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Livin' la Vida Lacy - Thanksgiving, family, friends

Although I would easily identify as an extrovert, I’ve noticed that I’ve slipped into this pattern – work, reno, eat, sleep, repeat. While our floors were being refinished, I almost didn’t know what to do with myself.

I’m a creature of habit. (Although you wouldn’t automatically assume that based on my work schedule.) That’s why when Ross and I get an invite – it’s so easy for me to say no. Often times I have to push myself out of my comfort zone and channel Jim Carey in “Yes Man.”

Thanksgiving really threw off my routine, which was surprisingly invigorating. Ross and I hopped from one Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving function to another.  One get-together was filled with strangers, but after a couple hours, we made new friends by story swapping.

A lot of people (myself included) sell McMinnville short. There are a lot of talented folks who are either native to our small town or still live here. On Wednesday night, my soul was refreshed by hearing two young musicians, Griffin Winton and Lucy Haston, perform in Nicole’s living room.

That’s the thing about Nicole and Dwight’s, there’s a sense of ease and intimacy that’s always present regardless of who’s there. Watching Griff and Lucy jam out with their original songs along with a few covers was really fun. I admire that kind of vulnerability.

On Thursday, most of my favorite people congregated at Grandma’s to celebrate turkey day. Honestly, it’s been my favorite Thanksgiving celebration to date. After we ate, I Facetimed my cousin Matt, who’s stationed in Seattle. It’s not the same as having him in person, but it made my heart happy talking and laughing while he used silly filters.

Afterward, I persuaded everyone to play 5 Second Rule. If you’re looking for a fun and hilarious game to play with your family, I highly recommend it. Basically, you've got five seconds to name three things in a category. Hearing all the ridiculous answers spilling out of my family members was the best.

Later that night, we participated in an extended family festivity in Rock Island. It was a first for Ross and me, but we enjoyed it nonetheless. Ross has a large family and this was a celebration including his maternal side with great-aunts and uncles and cousins. We may have been married for seven years, but I still have to ask him to explain his family tree.

I briefly got to chat with one of Ross’ artsy cousins, who is quite the traveler and talented filmmaker. He shared stories from his time in Italy, where he fell in love with an Italian model that he still thinks about. (He even showed me an old photo of them in their youth.) It was a sad and lovely story like Romeo and Juliet without the dramatic death scene.

Around 8:30 p.m., our celebrating came to an end. However, the thankfulness lingered. How fitting that my daily Bible verse was “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever.” I’m thankful for these reminders and I’m thankful for you, my readers.

Stamdard reporter Lacy Garrison can be reached at 473-2191.