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Well, looks like we're not celebrating Thanksgiving today after all.

Mother-in-law texted this morning to say she was coming down with a migraine and thought she was fighting off a bug as well. She wanted us to come pick up the turkey and the yams and just take it back to our house and eat it without her, but that's kinda dismal, so I believe we've convinced her to postpone the family celebration until either tomorrow or Sunday. And WW has gone over to her house to put everything away and clean her kitchen and make her some tea.

So the kids are sorting out their legos in their room, I'm sorting out the holiday decorations to decide where to put everything (Sunday is the first day of Advent as well as the first day of December, and my personal rule is "don't put it up before Advent, don't leave it up after Epiphany". I feel like I'm cheating a bit, but I'm bummed about today.

EDIT: CLOTHED. Since I don't have to dress up today, I'm just in jeggings and a flannel shirt, but I am CLOTHED.


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I'm baking pies, clothing optional.


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Almost done over here


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After dinner we're going to our nearby Target to hone our reflexes.


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Turkeys resting

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Happy thanksgiving for those who celebrate


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We've done the big family thing, and now Aiymi and I are at my mother's. Where she has jobs for me to do. Because of course she does. Can't visit my mother without her throwing 6 things at me to do.


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I know that feel.


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"Mom, can we FINALLY change the month on our calendar? It's still on January" - Tiny T-Rex, lettin' things go for ten months.


gran rey de los mono wrote:
My Mom is home, no need for surgery right now but they said they might need to do one later depending on how exactly her face heals to make sure her sinuses aren't blocked. She and Dad are thinking about getting her into a rehab facility for at least a couple of weeks so she can get some professional help until she is starting to mend.

Glad to hear it.


gran rey de los mono wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

...

whips out cow outfit

I knew this was a possibility.

My favorite part of the video is the lady on the right who is clearly unimpressed, and just wants to grab her groceries and leave without having to deal with a dancing idiot in an inflatable cow suit.

My understanding is that in Mexico that is a normal advertising thing (and the skill on display is about expected), based on YouTube comments.


But it is art made manifest, yes.


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I am the best kind of drunk.

Holiday drunk.


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DSXMachina wrote:
Ragadolf wrote:

I'm staying out of this debate.

I'm cheesy enough as it is. ;P

Ooooh, at the beer festival last weekend - I had a 'cheese-pun battle' with a friend.

Pun-battles are the PEST!

;P


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captain yesterday wrote:
Ragadolf wrote:

I'm staying out of this debate.

I'm cheesy enough as it is. ;P

Plus, New Orleans may have booze, culture, and beads, but they don't make a decent cheese, so take that!

Touche' sir.

Still, I think it's a gouda place to visit, but I don't miss living there. :)


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We did the near-by big family thing (WIfe is still sore about the fact that her sister has had the big holidays at her house for 2 years running now, ... long story) >_<

On the way back to our house, saw ALL the big stores with full lots.
Target, Walmart, a few others.

Makes me cringe for tomorrow.

I probably will not leave the house. I'm OK with that. :)


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lisamarlene wrote:

Well, looks like we're not celebrating Thanksgiving today after all.

Mother-in-law texted this morning to say she was coming down with a migraine and thought she was fighting off a bug as well. She wanted us to come pick up the turkey and the yams and just take it back to our house and eat it without her, but that's kinda dismal, so I believe we've convinced her to postpone the family celebration until either tomorrow or Sunday. And WW has gone over to her house to put everything away and clean her kitchen and make her some tea.

So the kids are sorting out their legos in their room, I'm sorting out the holiday decorations to decide where to put everything (Sunday is the first day of Advent as well as the first day of December, and my personal rule is "don't put it up before Advent, don't leave it up after Epiphany". I feel like I'm cheating a bit, but I'm bummed about today.

EDIT: CLOTHED. Since I don't have to dress up today, I'm just in jeggings and a flannel shirt, but I am CLOTHED.

Hope she gets to feeling better quickly!

