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11 November 2014 @ 12:23 am
It's all a blur...  
I spent a lot of the weekend working toward a coding deadline that is today. Got the bulk of my problem solved, but some lingering details are not yet fixed—and I'm not sure why and it's almost midnight. \o?

I bicycled and Idoled, and watched the Oregon Ducks beat Utah. That game featured a horrific turnover that the Ducks used to their advantage (making up for a bad call earlier that cost them a touchdown drive). I'm really impressed with their freshman running-back, Royce Freeman, who is the king of evasive maneuvers. He frequently rolls, dodges, and wriggles his way into gaining 3-5 more yards than any other player would have done. On Saturday, he dug his heels into the turf and backpedaled the three guys trying to tackle him, resulting in another 1- to 2-yard gain instead of loss. Never seen that before! There were some worrisome player injuries (several seniors, which is bad news for their future careers), and a heartbreak moment for a player who had a touchdown in his sights on a kickoff return until someone grabbed his foot and tripped him. You could see the dejection in his posture, and how often does a guy on the Specials team get to score? I looked him up—red shirt Senior, so this is one of his last chances to pull something like that off. My daughter thought they should have put him into the offensive line as a wide-receiver to give him another shot, and I wish they had!

I'm trying to get caught up on Z Nation. Oddly interesting, though I really, really hate the gore. The zombie genre just isn't for me, and how I would love a more oblique treatment of all that stuff. :(

We watched episodes of Back To You two weekends ago, thinking that our son would get a kick out of that show. It's a typical Kelsey Grammar vehicle in which he plays a pompous ass, but we like to think of it as "featuring Fred Willard," which is the best reason to see it. Our son agreed. :D

I'm planning to take Thanksgiving week off, so maybe I can get some of the things done around the house that did not happen this weekend—or any other weekend. *fingers crossed*

Anyone traveling back to see family next week? We'll just be going a few hours away to my SIL's house. We don't drive up to Oregon for Thanksgiving anymore, but we do go at Christmas. That eight-hour (or worse) trip really takes it out of you. :O

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ecosopherecosopher on November 11th, 2014 09:01 am (UTC)
The gore in zombie things disturbs me, too. That and violence bother me to the point that I can't watch some of these shows at all anymore.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on November 11th, 2014 06:37 pm (UTC)
I really hate it, and I wish it were SO much less explicit. I mean, do people actually enjoy the gore? Couldn't it be dialed down?

My husband can't stand it, so I have The Walking Dead and Z Nation on the "have to watch by myself list," meaning I'm seasons behind on the first and running late on the second!
Rebeccabeeker121 on November 11th, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
I haven't watched much football this season. Being not in the time zone or prime viewing areas for my teams is part of it, but I just haven't been in a football groove this fall, I'm not sure why.

I've discovered I prefer reading the occasional zombie thing, to watching it. In words the violence seems easier to take somehow.

I'm flying to CO for Thanksgiving with the hubby's family which should be fun. But because we're flying in we aren't responsible for any of the meal which still feels a little odd. I end up sitting with the uncles watching, yes, the football (and look how this comes full circle).
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 11th, 2014 06:43 pm (UTC)
Which are your teams? College teams or previous NFL favorites?

Reading is definitely easier for me than watching, because again... gore. Yuck.

Sounds like your husband has a large extended family that gets together for the holiday! We'll be traveling to the Bay Area for it, and the time with my husband's family will be nice. I prefer the actual meal when we do it at our house, because there are SO many parts of traditional Thanksgiving food that I do not like or do not eat. Hate stuffing, yams, sweet potatoes, "meh" on pumpkin pie, and do not really eat canned cranberry log or mashed potatoes much. At our house or my mom's house, mashed potatoes are fine! Once I discovered that my MIL was stirring margarine into them BEFORE they came to the table, I've avoided eating them when we get together with that side of the family. My MIL is gone now, but her Nebraska cooking habits got passed down to her daughters. :(
Rebeccabeeker121 on November 11th, 2014 07:05 pm (UTC)
I grew up 15 miles from Green Bay so the Packers are a given. For college ball I cheer for WI (not where I went but most of my cousins and my brother did) and oddly Georgia Tech. When I worked in theater a lighting guy and I were the only two folks who cared about football so we pledged to be fans of each others' teams and watched games together whenever we could. I've started following the PAC-10 more living out here, but I don't ever feel like I have a horse in the race.

