Thanksgiving can really suck when you’re single. I should know, I’ve flown solo to six consecutive turkey dinners. A few years ago, when I thought I was going to have my first coupled-up T-day in ages, I got dumped out-of-the-blue two days before. To add insult to injury, my parents, who had planned to spend the holiday with me in NYC, had to cancel their trip because my dad was seriously ill. I ended up sitting on a semi-stranger’s floor, heartbroken and lonely, eating turkey off a television tray. It should have been miserable, but against all odds, I ended up having a really good time.
That’s when I decided that, for me, Thanksgiving is the day that I make the best of whatever s**t sandwich life hands me. It’s when I roll glass half-full. Instead of sulking over my stuffing, I prefer to try to make the holiday (gasp!) fun. I can choose to feel like a displaced orphan, sleeping on a cot while my brother and his wife take my Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress in MY old bedroom, or I can be the footloose, fancy-free chef happily getting sauced while preparing my favorite “Recipes For Lazy People.” After the jump, 10 reasons I’m thankful to be single (again) this turkey day. Keep reading »
Of all the many splendored joys associated with the holiday season, having a free pass to stuff your face may be the best. And of all the lip-smacking, gravy-smothered, “have another piece of that, whatever it is” holidays we have to look forward to, the upcoming Thanksgiving feast-ivities are both the kick-off and the kicker. Unfortunately, all those super-sized portions usually come with an equally heaping helping of expanding thighs, widening waistlines and rumps that go straight-up rogue.
Some people deal with their increase of junk in the trunk by wholeheartedly accepting they’ll put on a handful of poundage over the holiday. These people also own stretch pants and hooded sweaters they affectionately refer to as their “eating clothes.” Then there are those who make a preemptive strike against the impending avalanche of calories by subsisting on celery in between yoga-lates classes weeks before the big day.
But what of the middle way? The way that says you can have your cake (hell, the whole f**king thing) and eat it too and remain attractive to your preferred sexual partner? Here are 10 Ways to Stuff Yourself During The Holidays and Still Stay Sexy! Keep reading »
Thanksgiving Day is right around the corner, and while the food usually gets all the attention, we bet you can turn a few heads away from the turkey with a festive dress. Look for inspiration from the fall foliage when selecting a dress color and you’ll be all set for Turkey Day … and you’ll look hotter than your annoying relatives too!
Four pizza men have broken my heart. Because of that, I had sworn off the entire genre of dude. But this Thanksgiving, I had one more thing to be grateful for. After seeing the United States Pizza Team
tossing dough down the Thanksgiving Day parade route, my heart turned saucy. I don’t care if I get burned for a 5th time, pizza and the men who make it are delicious! Now, I’m ready to love again— so long as that love includes the hotness that is tomato, cheese, and a crispy crust. Keep reading »
I’ve often contemplated the best way of combining my love of turkey with my love of donuts. And finally! Some industrious genius has done just that — with the TurDunkin’, a combo Thanksgiving turkey and sweet donut treat. The turkey is stuffed with bacon and Munchkins stuffing and then basted with donut glaze. It’s then coated in donut sprinkles and served alongside coffee gravy and mashed hash browns (to get the full breakfast turkey effect). We’re really thinking we might have to try this at our next Thanksgiving dinner. [Unwholesome Foods] Keep reading »
The only good thing about a Monday following a four-day weekend is when it coincides with mega online sales, but I’m still pretty bummed another holiday weekend is behind us and we have five work days ahead. So, let’s try to take some of the edge off and reminisce about our Thanksgiving break, shall we? (Unless yours sucked, in which case, hooray, it’s over!). So, what did you do with your long weekend? I had two of my best friends come visit and we spent the weekend eating, drinking, and being merry. I also squeezed in a Thanksgiving meal with my in-laws, a long walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan, a delicious dinner in Chinatown, and four, count ‘em, four different karaoke bars! There was also a lot of gawking at cute boys as both my (gay male) friends are newly single and lookin’. So, what about you? Did you manage to avoid family drama? Hook up with an old high school love while you were home? Hit the Thanksgiving sales? Let’s hear it. Keep reading »
As Thanksgiving feasts wind down, another great American tradition takes flight.
About 180 million people coast-to-coast take part in the shopping frenzy that is known as Black Friday — infiltrating still-dark parking lots like packs of scurrying ants during the wee hours of the morning, with coupons and flyers in hand in order to score the best bargain buy of the year.
But if you’re not prepared, braving those daunting crowds can feel like a hazing. A few simple steps can help you conquer the craze, and return home victorious — and in one piece. Read more … Keep reading »
November and December are a time when we come together to catch up with loved ones, enact family traditions and celebrate life. But the season of good cheer is not always cheerful. Between selecting the perfect gift for him, booking expensive, last-minute flights and spending hours in a cramped car with family, most people get frustrated at some point during the winter holidays. Unfortunately, the closest target for those frustrations often happens to be one’s partner. Keep reading »
For the last couple of weeks, everyone I’ve engaged in simple, small talk with has asked me one question: “Are you looking forward to Thanksgiving Day?” I just give them a shrug and a tilt of the head, thinking, I’m looking forward to the days off, but I really couldn’t give a crap about actual Thanksgiving traditions. Yeah, I know it’s the time of year when I’m supposed to reflect on how thankful I am, but really, how many people actually do that? Not only that, but I’m not a big fan of Thanksgiving foods, and as a child of divorce, I have to eat two dinners worth of it every year. So given the choice, I’d sit at home watching a reality TV marathon instead of celebrating Thanksgiving Day. I’ll keep my days off, though. Keep reading »