2. My sisters and I decided to forgo tradition this year and instead went out for Chinese food for Thanksgiving. We did have roasted duck instead of Peking duck, in honor of the season.
3. It's for the best because I upgraded my oven this week, because everyone knows the best time to buy a major appliance is halfway through preparing a complicated holiday meal. I went from a standard-issue, old and unreliable base model to a double-oven, five-burner masterpiece. My oven makes me happy.
4. Going back to beer, did you know they make beer advent calendars? You get a delicious beverage every day leading up to Christmas. I got these at The Beer Cellar in Glen Ellyn, but I'm sure this is something you could replicate at home for the beer lover in your life.
5. Napoleon is so cautiously curious about other dogs. I had company this week and he spent the better part of a morning staring at the cage and sitting at my desk while I worked. I couldn't tell if he wanted to play or thought he was protecting me or was scared. Either way, he investigated the kennel thoroughly once it was empty.