Good morning.

So here we are, the day before Thanksgiving, the most busy travel day of the year. If you are heading out of town today, either by plane or car or on foot or whatever, I wish you a safe trip and no traffic. If you do hit delays—and let’s face it, they are inevitable—I encourage you to just take a deep breath, and remember that this holiday is all about being grateful. Sure, flying is a total pain in the butt these days, and everyone slows down to rubberneck at accidents when they shouldn’t, but really, these are small problems in the grand scheme of things, right? Inhale, exhale. Serenity now!

Or, not. If it doesn’t work, there’s always sublimating your stress with food. Works for me, anyway.

Of course, I’ve already had two Thanksgiving meals this week: one on Sunday, and another last night. I am not sick of turkey yet, though, which is a good thing. But ask me again on Friday, when I may have vowed to eat only ethnic food until further notice.

Meanwhile, a word about Gilmore Girls last night, and how if you haven’t seen Dig!, you missed a huge in-joke as far as the breakdown of Lane’s band goes. My husband and I were watching, and when the tambourine player came out he said, “Wait, isn’t that the guy from that documentary we watched?” I looked, and sure enough, it was. Craziness. While I would not necessarily say GG and Dig! are for the same audiences—by a long shot—it’s actually the second reference I’ve caught to it on the show, the first being something Kirk said about the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre during the christening of Sookie’s babies. So clearly someone there is a fan. And if you’re into watching people completely self-destruct on film, Dig! is for you. Very interesting.

Finally, another word about Thanksgiving. All joking about food and stress aside, it is a holiday to take stock and give thanks, even if it’s only for a few moments. Me personally, I’m grateful for my husband, and my family, and all of my friends. My dogs, who make my life that much more entertaining every day. My health, the health of everyone I love. Having a roof over my head and food in my pantry, and a couple of good laughs every day. And then there are all the little things, like Carolina basketball (even in a building year) and good TV and carrotcake and purse shopping and…the list goes on and on. I’m also grateful to all of you out there, those I know and those I don’t, for reading this journal and leaving comments, for signing my guestbook and most of all, for liking my books. Thank you so much.

Be safe, and have a great weekend everyone…..