Happy Thanksgiving

Ordinarily, I’m not really that big a fan of Thanksgiving.  It’s just too much…too much family, too much food, too much noise.  In past years, I’ve always wanted to simply avoid the holiday completely and not be involved.  I’d prefer to simply sit silently in a corner somewhere and ignore the commotion.  Unfortunately, that was pretty much NEVER an option.  However, the last couple of years have slowly been turning the tide on my curmudgeonly ways.  Last year, as you may remember, we were blessed with family in Flagstaff and a wonderful meal to share.  This year, we’re spending the big day in Knoxville with family and by most advance signs, it promises to be yet another wonderful day. 

Last night, we relaxed by an outdoor fire beneath a beautiful starry sky.  This morning, after a wonderful evening of sleep, my daughter and I sat down to start our own tradition of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Unfortunately, she did not share my desire to engage in this tradition and after being fussy for a few minutes, she decided to spend her parade time passed out in her bed.  Well, she is a little young to really enjoy the parade, so I’m hoping that maybe in a couple of years, we can really settle into this particular tradition.  As it is, our hosts, N. and H. have made everything perfect and the magnificent meals continue to appear as if by magic.

So, it seems that, slowly, I’m becoming more involved in the holiday spirit.  This can’t be all bad.  It would be nice to enjoy the holidays for a change.  But let’s not jump the gun…Christmas is the true test.  This is usually the downer of the holiday season…but I have a sneaking suspicion that this will be a different year as well.

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3 a.m. automatic

This morning, after Ivy’s 3 a.m. feeding, I lay back down in the bed and realized that I had forgotten to post yesterday.  Another year, another incomplete NaBloPoMo.  C’est la vie.  This is typically the time of the month that I miss a day, so at least I’m consistent in that regard.  It’s possible that I should attempt a different month, one in which there is less to do regarding work, church, and family.  It actually works out as well, because I wasn’t sure how I was going to fit posting into my Thanksgiving schedule what with being out of town and all.  Now, I don’t have to think about it.  So, you probably won’t hear from me much at all next week as I’ll be on vacation.

I did finally get a large project out of my office this morning thanks to some help from some co-workers Aside: Thank you S. and T. and a helping of coffee and Green Day channel on Pandora.  Also, my culinary skills are blossoming…I created a French onion soup the other night that was pretty fantastic if I say so myself.  And, C. and I made my mother’s chili for a Farkle party this evening.  Sure, chili’s not all that difficult, but I know I made it right because it smelled magnificent.  In addition to that, C. has become adept at making baby food, sweet potatoes and butternut squash at the moment…we’re planning to add peas to the menu possibly this weekend sometime.

Also, I may have forgotten to mention that we’re all completely in compliance with the government mandate to be vaccinated against the “pig death flu.”  Really, it turned out to not be that big a deal, but it resulted in my having both that shot and an inoculation for seasonal flu as well…for the first time in my life.  I’ve always been of the mindset that if I don’t get the flu shot, I won’t get the flu, which is not a rational argument, but has functioned surprisingly well for the last 35 years.  Still, I want to believe that getting these vaccinations will keep me from looking like the picture below:

Swine FluSee you in the funny papers!

NaBloPoMo 2009 – STL

This morning I had a topic all picked out for today’s post and now, for the life of me, I can’t remember what it was.  I have the same problem sometimes when I’m not near a computer and then when I get to the computer I forget what it was I wanted to research.  It’s a pain in the ass, getting old that is.

I’ve had a few days that have been really amazing as far as my stress management is concerned.  I’ve accomplished quite a few things at work that had been surfing my desk for way too long.  We’re still coping with IvyCat waking up in the middle of the night that I’ve sort of just made peace with and I’m trying to adjust my sleeping needs to her schedule.  I’m sure that’s not the proper way to do things, but it’s what I need to do to cope.  I’m hoping that the holidays will enable us to recoup some lost sleep.  Of course, I’m already imagining what a hectic schedule it’s going to be both for Thanksgiving and Christmas…still, it may be fun.  Hopefully, the joy of a child will balance the chaos of the season.

