Thanksgiving 2016

Being sick on a holiday is never fun.  This year was no exception.  Mostly, it was just a cold with a lot of sinus drainage.

I always watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade!  This year we tried CBS, but we ended up switching back to NBC about an hour in.  Their coverage was just better–and so was their position/view of the performances in front of Macy’s!  I did have a distraction while watching, though…

#Thanksgiving is fun for kitties too!

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Have I mentioned that Jolie likes to CHEW on everything?!

We scaled back Thanksgiving this year and did a turkey breast, green beans, mini-croissants (store bought), cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and deviled eggs.  Yes, that was our scaled-back version.  I had never done a boneless turkey breast before so hunted for instructions, and I settled on the ideas from Claire Robinson via Food Network here.
Unfortunately, having a cold meant that I really couldn’t taste much.  Mostly just salty, sweet, and tangy-tart.  The leftovers tasted better though, so I’m assuming the dinner itself was good, too.

Thanksgiving Prep 2016

After dinner?  The predictable cleanup.  After that? PIE.  Yum.  I strongly prefer to make my pies totally from scratch, but we didn’t get any pumpkins this year–and the outcome was noticeably different in the final product.  I tend to add more spices to mine than is traditional.

My final activity for the day was to have a mug of Theraflu and a hot bath.  My father always advocated hot baths when you’re feeling sick, and it’s a habit I’ve fully adopted as an adult.  Lobster-skin hot baths where you’re reeling when you get out of the tub.  I fall asleep almost immediately after.  This time, I treated myself to a new experience and tried a pumpkin-shaped bath bomb from Fragrant Jewels… and then I went to bed!

Another New Year

I suppose I really should review last year’s Resolutions Post  before I start on this year’s.  Well.  Now I should take my own advice.#160; HA!  If only it were that easy, eh?

I have three main goals/resolutions for this year.  Some are more complex than others.

  1. Financial: At the end of this year, I would like to have only student loans and my car payment.  I’m not yet sure if that’s feasible, but it is something to work towards.
  2. Physical: Improve my health by losing weight (I have a goal of 45 pounds) and becoming more fit (I want to be able to run a mile).  I have a gym membership, I have knowledge.  I need implementation.
  3. Beauty: I resolve to take more pride in my appearance.  I usually roll out of bed, shower, and throw on some foundation and maybe lipstick.  Last week I actually put on MORE makeup for New Year’s, and I got LOTS of compliments and comments at work.  It was strange.  Maybe I’m not trying hard enough.
  4. Be nicer to my cat.  Hey, I promised!  She’s very (VERY) vocal and demanding sometimes, and usually tries to interfere when I’m at the computer.  I do NOT mistreat her, but I ignore her a little more than I ought to (at least, she thinks so).
  5. I want to do a project for me.  I’ve always wanted to kind of do a snapshot-of-the-day project, but I’m also pretty darned sure I can’t keep up with that.  So I’ll start smaller—snapshot of the week!

As progressing towards some of those goals, I went and used that gym membership today.  I’m glad my keyboard is at the height it is, because it was upper-body day, and most of my muscles in that region protesteth loudly.



Halloween is coming up!  It’s nearly time to carve pumpkins.  One of my coworkers was lamenting her inability to find good, lovely pumpkins… so I went to my traditional place (Mick Shaw’s), which was fantastic. I had a blast.  I decided that video would be easier than pictures–and posted my first YouTube video EVER (gasp!).

The Nutcracker

I went and saw the Richmond Ballet perform The Nutcracker. I’m 31, and it’s the first time I’ve ever seen it. Tickets were $20, and although I was almost all the way in the back, the seats were actually okay. Not bad folding chairs. The show? AMAZING. It was SO much fun! Absolutely beautiful choreography, the sets were GORGEOUS, it was just a visual feast! I loved every second of it!