Thanksgiving 2013..

Happy Thanksgiving 2013 to all. Yes, I am a little late posting.  We spent Thanksgiving Day at my wife’s mothers house again this year. Dinner was homemade manicotti, deep-fried turkey and many desserts. There also was the usual stuffing, sweat potatoes, salad and such.  I fried two turkeys Thanksgiving week.  One at the MIL’s house and one at work.

Wednesday at work my job was to cook the turkey. I did a little actual work related work, but cooking the turkey was certainly job one. I will add a few pictures of the finished turkey at the bottom of this page.  All three of the boys were in attendance at dinner. Saturday DS1 went back to his apartment and DS3 drove out to LI to visit his girlfriend. DS2 went back to Scranton Sunday morning.

The college boys have about two more weeks and then the fall semester is over.

We did reach a milestone this past weekend. I wrote my second of three (possible) graduation expense checks. DS1 did not attend graduation, but we had to pay the fee in order for him to get his diploma. DS2 is scheduled to graduate on Mother Day 2014.   There is one more possible graduation fee check to written next December. How the time flies!



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!




Thanksgiving Adopt a Family..

Saturday started early. I was up at 4 am and out of the house by 4:40 am. My destination was Scranton, PA. Yesterday was the Annual Thanksgiving Adopt-A-Family at Marywood University.  DS2 and I have been involved for the last three years. I stopped on my way into the city to take some sunrise over Scranton pictures at 7:20 am. It was 25 degrees out, and actually sunny. While I was taking pictures a car stopped and asked me for directions. I told them I lived in NJ, but would help if I could. They were trying to go back the way I had just come, so I could provide directions.

I stopped at Krispy Kreme and then drove to the university. DS2, 25 or 30 of his classmates and a few parents helped carry the ingredients for the thanksgiving bags in from the delivery vehicles. We assembled Bag One and Bag Two. Each family got one of each and a frozen turkey. After the bags were assembled, DS2 and I went to the Bucktown Diner for breakfast.

After breakfast we went back to school and collected the information about our six families, six of each bag and six turkeys and headed down I 81 to deliver. The nice thing about this year’s deliveries were that all the families lived in the same row of buildings. We just walked from door to door delivering. Eight residences, six deliveries.  As we did our deliveries we saw four other teams from Marywood delivering on other streets in the same area.

Our second delivery run was more interesting in that the two residences were nowhere near each other. No problem, I have a GPS in my car, right? I do. The first house was exactly where the GPS led us. The second house, not exactly. It appears that the road the GPS wanted us to drive on was a driveway in an industrial park. The road on the map went through, the reality is that the industrial park and the trailer park (where the house was), are not connected. Maybe that is why when you boot up the GPS there is a disclaimer that you have to click OK to.

After our delivers DS2 and I went downtown to Coney Island Hot Lunch for hot dogs and conversation. DS3 met us there since his school is a short five-minute walk uphill. They went for food, I went for conversation. We enjoyed our visit. DS1 got his hot dogs care package that he will enjoy for lunch this week.  I took the boys shopping at Giant for HBA stuff and said good-bye to DS2 at his dorm. Then DS3 and I went over to the turf field on the Marywood campus and shot around on the lacrosse net for about an hour and a half. I took him back his school (across town), grabbed a cup of coffee and drove home.

The ride home featured listening to the LSU vs. Ol Miss game on Sirius. What pitched battle! In the end LSU won!  Geaux Tigers!

I really enjoyed the day I spent with my “Scranton boys”.  Here are a few pictures from the day. Enjoy!


The Thanksgiving visit from BSD post 149..

Happy Thanksgiving to all!  If your country does not celebrate Thanksgiving with the United States, then Happy Thursday to you. This morning started off with my laptop displaying the Blue Screen of Death (BSD) when we got up.  I have to say as computer professional that I enjoy a challenge. Maybe not on Thanksgiving. The long and short of it is the computer is up and running mostly correctly. It does seem to have a lag that was not there before. I will continue to monitor the behavior with an eye toward replacing the hard drive and reloading from scratch.

We celebrate Thanksgiving each year with my wife’s mother, step father and my DW’s sister, husband and two kids. Dinner is in Brick which is about half way between the two daughter’s houses. I deep-fried another turkey today. This one turned out great, just like yesterday’s turkey. If you read yesterday’s blog you will remember that I fry a turkey each year at work for our work Thanksgiving party. Dinner went well. My MIL makes home-made manicotti for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. They are the best. The rest of the meal was great. No drama at the table. All the children seem to have been on their best behavior.

After dinner most of us went to watch (sleep) a football game on tv. It was a very low-key afternoon. As I sat down to write my blog tonight I realised that I did not take any pictures today. Hmmm. I even brought my good camera with me. I guess I got caught up with cooking the turkey and visiting.  Tomorrow morning we have an 8 am appointment with DS2’s eye doctor. If all goes well this will be our last visit.

That is all for tonight. The picture of the day comes from April 2005.


Family 2005 on deck of Intrepid NYC