|Our Thanksgiving for two included locally sourced turkey, spinach salad, mashed (butternut squash-spiked) sweet potatoes and bubbly. And it was mostly free.|
It started with Thanksgiving dinner. A few days before Turkey Day, Norbest came on KUTV's "Fresh Living" show. Their chef showed viewers how to season, roast and carve a turkey. After their segment, my dear friend who does PR for Norbest said, "We're leaving you that turkey in the oven. It'll be done around 4." I asked my co-workers if I could take it, and they said go for it. So I took home a chef-prepared, perfectly roasted, locally sourced, AMAZING turkey to serve up for dinner. For free. I'm fortunate that I have a job that affords me the opportunity to meet these people who sometimes leave stuff for us to enjoy.
|We kept Thanksgiving shopping to $26.|
And guess what? We didn't even pay for that bubbly! Chris' mom sent us money for our wedding, so that was free to us, as well.
The next day, we visit my mom, who sends us home with a big casserole (another meal we don't pay for), and lets us borrow some movies from her massive DVD collection.
Later, one of my best friends - Stephanie - invites us over for drinks, and provides us with an array of our favorite kinds. Astounded, I say, "You shouldn't have! You probably spent so much!" Her boyfriend shrugs, "Nah, just $150." Stephanie has always put experiences over material things; a mantra I aim to live by. She'd always have me over to her house, then send me home with a necklace she thought would look better on me than her, or a shirt she bought brand-new but thought I should have. One time, I complimented her badass Rockwell watch. "I like that, Steph." She whips it off her wrist and tosses it to me. "Have it!"
Not only did Steph and her man wine us, but they also dined us. A roommate ordered pizza for the whole party.
|My dear friend Steph, one of the most giving people ever.|