody are some new friends of ours who we happened to meet at REI when Cody was wearing orange pants on a Friday and I awkwardly said “Go Tigers!” to him. Because I’m that person that assumes everyone wearing orange is a Clemson fan.

I lucked out because it turns out he IS a Clemson fan and alum, who had written a “Happy Solid Orange Friday!” note on my car in the REI parking lot. We immediately exchanged numbers and have been wearing orange together ever since. We even let Betsy hang, even though she went to South Carolina. We’re just super nice like that.


I was also thrilled to use the full set of our wedding dining set, so I was put in charge of setting the table. I’m pretty proud.

set like a champ

set like a champ

Since it was a holiday, Sasha & Moose were treated like queens and got to spend the day upstairs. As you know, this is a huge deal because our dogs + carpet = usual disaster. But it was like they knew it was a holiday; they were both on their best behavior.


I rounded out Thanksgiving with a girl’s shopping day to Nordstrom on Friday with Erin & Erin to pick up some things we had put on hold earlier in the week. Matt joined, and we finished Friday with mimosa’s and apps at Ginger.

Later Friday night, we went and joined some of Matt’s co-workers for a Crappy Beer Tasting Party – which was amazing. The host had purchased 8 ‘crappy beers’ (Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Light, Keystone Light, Natural Ice, etc.) and we had to guess which ones we were tasting. The winner won a $130 pot. Sadly, I didn’t win but I did get more right than Matt. The winner was able to correctly guess 2 of the 8 beers.

Our plans for the rest of the weekend are nice and relaxing: Saturday we are going to the Alaska Wildlife Conservancy Center to see the animals (because I am obsessed and it’s free today), and Sunday we are going to see The Nutcracker!

I know I’ve been telling everyone about how it is this late in the year and we have literally no snow. All the snow we received 2 months ago melted quickly, and we’ve been waiting with baited breath for some snow to come down so we can go skiing. Well I am happy to report that as I type this very post, it is snowing!


I am very thankful the snow waited until after our race, but so excited for it to reach a few feet! Here’s to hoping the snow keeps up for the entire weekend!




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  • Reply Butch December 1, 2014 at 14:40

    Matt Emily This is Paw Paw missed you at Thanksgiving as well as every day. Glad you had good friends to eat with. Love you and hope to see you’all soon

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