Thankful from 7000 km away.

mmmmm moms stuffing
You know what's weird? Having to explain to people don't isn't a holiday in Switzerland. But I guess in a way it makes a little sense. You never really consider that certain holidays aren't universal. So it's Thanksgiving Monday and I'm sitting in my Swiss apartment missing our families and friends. Our Facebook feeds were full this weekend of photos and thanksgiving awesomeness. Here's where the awesome and stupid about Facebook collides for us. It's great because it makes us feel a little less far away. It also SUCKS because it also reminds us of how far away we are.

So what do Canadians do for Thanksgiving when they're far away from home and turkey costs about a million billion Swiss francs? Make lots of food, invite friends over, drink beer and binge watch the X-Files on Netflix. For the record, I made my moms stuffing and my grandmothers braised red cabbage. But the winner of the meal was the cheese sauce for the broccoli. Although I kept apologizing that it was a proper bechamel cheese sauce rather than the traditional microwaved cheeze whiz.

Fun fact: I'm actually allergic to Cheeze Whiz.

What else to you do when you're 7000 km's away from your family and friends on a day when you're suppose to be with your family and friends? Sit around and talk about the things you're thankful for.

I'm thankful that we have each other. Dawwww how sweet. While we're crazy in love what I really mean by that is that we're all we have here. We're building our chosen family here slowly but when it comes right down to it, we're all we have.

I'm thankful derby happened to me again.

I'm thankful for the laughter I hear at derby practice. The girls I train are AMAZING but what I love most is that they're having the most amazing time learning and they're so good about letting me coach and train them. I'm also so humbled that they think highly enough of me to make me their league VP.

I'm thankful this whole writing thing that people don't think is a real job is actually going somewhere and making the doubters look mighty silly.

I'm thankful I have a video of my goddaughter of awesome opening her birthday present from us. Furthermore, I'm thankful I got to hear my godson of amazing yells, "I GOT A SPOON!!!" when he saw his present from John's last trip.

I'm thankful I have a best friend who lets me pretend I had something to do with how awesome her children are.

I'm thankful I have a best friend. Moreover, I'm thankful for Jamie.

I'm thankful John's sister lets us pretend we had something do with the amazingness that is our nieces.

I'm thankful I made the decision to do what I wanted in life and not do what was expected of me. Following my heart and my dream has probably been the scariest most rewarding thing I've ever done.

I'm thankful for a a recent opportunity that has come knocking. Yeah I know vague blogging but it would be super awesome if it all came to fruition.

I'm thankful I have a really good idea for NaNoWriMo this year.

I'm thankful for our chosen family here. It's taken awhile for us to rebuild our community of people but we've managed to do it and I feel so lucky that we have them.

I'm thankful John actually likes his French classes at work.

I'm thankful for the friends and family back home who said they would keep in touch and have kept in touch. It's very easy to feel forgotten about when you're this far away but there is a small group of people who love us that have taken it upon themselves to make sure we know we are loved.

I'm thankful I can honour my hertiage and my history through the food that's made in my kitchen.

I'm thankful for John because let's be honest, without him I wouldn't be in Switzerland. I wouldn't be able to be a fulltime writer. I wouldn't have super cool trinkets from around the world. Life just wouldn't be as interesting without him.


Happy Thanksgiving!! Our American Thanksgiving is next month and I'm thankful to have my crazy, dysfunctional but loving family to spend it with. Oh and good luck with your mysterious opportunity.