zorac arrived on Wednesday evening and by arriving in the international terminal cleverly avoided the huge traffic backup at the airport and was already waiting for me when I arrived. We had a nice evening at home.
Thursday we got up relatively early and I started the pumpkin pies while Mark watched the Thanksgiving Day parade, something he then made fun of for the next few days (parades are a bit over the top, it's true). After the pies were done, Mark kindly helped me with the stuffing and turkey and I will be the first to admit he did all the nasty jobs like removing the innards and stuffing the bird. We then began watching The 10th Kingdom which Mark had brought while the turkey roasted. Once it was done I made green bean casserole and sweet potatos and then we discovered my sad lack of a corkscrew, which meant we had cheap wine with dinner. All things considered the meal turned out well - the turkey was a tad dry but still good, and everything else was great. Mark found sweet potatos to be very strange, however.
After we ate we went to the theatre to see Love Actually and it was SO GOOD. I absolutely loved it. Funny, romantic, poignant, happy, sad and fairly realistic, and the whole English guy getting American girls because of the accent was just too funny. Also a bit of advice if you want the soundtrack - the US version is LAME. Get the UK version, it has way more songs on it. We had pumpkin pie when we got home and Mark liked that quite a lot.
Friday we got up and went out into the cold wind and snow to have burgers and shakes and then hunted for trousers for Mark. The first shop only had combined big and tall, and Mark is not that big, so nothing fit. We then went across the street to the shop they recommended and they had his size. He got a pair of jeans and a pair of docker-type pants. He tried the jeans just for me and I was surprised that he bought them, but I have to tell you that he looks SOOOO HOT in them. Next we headed to see The Haunted Mansion and while it certainly wasn't as good as Pirates, it was still cute and I enjoyed all the references to the ride. After that we stopped by the grocery store to get a corkscrew and a few other items, and while there a woman did indeed swoon at Mark's accent and we laughed more than usual having just seen Love Actually the day before. We went home and had leftovers for dinner and wine.
Saturday we had cheese and then headed out to our S00per Sekrit which was quite fun. Then we stopped at Starbucks and then headed back to the theatre to see Brother Bear. It was good but certainly not on the level of Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin or The Lion King. Still, it succeeded in making me cry twice, once so badly that it was all I could do not to bury my face in Mark's shirt and bawl like a baby. After the movie we went out to dinner at my new fave local Italian restaurant, Luigi's House, where I was carded for wine and Mark was not! I asked the waitress did she mean both of us and she said no, just you, and I was very :O because after all, I am 4 years OLDER than Mark!! She also messed up our order and had we started to eat, Mark would've ended up with an allergic reaction but we caught it beforehand. I was a bit disappointed that they didn't offer the appetizer for free or something - it would have been awful if we hadn't realized.
Sunday we had a lazy day watching DVDs - X Men 2 and my favorite Xmas special ever, Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas. I think it's likely Mark thinks I'm loony now, but oh well. Before too long it was time to go to the airport again where many goodbye snogs were had. Luckily this time we only have to wait til the end of the month...