Okay, fine. Not a huge loss - judging from the people at the aufruf(*), I wouldn't have known any one at my table, and honestly, I'm not such a friend of Susan that I'd do more than the required dancing with her. And I really don't know Aryeh or his bride at all.
But my nose is doing an impression of a faucet *and* I'm at work. Why? Because if I were at home, I'd be sitting in front of my computer anyway. So I might as well get paid for it. I have two boxes of lotion tissues, so I'll be fine.
In terms of Thanksgiving - I have an 18.5lb turkey thawing in my fridge, along with a pot of leela_cat's Roasted Squash, Pear and Ginger Soup. I have leftover uncooked squash, so I'm going to cut it into dice and bake them to be a garnish, along with a cilantro leaf.
All I need to do now, if I even want to, is toast almonds and fry onions for the green bean dish (I'm mixing french-cut beens with fried onions and almonds, leaving a cup or so undoctored for my niece) and sauté the onions and mushrooms for the dressing. I also need to find Imagine No-Chicken broth - I have the vegetable broth, but I'd rather have this - to use as the liquid for my dressing. Which I can make the night before because I'm NOT stuffing the bird. The idea is that the only meat for the dinner will be the turkey. Everything else will be pareve, so my brother-in-law is a full participant. I'll bake him a tilapia fillet for his main course. He loves tilapia. I figure I'll cover it with fresh tomatoes and onions. Easy.
Mother-in-law is making a pumpkin custard and the cranberry sauce (she's making the latter with my niece as a grandma thing to do. Too bad it's made with Splenda, which makes it taste wrong to me.) To everyone else's disappointment, I am NOT making hot sweet cider. It's just one more thing to do, and I don't even know if I'll have the pot or the time, and I don't have the spices or the means to serve it.
(*) aufruf - the Sabbath before his wedding, a bridegroom is called to the Torah, gets a special blessing and people throw candy at him.