The boy scout motto, “Be Prepared”, comes to mind to expect the unexpected. In our everyday lives, we know that some of our best laid plans are interrupted by occurrences we haven’t expected. With the holiday season upon us, it is important to remember that there will be obstacles in the way of executing what you intend to do. Thanksgiving dinner could be the first of many frustrations you might encounter. Timing, forgotten ingredients, extra people coming etc. could raise your blood pressure and make you crazy with guilt. If you are prepared to except that things may go wrong (Murphy’s Law) you can adjust and continue to function in the spirit of the season. Plan on your meals be ready a half hour before or after. If the oven breaks down, think of alternate plans (perhaps, you could have a list of restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving). Have some extra appetizers handy. Recipes call for ingredients, but, only you, as the cook, know what they are. It will probably not be noticed if you do not put something in that the recipe called for. If extra people arrive, greet them as if you meant to invite them. Throw on a few more potatoes and cut smaller pieces of pie. This holiday season, be prepared to enjoy them yourself. The people around you will enjoy them better if they know you are.