Up until yesterday the weather had been more than cooperative with my life.  I was able to rake leaves, enjoy time outside, and my commute had never been better.  But, yesterday, the rains came and it was cold and I was miserable on both the ride to and from work.  I thought I was getting sick from it, but that diagnosis may have been a bit premature.  I seem to be better today.

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NaBloPoMo 2009 – KAN

It is finished.  I completed my goal of running the mileage between Louisville, Kentucky and Pittsburg, Kansas in memory of my dear friend, Melisa Augustson.  If you’d like to read more about Melisa, the article about her death is available online here.  It’s been a long time, a broken ankle, and even a premature finish from last week…but it was definitely worth it.  I have a new goal in mind, but I may wait until December to let you in on it.  Actually, now that I think of it, I have two goals which will coincide with each other.  And, now that I have you salivating at the thought of what they might be…I’ll be leaving you to wonder to what new limits I can push myself.

Below is the final map for this goal.  It’s not really important what it looks like except to show you the distance is no small feat.  I hope you’ve enjoyed following me on this trek and I’m excited to begin anew on another one.

582 Miles - GOAL COMPLETE!

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NaBloPoMo 2009 – COL

It’s been a Monday…but a very productive Monday.  I made some very good progress on a project that I hate.  I was able to make a flight change for an individual that gives him more time with family over the holidays and it only cost the change fee, which is really nice.  It’s been relatively quiet around the office today which has been very good.  I’m tired today, but I think it’s because IvyCat the munchkin has a cough which keeps her up at night…consequently keeping me up at night.  I feel bad for her, but I wish she had the wherewithal to just cough and then go back to sleep.  On the other hand, she really has taken to solid foods Aside: well, one solid food, sweet potatoes and, honestly, by the time she gets it, it’s not really all that solid anymore and I’m hoping that bodes well for future nights where she might learn to sleep more than 4 or 5 hours in a row.  Wouldn’t that be awesome?!

Christmas is coming, as is Thanksgiving.  I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving as we’ll be in Knoxville, TN for a couple of days visiting family.  My Christmas list has now been published…so I hope Santa is reading it wherever he might be.  If you’re interested, I can certainly provide you with a copy.  Let me know!

Hopefully there’ll be a running update tomorrow.  I really don’t know if I’ve met the goal yet.  Last week’s running was subpar and I think I need new shoes Aside: ON THE CHRISTMAS LIST! because my knees are not responding well to the beating they’re taking and I don’t think it’s the extra mileage.  That’s it for now.

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NaBloPoMo 2009 – OAK

NaBloPoMo2009I come to you today with the ubiquity of “Single Ladies” by Beyonce.  Seriously, this song is everywhere.  First, I assume it was the video of the song itself.  Then, it made an appearance in Glee Aside: Yes, I watch Glee.  It’s fun.  I hope it doesn’t become TOO dramatic though. and simultaneously was an internet sensation with the famous dancing baby.   Kanye made a complete ass of himself over this video, and it’s no “Thriller” let me tell you that.  Next thing you know, it’s popping up in other television shows, and most recently was heard as the “bouquet-toss” song at a wedding. Aside: Congratulations C & S…it was a lovely wedding, and you two make a wonderful couple. Finally, as I was wandering the web looking for something to write about, I found it mentioned…ON A WELSH BLOG.  I mean, c’mon.  Is there no place that this song/video reaches?

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a catchy tune, and the dance is certainly entertaining…but must it be everywhere?  Plus, I realize now that I’ve merely perpetuated the popularity by adding it to this little known corner of the Intertubes.  If there were a way to link this video to environmental conservation or world peace, either would be accomplished by next Thursday, guaranteed.  I’m certain, as well, that the “tin hats” will have linked it to some global conspiracy by the Obama administration Aside: You know that Beyonce is Obama’s Secretary of Dance to enforce left-wing anarchy in school children.  As a challenge, I dare you to go the whole week without hearing the song or seeing the video pop up somewhere.  If you listen to “mainstream” radio, this will be impossible.  If you watch network television it will probably be very difficult.  And, if you are ever on the Intertubes, you’re screwed already because, below, for your indoctrination into the Obamanator’s Death Panel Squadron of Socialism, I present Beyonce’s Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)

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