30 November 2014

NaBloPoMo 2014: The End

And here we are once again at the end of our month-long blogging adventure. This particular seemed particularly challenging, due mostly to the extremely un-seasonable weather. But I still had fun. As per usual, I will be going with my traditional wrap up post, links to my favorite posts over the years

NaBloPoMo 2014
Saturday in St. Paul
Oakies and other stories
TJ and Cats
Eight Months Ago Today

NaBloPoMo 2013
Answers, Part One
Answers, Part Two
Rock Band with the P-Ster
Thanksgiving Wrap-up

NaBloPoMo 2012
Pannekoekun Huis
70 Years!
1996 Ford Taurus
New House: Part 6A

NaBloPoMo 2011
Day 1: Leaves!
Calvin the Video Star
Cat Ownership 2.0
Dance Your Cares Away

NaBloPoMo 2010:
Turkey Day
Stuffed Squash
Happy Birthday, Grandpa!
Beauty of Fall

NaBloPoMo 2009:
Turkey Day, Part 2
Old Friends
Day 5 - A YouTube Clip
Moon in the Morning

NaBloPoMo 2008:
Pasta Carbonara
A Day in the Life
Yes We Did
88 Years Young

NaBloPoMo 2007:
Les Aventures de Domo Kun
Sunday in France
A 10 Hour Day
A Month of Posts - Day 1 - The blog post that started it all.

In other news, I did at least one bloggable thing today. Mom and I have, for the last several years, had tickets to the local series of traveling Broadway shows. Today was one of our events, so I hopped on the train to head downtown. On my way there, I passed the construction site for the new Vikings football stadium:

Taken from the light rail, sorry if it's blurry. It's going to be huge.
We enjoyed the showing of "Irving Berlin's White Christmas" very much.

We have great seats.
We even had time for our traditional post-show cocktail. A good time was had by all. And now, a quiet evening hiding from the cold and reading some John Sandford with a cat on my lap. Seems about right. P.S. - They have decided that they like the tree:


29 November 2014

Small Business Saturday

In the spirit of my general abhorrence of Black Friday related shopping (note: this does not apply if you find yourself legitimately needing to purchase something the Friday after Thanksgiving. My abhorrence is reserved only for the crazy unnecessary sales and lines, etc.) I decided instead to participate in Small Business Saturday today. We have several excellent local business at a small retail node about 10 blocks from here, so I took Felix out for a spin to check things out.

First stop:

In addition to shoes, they have all sorts of outdoor gear. A really great store.
I found some nice gloves (my previous gloves were slippery and thus can't be worn while driving. A problem in winter), some Smartwool socks, and these:

Full disclosure: I am now a person that owns a pair of Uggs. 
My Sorel boots, while really marvelous for MN winters, are sometimes simply too much boot for certain occasions. I was looking for something that didn't scream WINTER BOOT but that would also be warm and walkable on ice. These are lined with wool and have excellent treads on the bottom, so they fit the bill, and I felt good for having found something to buy on my Small Business Saturday quest.

Also in the neighborhood is Oxendale's Market, a local, independently owned grocery store. So I picked up some essentials before heading back home to EMSA (who was watching very important college football) and the cats. Lucy likes the box my new boots came in:

Yes, dad, I know - no cats on the table.
One more day to go! I think we can do this.

28 November 2014

250

It seems fitting that I would reach my 250th post during the NaPloBoMo marathon. And here we are, according to my main blogger page. I searched back through the archives so I could provide some links to my previous milestones.

Post 100
Post 200

One post about the weather, and the other part of last year's blogging marathon. That seems appropriate. We Minnesotans do love to discuss the weather.

In other news, I spent the day thoroughly avoiding any and all Black Friday related shopping madness. No thank you. I may participate in Small Business Saturday tomorrow but today was spent with more productive pursuits, like laundry, and this:

Purchased on super clearance at Target in January.

No assembly instructions included.

But we managed.

I do think we'll need a few more lights though - they don't go all the way to the bottom.

The cats aren't quite sure what to think.
This is the first year we've had a tree - we've been listening to Christmas music all afternoon as we got the tree set-up. I wanted to get it set up plenty early so that the cats have a chance to get used to it. It's been very cheery and way, way better than dealing with a bunch of crabby shoppers. Happy Post-Thanksgiving all.

27 November 2014

Thanksgiving x 2

Andy and I once again made the (perhaps insane) decision to participate in two Thanksgiving celebrations this year. Apparently we didn't learn anything from our experience doing this last year... First up were the festivities at Gzmoohoo's. As one of the designated helpers, I had a few tasks to fulfill:

Assistant Table Setter.

Preparer of the Old Family Recipe.

Master Relish Tray Arranger

Bird Photographer
After an excellent meal and conversation with my side of the family (including some very good pie prepared by the P-Ster), we headed over to Brad and Lily's house for the celebration with Andy's family.

Plate #2. All excellent as well.

We also played some games after dinner.

And enjoyed a non-traditional Thanksgiving cake (there was also pie).
I think all-in-all I ate less than last year, so perhaps I did learn something that first time around. Moderation is the name of the game when dealing with two Thanksgiving meals in one day. Even the cats got into the Thanksgiving spirit:


Clearly enjoying his turkey.

26 November 2014

Thanksgiving Baking

Gzmoohoo stole my thunder a bit with his post, but then again I WAS at his house, so it only seems fair. Mom and I joined forces to prepare our usual Thanksgiving cranberry bread this evening.

Raw ingredients.

Giving the batter a final stir.
 There was also some pie-baking going on when I first arrived Chez Gzmoohoo:

Yum, pumpkin. Although it doesn't win any beauty contests, I don't think.
By the time we were all done, the house smelled like heaven and it was fair to say we had gotten a good start on tomorrow's festivities. I'll be back at Gz's tomorrow around 11 so that EMSA can watch some very important football while I help with additional prep. Seems fair. Too bad the cats can't come with us. They'll be very lonely tomorrow as we have two Thanksgiving celebrations to go to tomorrow.

Calvin front of "his" vent right after the heat turned on.
Meh, I think they'll survive.