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Let Pie Gones be Pie Gones
Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004, 9:52 p.m.

QUESTION: What pie?

WHAT I LEARNED: Ask everyone about the pie.

Who ate the apple pie? And the pumpkin pie? And the rest of the ice cream cake?

That’s what my son wants to know. It’s called survival of the fastest – as in who can make it to the refrigerator and get away with the last bits of the holiday dessert fare before anyone notices. Unfortunately for my youngest, his dad (pumpkin pie), his sister (ice cream cake), and I (apple pie), all got there just a little before him.

He is still wandering around the house bemoaning his fate. I feel bad because I don’t think anyone realized that collectively we were leaving out one ardent dessert eater. However, I have to admit that apple pie was pretty good and I’m glad I got to it first.

What threw me off was the pumpkin pie – at least ¼ of the pie was left when I took the rest of the apple pie. You should see how innocent my husband looked when he said he had taken the “rest of the pie” – like it was a tiny sliver barely worth talking about.

So here we are at the end of a 4-day holiday weekend that I wish could go on for a few more days. I am full of pie and other Thanksgiving fixings. I am truly thankful for having some time to just hang out with my family, sleep in, get some chores done, see some friends, do some shopping, cook a huge holiday feast, and get some of that famous peace and quiet we all long for sometimes.

Fall is such a splendid time of year and Thanksgiving is the final icing on the cake before we move forward into jingle bell mode. Why, there was even some leaf raking going on, the quintessential autumn pastime - made even better because I was observing it instead of doing it.

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I wasn’t always success in getting the R&R I needed but I must say that four days off in a row is truly like a little slice of heaven – forgive the pun. I got a lot done of some things and nothing done of others and that is the perfect recipe for a satisfying Thanksgiving holiday.

Turkey sandwiches anyone?

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