Sunday, November 27, 2011

Countdown to Christmas: The Sith who Stole Christmas

via @DarthVader

The dogs' (and my) favorite chair

The dogga chair

I had to move this chair into my office to make room for the Christmas tree in the living room. It has made my little office a bit overcrowded (notice the displaced items beside the chair), but the dogs seem to be enjoying it. Now they have an extra comfy spot while they hang out with me.

This is my "Martin Crane" chair - it's kind of ugly, doesn't go with any of the other furniture, it's kind of beat up and is even missing its two back feet; but the thing is so comfy I haven't been able to part with it. Maybe someday I'll re-cover it...or I might just keep it in the office where it doesn't really matter if it matches the living room, even though that will mean permanently eliminating some things from my office.

Do you have your own "Martin Crane" piece of furniture? Do you do any major rearranging to get ready for Christmas decorations? Let me know in the comments.

Update 12/28/2011: So, the chair didn't last long. I spent my evening taking the tree down EARLY (I usually leave it up until Jan 6) just so I could get the chair out of my office and back to the living room. The room is just too small for such a big chair - it was nice for a day or two, but then the whole room started to feel like a closet and I hated to spend any time in there. And now I'm not even sure I like the chair in the living room. As soon as the basement is cleaned out, I think it's going down there. It's a comfy chair, but it's just having a hard time finding a home in my home lately. :(  (I know, I know, first world problems...)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Black Friday got a little crazy

Shopping cart

I looked out the back window of the house yesterday morrning and spotted this stray shopping cart across the street. My best guess is it came from WalMart...what its story is, I have no idea...

Friday, November 25, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I like pumpkin pie

I like pumpkin pie
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I spotted this sticker on the ground in my parking garage at work this morning. I have no idea who or what it's from, but I thought "Yes, yes, I do!" I think I look forward to the pie even more than the turkey.

So, what's your favorite pie to have after Thanksgiving dinner? Or, if you're not into pie, what's your favorite alternative dessert?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Martha Stewart isn't coming for Thanksgiving

I pulled this out of the depths of my email - it seems to have been making the rounds a couple years ago. I've searched, but can't seem to come up with the name of the original author of this (if you do, let me know - I'd like to give credit!)

Martha Stewart will not be dining with us this Thanksgiving.
I'm telling you in advance, so don't act surprised. 
Since Ms. Stewart won't be coming, I've made a few small changes: 

Our sidewalk will not be lined with homemade paper bag luminaries. 
After a trial run, it was decided that no matter how cleverly done, 
rows of flaming lunch sacks do not have the desired welcoming effect. 

Once inside, our guests will note that the entry hall is not decorated
with the swags of Indian corn and fall foliage I had planned to make. 
Instead, I've gotten the kids involved in the decorating by having them 
track in colorful autumn leaves from the front yard. 
The mud was their idea. 

The dining table will not be covered with expensive linens, fancy china,
or crystal goblets. If possible, we will use dishes that 
match and everyone will get a fork. Since this IS Thanksgiving,
we will refrain from using the plastic Peter Rabbit plates 
and the Santa napkins from last Christmas.

Our centerpiece will not be the tower of fresh fruit and flowers that I
promised. Instead we will be displaying a hedgehog-like decoration
hand-crafted from the finest construction paper.
The artist assures me it is a turkey. 

We will be dining fashionably late.
The children will entertain you while you wait. 
I'm sure they will be happy to share every choice comment I have made
regarding Thanksgiving, pilgrims and the turkey hotline.
 Please remember that most of these comments were made at 5:00 a.m. 
upon discovering that the turkey was still hard enough to cut diamonds. 

As accompaniment to the children's recital, I will play my recording of
tribal drumming. If the children should mention that I 
don't own a recording of tribal drumming, or that tribal drumming 
sounds suspiciously like a frozen turkey in a clothes dryer, ignore them. 
They are lying. 

We toyed with the idea of ringing a dainty silver bell to announce the
start of our feast. In the end, we chose to keep our traditional method. 
We've also decided against a formal seating arrangement. 
When the smoke alarm sounds, please gather around the table 
and sit where you like. In the spirit of harmony, we will ask the children 
to sit at a separate table. 
In a separate room. 
Next door. 

Now, I know you have all seen pictures of one person 
carving a turkey in front of a crowd of appreciative onlookers.
This will not be happening at our dinner. 
For safety reasons, the turkey will be carved in a private
ceremony. I stress "private" meaning: Do not, under any 
circumstances, enter the kitchen to laugh at me. Do not send small, 
unsuspecting children to check on my progress. 
I have an electric knife. The turkey is unarmed. 
It stands to reason that I will eventually win. When I do, we will eat. 

I would like to take this opportunity to remind my young diners that
"passing the rolls" is not a football play. Nor is it a request 
to bean your sister in the head with warm tasty bread. 
Oh, and one reminder for the adults: For the duration of the meal, and
especially while in the presence of young diners, we will refer to the
giblet gravy by its lesser-known name: Cheese Sauce. 
If a young diner questions you regarding the origins 
or type of Cheese Sauce, plead ignorance. 
Cheese Sauce stains. 

Before I forget, there is one last change. Instead of offering a choice
between 12 different scrumptious desserts, we will be serving the
traditional pumpkin pie, garnished with whipped cream and small fingerprints. 
You will still have a choice; 1. Take it or 2. Leave it.
I hope you aren't too disappointed that Martha Stewart 
will not be dining with us this Thanksgiving. 
She probably won't come next year either.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Birds on a wire

I'm a sucker for birds on a wire against the sunset

I'm a sucker for birds on a wire and sunsets, so I had to shoot this as I was leaving work yesterday. I love the little loopdey-loop in the middle. :)

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

How to Spot a Writer at a Party

This post over at Not Your Usual Suspects made me chuckle. From the looks of the comments, I'm not the only anti-social one out there. Phew!

How to Spot a Writer at a Party