Friday, November 23, 2007


IN THE NEWS: According to World Magazine, "Grieving family members seeking one last ride for their dearly departed may have a new destination: Disneyland. A report in the Los Angeles Times indicates that some Disney patrons are using the theme park to scatter the cremated remains of relatives. Disney officials say they're unaware of any confirmed ashings, but anonymous employees told the newspaper it had become a recurring problem—most recently on Nov. 9 when they reported seeing a woman toss ashes from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, causing employees to temporarily shut down the attraction."

Oh, my gosh, I'm soooooo tired. (But I've barely finished my first cup of coffee so I'm sure that has a factor in it)

We had whirlwind Thanksgiving Day yesterday! It started out with a "brunch" get together with several neighbors on the street. That lasted about 3 and 1/2 hours...
Then we rushed home to get in a car and travel an hour north to my brother's house.

My brother bought one of those turkey fryolater contraptions a few years ago, so he was supposed to fry our turkey this year. I say supposed because for some reason the oil had a hard time reaching the desired temperature. My brother--a much worse perfectionist than I could ever be--started to sweat it. But we kept reassuring him that if dinner was going to be a little late, it was no big deal.
Well... 3 hours later, we (especially the kids) started to get hungry.

So we ate our dinner WITHOUT the turkey. We didn't miss it. My mom bought Polish kielbasa with her (a tradition in our family), so there was some meat on our plate. Plus, the turkey plate had a very nice picture of a turkey on it, too. So it was almost like having a real one.

Honestly, it was one of the best Thanksgivings I ever had. Probably because we laughed so hard and so much--at the expense of my poor brother, who thought he ruined Thanksgiving. The poor guy was so depressed sitting outside by himself next to his precious fryolater, hoping for that Thanksgiving Day miracle to occur before his eyes. We even took pictures--unbeknownst to him--because it was such a sad and funny scene.

We eventually did have turkey. After we ate our meal and were stuffed, we all choked down some to make him feel better. It was delicious. And of course, I was sent home with plenty of leftovers.

My pecan pie and pumpkin cheesecake were a hit. (As usual) And then we all played that game Apples to Apples. It wasn't a bad experience this time, because I won! And we laughed a lot more playing the game.

Needless to say, because we had a late start on dinner, we didn't get home until late. So I'm still trying to focus this morning.

The hubby is off from work, so no writing will be done today. No shopping will be done either. I finally figured out that those great sales they have today and tomorrow, usually get repeated in about a week or two--without the crowds. So I'll wait.

Are you shopping today?


Chicki said...

That's a hilarious story. Your poor brother.

We had a great day too. My son-in-law (the chef) did most of the cooking, so the food was spectacular.

Didn't really shop yesterday, but I ventured into the dollar store and Wal-Mart about 1:00.

Still trying to finish my ch. 9 to upload to RAH. Hopefully today...

Chelle Sandell said...

LOL! Poor guy!! We've had that happen and the guys got creative because the wind was blowing the flame from we got a good laugh as they built a wall around the fryer to protect it from the wind. Have a good weekend!

Virginia Lady said...

I had to laugh as I read this. My Dad and brother bought one of those things a few years back and had us all drooling with anticipation, and the same thing happened, they couldn't get the oil hot enough.

We have kielbasa all the time, but alas, it was not available to us that day. As I recall, they cut up the turkey into smaller bits and cooked it using both the microwave and the oven. Dinner was still late, but they got the turkey. My Dad was so annoyed he boxed up the fryer and stuffed it in a closet. We haven't seen it since.

I did the shopping thing and thought we were only going to get a couple of items, but there were actually more bargains at the stores than advertised, so we made a good dent in our shopping for the season. And it got me out of bed.