27 November 2015


Today was an extraordinarily non-blog worthy sort of day. The biggest excitement? A badly needed trip to the grocery store as one cannot live on Thanksgiving leftovers alone. There was also some napping/lounging with the cats, and starting a new book my mom lent me. None of those things make for particularly good photo opportunities. Instead, I'll share a few more photos from yesterday that didn't make the original post.

The former kid's table, now acting as a staging area for desserts and other sides.

Prep work in full swing. 

The Jim memorial.

My version of the two-pregnant-ladies photo. I'm very excited for our daughters to grow up together.

The other dog, Mimi, who thinks I am one of her best friends.
Sorry, Mimi, my cats will always be way more cute than you:


26 November 2015

Thanksgiving Day 2015

We woke up this morning to the first serious snowfall of the year, although not so serious that it looked like it was going to cause any driving inconvenience. Just serious enough to be pretty, so that this was the scene when I arrived for my first Thanksgiving celebration of the day:

Preparations were well underway, of turkeys both actual and slightly more abstract:

Andy and I enjoyed a lovely meal and great socializing with the Miller/Flaherty group. It was bittersweet with Jim, but I absolutely know he was there in spirit.

From there, we headed over to the big city to the west for a celebration with the Rinderknecht's. Sadly, I only got a few pictures of the dogs...

Rubio wearing his squirrel sweater. Ideal in winter so he can go outside and chase the real thing.
We had a lovely day with all of our family. The cats on the other hand were just super lazy:

25 November 2015

Baby Bump Wednesday - Week 25

In all previous NaBloPoMo marathons, I've had cranberry bread prep of some sort featured on Thanksgiving Eve. And indeed, that is what I have spent my evening doing. See?

Mom and I were super successful as per usual - she may have even exclaimed that it's the best ever. Our loyal tasters tomorrow will have to judge for themselves. I only had a small sample before leaving their house and it did seem quite excellent.

Today is also Wednesday, which means it is time for a baby bump update, here in the midst of Week 25. Plus, fashion show!

As someone at work said today, I am definitely starting to look pregnant. You don't say? Now it's time for a quiet evening at home before tomorrow's festivities. Lucy is looking forward to it, I think.

24 November 2015

The Greatness of John Williams

Every time I return from band rehearsal after running through the Star Wars medley, I am reminded of how great John Williams is at his craft. His movie music is some of the best ever, which makes it really fun to play. Everyone knows it and it's complex and nuanced for us, the band members. Here now are a few of my all time favorite John Williams pieces:

Ok, so my love of/obsession with the Olympics may have had something to do with this list as well. So sue me. Also, it appears some people on the internet agree with me.

Ok, bed time for people and cats. Only one day left of work this week and then Turkey Day! Yay!

23 November 2015

History of November 23rd

I thought I'd do a look back at all my posts from November 23rd, an "On this day..." kind of feature that would only be possible during NaBloPoMo. Here goes nothing:

2014: Warmer than Average - It's good to be reminded that while last winter got off to an early start, it wasn't all cold all the time from that point forward. Last November was rough. Also, it was similarly warmer than average today.

2013: Timberwolves vs. Nets - I'm a little bummed that I have apparently deleted the photos that used to be in this post. Oops. But I have not yet been to a basketball game yet this year, so this is a good reminder to get something on the calendar.

2012: What's for Dinner? - Yum, quiche. Another thing we haven't done in a while that will need to be remedied.

2011: Plumbing Repairs - Ah, yes, one of my favorite days to be a renter. That would have been expensive.

2010: Baby Shower - I've lost touch with Becky a bit recently, but it's crazy to think her son must be almost 5 by now. When did that happen? Time sure does fly.

2009: Greatest Hits, Part 1 - Ahahaha, the ugly dress party. I still can't believe I went out in public in that dress. At least I only spent $5 on it.

2008: Paris Sculpture - Yep, still some of my favorite pieces of art in Paris, and some of my favorite photos.

2007 - No post, but here is the one from November 25th explaining why not.

And that's it... 2007 was the first year of this blogging adventure, so the best I can do from years before that is dates more or less close to November 23rd.

November 26, 2006: Turkey Day

November 21, 2005, an update from my teaching experience in France.

November 26, 2004 - A wrap-up of Thanksgiving, mostly.

November 25, 2003 - Turkey Day anticipation and some news about my prep for study abroad in France. Wow, that was a long time ago in internet-time.

That was fun! I can't believe I've been blogging in some form or another for 12 years. That seems nuts. Granted, it is now mostly confined to the month of November, but I am still doing it. Quite an accomplishment.

And now, today's obligatory cat photo:

An older photo, but funny... Calvin finds the bed-making process to be FASCINATING and always gets in my way. Weirdo.