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Sorry, you’ll have to eat from your lap

On Sunday, my grandparents came to see the house and enjoy a meal with us. It was a wonderful chance to catch up with some people who are important in our lives but whom we don’t get to see very often and I truly appreciated their decision to face the traffic and unfamiliar driving situation to come see where we live.

Lunch was simple: tortilla wraps and chocolate chip cookies for dessert. All eaten from our laps.

Last night, we had dinner and wine with our basement friends. We plan to have dinner every Thursday, alternating cooking weeks. I made salmon, orange glazed carrots (from the garden!), and potatoes. Again, all eaten from our laps.

This weekend is Thanksgiving. (Remember, American friends: we’re Canadian. We’ve been celebrating Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October since 1957.) We’re having the in-laws come visit for lunch on Sunday. On Monday, I’m planning a delicious meal for just the Husband and I, complete with duck instead of turkey. I’ve never made duck. I might be slightly excited.

The problem?

I’m getting sick of this eating from our laps thing. Thinking about big Thanksgiving meals seems weird when there is no table involved.

Recently, we popped into a small local furniture store on a jaunt about town and drooled over the beautiful, expensive, solid, non-wobbly tables. This one in particular caught our fancy:

Very simple, but with a strong wood grain and a dark stain. Also, $1200, for the table alone.

Is there any way we could justify spending that much? We tried: it would be our one and only table purchase for the next 20 years. With its sturdy frame and thick, solid pine planks, it could take a good beating before it even starts to show it’s age. And, perhaps getting something we really truly like would be worth $1200? I’m not sure the attempts at justification are working.

Perhaps tomorrow we’ll do some proper shopping and see what we can find. No doubt, however, we’ll be eating our big meals from our laps yet again.

What are your big Thanksgiving/Columbus Day plans? (Another bit of trivia: Canadian Thanksgiving and Columbus Day in the States have coincided since 1971. Thank you Wikipedia!) Enjoy your holidays, friends! Even though we’ll be eating around a coffee table, I plan to enjoy ours.

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