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Happy post thanksgiving to all the cross ponders . . .sounds like you all had a good day. I spent yesterday evening at an scientific engineers awards dinner. Not sure how I ended up with an invite?. ..I’m not scientific and I’m definitely not an engineer :-) It had a very nice 4 course meal and lots of free wine though so I cant complain. There were 350 people at the ceremony and probably 10 of them were women.
Lew not sure if you’ve seen my email, but I need to get flights sorted before lemon explodes with excitement so let me know what your plans are – loser. . . .oh and tell your BF he had better hunt out an attractive older friend/brother/uncle so you can double date with me :-)
I didn’t have a very relaxing day off, lol! I did a big shop this morning, then made a huge fish pie, half for tonight and half for the freezer. It was delicious.
We are off Christmas shopping tomorrow. I know it is a bit early, but we are limited with me working every other Saturday and the Everlasting Golf (!!) I hope to get the bulk of it done and out of the way.
I’m glad Thanksgiving seemed to go well for all of you.LEW, you will both work out a routine that fits…. For example, I do all the cooking, because I really enjoy it, but my DS does the washing up and makes the coffee. I hope the football is fun!
Won, what happened about a certain interesting question you were asked a little while ago, if I may be VERY nosy!? I am sorry for your sad news.
Oooh, * Wolfie,* I didn’t realise your plans to visit the US were as concrete as that! Do tell what you are going to do.
And LEW, have you told him about Leaky, lol?
hellooooo Leaky! Belated happy Thanksgiving to the Statesiders! Hope everyone had a good time… I ate and ate, and now my belt is one hole looser. :O. I do have sneakers on so as to make the gym more of a reality later.
Lady Hawke the crowd wasn’t too bad Wednesday afternoon but it was definitely hopping.
wolfie a dinner with 350 people and 10 women? :O and you still need LEW to find you someone way over here? :P Were there 335 aliens? But I’m glad you had a good time snicker snicker
wolfie, I’m worthless. But I did finally respond to your email. Very sorry about the delay. And the BF has two single brothers (and maybe a third – haven’t met the step-brother yet); just let me know HOW much of a cougar you want to be…
asti, I don’t know if I’ve specifically mentioned Leaky; he does, however, know (vaguely at least) that I have internet friends; actually I think I did mention that they were Harry Potter related. He was there when I got my graduation gift from Won, so some explanations were in order. He’s a bit of a gamer, so I wasn’t too self-conscious about telling him. ;)
And, wolfie might I add that Huff makes and EXCELLENT point! That’s quite the ratio. Sounds like my kind of function, come to think of it!!
Won_Two Funnily enough we received our Halogen oven late this afternoon so I have had my nose in the instruction book and the oven cookbook that was included, written by Norma Miller. I confess that after a cursory glance through it I find that I am not inspired to try anything. I think her practical section on what not to do when using this device may prove more helpful. My DS wanted to rush out and buy a chicken, I suggested that we start rather more sensibly and practice doing baked potatoes because we both enjoy them but they take an hour and a half plus pre-heating so you have to be very organised. Unfortunately we are implusive people and tend to have to do our baked potatoes in the microwave oven, but they just aren’t as nice. I have also read very negative reports of some people’s first attempt at cooking chicken, but I think that they didn’t bother to find out how to adjust to the way the halogen oven works, so I intend to make haste slowly. We are both in favour of saving time and money so that will help.
I’m off to bed because it is late.
Graymayne, I love using mine to make fish & chips. I get a box of frozen, battered fish & a bag of frozen chips at the market & the halogen does them up microwave quick & crispy & browned like they were done in a standard oven. It makes the best breaded pork chops and also works great on beef & pork ribs. Frozen steaks come out great, but you must keep a watchful eye to turn them over before they over cook. Like a microwave the halogen is not for every sort of cooking… however, what it does do, it does very, very well, and saves on energy costs & does not heat the house up (not a bad thing for wintertime… but in the summer thats a blessing).
Did no one miss me??? >:(
Since I last posted you missed my two day stay in the hospital. I had that bladder infection and needed IV antibiotic since it was not getting better with regular antibiotics. That was on November 15. I left work to go to the ER. While there they did a procedure to remove one of the kidney stones from my bladder. I left the hospital on Saturday. Walking a little crooked. I had Dr. Appointments on Monday with the urologist and Tuesday with my regular doctor. Both gave me the green light to travel to Texas with the DS for Thanksgiving.
So here I sit with the DS saying GREETINGS FROM TEXAS!
