Today is Monday, I am on a commuter train bound for San Francisco and I am scared.
I am sure that the above statement implies that there is some type of disaster or tradgedy occuring (problem with the tracks, medical emergency, giant monster terrorizing the city) however my fear has nothing to do with the train or the commute. My fear is stemming from the knowledge that my home will soon be visited by up to 28 family members who will all be hungry and looking for my family to feed them. You may view that as a typical family gathering, as do I, however if something goes wrong that I also see the setting for an angry mob!
I jest of course. I know that my family would all put on a smile if something went wrong. All of the recipes are tried and true so that really isn’t a factor. It helps to calm the nerves. There is still, however, the nerves that come in to play because of “the bird.”
When it comes to Thanksgiving the turkey is the centerpiece of the meal. It must look good, it must smell good, it must taste good. Many people have many recipes that they swear by to make the perfect turkey. I myself have stood by those ovenroasting bags for a juicy and tasty turkey. It has worked time and time again. Naturally I m going to stick with it, right? Nope.
I saw a recipe on Food Network that I am dieing to try that involves a lot of butter, herbs, and a roasting pan full of goodies for both flavor and moisture. I know I shouldn’t be experimenting but I just ant resist.
Will this prove to be the folly of a fool or a culinary adventure? I’m going to find out, that’s for sure.
This year I think I am also going to try to make turkey soup. I haven’t done it before and I’ve got such a big bird this year I think this is the time to try it.
Here’s hoping all of our feasts turn out great!
Last night I was at the movies far later than I should have been. Originally it was in order to chaperon my nieces as they went to camp/wait for the first showing of Twilight (because going with Mom or Dad isn’t cool) but their Mom went anyway that and I was still going with them.
After seeing Twilight last night I can say this about the movie, I liked it. It wasn’t great, based on the trailers I didn’t think it was going to be great, and I think if you haven’t read the books you will not like this movie.
It’s a pretty good adaptation of the book. It hits all the key points, trims down the unnecessary fluff, and pretty much gives you the story that you read.
I was surprised that the film even captures the one problem I had with the book… why do these two fall in love? Edward comes off as a conflicted and confused mood swinging madman that suddenly is hopelessly in love and we don’t really know why Bella falls in love (however if you want insight into how this happens for Edward you may consider reading this. It doesn’t completely shed the light on the how but it does help). Is she caught up in the mystique that vampires are supposed to give off to make humans easy pray, is she in love with the forbidden, or is she in love because Edward is so obsessed with her? As I said before, the film captures the story I read.
The only real issue that bothered me about the movie itself were the choices made by the director. During a pivotal scene in the film, the big admission by Bella to Edward that she knows what he is, suddenly we’re assaulted with bad 90′s video music camera angles and editing that does increase the tension of the scene but in a really distracting way. These kind of choices gave the movie a feel at times that I was watching a show on the CW rather than a feature film.
I, however, am not the intended audience for the movie. My nieces were. Two out of three nieces found it “corny” and one was just baffled by the music in the film. At least one admitted they were going to see it again.
Oh yeah, the trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince gave me goosebumps.
It is now November 14 and there has been no Gnome news. I am left fearing the worst and wonder if McMullen and bride are now gone forever.
I like it when people do things that can give us a global example about our nation’s issues. I often wonder how we are perceived, what people think of our choices, our leaders, etc.
This venture by a few folk in Iceland is the exact type of thing that I like. I bet they will make a killing on ad space sales as well.
Today is November 2nd. It is two days after Halloween. Do you remember what happened to me last Halloween?
You would think that after last year I would have learned my lesson. It isn’t a hard one to learn. If you have a night where strangers (or friends and family) are going to be walking up to your porch then you stand a good chance of having things from your porch. Have one gnome out, you tempt people Have TWO gnomes out? I may as well have put out a neon sign saying, “Please take these gnomes!”
Yup, that’s right. The gnomes have been taken again. Last time was cute, but now the poor couple haven’t even had their one year anniversary as husband and wife and they are now in the cold clutches of some deranged gnome-knapping maniac.
The saddest part of all of this? I’m actually very bummed out by the ordeal. I really like McMullen and I like his wife. The two have been proudly displayed on my porch since McMullen’s safe return and now I don’t know if it is friend or fiend that has taken my favorite yard decorations. Why are they gone? Because I didn’t think to put them in on the same night that McMullen was taken from me once before. It’s almost as stupid as leaving your removable face plate stereo in the car and NOT expecting someone to yank it out (yes, I’m guilty of that one too).
:: sigh ::