I like your holiday rules.
Although, I probably will be putting up our decorations on Saturday, as I really will not feel like dealing with them and getting to church on the same day. ;P

And I will be LUCKY if my wife and daughter (both Christmas-a-holics) will let me wait until Saturday!
O_o


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LM's holiday rules only make sense if you know what the heck Advent and Epiphany are.

My favorite California Catholic story: I was teaching at Saint Mary's College of Moraga, a "Catholic" school (really run by the Christian Brothers, so fairly lax, even going so far as to require a comparative religion course so all of its students would know what other people believed and why). Ash Wednesday came along. During my first period, I noticed a girl had a black smudge on her forehead. Being polite, I kept my mouth shut. (I'm sure that last thing a young woman would want would be to be publicly humiliated by her professor.) When I saw other students with the same mark, I quietly asked my chairwoman about it (yes, I have had an amazing number of female bosses, I admit), and she explained Ash Wednesday to me.

Many, many professors were embarrassed that day for calling out the kids for having "stuff" on their faces. I even read an article about a California teacher who nearly got suspended for trying to suspend a kid for refusing to wash it off.

It's like, "Open your eyes and pay attention and you may not step on someone else's toes."


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Why I love my kids:

Yesterday we had reason to abandon them at a mini-shopping center in Half Moon Bay for about an hour. They had $50 cash between them.

What did my kids do?

They went to the Safeway, carefully pored through the produce section, and very deliberately chose one each of every fruit they didn't recognize and bought them. The clerk was apparently delighted, as she'd never seen half the things they were making her ring up. (The only one Impus Major could even name was the Buddha's Hand, but he apparently also got some gooseberries, which is odd to find in a store because they grow so well around here. But you can also buy blackberries, which are a ludicrous weed here, so whatever.)


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And a final note of the morning on something that truly surprised me: For 40 years I have cooked Thanksgiving dinner for my or other people's families, for groups ranging from 4 to 23 in size. It's just something you do.

I'd heard of people going to restaurants on Thanksgiving, but I figured it was senior citizens such as my mother or mother-in-law who didn't enjoy cooking or who didn't have enough family to justify cooking a whole turkey.

My mother-in-law didn't want me suffering through her kitchen (she really doesn't know me all that well, even after all these years), so she insisted that we go to a high-end restaurant in Half Moon Bay instead. It was a prix fixe at a rate higher than Rivoli, but mother-in-law wanted it, so... smile and dine and wince on the inside, Nobody.

And the place was utterly packed, with a line out the door. Half Moon Bay is a relatively tiny town for California (under 13,000, so smaller than Albany), yet in that one restaurant there were over 100 patrons dining away.

Eating out for Thanksgiving is apparently A Thing. And I just never knew that so many people did it.

I still prefer to cook my own. (And yes, the corner store butcher was selling turkeys so I bought one anyway, and the kids are ecstatic they'll get a "real" Thanksgiving dinner, but that'll be after the new fireplace gets installed, I think.)

(And yes, it's down to the low 50s in the living room every morning. Sitting at a computer in your pajamas in a 53˚F living room isn't something I think a lot of people would consider 'comfortable'.)


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NobodysHome wrote:

(And yes, it's down to the low 50s in the living room every morning. Sitting at a computer in your pajamas in a 53˚F living room isn't something I think a lot of people would consider 'comfortable'.)

hate.

You.

So.

MUUUUUUUUCH


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I used to work at a country club in Green County back when I was going to be a chef and the Thanksgiving buffet was the third busiest day we had (behind New Year's Eve and the Ducks Unlimited holiday raffle (you would not believe how many people will pay for the chance to win a free gun or decoy ducks).

So yup, I'm not surprised.


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NobodysHome wrote:

And a final note of the morning on something that truly surprised me: For 40 years I have cooked Thanksgiving dinner for my or other people's families, for groups ranging from 4 to 23 in size. It's just something you do.

I'd heard of people going to restaurants on Thanksgiving, but I figured it was senior citizens such as my mother or mother-in-law who didn't enjoy cooking or who didn't have enough family to justify cooking a whole turkey.

