The nonchalant text from Nina read, "... we're having a Lazy Petanque Italian Feast the Sunday after Thanksgiving at the house. Will you and Mike come? I know you're coming back from Tahoe that day, but come anyway..." Further instructions were to bring nothing.
It was one of those evenings where it just so happened that the entire usual gang was in town and even though we casually arrived for something simple, the evening was perfectly planned with insanely yummy food and even a surprise birthday cake for the three November birthdays. Nina you tricked us! (and we loved every moment.)
Thank you for helping us ease back into reality and responsibilities after our vacation.