First I would like to give a hug to Cool G. I am so sorry for your loss sweetheart. Every one of my brothers and sisters are for me a part of my soul. I know the pain of losing a sibling. You are a brave wonderful lady.
LEW – as a mother of a daughter that is still single at age 31. I read every post about you and your BF with such pride and joy. I love your new BF.
Which reminds me… My daughter and her BF of three years have put in a contract on a house and are just waiting for a closing date. My daughter is soooo excited. The DS is excited for her but keeps whispering to me “where is the ring?” I shush him because at this point I just want some kind of commitment.
MM Yes, I noticed that you were not around but I have been distracted by other things and it is amazing how easily I forget stuff. My current distraction is the arrival of a halogen oven so I am trying to get my head around it before committing to actually switching it on and using it. The older one gets the harder it is to learn new things, I’m still getting in a tangle with the TV remote and I think we have had the new set-up for three weeks at least.
Won_Two Thanks for your input on really suitable food, it was your original remark about halogen cookers that starting me looking at them on Amazon.
MM I knew you weren’t posting but I thought it was because you had left to go to Texas and probably didn’t have either internet or was busy. At the holidays a lot of people don’t post as often as they normally would.
I heated up some Schwann’s biscuits and ham for a quick breakfast this morning. Jen’s daughters and boyfriends came over to meet before they went to Indy to see my brother Santa at the mall. I would have went with them but since they all were going in the same car, it would have been too crowded for me. I figure my younger brothers might stop by today. The one was suppose to get back in the country yesterday and the youngest is suppose to come down to get some things out of my other brother’s apartment. He may or may not stop by since I just visited with him Tuesday.
Right now I am watching Christmas shows and reading during commercials.
MM, I did miss you but I knew you had said you were going to Texas and you don’t post REGULARLY anymore. I am also Facebook friends with your sister and she did not seem in undo distress so I assumed you were just busy. During the time you were in the hospital I was absorded in the death of my uncle and the funeral proceedings. He died the night of the 14th and his funeral was the 17th so I wasn’t really as cued in on who was here. I’m glad you are back and you were deemed well enough to travel. Now, come post EVERY DAY AGAIN and stick around and CHAT a little. Then, it would be obvious when you are out of commission.
This is my daughter’s 13th birthday. I don’t have a little girl anymore. My friend provided her with a very nice birthday present while we were out shopping yesterday. My daughter enjoys going into an import shop which has many, many cases of jewelry made from imported semi precious stones as well as cases of filled with rock specimens. My daughter has a liking for sterling silver pendants. She already wears an Egyptian cartouche and a Tree of Life. The shop had a selection of silver Celtic and Chinese pendants and a selection of Greek and Roman coins set in sterling silver frames.
My friend purchased her a Widow’s Mite pendant in a silver casing. It is estimated to be about 2100 years old. So, my daughter is thrilled to have something that old around her neck. My daughter also purchased herself a Celtic pendant and a Yin Yang (DEANIE) with some birthday money.
We are going out to some museums this afternoon and taking my daughter’s friend with us. Then we will go to dinner with the famil
ASTI, Thanksgiving officially opens the Christmas shopping season here in the US. Some stores opened on Thanksgiving afternoon and/or at midnight with huge discounts on highly desirable electronic items and toys. Some people did without Thanksgiving dinner to obtain places in line. Many people went as far as to set up tents and camp to secure their positions at the front of the line. Thanksgiving day issues in the season of frantic Christmas shopping here. So, no, it does not seem strange to us you are going out to do your Christmas shopping today. In the US the Friday after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday, the day in which retail stores make most of their profit for the year.
Whether you knew him as Major Tony Nelson, or J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman was one of tv’s best… Sorry to see him pass. BTW he was Mary Martin’s (Peter Pan) real life son…
Yes, not many people know the Mary Martin connection, also the original Maria von Trapp. Her mother was a Presley from Weatherford, TX. I’ve always wondered if we were related in some convoluted way.
MM, sorry to hear about the hospital stay, but so glad you were able to make it to Texas for the holiday! I know how important family is to you!
Glad to hear your approve of the BF so far! I’m very happy, but have to admit that I’m sitting here trying not to get panicky as he slowly moves into my house. We just discussed him moving his computer to my house since he’s here 90% of the time anyways. That’s a lot more serious than just clothes and movies and books… But at least now if he has that here I won’t feel as guilty when I have to work when he’s over here. But still relationships are new to me so I get overwhelmed if I think about things too much…
LH, sounds like you have a fun day ahead of you, or at least your daughter does. ;) I remember how excited I was to turn 13 – I was finally a teenager. ;)
In other news, the Georgia Bulldogs are dominating Georgia Tech. GO DAWGS GO!
