How to Have a Happy Thanksgiving Alone

How to Have a Happy Thanksgiving Alone

by Lauren Sauer November 15, 2018

Maybe you're spending Turkey Day alone because airfare is too pricey, you have to stay put for work, or for no reason at all! You don't need a reason to fly solo this holiday, but you should plan ahead to make sure you feel thankful. The holiday season can be tricky if your family isn't a perfect Normal Rockwell painting, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy yourself! 

5 Ways to Enjoy Thanksgiving Alone

1. Volunteer

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Lots of people spend their Thanksgiving at soup kitchens and shelters paying it forward. Because this is a popular option, try to sign up a few days--or weeks--in advance! Sites like Eventbrite and Volunteer Match make it easy to find an opportunity for you, and a quick Google search will also generate pages of results in your area.

2. Run a Turkey Trot

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Nothing like a brisk autumn morning jog to get your day started right. Find a trot in your area to give yourself a surge of endorphins. Most races offer 10K, 5K, and fun run options for every fitness level! Plus they're often put on by schools, churches, or non-profits, ensuring any registration fees you pay contribute to the greater good. If you're not a runner, you can still get a workout in! Plenty of gyms and smaller fitness studios offer Thanksgiving day classes and special hours.

3. Watch Thanksgiving Themed Episodes of Your Favorite Shows

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If you can't be with loved ones this year, you can still enjoy classic holiday antics through the screen! You probably already have some old faves in mind, but in case you're looking for some inspiration (and these are all streamable, you're welcome!):

  • Friends: The One With The Football" (S3, E9) Netflix
  • How I Met Your Mother: "Slapsgiving" (S3, E9) Hulu
  • Master of None: "Thanksgiving" (S2, E8) Netflix
  • Cheers: "Thanksgiving Orphans" (S5, E9) Netflix
  • Fresh Off the Boat: "Huangsgiving" (S2, E8) Hulu
  • Gilmore Girls: "A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving" (S3, E9) Netflix
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine: "Thanksgiving" (S1, E10) Hulu

4. Try a New Recipe

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Maybe your aunt never makes the sweet potato casserole just the way you like it, or maybe you're feeling adventurous! Use today to find a recipe you're really excited about and make it for yourself. Try out an intricate dessert you'd normally not have time for or an experimental stir fry that just sounds intriguing. If you're not big into the culinary arts, or you just want to make a quick bite, check out this video recipe for baked brie bites!

5. Take Time for Self-Care

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Check in with yourself! Make sure you're being gentle with yourself today, whether you're flying solo by choice or by circumstance. Do something for yourself that you 1) love and 2) normally wouldn't make time for. This can look like a million different things, depending on what makes you feel good! You could take a bath, do a face mask, work on a puzzle, paint, write, nap...or all of those! After all, today is your day, you don't have to spend it pretending to be interested in football if you don't want to. Or if football's your thing, you can watch every minute of gameplay without being pulled away.

 

However you choose to spend your day, one thing's for sure: Make sure you take a moment to reflect on the things you're thankful for and take care of yourself. Eat good food, get in touch with loved ones, and don't compare yourself or your plans to others! 




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Stand Steady Product Comparison Chart
We pride ourselves on our wide array of standing desks and standing desk converters.
We're confident that we can offer a solution for your workspace; please refer to the chart below to find your perfect fit!

Full Sized Standing Desks

Product name

Tranzendesk Standing Desk - 55 inch

Tranzendesk Dual Level  - 47 inch

Joy Desk - 47 inch

Joy Desk - Large Glass - 43 inch

Joy Desk - Compact Glass - 31 inch

How it Works Crank Crank Electric Electric Static (No adjustments needed!)
Static (No adjustments needed!)
Static (No adjustments needed!)

 Color

Black desktop

Silver legs OR black legs

(Black desktop regardless of leg color)

Black

Black desktop

Black legs with chrome detailing

Black desktop

Black legs

Maple veneer desktop

Cream legs

Glass top with wood print design

White legs

Glass top with rainbow wood print design

Black legs

Desktop Size

55" x 23.5"
47" x 27"
55" x 27.75" 47.25" x 23.75" 47.25" x 23.75" 43.25" x 23.5" 31.25" x 18.5"

Footprint 

55" x 24"
36.5"x 27"
57" x 23"
35.75" x 23" 46" x 23" 43" x 23" 31" x 15.5"

 Levels

1
2
1 + drop-down keyboard tray 1 2 1 1

 Monitor Capacity

2 monitors + laptop
2 monitors + laptop
2 monitors + laptop
2 monitors + laptop
2 monitors + laptop
2 monitors + laptop
1 monitor or laptop

 Weight Limit

85 lbs max load
85 lbs max load
80 lbs max load
75 lbs max load 60 lbs max load 60 lbs max load 60 lbs max load
 

