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Monday, November 21, 2005

Ugh! I hate cleaning house. My family is great though, and my mom, my sister and Nick came over to help. I'm not a neat freak by any means, but I'm also not a slob. Lets just say my house is 'lived in'. But it needed more than just straightening the picture frames if I'm having 17-20 people over on Thursday. My mom did my least favorite task. Folding laundry. Ugh! We got the kids summer/winter clothes sorted and put away in the garage/bedrooms. This is OK considering we just last week got in the cold front that made the winter clothes necessary. My sister, bless her, helped the kids with their rooms. Elle is a torando & a hurricane all rolled into one. Zach is just a boy. Clean to him is the middle of the room doesn't have anything in it. Nick cleaned the bathrooms and helped me install a new porch light. It's sooo pretty! I was so happy to get rid of the old 70's style thing that was attached there. The new one has clear glass, so I need to get a bulb that's a little less bright. It almost blinded me to look at it. We rearranged furniture and vaccumed almost every surface in the house. I also cooked dinner for everyone. A salad, baked ziti and black-eyed peas. Well, the black-eyed peas were the protein for my vegetarian mom, and Elle ate some too. They totally don't go with baked ziti though. Elle called it 'gaziti'. I also told my mom that thing I've been needing to tell her. My dad is getting remarried. His new wife? Well, she's actually my age. Three months younger than me to be exact. She knew they were dating, but the marriage thing was what my sister has been worried about. We've known for a couple of months, and my littlest sister was freaking out over telling my mom. She was very worried about what her reaction would be. She actually took it very well. I was glad. So, two secrets down and one to go. Shhhh... I also bought the turkey yesterday...it's 23.54 pounds. The biggest one I could find. I wanted bigger...

11/21/2005 08:34:00 AM :: ::
  • I alway thought the way to measure a turkey is thus:

    3-5 people-you can fit one hand in it.
    5-10 people, you can fit both hands in it
    10-15 people, you can get in up to your elbows
    15-25, you can get your head inside the turkey and wear it around like a mask.

    As for the secret, I am really looking forward to being an old man, cuz I think that will be the next time I will be able to pull an 18 year old girl :P

    By Blogger Coyote Mike, at 11/21/2005 08:52:00 AM


  • You're cooking turkey dinner!!!? I am so impressed. I don't think I could handle that kind of stress. Do you always cook dinner for Thanksgiving?

    By Blogger Jolynn, at 11/21/2005 08:57:00 AM



    By Blogger poopie, at 11/21/2005 09:24:00 AM


  • Hope your Mom is OK.

    Hope you already have your turkey thawing ;-)

    By Blogger Bone, at 11/21/2005 09:52:00 AM


  • Wow, you are doing well with the secret thing. Your mom is so strong!

    By Blogger Running2Ks, at 11/21/2005 02:29:00 PM


  • I'm cooking the bird too. Our family always has 1 smoked, 1 or 2 roasted. It is still mom's bro and sisters with Grandma, now at the community center because our family is so huge. Last year we had karoke. A few years ago we deep fried the turkey and it turned out well. This year, I'm going with the cook 1/2 time upside down, then flip method. Always juicy and nice crust.

    Congrats on the man cleaning the bathroom. BH still thinks his aim is such that it never needs cleaning.

    By Blogger Dorothy, at 11/21/2005 04:39:00 PM


  • I've been searching high and low for the smallest turkey I could find. Its just my fiance and me for Thanksgiving this year, and I don't eat turkey, so essentially, its just my fiance. I've decided to just make him a turkey breast. There's no way that man could eat 10 pounds of turkey all on his own.

    By Blogger Trista, at 11/21/2005 04:46:00 PM


  • Oh yea, your dad getting married is one thing...getting married to a much younger woman...who different party there. Now I see why you had to find the perfect moment.

    I too am impressed Nick cleaned the bathrooms. Yay Nick!

    By Blogger Carnealian, at 11/21/2005 05:03:00 PM


  • So sorry I missed the Happy Hour last week! I was triple booked :-( Let's have another after I'm married!
    -Jenny E

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/21/2005 05:10:00 PM


  • when i've had problems finding a really large bird, i've bought two smaller ones instead.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/21/2005 05:16:00 PM


  • Oh my god, you mean I have to clean the house too??? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I haven't really attempted that yet and you know, my daughter and son sound EXACTLY like yours in the room department...and I don't have a mom and sister here to help so you are a step (or two) ahead of me....keep it up! :)

    By Blogger Twist of Kate, at 11/21/2005 07:18:00 PM


  • Go dad!!! :-)

    Just kidding...

    By Blogger mattandriver, at 11/21/2005 07:30:00 PM


  • 17-20 people over for Thanksgiving??? Gah. I hate cleaning too but my least favorite chore is cleaning the bathroom. I HATE cleaning the bathroom.

    I hope your Turkey day goes smoothly.

    By Anonymous Chickadee, at 11/21/2005 10:00:00 PM


  • I'm glad your mother took that well...I can't imagine having to break that bit of news....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/22/2005 06:10:00 AM


  • I'm only having 8 people over on Thursday (well, plus the 6 of us of course) but I haven't done ANYTHING in the house yet! I figure I'll rush through it all Wednesday night so it will still be clean come Thursday. If I clean anything now I'll have to clean it again. Ha! I don't know if this says I'm smart or just really lazy!
    Happy turkey day to you and yours anyway.

    By Blogger Michele, at 11/22/2005 08:36:00 AM


  • YOu're Dad's marrying someone younger than you? That's kinda icky. Is she nice?

    By Blogger annie, at 11/22/2005 09:32:00 PM


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