P and I are hosting Thanksgiving in NYC this year- unfortunately without our families. Instead we are hosting all the exchange students from our graduate program, as well as a few others who normally spend the break alone. I am excited to host and up for the challenge. This will be the largest get-together we have had since moving in. This is my first Thanksgiving without my family present, which makes me even more grateful to have them in my life because I realize how profound their absence is. I have so much to be thankful for: Philip, my healthy cats, an amazing school, a welcoming city, and the continuous support of others. Have a happy Thanksgiving, and a healthy portion of turkey.