I am exhausted, but very happy. Our shopping trip was very successful. There are only a few little bits I still want to get. I have just added up how much I spent, and had to be helped back up off the floor, lol!! Fortunately, although it was a small fortune, it is more than covered by what I had put aside, so I will be able to fend off starvation.
We finished off the day with a visit to an Italian restaurant, which was just lovely. A small oasis of sanity, a delicious plate of pasta, and a well earned glass of wine!
LEW, wow, it’s getting serious! I am glad you are happy. Are you able to spend Christmas together? I think you said, but I can’t recall, sorry.
Lady Hawke, please wish your daughter a very happy birthday from us. I like the sound of her jewellery very much.
MM, I am glad you are better. I do hope the break in Texas gives you a chance to rest and recuperate.
My sister and her BF have been together about 16 years, have no plans to marry or have children, but have had a mortgage for about 8 years. Marriage is still very important, but as you say, a house is a very big commitment. I am glad your daughter is so excited, but I bet you will miss her lots.
How is your DIL? Has the morning sickness got any better?
It’s good to see you, Huff!
Asti Mr. Micawber would congratulate you on your thrift!
We have cooked a large baked potato in our new halogen oven tonight and shared it between us, liberally covered in minced beef. We saved half an hour of cooking time and probably fifteen minutes on oven-warming time and it had the proper crispness of skin and flavour that we expect, so we are pleased.
Lady Hawke Oh yes, please add our Happy Birthday greetings to your teenager. I love the sound of the shop she visited to spend her birthday money, it’s definitely my sort of shop.
MM I am glad that your latest health problems have been brought under some sort of control. Ill health is no fun.
Day filled with lots of great football. Microwaved bologna sandwiches and ginger ale for lunch.
Enjoyed reading all the comments today.
Forgot to say I will be sending out Christmas cards pretty soon so be sure Christmas card list is correct.
Thank you for your birthday wishes to my daughter.
On my daughter’s request we picked up her friend and went downtown to the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art. This is the place we took DEANIE and MR. DEANIE. I tend to refer to it as the Jade Museum since Jade, Ivory and Mammoth tusk carvings represent probably 80% of what is on exhibit there. I am sometimes both amazed and thrilled that I have a child who would request to go to an art museum for her birthday outing.
Then, we went to the Peabody Hotel which was decorated for Christmas and had a digital player piano playing Christmas music in the lobby. The girls wanted to explore the hotel and lobby shops so they agreed to come back to us if we would seat ourselves at a table in the lobby and wait. The is an atrium in the lobby, an old style hotel with a mezzanine floor with railings wrapped overlooking the lobby level. The central lobby floor is furnished with conversational areas of couches and chairs, and small tables with armchairs. There is also a full service bar in the lobby and waitresses circulate taking drink orders and dessert orders. So, my DS and I ordered drinks and were provided with three complimentary bowls of nuts, wasabi coated dried Engish Peas and flavored crackers on a trivet.
We sat and waited, chatted and listened to Christmas music. My DS even saw someone he knew and talked to the man a bit. Then, the Duck Master started making preparations for the ducks in the lobby fountain to make their daily trip upstairs on the elevator to their rooftop apartment. I went to find the girls and found them in the lobby bakery/coffee shop, seated at a table with some of the lovely baked goods offered at the hotel, some of the same items on offer in the lobby. I told them the ducks were going to march soon and they needed to position themselves as quickly as they could because the crowd can become an inpenetrable barrier.
We stayed with our seats and our drinks until after the ceremony. Once we were all back together the girls were quite excited because the Duck Master had given my daughter a duck pin which she had on her shirt. It seems in the excitement the male duck had flopped about and fallen out of the fountain onto the lobby floor and in his attempts to jump back into the fountain he had estimated his hop incorrectly and fallen backwards onto his back on the lobby floor. My daughter and scooped him up and given him a boost back into his pool. The Duck Master had witnessed this event and gave her the little duck pin as an award for her assistance.
After we left the Peabody we picked up the grandparents and went to the Chinese restaurant where we had dinner and distributed presents.
I have to do a bit of laundry this morning. Then, I am due to go back out with my friend this afternoon. My best male friend from college is being delivered here to a hotel with an airport shuttle this afternoon by his family. We are to pick him up for dinner tonight. So, there will be three of us gathered from our poor little defunct university.
Then, tomorrow we go back onto regular schedule for three weeks before school breaks for Christmas.
