"I cook every year for my entire family. I get up at 4 o'clock in the morning. It's probably my favorite holiday. I've been making a full from-scratch Thanksgiving dinner for everyone for about 10 years now"
DO YOU HAVE ANY THANKSGIVING RITUAL OR TRADTION THAT IS MORE MEMORABLE THAN OTHERS?
"I feel like it's a terrible tradition, but it's one my mom and my sister have forced upon me and now it's become my own. Every year we have to listen to every playing of Alice's Restaurant ("Alice's Restaurant Masacree" the 23 minute musical monologue by singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie) on WMMR or else it's not Thanksgiving."
YOU SAY A "TERRIBLE TRADITION", DO YOU NOT ENJOY ALICE'S RESTAURANT?
"Well, I didn't used to. I thought it was stupid and kind of ridiculous. Everyone dancing around the kitchen. But the first time I had Thanksgiving and I didn't listen to it, the food just didn't taste as good somehow."
WHO DO YOU USUALLY HOST FOR THANKSGIVING?
"I usually host my whole family. My husband (pictured), my son, my mom, my step-dad, my inlaws and my husband's grandfather. Then I have people who come on alternating years, my sister and her family, and my husband's cousins. The most we've had is like 26 people. Tight squeeze. Small house."
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY YOU ARE MOST THANKFUL FOR THIS YEAR?
"I think this year I am most thankful that this, having been the hardest year of my life, is coming to an end! It was the roughest year ever. I have moved past it, it made me stronger and I'm moving on. It's ending!"
INTERESTING PERSPECTIVE. WHAT WAS SO DIFFICULT ABOUT IT?
"I had house problems all year. We kicked the year off with a bang- house problems. Then my friend passed away in March. Then I had heart surgery in April. Then more house problems. Then money problems. And now we're back to house problems."
SO YOU'LL BE GLAD TO SEE 2014 GO?
"Yea definitely. Karma wise I figure I am going to win the lottery."
DESPITE ALL OF THE PROBLEMS OF THE PAST YEAR, IS THERE ANYTHING POSITIVE YOU CAN SAY, ANYTHING THAT YOU CAN SIT DOWN AT THE TABLE THIS YEAR AND BE GRATEFUL FOR?
"This year gave me a lot of perspective on how easy it is to lose life, so I am going to be thankful for the fact that I have a good family, great friends, an adorable son, and a loving husband, and I am still here."