Pre-Thanksgiving + a Book

Let me just say, I am SO EXCITED for Thanksgiving. It is far and away my favorite holiday -- I love the smell of roast turkey and buttery  mashed potatoes and stuffing, 30+ people crammed into my parent's not-so-large house (somehow everyone finds a seat), the crisp November air, the leftover turkey sandwiches...Ok, mostly it's about the food. But my parents have been hosting Thanksgiving for any and all who would like to come for as long as I can remember. Usually it's just cousins and aunts and uncles, but every year there is someone new -- friends, a new fiancé, someone's random great aunt. I can't wait. Of course, between now and tomorrow I have to actually board a flight from JFK to Minneapolis which is scheduled to leave at 8:30 pm but is somehow already delayed. However, the woman at the help-line assured me that the flight would not be canceled, so hopefully all will go smoothly.

On another note, I just finished a book called The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It by Tilar J. Mazzeo. Ms. Mazzeo seems to have a love of champagne which rivals my own, so of course I had to read it. The book tells the story of the woman behind the Veuve Clicquot empire -- the Widow Clicquot herself. It's quite a remarkable story; of a woman who grew up in an upper-middle class household during the French Revolution and transformed a small family business into a multi-billion dollar company -- all during a time when women had almost no rights in the public sector. While her writing is a little dry at times, I found it very informative and would recommend it to anyone interested in the history of wine and how champagne has evolved throughout the last few centuries.

I'll be back after the holiday with pictures! And probably larger pants, if we are being honest.