My mother-in-law didn't want me suffering through her kitchen (she really doesn't know me all that well, even after all these years), so she insisted that we go to a high-end restaurant in Half Moon Bay instead. It was a prix fixe at a rate higher than Rivoli, but mother-in-law wanted it, so... smile and dine and wince on the inside, Nobody.

And the place was utterly packed, with a line out the door. Half Moon Bay is a relatively tiny town for California (under 13,000, so smaller than Albany), yet in that one restaurant there were over 100 patrons dining away.

Eating out for Thanksgiving is apparently A Thing. And I just never knew that so many people did it.

I still prefer to cook my own. (And yes, the corner store butcher was selling turkeys so I bought one anyway, and the kids are ecstatic they'll get a "real" Thanksgiving dinner, but that'll be after the new fireplace gets installed, I think.)

(And yes, it's down to the low 50s in the living room every morning. Sitting at a computer in your pajamas in a 53˚F living room isn't something I think a lot of people would consider 'comfortable'.)

Most people use this new fangled contraption called a "furnace" when the inside temperature drops below 60 degrees.

You might want to try it next time, or just do what we do in the Midwest and layer yourself in flannel until April.


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NobodysHome wrote:

LM's holiday rules only make sense if you know what the heck Advent and Epiphany are.

My favorite California Catholic story: I was teaching at Saint Mary's College of Moraga, a "Catholic" school (really run by the Christian Brothers, so fairly lax, even going so far as to require a comparative religion course so all of its students would know what other people believed and why). Ash Wednesday came along. During my first period, I noticed a girl had a black smudge on her forehead. Being polite, I kept my mouth shut. (I'm sure that last thing a young woman would want would be to be publicly humiliated by her professor.) When I saw other students with the same mark, I quietly asked my chairwoman about it (yes, I have had an amazing number of female bosses, I admit), and she explained Ash Wednesday to me.

Many, many professors were embarrassed that day for calling out the kids for having "stuff" on their faces. I even read an article about a California teacher who nearly got suspended for trying to suspend a kid for refusing to wash it off.

It's like, "Open your eyes and pay attention and you may not step on someone else's toes."

I used to work at Saint Vincent DePaul and every year on Ash Wednesday we'd get flooded with nuns.

I always had to deal with the Surly Sisters (what I called a group of four elderly nuns that always cursed (like George Carlin level of cursing) me out for some reason when they came in. But as someone who has always gotten along with surly old people I loved them, they were hilarious!

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I'm looking forward to January when it gets cold enough to light up the fireplace.


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NobodysHome wrote:

And a final note of the morning on something that truly surprised me: For 40 years I have cooked Thanksgiving dinner for my or other people's families, for groups ranging from 4 to 23 in size. It's just something you do.

I'd heard of people going to restaurants on Thanksgiving, but I figured it was senior citizens such as my mother or mother-in-law who didn't enjoy cooking or who didn't have enough family to justify cooking a whole turkey.

My mother-in-law didn't want me suffering through her kitchen (she really doesn't know me all that well, even after all these years), so she insisted that we go to a high-end restaurant in Half Moon Bay instead. It was a prix fixe at a rate higher than Rivoli, but mother-in-law wanted it, so... smile and dine and wince on the inside, Nobody.

And the place was utterly packed, with a line out the door. Half Moon Bay is a relatively tiny town for California (under 13,000, so smaller than Albany), yet in that one restaurant there were over 100 patrons dining away.

Eating out for Thanksgiving is apparently A Thing. And I just never knew that so many people did it.

I still prefer to cook my own. (And yes, the corner store butcher was selling turkeys so I bought one anyway, and the kids are ecstatic they'll get a "real" Thanksgiving dinner, but that'll be after the new fireplace gets installed, I think.)

(And yes, it's down to the low 50s in the living room every morning. Sitting at a computer in your pajamas in a 53˚F living room isn't something I think a lot of people would consider 'comfortable'.)

Most people use this new fangled contraption called a "furnace" when the inside temperature drops below 60 degrees.

