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Notes From The 6 Train: Thankful for Thanksgiving

How was your Thanksgiving!?

I hope it was spectacular as mines. This Thanksgiving was particularly special as I got to spend it with my best friend in Boston.

No, that's not what you think. It just seems red cups are the only readily available cups on college campuses. (go figure)

No, that’s not what you think. It seems red cups are the only readily available cups on college campuses. (go figure)

After the four hour ride at 2 am in the morning I arrived to Boston just as it began to snow. I am not a fan of snow primarily because it’s a indicator of just how cold it is outside, but I didn’t mind the snow this time. It was my very first white holiday (white as opposed to brown that often results after snow has been trampled on). This was the first time I’ve cooked traditional Thanksgiving food. I prepared dinner with my best friends from Atlanta who go to school in Boston.


I traveled to Boston for Thanksgiving, despite the freezing cold, to be surrounded by people who love me. With all the craziness and let downs (specifically of our judicial system and the recent rulings of the murders of Micheal Brown and Eric Garner) I’ve been in less than a joyful spirit. In fact, I’ve been extremely frustrated and sad, so taking a momentary break from it was necessary for my sanity.


I felt extremely grateful to spend Thanksgiving with long life friends to cook a number of fantastic dishes, we prepared macaroni and cheese, kale, cornbread, sweet potatoes, stuffing, and an orange, cinnamon & apple cider drink. The best part was that it was all vegetarian. (Yay!, I literally went around replacing chicken stock with vegetarian broth so that I could eat it. Sometimes, you have to be proactive.) We brought of all our food to a huge potluck to dine, play cards and spend hours conversing until the wee hours of the morning. I go to experience a piece of home in Boston and get a few days to recharge. I hope you did too.

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

Thanksgiving Emotions

Thanksgiving is one of the most emotional holidays in my opinion.  By emotional, I mean there is a total range of emotions that fluctuate before, during, and after Thanksgiving.  Don’t know what I’m talking about?  Keep reading/watching as I take you through the endless hysteria happiness that is Thanksgiving.

Sitting in class the week of Thanksgiving:

Packing your bags to go home:

Getting on the bus/plane/train/car:

Seeing your family/pets for the first time in ____ weeks/months

And then the reality sets in….

Smelling the food and preparing yourself

Smelling the food in the oven

During the feast…

40 minutes post-feast

Happy feasting and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

New York City is one of the largest cultural centers in the world. There is always something going on, and often it is limited to New York. When I was a kid my parents would always take my brothers and me to the Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as to see the balloons get blown up the night before. Once we moved to Westchester, we stopped going so I hadn’t been in a long time. This year a friend of mine was visiting from England and I realized that The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a New York tradition and I had to take him to see the giant characters float between skyscrapers. The dorms are only a few blocks away from the parade route, so it was incredibly easy to just walk over on Thanksgiving morning. There were huge crowds of tourists and New Yorkers alike when we got there, but we were actually able to get pretty good spots! I will say that there are a few advantages to just watching the parade on T.V. though; no frozen toes for one thing, and the announcers telling you who the celebrity on the floats are can be helpful.

New York is home to several amazing wintertime traditions. There is ice skating (at Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park or Central Park), the lighting of the giant Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center, seeing the amazing department store windows, and snuggling up with a piping hot mug of hot chocolate (Sarabeth’s anyone?). But they are all distinctly New York so don’t miss out!


Thanksgiving goodies

Hello all! Happy Holidays! Even though thanksgiving was yesterday there’s so much that happened, and so much to be thankful for. Today of course was black Friday and like the nut that I am I went out at 11 last night and waited in a line for ….. KATE SPADE! My absolute favorite store in the entire world. I went to the Jersey Shore outlets, which had amazing sales.. but I didn’t even get close to the door because I wasn’t waiting all day long. So now I am going to do Cyber Monday! ( this is my first one) I don’t have any tips yet but I will once I experience it.

So back to thanksgiving I had quite an interesting one, usually my family and I stay at home and my mom cooks everything, YUM! But this year I had the pleasure of being able to go to this beautiful thanksgiving lunch at an old mansion in Shrewsbury, NJ called the Shadowbrook.