Interestingly, we see my husband's blood family while we're in CO, but we don't do Thanksgiving with them - instead we go to his best friends' mom's house (which is apparently where he spent as much of high school as he could get away with). Luckily I like the traditional Thanksgiving meal, and everyone involved are good cooks. I would make a few things differently (for me their stuffing is bland) but it's all on the scale of fine to delicious. Eating at someone else's house when there are things you don't like / can't eat is a pain. Do you do any of the cooking at all or are you the honored out of town guest? There are some times with family where all you can do is grin and hide a granola bar in your pocket.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 11th, 2014 07:16 pm (UTC)
We usually bring a few dishes ourselves, which helps. I've been calorie-restricted forever, so we have a low-sugar cranberry sauce (from scratch!) that is delicious, garlic mashed-potatoes (no secret added fat), and a glorious warm green-bean dish with almonds, bacon, and vinaigrette that I don't think my husband can eat anymore thanks to the salt in the bacon. :(

He has a stuffing recipe that is cornbread, shredded insta-biscuit, and Mexican peppers that I really like, but since most people like regular stuffing, we don't bring it. My mother is of the era where the stuffing goes into the _bird_, and it is slimy and soggy and evil and disgusting.

One of the things I really miss is the turkey! Ours is Weber-BBQ-grilled with green apples/onions in the cavity to keep it moist. Oven-roasted just isn't the same. :D
Rebeccabeeker121 on November 11th, 2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
All three of the dishes you bring sound amazing! Green bean casserole is one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving.

I haven't had stuffing in the bird since college probably. I've done a lot of orphan/pot luck meals over the years and always volunteered for stuffing, so I have a sausage stuffing recipe with all the veggies I can cram in that has been evolving over the years.

I don't know what's happening with the Turkey this year, in the past it's been BBQd and smoked. I'm pretty sure oven-roasting is considered too easy by the main cook - heh.

Now I'm getting hungry for lunch.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 11th, 2014 07:50 pm (UTC)
Actually, I have to admit that someone once brought Stove Top stuffing to a Thanksgiving potluck, and THAT I liked! It was seasoned and the top was crispy. :D

Virtually all of my food dislikes are related to flavor, but the one thing I really struggle with is soggy bread in any form. A lot of people's stuffing tends to go that way. :O

Bread pudding is like an agony of "WHYYYY???" ;)
Rebeccabeeker121 on November 11th, 2014 08:50 pm (UTC)
Honestly, Stove Top isn't bad, in lean years I've used it as a base, though I still prefer to doctor it a little.

Oh yeah, soggy stuffing is the worst.
cindytsuki_no_bara on November 12th, 2014 04:45 am (UTC)
we always have oven-roasted turkey which i like, but your bbq-grilled turkey sounds sooooo good. i mean, stuffed with apples and onions? YUM.

this year my parents and sister and i are taking a mini-vacation and going to an inn in vermont for thanksgiving. they have what looks like a really nice buffet, and i think it will be fun to go somewhere.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 14th, 2014 07:21 pm (UTC)
The BBQ turkey always tastes better, to me, regardless of whatever else you might do to it. The smokiness is wonderful!

Ooh, Vermont sounds nice! How much travel time, though? A few hours? A day?
cindytsuki_no_bara on November 14th, 2014 09:00 pm (UTC)
we're going to woodstock (cue acid flashbacks :D ) which is like three hours from me. so not far. we're even driving up thursday morning, because there won't be anyone on the road.
n3m3sis43n3m3sis43 on November 15th, 2014 11:06 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I'm so jelly of your Thanksgiving week off! At this rate, thanks to deadlines, I might end up doing a bit of work on Thanskgiving Day, even. Well, at least they just gave me a nice bonus?

Remind me next year that if I'm going to work 10-12 hour days, going from August until January with basically no vacation time is not a good plan. O_o

Coding is dumb, and I think it causes dain bramage. XD
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 16th, 2014 12:28 am (UTC)
Thanksgiving day! :(

The bonus would help, though. THey're very rare at my office, and we don't get overtime either. Mostly, just told to increas our output toward this competitive environment. :(
n3m3sis43n3m3sis43 on November 16th, 2014 12:44 am (UTC)
We're paid hourly, so we get paid extra for overtime we work. There's no time and a half, but hey. My hourly rate is decent so it's still at least semi worth it.

We have something called "product dollars" that is added on top of our hourly pay every month based on some algorithm I don't understand that somehow relates to sales. The bonus I got this month was the biggest bonus I have ever gotten in my life (although you have to understand that the majority of my life in the corporate workforce has been during recessions). It was recorded as "product dollars" and therefore not technically a bonus for tax purposes (so I got to keep more than 50% of it, lol).

So ehhhhh, if I have to work some on Thanksgiving, it's cool. No one will make me do it; it's just a thing I will end up doing if there's enough left to do before our December 1st deadline.