Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I hate green bean casserole & other Thanksgiving musings

Menu of the Day:

Music: Shawn Mullins "Ghost of Johnny Cash"

Number of views of this blog since i started: 21,545

In my glass: a Cline Mouvedre. Really big and nice red. (first glass)

Ways I've been a bad girl: I've been bitching about going to Thanksgiving at my mom's house. Two years in a row we took off on our own and i loved it. But Brian wanted to do family. So we are. My parent's house is smaller than our 1000 foot condo and very messy and cluttered and they are having 16 people over!

Ways I've been a good girl: I didn't murder anyone at work this week. But i wanted to. I am at a point in my career where i can no longer tolerate repetitive incompetence or passive aggressive behavior without feeling my blood pressure rising. It's really time for me to get out of unions. I hope i can hang on until 2013.

The Best Thing this Week: I have finalized plans for our custom home office computer station with the cabinet makers. I can't wait!

What I'm bringing: I watched Guy Fieri make a REAL green bean casserole dish with three different kinds of mushrooms and real shallots fried up and a mushroom/chicken broth gravy and it looked great and fun to make. My mom always makes the soggy mushroom soup one. I'm also bringing twice baked sweet potatoes that you mash up with real whipping cream and brown sugar and put back in the shells and top with pecans - my mom will be disappointed that it's not the kind topped with marshmellows. (This is another Guy Fieri recipe)

About the Photo: Each weekday morning i get up 2 hours before i have to get to work because i like to read in the bathtub and each morning Brian brings me a cup of coffee. This is what he brought me last week. He found a mug at Starbucks that lets you write on it with chalk. The night before i had said rather excitedly that we'll be getting a Christmas tree in only two weeks. The message on the mug says "Only two weeks" with a little picture. So i took a photo.

On with the randomness.....


1. HA! Newt Gingrich is now the Republican frontrunner. Now i'm starting to think that John Huntsman can be the nominee cause he's making the least amount of gaffes. Not that making huge stupid gaffes ever stopped the American people before from voting in an idiot.

2. And how about that commercial Romney put out that takes Obama's quote "If we talk about the economy we lose" which is REALLY Obama quoting McCain during the last election. I'm starting to think Romney has more balls than i thought!

3. It has rained and rained and rained here. Seems like every Thanksgiving time around these parts is when we get the terrible flooding and trees falling over. I am thankful that though my family will be squeezed into a small area i am not driving over the pass. (So there, that's me being positive and thankful! )

4. My husband bought a new car last week after looking for two years! I love it. It's a 2008 Honda Element in that cool burnt orange color. He sold his truck to his nephew and we still have the 1992 Honda Accord that we'll keep. But i love that his new ride has an airbag for me now AND a cd player instead of a cassette!

5. I turned on our Christmas lights outside tonight. (Brian put them up last weekend, a rare non-rainy day.)

6. Does anyone hear watch Parenthood? I just love this show. It's so real. And i care about ALL the characters, even the flawed ones. This is Ron Howard's (Opie) show. Let me know if you do. This is becoming my favorite show on TV.

7. I am reading Diane Keaton's book and much like i imagine her personality, the book is all over the place and jumps from subject to subject, but it works somehow and i like it. It makes me think i could write a book too, only i need to become a famous person first.

8. As i type, my husband is trying to figure out how to get his new Honda Element on his side of the garage AND keep his drum set over there. HAHAHA.... This i gotta see!

9. He just came in to tell me he hung up my new birthday bike from last year. The one i wanted with a basket and a little ringer. this means that i will unlikely ever be able to ride it again because it is SO HEAVY and i will never be able to get it down.

Ok, that's all i got. I need to try and make these shorter anyway and for some reason that is hard for me, even when i have nothing to say!


jojo cucina cucina said...

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

amulbunny's random thoughts said...

Happy Thanksgiving to You!

I'm drinking a little coke and ice. But I've got a nice Vouvray white table wine chilling for tomorrow.

Haven't much spirit right now. We keep waiting for the phone to ring as she's off the vent and breathing but the damage is way too severe to expect anything except the ending.

Bachmann is a serious idiot. Gingrich makes me scared and Romney, well the good old fashioned Christian folk out there don't take much to people who believe they'll have their own little heavens when they leave.

I got the 4th book in the Game of Thrones series. I can't believe I've waded through all of them.

My dog wants something and the cat is guarding my doorway. I don't know why. I fed her. She was giving me that evil cat eye when her bowl was empty. Not like she's going to starve overnight or something.

I cannot stand those Target commercials with the blonde in the track suit. If they want to turn me off from shopping they've done the trick.

I love PAndora. I've got it on my Itouch and my Macbook. I told my kids I want the gift card to pay for a year of commercial free music. They only play 1 commercial every 15 minutes so it's not like you're inundated.

I went to Costco and at the register I bought stamps. I thought it was 50, but it was 100. I won't run out of stamps anytime soon. I may even send out a couple of cards this year.

My husband helped me clean out the fridge today so I have space for the makings of things. He said please can we have green bean casserole. I really really want it. So I'll make it for him. I wanted sweet/sour green beans but there's always Christmas. Tomorrow I'm getting up and starting to bake.

Listening to Classic Christmas on Pandora.

Peace. Out.

jojo cucina cucina said...

Oh, amulbunny, i love listening to Christmas Pandora!
I hate to tell you, but i think i read somewhere that stamps are going up in January, so i hope you got those Forever ones! Or that you have 100 friends to send cards to! (I only have about 5 myself)....

I am missing something about your second paragraph so i better go read your blog.

I love that you are always here so quickly!

jojo cucina cucina said...

