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This upcoming Thanksgiving will be my first with the In-laws and if you can’t guess, I’m not really looking forward to it. I mean, I have spent time with his family nearby.  Usually in two hour increments for holidays like Easter, 4th of July, etc.  But this time, I will be staying with family for nearly 4 days which is way more than my usual.

When thinking about marriage, this was one of my greatest fears. However, I thought we could be one of those modern couples where we could go to our respective families. Clearly, that did not go over well with the husband. I don’t think I’m being totally selfish. I have been severely homesick for about a year.  Why don’t I visit more often?  I am a student and work full time so I don’t have much time. I do talk to them daily, sometimes twice a day but that doesn’t feel sufficient.

Then, there is the fear of the unknown.  I have FUN during my holiday vacations.  House hoping between family and friends, ending nights in the French Quarters versus simply hanging around the house alll day?  Just food and family in the same spot, for hours? As a result, the husband begun holiday training with me.  What I may be asked to do (I usually do nothing when I’m home), the possible activities of each day (none of what he listed included a bar), the possible food selection (of course, no cajun or creole cuisine) and most importantly, how not to give one word responses, lol.

In the event things don’t go as we practiced, I have a Plan B, C, D and E: (1) I may have family and friends I can sneak off to; (2) There will be a bottle of booze tucked into my suitcase; (3) I’ll bring a book or two I’ve been wanting to read; and (4) This may be the perfect time to start writing my dissertation.  Best case scenario, I’ll have an awesome time and be welcomed with opened arms. Just in case, what kind of wine goes well with family functions? I may spike the punch.

I am 90% done with the new site: Although I will continue to have a presence on Blogger, it will no longer be my main blog *insert tears here* Till then, you know I need friends so like Pink Gumbeaux on Facebook and follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Rabadaba. While you’re at it, check out my last post: Get a Life!





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