We were to meet up at the Dunkin' Donuts at the Hunters Woods Shopping Center between 8:45 and 9. From there we would ride up to the Reston Town Center, about 3 miles.
I left early because it was really cold (28 degrees) and I wanted to make sure I was able to get the creaking bones moving! Not really - I was worried about ice. Sure enough, there was ice on each of the bridges across our paved paths, but I just went slow and straight through. There was one place on the path, though, that I got off the bike and walked on the side because I could see the black ice glistening across the entire way. I was on my road bike with skinny tires, so that could have been treacherous.
I waited at Dunkin Donuts, HEROICALLY resisting going inside, until 9:10. Since no one showed, I returned home just in time to resume my 'chief cook' duties and stick the turkey in the oven. I think my husband was a little bit sad to no longer be indispensable to the meal...but he relinquished the oven mitts graciously. He's happy to just do clean-up ... you know, cleaning the food off the plate in front of him? (Seriously though, he pulls the turkey out, carves, and does actual clean-up, so he's more important than he thinks).
So, here's a terrible photo of me (a selfie) at Dunkin Donuts. The sun was in my eyes, and I was in about 4 layers, but proof that I EARNED my turkey and pumpkin pie this year.
I will say that the turkey and everything turned out to be great. The only bad thing was the gravy. I don't seem to be able to master gravy -- but since I'm the only one in the family who likes it, it isn't a huge loss. It sure is a lot of trouble for just me, but I hate failing at something so "simple"...