Archive - November 2003

November 29, 2003

mom and I parked very far away from macys
Yesterday Mom and I completed almost 14 hours of Christmas shopping. We started out in the dark, and wrapped it up in the dark. Shopped in 3 different zip codes. Over 15 different stores. We kicked butt. More details (with photos!) tonight or tomorrow.

Today my legs are killing me! 😛

Tonight we go out with the Blackwells for dinner and to see Disney’s Haunted Mansion movie. Yes, it IS always Disney with us.

Thanksgiving 2003


Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for? Here’s my (not so short) list…

  • I am thankful to have a loving husband who tolerates (and maybe appreciates?) my eccentricities, and my loving family for giving me those eccentricities.
  • I am thankful to live in the United States of America. As a woman here, I am free to do pursue whatever dream I want. I married who I wanted, or I could have stayed single. I can work outside the home. I can wear clothing that’s brightly colored, any length, or that expresses opinions. I can speak freely. I am free to worship as I please. I can be educated as much or as little as I want. And I don’t risk execution for any of it!
  • I am thankful for my friends, who either keep me sane or contribute to my madness.
  • I am thankful for my pets. Misty for teaching me that being vocal gets you what you want. Charlie for teaching me the benefits of snuggling and naps. And Max for… For… For… Let me get back to you on that. 😉
  • I am thankful for my body. While I have yet to look like a Maxim girl, I am healthy and pain-free.
  • I am thankful for my job, which alllows me to do what I love and get paid. I’m also thankful to be given the opportunities that come with the job.
  • I am thankful that we have enough income that we do not want for anything. We had some scarily lean years early on.

    Sentimental twit that I am, I snipped a Dear Abby column from the newspaper three years ago and put it on the fridge. It sums up my feelings on Thanksgiving.

    May your bellies be full and your hearts be light today!

  • November 26, 2003

    Hey, Kim, shouldn’t you be at yoga?

    Why yes, dear Reader, I should. But tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, and I have a dinner to get ready for.

    Mom does Christmas day. Sue does Christmas Eve. But Thanksgiving is MINE. Granted, I’m only cooking for four, but I like to go all out. I break out the — well, let’s not use the word break. I TAKE out my Lenox china, polish up my silver, and get cooking. Here’s tomorrow’s menu…

  • Turkey (natch)
  • Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Stuffing
  • Cranberry Sauce (in convenient can-shaped form!)
  • Corn
  • Dinner rolls
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Apple Cobbler (recipe to be determined tomorrow)

    Tonight I polished the silver, washed the china, scrubbed spots out of the rug (mutters about juvenile delinquent dog) and put the leaf in the table.

    Mom’ll come over around 11 tomorrow to help me wrestle with the turkey. I hate tearing the gut-bag out of the bird. Drives me crazy. I think then I’ll make the macaroni and cheese and the mashed potatoes ahead of time. Dinner should be at 5ish. If all goes well, that is.

    Then, after dinner, the boys will sack out on the sofa and watch football. Mom and I will dig through the sales circulars in the paper and make our Black Friday plan of attack. Every year on Black Friday, Mom and I start shopping at dawn. We’re the village idiots that you see on the news and in the papers. Yes, we’ve waited in a parking lot at 5:30 am for a store to open. It’s pure consumer bliss. Maybe I’ll bring the camera around and chronicle our day.

    (Kim sucks down more of her Starbuck’s peppermint mocha and prays for the caffeine to kick in)

    OK…much to do. I want to get my Dept 56 Christmas in the City collection up on the mantle for tomorrow. I’m trying to get the hospital off of eBay. You may recall my Godless town of Turberville from last year. It has a nightclub, casino, restaurant, police station, drug store (in honor of David’s former job), two restaurants, a bookstore, and a newspaper (in honor of my job). I think after a wild night on the town, the hospital would be the next logical thing. And it would be in honor of David’s current job. I’m also going to get the little ale-wagon too. 😉

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