WON, did SALLY’S assistant call you of her own volition or did SALLY ask her to call? When I first saw SALLY’s name I was hoping she had made contact herself over something positive. It is sad her mother has passed away, especially since it sounds as if she had not yet come to terms with the idea of not having grandchildren.
LH, I did ask her that very question. Sally did indeed ask her to call me. She said hell would turn cold before Sally would ever speak with me again! It seems that one of the pairs of shoes I broke was a special, one of a kind pair of Pradas that were gifted to her by the house when she retired from them in Milan. :(
One cut crystal goblet, one laptop, several pair of high end shoes plus a one of a kind irreplacable pair, yes, I can see conversation is going nowhere.
Too bad the first missile ever flew. Bad choice, compounded by additional bad choices.
It is sad when things come to that. It is sad Sally is facing her mother’s death without someone who could have been a comfort to her.
I have had a very quiet day, for which I have been grateful after the manic day we had yesterday. Son had his first County Training….. A 6 hour lesson. He’s tired, but had a good time, despite the filthy weather we’ve had. He impressed the coaches!
Won, I don’t care about shoes at all, but even I am cringing about that story! Ouch!! I am glad she let you know about her Mum, albeit indirectly.
Lady Hawke, it sounds like your daughter had a lovely birthday.
I picked up my girl friend mid afternoon and we wandered toward the hotel where my guy friend was staying by way of one of my antique shops. We were able to have a bit more of a private chat than we can have with my daughter in tow. When we picked up my male friend at his hotel we headed out toward an older area of Memphis to find a more interesting restaurant than we might find in the suburbs. My male friend suggested the possibility of finding a place with live music. So, we determined we would head down to Beale Street in search of a restaurant with some live music. Historically Beale Street is one of the “Motherlands” of American music, particularly blues music. Throughout the years it has been through decline and rebirth and now has many restaurants that offer some sort of live music. When we arrived we immediately faced the onslaught of some very high pitched amplified guitar music which was being pumped out onto the street and we walked on. By default, not knowing which restaurant to choose, we walked across the street and peered in a door. Imagine our complete surprise to see a full brass orchestra. Acknowledging that saxophones are not brass there were five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets, a bass player, a keyboard player, a guitarist and a singer. They were playing old classics, even pieces from Porgy and Bess by Gershwin. We were elated. We had anticipated finding a reasonably talented keyboardist with a guitarist to accompany. Instead, we found a seated orchestra on a stage. Needless to say we chose to have our dinner there.
Very soon my friend decided the base player had graduated from college with us and went over during a break to get his attention. It was the person she thought he was and he came over to join us. Very quickly the bass player looked at my male friend and said, “You were the scarecrow in Wizard of Oz. I was in the orchestra. It was my first show.” Imagine how pleased that made my friend to be recognized 32 years later as the person who played the role.
After we left the restaurant we drove my girl friend home and left her and my male friend accompanied me back to my suburb and I left him at his hotel and came home.
My daughter would have very much liked to have accompanied us but she would not have been allowed into a bar/restaurant where smoking was is allowed so we would have missed seeing the orchestra.
It was an evening I imagine I wil remember for many years.
Lady Hawke That sounds like a very pleasant evening.
Won So sorry to hear about Sally’s Mom. Too bad about that particular pair of shoes. These are just things that in the long run are not as important as your relationship with each other. I am sad that you two can’t repair things to at least still be friends.
Good morning, Leaky. I hope all is well. I had a fun time going to Kansas City for the football game yesterday with the BF, two of his brothers, and his best friend and his BF’s wife. It was a fun group – especially since the Broncos (a team I pull for) won! Also got some good bbq while we were in Kansas City! MMMM!
Now I’m paying for not getting enough done over Thanksgiving break. I’m SOOOOO behind on grading! But only two more weeks of classes left before final exams. I CANNOT BELIEVE how quickly this semester FLEW by! Holy my goodness!
asti, We will not spend Christmas together. I’m driving home a few days before Christmas and he doesn’t have enough days off left to take off all of my trip home. However, he’s flying to Atlanta a few days after Christmas, and then driving back to Kansas with me. So he will get to meet my parents, and I don’t have to do the two-day drive by myself.
And I’m glad you had a relaxing Sunday. And congrats to the son! Impressing teachers is always an impressive feat!
LH, sounds like you had a wonderful weekend!
Won, I’m sorry about Sally’s mom and that you’re limited in how much you can do. I knew that you and Sally had broken up, but I apparently missed all the details. No need to re-hash, but I’m sorry to hear that things ended so badly, but very glad to hear that she did think of you and had her assistant call you. Much love and comfort to you!