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19 November 2012 @ 01:50 pm
I'd like to sic this Donald icon back on the Ducks, after Saturday's enormous, deadly loss to Stanford. Or rather, on Chip Kelly, who lost a BCS Bowl and a Rose Bowl the same way as this game. When the offense shuts down your running game, you must adapt. You cannot remain entrenched in your losing strategy. /o\

To cheer up myself and you, I offer this, hoping that someone besides me will be the first to post some wishes. You know you want to!

Plus, these neat pictures from Blue Pueblo: Stencil-Scroll Entryway (the painting on the far wall echoes the metalwork), and Musical Ski Lift (I can't tell you how much I love that whole idea. I would marry it!)

HalfshellHusband is seeing improvement in mobility, but still spends a lot of boring time alone in the bedroom. The chores are eating me alive, not to mention the "spend money" decisions I can't ever seem to close: Xmas PC for Lauren (a huge gift, more than we ever spend), kitchen flooring replacement (which requires either different flooring or that we buy a new fridge), stupid new wireless router (attempts to replace have failed twice, and Amazon is stiffing me for the last router), and a new fence for the bulk of the yard. Gah. I can't seem to make headway on any of those. First-world problems, definitely, but they'd all hurt individually and when they happen all at once? /o\ again...

So... how many of you Americans f-listers are traveling this week? And how many of you will be hosting Thanksgiving? (those of you going across town to a relative's house-- that's the way to celebrate! Low-effort, how I love it!)

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Kristenpixiebelle on November 20th, 2012 01:07 am (UTC)
I'm not traveling, I'm going over to Java's house for Thanksgiving with him, his sister, her boyfriend and maybe one other person. It's small, and I miss my family, but I can't afford to travel right now. My Christmas tickets were bought well in advance thankfully!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 20th, 2012 01:19 am (UTC)
I'm glad you'll get to go back for Xmas, and the trip earlier was great aside for the medical detour at the end. (Shocking. I'm sure you're still wondering how that could actually have happened, because we trip over stuff our whole lives and it doesn't turn out like THAT).

It's nice that Java has family close by, especially his sister. I personally don't like travelling for Thanksgiving (we used to go up to Oregon once in awhile, but doing that at Xmas is plenty!).

We were planning something very low-key, possibly with a BBQ adventure on the turkey front (because I've never used the Weber that way), but it turns out that my Bay Area SIL will be bringing Thanksgiving to us! So we'll have her family and ours, 7-8 people, and our part is massively cleaning the house. Must remind myself that it needed doing anyway.

I hope you're able to cheer Java up for his birthday today. I was so sorry to read about SoCo, and that has to be heartbreaking for you both. :(
happy is as happy does: Barack kissing Michelle. (don't hate)happywriter06 on November 20th, 2012 02:10 am (UTC)
Glad you're husband is doing somewhat better.

I think I might sign for the exchange. Of course, now that I'm thinking about it I can't think of any ideas.

I'm going to NJ. Driving down to Dallas to catch my flight Wed night. I'm hoping there isn't too much traffic. It's already a 3 hour drive as it and I'm sure I'll have been up since 4 something.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 20th, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
Geez, a 3-hour drive to take a plane flight that has to be even longer!

That's the pain of the vague Midwest, though. Aside from Chicago and Cleveland, all of the other airports are secondary. Whereas Dallas is a major hub, and has cheaper flights.

Good luck with the travel! Just you, or J and Ace as well? (I can't see your family letting you get away with not bringing the grandbaby home). ;)
whipchickwhipchick on November 20th, 2012 02:56 am (UTC)
You already know I'm traveling :) Thursday I'll fly to northern India, to Bodh Gaya, which is where Buddha attained enlightenment. Hopefully it will be lovely and I will find a guest house!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 20th, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
It would be more surprising if you weren't traveling!

Though I'm not a huge fan of Thanksgiving (or the menu) much myself, so your plan sounds good to me!
cindytsuki_no_bara on November 20th, 2012 04:10 am (UTC)
we're going to my aunt's house. my contribution is a baked brie. yum.

i'm glad hsh is getting better! and both those pics from blue pueblo are really, really cool.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 20th, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
Is your aunt nearby? All the relatives near Boston, or close enough? (I realize that everything's closer together in the Northeast) :D

We will be making my favorite Thanksgiving add-on (from Cooking Light). It's green beans with a vinaigrette sauce, and includes bacon and slices almonds. Yum! Whereas stuffing and yams/sweet potatoes are just gross to me, so they might as well not exist. I think HSH likes the yams/sweet potatoes, but the kids don't like either of those extras any more than I do. We'll see what my SIL brings as her family staples. :)
cindytsuki_no_bara on November 20th, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
my aunt's in brookline, which is just outside boston proper. everyone's in greater boston, pretty much. makes traveling easy. :D

BACON ON THE GREEN BEANS. O.O oh mommy. that sounds delish! i'm a fan of stuffing and yams myself, but i totally get that they might not be everyone's thing. i hope your sil brings dishes you like!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 20th, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
My SIL is bringing Thanksgiving to us, which is wonderful-- because we'll get to see her and her family as well.

Mainly, apart from the Weber turkey (which she's never done, so we'll have to take a crack at it later this year for ourselves), we will make the green beans, some mashed potatoes, low-sugar cranberry sauce (really good!), and cornbread.

Those are most of the sides we'd have anyway, so if she brings nothing we like apart from turkey, it's all good. Her family will probably appreciate her other choices as their own tradition.

She usually has those red, spiced apples that used to be served in restaurants many years ago. Neither of my kids will even try them! But I, personally, like them. ;)
cindy: coming soon - gleetsuki_no_bara on November 20th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
>>She usually has those red, spiced apples that used to be served in restaurants many years ago. Neither of my kids will even try them! But I, personally, like them. ;) <<

if you're talking about what i think you're talking about, i love those! they're rings, right? i would totally eat the ones your kids didn't want.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 20th, 2012 08:42 pm (UTC)
Restaurants usually serve them as rings, but she gets them from someplace where they are tiny, cored apples. Taste exactly the same!

My kids are food-wimps, except for Christopher's love of putting hot sauce on everything. :0
java_fiendjava_fiend on November 20th, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that Mr. Halfshell is doing slightly better. I'm keeping a good thought for a full and swift recover.

And I was *shocked* that Oregon lost to Stanford. Shocked, I say. I know a lot of people picked Stanford to upset them but wow, I didn't actually think it would happen.

I'm hosting the lovely pixiebelle for Turkey Day. She, my sister, her boyfriend and myself stuff our faces and play games all day. It's lovely. :-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 20th, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
I was shocked, too. I'd heard the rumors, but the Ducks have been so incredible this year. HOWEVER... I've seen that loss pattern before. When they've lost important games, it's been for the same reason. The coach loves his offensive pattern (and I do, too), but he doesn't have flexibility trying alternate solutions. Once in awhile, you're really going to need the alternate solution. :(

Your Thanksgiving plans sound great to me! Will your uncle-cousin be there, too, or has he moved away in time?
java_fiendjava_fiend on November 23rd, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
It's true... they don't make adjustments very well at all. They simply hit the gas and hope they can outscore you. And that works a lot of the time. They've got a prolific offense. But wow yeah, sometimes you need to adjust to the defense and take what they're giving you. That's definitely been a blemish on Oregon's game for a while now.

Turkey day was good... my sis, her boyfriend, Kristen and I. It was a nice, mellow affair. How about you?