Thursday, November 22, 2007

El día de acción de gracias (yes, that´s actually how they say thanksgiving here)

feliz thanksgiving kids! today has not been a typical thanksgiving for me. normally i would wake up in time to catch the end of the macy´s day parade while i ate some of mom´s homemade cinnamon rolls. then the purina one dog show comes on (my favorite part of the day) and my sister and i argue over which dogs are cute, which deserve to win, etc. then we help mom finish up with the cooking and eat the best lunch ever. seriously, no one can top my mother. then, drunk on turkey, i fall asleep on the couch while dad watches a football game that he doesn´t really care about. then we get up from our naps and eat leftovers. thanksgiving always produces the best leftovers.

well, today i woke up at the crack of dawn to come to school to catch a bus to itálica, an ancient roman city just outside of sevilla. we walked amongst the ruins, which are really nothing more than piles of bricks and rocks, and are so not impressive (other than the fact that they are from the 2nd century). we arrived home to find our señora´s best china on the table and her busily cooking in the kitchen. she made us a huge meal (lasagna and like 5 different kinds of tapas plus three desserts!), and gave us wine. at least i think that´s what it was. it was so strong. it was called "la gitana, manzanilla" which has something to do with gypsies and apples. it was literally like drinking straight liquor. it was awful. and just when i thought i was in the clear she passes us glasses with ice and whips out another bottle of liquor. this time it was "la crema de catalana." it was light orange and smelled like room freshener. and it tasted like my grandmother´s perfume used to smell. really gross. but, i gagged it down and lied when my señora asked if i liked it. then she brings out dessert, which was a really pretty apple tart cake she had made and two plates of various cookies and chocolates. she cuts us each a piece of cake and says, "esperate." (wait.) at which point i had flashbacks to the firewater cake incident. sure enough, she pulls out a bottle of liquor and dumps some on the cake. this time it was sweet, though. an all through lunch she kept saying, "drink, drink. you´re just going to siesta anyway..." it was so bizzare and un-thanksgiving like. at one point after two glasses of wine and a cup of the crema she said something to the effect of not being able to have anymore because she wouldn´t be able to see or walk if she did. she is hilarious.

tonight we have a fancy dinner at a cuban resturaunt (but they´re making us a traditional meal), followed by salsa dancing. this is the weirdest thanksgiving ever.

6 comments:

wnep said...

I think that yours beats mine. You can be the judge of that and read about mine in about 30 minutes.

mama said...

Hi Prec,
Sounds like you had an interesting tho not traditional thanksgiving. That was really nice of Maria to fix a special meal for you guys though. As for the wine and liquors maybe she was trying to get you stewed to the point that the lasagana would pass for turkey.Thankfully the fire water didn't come out again. See you did have something to be thankful for!!
Well only 3 weeks to go!! YEAH. Have a good time with Jackie. Be sure and tell her I send my love and am praying for her too. Love you Joey,Mama

Mandy said...

I concur. Weird Thanksgiving. Ours was different too: we didn't go to NY this year! :0 We went to Aunt Bonnie's in Ohio instead. It was nice. But it has me looking forward to next year in NY all the more. The entire family will be there. Woot woot!

Jon said...

Is this how you make me fall for you!? What game are you playing woman? With such confidence you eschew capitalization, like a wild cowboy-girl, or a ladystang. No time for such formalities, life is too Prec.

I need one of these homemade cinnamon rolls.

Is it going to notify your mother when I click Publish? Let's find out.

Jon said...

Is this how you make me fall for you!? What game are you playing woman? With such confidence you eschew capitalization, like a wild cowboy-girl, or a ladystang. No time for such formalities, life is too Prec.

I need one of these homemade cinnamon rolls.

Is it going to notify your mother when I click Publish? Let's find out.

Jon said...

Is this how you make me fall for you!? What game are you playing woman? With such confidence you eschew capitalization, like a wild cowboy-girl, or a ladystang. No time for such formalities, life is too Prec.

I need one of these homemade cinnamon rolls.

Is it going to notify your mother when I click Publish? Let's find out.