Happy Thanksgiving!

I was really sad to be away for Thanksgiving this year because I love getting together and visiting with my family. But luckily my friends here were enthusiastic about doing our own celebration!

One of our family’s Thanksgiving traditions is an early morning turkey trot. For those of you who might not know, this is an event where you run a 5k in the morning to work up an appetite for the feasting later – unfortunately participants do not trot like a turkey for 5 kilometers like one of my friends here thought. My devoted Lizard Lab pals and running friend, Will, came out at 7am to kick off the Thanksgiving festivities!

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Everyone’s getting their game faces on for the run!

The beautiful, sunny, 85º weather made it very difficult to convince myself that it was really Thanksgiving… but later the feast and evening festivities made it feel more real. I hosted the celebration at my apartment, here is everyone who came and part of the overwhelming array of food they brought!

I never would have guessed that a group of scientists could cook so well, especially since this was the first Thanksgiving celebration for a lot of people who aren’t from other countries! There were three different turkeys and some of the most delicious dishes I’ve ever had.

This was the first time that a lot of the other Americans were away from home for the holiday as well, so it was really nice that we were all able to bring our favorite food and spend time together. I’m so thankful for such a great group of people to celebrate with!

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