I just posted on your blog amulbunny. I am sorry to hear about your mother in law. But what's cool about that is that you have the kind of relationship with your mother in law that you will miss. Not a lot of folks would say that. (Though i have to say i will be sad when something happens to mine.)

jojo cucina cucina said...

Oh, you know what tv show i am really loving these days. Property Brothers on HGTV.. I told Brian this evening that if i were single i don't know which one i would rather date more. I want them both. They are so awesome! Of course they are twins, but the designer lightens his hair so you can tell them apart. Drew, the amazing realtor with all the vision reminds me of Ben Affleck. I just love their personalities and wish they lived here so i could hire them. (and maybe marry them off to my nieces!) HAHA!

jojo cucina cucina said...

We're getting ready now to watch the Brad Pitt/Sean Penn movie "Tree of Life". I hear it's odd. My brother Troy really liked it and said it hit home with him. My sister in law Marie (my other brother's wife/Kylee's mom) told me it was one of the worst movies she has ever seen. I'm thinking i'm going to like it because Marie usually likes movies for the masses and Troy likes the off the wall shit like i do. We'll see.

jojo cucina cucina said...

testing. i just lost my freaking fucking post.

jojo cucina cucina said...

Ok, like everyone else with this problem posting, when i post from my netbook i have to remember to LOG IN first before posting or it loses it. On the Mac which i most always post from anymore it's okay.

What i came here to say was that the movie was indeed weird and i think self indulgent on the part of the director who might be the only one who gets this movie. It's too mysterious for me. How does the kid die? They never tell us though i wonder if it's not suicide. And why don't they tell us? Anyway, i fast forwarded through a lot of the music Fantasia like cinematography stuff to get through it but it still was a very long movie.

I do not like movies without much dialogue and i think the screenplay actually was probably as thick as a comic book.

Swiss said...

I love Parenthood too and all the characters...really one of the few nights I can watch TV cuz I work at night and it is my day off.

susieatl said...

Love Parenthood. I love the characters, the settings, the music. Just a cool show. Except when they talk over each other. That bugs me.

Thanksgiving was low key. I make a sage sausage and apple dressing that I got off the food network website. Very good. Turkey, fresh cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes. I would make green beans but that is enough food for two people.

Went shopping today. Amanda wanted a t.v. and Target had a Samsung 32 inch on sale so I got that for her. Got a Wii for myself. I really like to dance so I bought the ABBA dance game. Going shopping in the afternoon on Black Friday was so civilized. I heard there were some fist fights at Walmart when they started the sale at midnight. Tis the season.

I'm putting up my little black tree with the tacky ornaments. I think this may be the last year. Not sure what I'll switch to..maybe nothing.

Oh..we went to see the Muppets. Cute movie. Not sure it deserves the rave reviews except movies can be so bad so when one doesn't suck they overpraise it.

jojo cucina cucina said...

Siwss and susie, i'm glad to know someone else here appreciates that show. I keep telling equeyaya to watch it because i think she would relate to it. I love the single mom (what's her name?) and her two kids.

susie, you've talked about your black tree before but i've not seen it. Have you posted a photo?

My family talks over each other so it doesn't bug me so much. I'm one of the worst offenders. In contrast, Brian's family waits until someone is completely finished before talking. It makes me uncomfortable to have dead air. I guess it's just what you're used to.

I have to crack up to you buying Abba dance game, susie!

Anonymous said...

This is EoDE--I can't seem to log in under my name.

Another Parenthood fan checking in. I love everything about it---the characters, the stories, the music. My mom came from a large family not unlike the Bravermans, and I dearly loved getting together with them. Most of the older members of the family are gone now, and the cousins don’t get together often any more, so watching Parenthood is the closest I get to a family reunion.

We had a low-key, pleasant Thanksgiving. My husband and I took his mom with us to one of our favorite restaurants, which had a special Thanksgiving menu. The food was great, though I have to have to confess that it’s all about the pie for me. I don’t really care what’s on the menu as long as it includes pumpkin pie.

We skipped the whole Black Friday thing. I don’t think I could bear a whole store full of people like that woman in the Target commercial, although I'm comforted by what Susie said about her shopping experience.

What we missed in shopping we made up in sleep---we slept in an extra hour this morning, which was divine.

jojo cucina cucina said...

Divine Expression, long time no see. our family dinner was pretty okay in the end actually and everyone behaved and in true Louisiana fashion, most of them played bouree after dinner. .The food was actually good too. My dad always BBQs the turkey and i find that i can't often stand eating any turkey out of an oven after having his. At our house we barely ever eat the pies. I haven't found a pie yet that paired well with wine or Coors Lite!

I havent' been shopping anywhere, even online. But at least our Christmas lights outside are up. I'm going to try not and worry too much about already feeling behind on the shopping. I wish i liked shopping more.

It's been a low key day today. I watched Unmarried Woman. Remember that movie from 1978 with Jill Clayburg and Alan Bates. OH, Alan Bates is to die for, only i think he was too old for me to appreciate back then when i saw it at the age of 21. But watching it at the age of 54 is a whole different story. (He's 42 years old in the movie). Such a good movie.

It is only 6:47 and it feels like 11 pm right now. I can't get used to this.

jojo cucina cucina said...

EoDE, the reason you can't post is because you have to log in to your Google account BEFORE you start posting (at least that is how it works for me). AND you have to make sure not to click on the little box that says Stay Signed In. Otherwise if you post before signing in you have to go with Anonymous, but that works too, just go ahead and sign your name to it.

I don't know why this started happening in the past few months, but it's a problem for me too when i am posting on a PC and not my iMac.