You might want to try it next time, or just do what we do in the Midwest and layer yourself in flannel until April.

Turns on furnace.

Nothing happens.

Recalls that furnace is broken.

Decides to call repair place.

Recalls that repair guys are already coming out on Monday.

Sits in the cold.


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Merits of Black Friday:

I bought Blood Dragon (Far Cry 3 eighties-style SF spin-off) and Far Cry Primal (I probably won't play the later much, if at all, until the computer replacement in unspecified future...).

Have I mentioned that I have too many games? And I still have no idea why...


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NobodysHome wrote:

Why I love my kids:

Yesterday we had reason to abandon them at a mini-shopping center in Half Moon Bay for about an hour. They had $50 cash between them.

What did my kids do?

They went to the Safeway, carefully pored through the produce section, and very deliberately chose one each of every fruit they didn't recognize and bought them. The clerk was apparently delighted, as she'd never seen half the things they were making her ring up. (The only one Impus Major could even name was the Buddha's Hand, but he apparently also got some gooseberries, which is odd to find in a store because they grow so well around here. But you can also buy blackberries, which are a ludicrous weed here, so whatever.)

Oh! Found the receipt!

0.76 lb Buddha Hand (I'm assuming that's one "hand")
1 Star Fruit
1 Kiwano Melon
1 box Gooseberries
1 Pepino Melon

What? No durian?


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NobodysHome wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Why I love my kids:

Yesterday we had reason to abandon them at a mini-shopping center in Half Moon Bay for about an hour. They had $50 cash between them.

What did my kids do?

They went to the Safeway, carefully pored through the produce section, and very deliberately chose one each of every fruit they didn't recognize and bought them. The clerk was apparently delighted, as she'd never seen half the things they were making her ring up. (The only one Impus Major could even name was the Buddha's Hand, but he apparently also got some gooseberries, which is odd to find in a store because they grow so well around here. But you can also buy blackberries, which are a ludicrous weed here, so whatever.)

Oh! Found the receipt!

0.76 lb Buddha Hand (I'm assuming that's one "hand")
1 Star Fruit
1 Kiwano Melon
1 box Gooseberries
1 Pepino Melon

What? No durian?

That's the sort of thing Crookshanks would do!


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Heh,
Where I'm at I'll be lucky if it gets cold enough in Jan to actually light the fireplace!

Of course, I already have, because I CAN.

But it wasn't actually, you know, COLD cold. Just cold for down here. ;P

(Which, to those who have never LEFT down south, which is most of them, it seems cold to THEM,... and that includes my wife,... Sooooooooooo,...)

>_<

O_o

;P


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OK, that's pretty awesome.

Last week on a sunny Wednesday by 9:00 am we'd produced 232 Wh. We got a nice hard rain for a bit, and I was wondering whether washing off the solar panels would have any noticeable effect.

This morning on a sunny Friday by 9:00 am we've produces 252 Wh.

I would call a 10% increase with less daylight quite "noticeable".

Shadow Lodge

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Ragadolf wrote:
DSXMachina wrote:
Ragadolf wrote:

I'm staying out of this debate.

I'm cheesy enough as it is. ;P

Ooooh, at the beer festival last weekend - I had a 'cheese-pun battle' with a friend.

Pun-battles are the PEST!

;P

In one of our NWN quests, Scint (as a DM) played a copper dragon-blooded sorcerer who got into a pun battle with the PC party's bard over whether or not said sorc would help them in their eventual goals. Apparently it's one of the most memorable parts of that plotline.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
I'm looking forward to tomorrow when it gets cold enough to light up the fireplace.

writes with pen


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NobodysHome wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

And a final note of the morning on something that truly surprised me: For 40 years I have cooked Thanksgiving dinner for my or other people's families, for groups ranging from 4 to 23 in size. It's just something you do.

I'd heard of people going to restaurants on Thanksgiving, but I figured it was senior citizens such as my mother or mother-in-law who didn't enjoy cooking or who didn't have enough family to justify cooking a whole turkey.

