November 28, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving 2021


Happy Thanksgiving 2021
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for November 28, 2021

I took the week off of work to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with my family.  We visited some local hot spots like the Mall of America.

We didn't really do much while we were there other than walk around and reminisce about stores we liked that were now gone because of Covid.  We did eat at the Shake Shack, though, so we had that going for us.  Which was nice.

We did several walks throughout the week including one at Lakefront Park in Prior Lake.

I was particularly excited to have the opportunity to observe a group of Muskrats frolic around the dock area.  The lake was partially frozen which always seems to get them to the surface to eat seaweed for some reason.

I don't know why I enjoy watching them so much since they're basically just big ole water rats.  They have large claws, pointy tails, and huge teeth, but I still find them to be pretty cute.  I'd like to cuddle with one of them.

On the night before Thanksgiving
, we drove to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for the great Minnesota Holiday Get Together, GLOW.

The website describes GLOW as a holiday festival that features over a million lights, a sElfie Plaza, three-story ice palace, bike-powered tree, State Fair Food Court, Sky Glider rides and so much more! I have to be honest with you, I really don't think there was "So much more". I think the other items pretty much covered it.

We actually did this festival last year during the Covid-19 restrictions and it was a drive-through event. It was pleasant being able to sit in our warm cars as we drove by the various holiday displays. We were kind of expecting the same thing this year so we didn't bundle up as warmly as normally we would have for an outdoor event when it's 20 degrees and breezy. It made for a bit of a challenging evening.

It was still really fun to see all the holiday light displays, just much colder than we would have liked to be while doing it. We fit right in with the penguins!

It was even too cold for Santa Claus. His moose was just pulling around an empty sleigh all night.

We had a pleasant Thanksgiving dinner at home. Grandma Linda joined us. The boys and Blue were very happy to spend time with her.

We even had one of our neighborhood fox stop by for a visit. He didn't open his eyes the entire time he was here, so not sure what that was all about. Maybe he needs sunglasses?

The Korkowski Family invited us over on Saturday night for a family game night and a Chinese Food Feast. One of our favorite combinations!!

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