I like exciting, but..

Here we are, Friday evening, November 23, 2012. The end of the Mayan calendar is rapidly approaching. I’m undecided about either purchasing Christmas presents or paying my December bills.  Depending on which way things go, I could be brilliant or not so much.  Yesterday was Thanksgiving here in the United States. This is a day where we (hopefully) gather with family and maybe friends and are thankful for what we have. Then the North American winter sets in and we set our sights on May Day.

Each year we celebrate Thanksgiving with my MIL.  This year she turned 80 and her husband is 90 ish. They are slowing down. Really, you ask? Yep, slowing down. Grandma made her homemade manicotti again this year. From scratch. This is the highlight of the holiday feast. She also made the turkey. Last year I fried the Thanksgiving turkey. She want to cook the turkey this year. As a side note, the turkey was not as dry this year as other years. Since she does not have a computer or access to the internet, my critique should go unnoticed.

DS2 spent Thanksgiving in upstate NY with his girlfriend. This is the first Thanksgiving that any of our children have not been home. I’m guessing that it probably won’t be the last. I told DS2 that he will be home for Christmas.  Please.  He sent several pictures from his travels and called on Thanksgiving to chat.

Friday was/is Black Friday here in the US.  The day is called Black Friday since this is the beginning of the Christmas shopping season and the day that many retailers go into the black (make money) for the year. Crazy sales, crazy store hours, lines and the usual story about people be trampled somewhere when the store opens. Me, I skipped the nonsense all together. I bought no gifts today. I looked around later in the day but I certainly was not up at 5 am to go get that particular gift.

Dinner tonight was lobster. The local grocery store has them on sale for 4.99 today and tomorrow. DS1, my DW and I had lobster. DS3 and his GF had steak. Go figure. I would have enjoyed both!

Exciting.. Ok.  We (my DW and I) are LSU football fans. Why? I’m not really sure. Maybe because we wish we lived in New Orleans. Maybe our adoption of some of the regional cooking styles and flavors. I’m not sure exactly why. We watched the game this afternoon vs Arkansas.  This was another “exciting” game that they won. Most people like a football game that is evenly matched and the outcome is not known until the very end. I’m getting tired of the last 6 seconds being “hold your breath” and pray. If they win, does that matter in the big picture? Not really. I did cheer!  Geaux Tigers!

Pictures, here are a few with captions.  Enjoy!