Standing Desk Converters: Sit/Stand

One Level: X-Elite Series

Product name

X-Elite Pro Standing Desk Converter

X-Elite Pro XL 36" Standing Desk Converter

X-Elite Pro Glide

X-Elite Pro Corner

How it Works Air cylinder lift
Air cylinder lift
Air cylinder lift
Air cylinder lift

 Color

Choose from Black, Cherry, Maple, or White
Black
Black Black

Desktop Size

28" x 20"
36" x 24"
31" x 21" 39.25" x 18"

Footprint 

16.8" x 24.5"
24.25" x 16.5"
24" x 19" 23.5" x 16.25"

 Levels

1
1
1 1

 Monitor Capacity

1 monitor + laptop
2 monitors or 1 monitor + laptop
1 monitor + laptop 2 monitors or 1 monitors + laptop

 Weight Limit

20 lbs max load
20 lbs max load
20 lbs max load
20 lbs max load
 

Two Level: FlexPro Series

 Product Name
How it Works
Air cylinder lift
Air cylinder lift
Pump lift with locking levers
Electric lift
Air cylinder lift
Electric lift
Tension-controlled gas spring lift
Color
Black
Black
Black
Black
Black
Black
Black
Desktop Size
2 sizes! Choose from 32" & 37"

32" x  16"
37" x 16"

3 7.5" x 17.5"
31.5" x 24.5"

 

3 sizes! Choose from 32", 36", & 40"

32" x 25.5"
36" x 25.5"
40" x 25.5"

2 sizes! Choose from 32" & 36"

32" x 25.5"
36" x 25.5"

37" x 15.75" 

32" x 25.5" 

Footprint
30" x 16"
(both models)
30" x 16"
27.5" x 24.5"
32" x 23.5"
36" x 23.5"
40" x 23.5"
32" x 23.5"
36" x 23.5"
30" x 16"
23.5" x 19.5"
Levels
2
2 2 2 2
2
2
Monitor Capacity
32": 1 monitor + laptop
37": 2 monitors
2 monitors or 1 monitor + laptop
1 monitor + laptop
32": 1 monitor + laptop
36": 2 monitors
40": 2 monitors + laptop
32": 1 monitor + laptop
36": 2 monitors
2 monitors or 1 monitor + laptop
2 monitors or 1 monitor + laptop
Weight Limit
35 lbs max load
35 lbs max
30 lbs max load
25 lbs max load
25 lbs max load
44 lbs max load
40 lbs max load

Monitor Mount Converters: Techtonic Series

 Product Name

Techtonic Electric Dual Monitor Mount

Techtonic Electric Triple Monitor Mount

How it Works
Electric lift
Electric lift
Color
Black
Black
Desktop Size
TABLETOP DIMENSIONS: 33" x 14"
KEYBOARD TRAY DIMENSIONS: 34" x 18"
TABLETOP DIMENSIONS: 33" x 14"
KEYBOARD TRAY DIMENSIONS: 34" x 18"
Footprint
31.25" x 20"
31.25" x 20"
Levels
3 3
Max Monitor Size
31.5" widescreen 19" widescreen
Weight Limit
60 lbs
60 lbs

Space Savers: UpTrak Series

Product Name

UpTrak Standing Desk / Adjustable Stand Up Desk

UpTrak Metro Standing Desk & Bonus Keyboard Tray

How it Works Easy-to-use locking levers Spring-assisted lift
Color
Choose from Black or Cherry
Choose from Black, Cherry, or Shimmer
Desktop Size
24" x 20"

Keyboard level: 18.6" x 7.75"

Monitor level: 23.74" x 16"

Footprint

18" x 15"

15.75" x 14.1"
Levels 1 2
Monitor Capacity 1 1
Weight Limit 25 lbs max load
25 lbs max load

 

Standing Desk Converters: Stand Only

Stand Steady Series 

Product
Name
 

Original Stand Steady
Standing Desk (MEDIUM)

Original Folding Desk Converter

Executive Folding Desk Converter

Magic Shelf Multifunctional Desk Converter

Color Black Black Black Blue Black Black White

Desktop Size

24" x 20"
32" x 22" 48" x 24" 19.75" x 11" 23.5" x 20" 31.5" x 23.5"

LARGER TABLE: 24.25" x 11.75"

SMALLER TABLE: 24" x 11.75"

Footprint 18" x 15" 28" x 19" 42 x 21" 20" x 10.5" 18.5" x 13" 26" x 16.5"

LARGER TABLE: 24.25" x 11.75"

SMALLER TABLE: 24" x 11.75"

(Footprint of combined pieces varies based on setup)
Levels 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Monitor Capacity 1 2 1 monitor + laptop Laptop 1 2 Laptop
Weight Limit 75 lbs max load
75 lbs max load
75 lbs max load
16.5 lbs max load
75 lbs max load
75 lbs max load
25 lbs max load