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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Random Tuesday Thoughts

How's everyone's plans for Thanksgiving going? Anastasia made room for our 16 pound Turkey tonight, so I still may be doing the water bath thaw method (frantically) on Wednesday. We are currently having a bit of an issue with the stuffing. I have made my mother's stuffing for the last 25 Thanksgivings. It's (ahem!) a tradition. It's your basic stuffing (bag of stuffing; celery, onion, gizzard, liver, heart finely diced; chicken or turkey broth.) It's delicious. No funky business, no fruit, no meat that didn't come from the turkey. I used to add diced roasted chestnuts, but Anastasia doesn't like them. This year Anastasia wants to make her Mom's stuffing recipe. Let's just point out that Sunday night Anastasia told me that her favorite comfort food that her Mom made was to brown a pound or 2 of ground beef and add it to a jumbo can of Chef Boyardee Spaghetti. Not exactly my Mom's Bracciole. Anyway, Anastasia wants to do the stuffing with pork sausage and use toasted bread instead of store bought stuffing cubes.

As I type this in the early am on Tuesday we still don't have a definitive pick up time for our son. The ex is going to leave him hanging...till the last minute no doubt.

I just heard one of our kids talking about the wedding to one of their friends tonight on the phone. "My dad is re-marrying. The wedding is in 2011." So if the wedding is not next year, why is he even saying anything now to our daughter? This means she has almost 2 years to ruminate about this. Damn this pisses me off!

Our daughter is making progress at bowling. She's pretty much a newbie at it, but definitely willing to learn. Saturday we met one of her teammates at the bowling alley and she bowled a game with the girl's family. Nice people. I remembered them from the golf banquet.

Our daughter's coach told her she was going to get her a ball last week. I told our daughter that hopefully she meant ball and bag 'because otherwise you'll have to carry the ball loose'. Right away our daughter said, 'oh no, I can't do that because my school would deem it a weapon.' I was only joking. It was pretty funny though. I found out today a bag was included.

Anastasia played Clark W. Griswold on Saturday. She took the lights off the huge spruce in our front yard and reversed them. (Shhhh! Don't let her know I told you all. She put the lights on last year with the male end of the cord at the top of the tree, therefore, we couldn't light the lights. If you've ever tried to put lights on a 16 foot (or larger, I'm guessing here) tree, it is a real pita.) I picked up one of these babies from Ace Hardware:

It's a telescoping pole that extends 11 feet. Last year her and our son were out there for several hours with a ladder and a lot of swear words. This year she got the job done in under an hour. Well, she didn't exactly play Clark W. Griswold. She just did the tree, put some lighted garland on the porch and a lighted wreath on the door. We worked with what we have since there's no money in the budget to add on new decorations this year. Still, it will be nice to have that big tree lit this year.

Both Anastasia and I are pretty depressed about the holidays. We worked the numbers last night and it's pretty grim. I did manage to order a gift card using reward points I earned with my debit card. That would be awesome if the card came by Wednesday, but I'm doubtful. I'm keeping my fingers crossed though since Black Friday is usually the best deals and that gift card will go further.

I've taken at peek at the Black Friday ads and there really don't seem to be any 'must haves', so I don't really feel like I'll be missing out on anything. That makes me feel a little but better. Lol!

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Angela @ Nine More Months said...

It's looking pretty grim for us to. Why am I so bad at money? Argh. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Diane said...

i think things are looking grim for most everyone! :( but we'll all get through it and there will be another christmas next year...

i am SO happy to hear that your daughter is doing so well with her bowling!! fantastic!

Lin said...

I think everyone is in the same boat financially, this year especially because we've been in this boat for a full year now.

I love your bowling ball comment! I think you're funny, even if the kids don't. :)

Auntie E said...

Yeah that wedding might not ever take place when it's that far out. Ever watch Bridezillia?,lol,. I always loved bowling as a teen. Wow her own bowling ball and bag. Remembering Laverne and Shirley...
I don't shop on Black Friday, Just something about that name. Now I will be surprise if they even see their numbers in the black. I also looked at the sells, they just don't interest me.
I am making Christmas gifts this year and not even giving my middle brother and family any. He has disowned me because I am... A Women! he has even apologized... So I have decided not to accept any thing from him or give any thing. I will send cards to the kids out of his control..oh I mean out of his home,lol.

Auntie E said...

Oh forgot.. got all caught up with my brothers business, sorry, that for listening though.
We will be having my ex sister-n-law and her husband and daughter and my Critter(her grandson, She is raising). I want to make my moms stuffing. I haven't had it for three years. Mom was too sick to make it. So I am going to try to make it. I think the recipe is in the head somewhere,lol.
You have a great Thanksgiving.

StaceyC4 said...

Yes, I'm normally pretty excited about the holidays - but not this year. We're going to my son's girlfriend's aunt's house (Follow that nonsense!) and she is a nutritionist. Do you know how much yummy, comfort stuff I am going to have? NONE! I want MY comfort foods - stuffing, mashed potatoes, casseroles! AND I have to miss out on Black Friday because up in the freakin mountains, there are NO stores!!! Waaaahhhh.....!

I feel your pain, Lola, I truly do.

Shannon said...

Its always a struggle!!!
Hang in there.

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Angel said...

Take care dear.. There's always a silver lining behind every dark cloud. Just be patient and have faith..

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