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Clearly, we do not celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK (although it’s always a good excuse to watch this). Having been in the US for the few months though, I’m feeling quite full of the spirit of the season. I’ve purchased a few sparkly turkey decorations to hang around the house and watched one of the Thanksgiving episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine at least 17 times (I’ve definitely exhausted the entertainment options on British Airways). We even had a Thanksgiving potluck in the office last week although our contributions were limited to whatever we could pick up at the local supermarket.

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Normally, I think that I do a relatively good job at keeping all the moving parts of life – work, family, my relationship, this blog, some semblance of a healthy lifestyle – in some sort of balance.  Sure, there have been times when one or other of them has taken a backseat but these last six months, since I first come out to the US in May, has without question been the longest period in which one of them – work, in this case – has dominated to such an extent and everything else fallen by the wayside.

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One of the problems, if you can call it such, of being away from home for so long is the amount of food that we consume. I’m sitting at my desk at the moment eating industrial quantities of yoghurt (you can fill up a very large pot for $4 in the canteen and we like to get our money’s worth), we have a team rota for bringing M&Ms into the office and I’m pretty sure we are single-handedly keeping the Japanese restaurant near our hotel in business.

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I’m going home tomorrow for 10 days. It will be my longest stretch at home since the beginning of July and it’s fair to say that I’m pretty excited.  As far as our project goes, it’s probably one of the most inconvenient weeks I could have chosen to be in the UK but sleeping in my own bed and cooking my own dinner will definitely make up for any late night conference calls that I have to join.

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