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MIT student blogger Mollie B. '06

Twas the week before Thanksgiving by Mollie B. '06

...and I'm not really feeling all that thankful. Yet.

The thing about short weeks at MIT is that they’re not really all that refreshing.

For some reason, instead of giving proportionally less work in a short week, professors seem to believe that it is perfectly reasonable to assign the same amount of work in a short week and just make it due earlier. I am not a huge fan of this logic, as it ends up feeling like you’re living 5/3 of a day every day the week before Thanksgiving.

I guess it’s also to make us really really really thankful when we sit down to our turkey dinner. Um, hello? How about we skip the hosing and go straight to the turkey?

Although I suppose I’ve already had my turkey for the week: D-Entry, where I live, hosted its annual pre-Thanksgiving dinner last night. We had two turkeys! In this picture, everybody is waiting patiently for their dinner. You can see Jay ’08 attempting to carve one of the turkeys; Bryan (our Graduate Resident Tutor, a biology PhD student) cooked both of them. It was a potluck, so everybody brought something: Courtney ’09 baked pumpkin pies, Steph ’06 made mashed potatoes… and Chris ’09 and Kjel ’09 brought pizza. I’m not exactly sure how Domino’s is a traditional Thanksgiving meal element… but everybody still ate it up.

I will be having more turkey on Thursday in Plymouth, MA with Adam’s family — a real Plymouth Thanksgiving! I feel terribly authentic about this… maybe I’ll stop by Plymouth Rock on Thanksgiving and get my picture taken to be even more authentic. My mother is not so happy, as it will be the first time in my life that I’m not home to help cut down the Christmas tree, but what can you do when flights home cost $500?

I hope all of you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving… and don’t forget that it’s not the tryptophan in turkey that makes you tired after gorging on ALL THOSE CARBOHYDRATES.

5 responses to “Twas the week before Thanksgiving”

  1. Dave says:

    You cut down your own Christmas tree? So much for me feeling superior to those fake-tree people, I get mine from a nursery.

  2. Bryan says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I have a 15 page paper due today. I was up until late working on a thermo pset, and I have to submit a draft presentation tomorrow morning.

    However, the allure of turkey in 2 days makes me extremely happy. Can we say stuffing?

  3. Jessie says:

    I agree thoroughly about the short weeks.

  4. Save the leftovers for Sam ’07. wink He’ll have a way to use them.

  5. Wow, that’s really cool that you get to go to THE Plymouth Rock on Thanksgiving! I heard they recreate the First Thanksgiving there every year.

    It’s interesting how MIT has a site dedicated to explaining the student body culture (“7.20 is pronounced ‘seven-twenty'”)…You can tell this is a major research institute!

    Do carbs really cause sleepiness? Wouldn’t they give EXTRA energy? Is it because of the overload and the time it takes the body to process so many at a time? Or is there some other reason?