Walking up to the doors I literally felt like royalty. As I approached the doors they drew me in, I couldn’t even open them at almost 10 feet high they made me feel like I was a baby again looking up at a door that I couldn’t open. Then I was able to walk through this beautiful area filled with all kinds of fall things like flowers and leaves and pumpkins, it could have taken your breathe away ( You weren’t aloud to take pictures though:( ). But I found one online. So  then they took our coats and directed us to the table at which we were sitting next to this beautiful view of the garden where they normally host weddings. Sitting there I couldn’t believe at one point someone actually lived in this mansion , this place was so big for the forty people sitting in there let alone only four. The walls all filled with beautiful antique wood and guided mirrors. The tables were dressed with the most beautiful flowers and silverware that you could ever imagine ( I truly felt like a princess). As we proceeded to settle in they then directed us to the buffet, which had everything and anything you could think of. Huge shrimp, the biggest pieces of ham and turkey I think I have ever seen in my life, all kinds of seafood and even sushi all freshly made. My mouth was watering I didn’t know what to go for first, I didn’t want to look like I never experienced this before. Then out of the corner of my eye I saw the DESERT ROOM, I think I nearly passed out! haha Deserts are my absolute favorite so I quickly filled my plate and rushed back to the table to eat, I was stuffed but I needed to experience that desert room! I think i was the first one finished and I didn’t want to be rude so I went up again for seconds, but I ended up just pushing food around to make it look like I was eating. Then it was time to go for desert there was everything pumpkin pie, chocolate covered everything, Ice cream, and just about every pie you could ever imagine, I pretty much grabbed one of each thing. I ate and ate till I nearly threw up, but it was totally worth it and I would do it again in a heart beat.

But suddenly it was time to go and see my family, my fairy tale was coming to an end. We quickly drove about 30 minutes on the parkway back to my house to meet with my brother, sister in law, mom and dad to have our dinner. Every year my mom makes this sweet potato casserole that is the best thing I ever tasted in my life I wait for it every year all year long. I was so embarrassed to bring my friend to my house after that extravagant outing with his family , but sometimes home made is better. We arrived a little late and my mom was about to bring out the food when we got to my house, we said our hellos and got right to eat, I tried so hard to eat all my moms food after all that food I just ate but I couldn’t do it! Thinking about it now even though our thanksgiving was small and just at our dining room table it made me realize what I am truly thankful for and that’s my family and my amazing friends that I surround myself with. I wouldn’t be where I am or who I am without them. Sometimes just being at home with those few people mean more to you then anything else ever could. So I guess what I’m trying to say is Happy thanksgiving :) What are you thankful for? Do you have any traditions you follow every year? Did you do anything different?

And yes every year for every holiday my dad needs a hat, so here’s this years stay tuned for the Christmas hatt!

Happy Holidays!- Kailee


I Am Thankful For…

Three more days….Two more days….One more day….

Thanksgiving break is almost here!! My favorite meal of the year is only a few more sleeps away, and I can barely sleep thinking about it! This is our first technical break all semester and I’m sure I’m not the only one who couldn’t be more ready and excited. Many other colleges have some sort of Fall Break but not FIT. I’m assuming it’s because we recognize many of the Jewish holidays in September? Think about it FIT, I take the liberty of speaking for the students when I say we would definitely not be opposed to some long weekend maybe in mid-October?? Like I said, Think about it 😉

With Thanksgiving falling so late in the month this year, it’s very very close to finals week. I technically only have a week and a half left of this semester after Thanksgiving! Where the heck did time go?! I can’t begin to explain how fast this semester flew by. I feel like just yesterday I was complaining about how hot it was outside, now its below freezing and windy and can’t seem to stay warm! I’d like to think I’m not the only one when I say how stressed I’ve been this past week with finals prep. My term papers are piling up – well, not literally since I’ve only actually completed one… My final exams are looming over my head. Lately I’ve been feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish all I need to get done!

Good point. Really good point.

However, there is an extremely bright light at the end of this weeks tunnel. THANKSGIVING! Thanksgiving technically marks the beginning of my absolute favorite time of the year – Christmas! I am so looking forward to escaping the city for a few days, retreating to my childhood home in Saratoga, New York and spending Turkey Day with my wonderful family and friends. I also plan on proudly gaining about 50 pounds within that day…only kidding hehe.

I am extremely thankful to go to school so close to my home, allowing me to be with my family on Thanksgiving. I know so many students at FIT are from across the nation or even across the world and are not able to have the proper meal and spend the day with their families. If I could bring you all to my house I would – but my house is only so big!

If you’re lucky enough to be with your loved ones this Thanksgiving, I urge you to take the time to tell yourself how blessed you are and to tell your family and friends how much you love them. Despite being very stressed and busy the past few days, I’ve been reminding myself of the upcoming holiday. I know I have SO much to be thankful for, oddly enough including the stress I’ve been feeling. Because if I wasn’t here at FIT then I wouldn’t be in New York, taking these classes, completing these papers, which are making me stressed. Sounds like far fetched idea but it’s true. I am thankful for FIT final papers and all. :)

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving everyone!

xx, Brendan