My mother-in-law didn't want me suffering through her kitchen (she really doesn't know me all that well, even after all these years), so she insisted that we go to a high-end restaurant in Half Moon Bay instead. It was a prix fixe at a rate higher than Rivoli, but mother-in-law wanted it, so... smile and dine and wince on the inside, Nobody.

And the place was utterly packed, with a line out the door. Half Moon Bay is a relatively tiny town for California (under 13,000, so smaller than Albany), yet in that one restaurant there were over 100 patrons dining away.

Eating out for Thanksgiving is apparently A Thing. And I just never knew that so many people did it.

I still prefer to cook my own. (And yes, the corner store butcher was selling turkeys so I bought one anyway, and the kids are ecstatic they'll get a "real" Thanksgiving dinner, but that'll be after the new fireplace gets installed, I think.)

(And yes, it's down to the low 50s in the living room every morning. Sitting at a computer in your pajamas in a 53˚F living room isn't something I think a lot of people would consider 'comfortable'.)

Most people use this new fangled contraption called a "furnace" when the inside temperature drops below 60 degrees.

You might want to try it next time, or just do what we do in the Midwest and layer yourself in flannel until April.

Turns on furnace.

Nothing happens.

Recalls that furnace is broken.

Decides to call...

H8888888888 youuuuuuuuuu


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NobodysHome wrote:

OK, that's pretty awesome.

Last week on a sunny Wednesday by 9:00 am we'd produced 232 Wh. We got a nice hard rain for a bit, and I was wondering whether washing off the solar panels would have any noticeable effect.

This morning on a sunny Friday by 9:00 am we've produces 252 Wh.

I would call a 10% increase with less daylight quite "noticeable".

Were there rains since the most recent forest fires? There might have been ash covering everything.


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Oh, you poor people and your notions of cold.

Spend a winter on the tundra, then you'll know what cold is.


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It amuses me that 7 hours ago I posted about having to abandon the kids, and in all that time not a single person has asked why.

It just goes to show that I have portrayed my kids excellently.


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Won't somebody please think of the children!!!


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Aren't your kids closer to adults now?


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Oh, you poor people and your notions of cold.

Spend a winter on the tundra, then you'll know what cold is.

Freehold scoffs at your notions of cold. Then gleefully embraces them.


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Ah, the cruel vagaries of whimsical bots!

Impus Minor is playing Civ 6. He built a town right on the U.S. border and named it, "F U America!" (except he spelled it all the way out, because no obscenity filter).

For some reason, the U.S. declared war and is destroying his tiny town of 200.

Who could have possibly predicted such a thing?


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NobodysHome wrote:

Ah, the cruel vagaries of whimsical bots!

Impus Minor is playing Civ 6. He built a town right on the U.S. border and named it, "F U America!" (except he spelled it all the way out, because no obscenity filter).

For some reason, the U.S. declared war and is destroying his tiny town of 200.

Who could have possibly predicted such a thing?

Life is full of mysteries!

frantically finishes planting evidence of WMDs.


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Some people may or may not be interested in learning that the Planescape campaign setting is currently on sale for $2.99, for the greater glory of the Mashed Potato God.


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Limeylongears wrote:
Some people may or may not be interested in learning that the Planescape campaign setting is currently on sale for $2.99, for the greater glory of the Mashed Potato God.

I already have all of it, otherwise I'd be all over it.

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Yoink!


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I've never looked through anything Planescape.

My favorite campaign settings were Spelljammer and Al-Qadim.


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I just completed my favorite part of Christmas shopping.

Getting the General a bunch of stuff from Victoria's Secret, that way the kids can get her whatever they want and she'll be happy (I get a lot of input from her so as not to screw it up).


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If someone could make a fantastic Tintin movie, why can't a filmmaker do justice to Asterix the Gaul?


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"Your secret ingredient is drama!? That's where I tasted that extra dramatic zest!!" - Tiny T-Rex, taking compliments of the General's popcorn making skills to an all new level.

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