November 28th, 2009


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Thanksgiving went well. We have it down to an art, at this point.

We had...

- pre-dinner munchies of chex mix, made by mom, and Boy Scout caramel corn. This year, the chex mix it had no peanuts, so it was 1000 times better than normal, and it's normally damn good as is.

- turkey. 14 pounds, into the electric roaster at 1:30 at 350 degrees, down to 300 degrees at 2:00, over temp but still nice and moist at 4:45. Perfect. I love the electric roaster.
- cranberry sauce from a can, jelled, the way mom likes it.
- stuffed mushrooms that Faith made. Always incredibly tasty.
- Hope's sweet potato casserole. Nomnomnoms.
- mashed potatoes. We ended up with leftovers, because I flubbed the liquid-potato ratio at the end and had to nuke some more potatoes, but not nearly as many leftovers as last year.
- sauerkraut from a can.
- corn from a can.
- fresh broccoli, boiled until just tender. I forgot to make the cheese sauce. Still tasty.
- gravy. I actually remembered to use the turkey drippings/juices this year, and surprise, it was really really good. Bunch of butter, enough flour to make it into a roux, and then all of the drippings/juices. Nice.
- jello and applesauce salad, that Val made. Hope really liked it, I was okay on it, I'm not sure about everyone else.
- some kind of green salad that mom made involving cream cheese, pistachio pudding, marshmallows, whipped cream, and pineapple. I loved it, mom liked it, I'm not sure about everyone else.
- stuffing from a bag, jazzed up with onions and celery, that Val made. Tasty. :)

Hope made the sweet potato casserole in the morning, and Faith made the stuffed mushrooms sometime in the afternoon, which is when Val made the stuffing. The jello and pudding salads were made the day before. We got the turkey in about 1:30, then played games. The potatoes went on to boil at about 4, everything that needed oven space (mushrooms, sweet potato casserole, stuffing) went in at 4:30, the broccoli got cut up and boiled somewhere in there, the cans opened and things nuked, the turkey came out and Hope carved it, and we were dishing up by 5:15. Perfect.

Everything was tasty, we didn't spend too much time running around last minute, we didn't cook all day, and no one person worked too much. We had leftovers, but not excessive amounts. The only thing mentioned missing that someone would have liked to have had would have been dinner rolls, so they go back on the island next year. Otherwise, it was a great meal and a perfect day.

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Yesterday morning, we got in another gargantuan load of stuff (we're three people, one of whom is 70; we do have a lot of stuff). My cousin Andrew works from 2:00 to 11:30, but since he doesn't work on Thursdays, he was able to go to bed early, so he was able to help us early yesterday morning (I hope he's sleeping well and long this morning). My dad and Hope and Faith also came over. We got bookshelves, the chest freezer, the freaking heavy washing machine (all hail the appliance dolley), and so forth and so on.

After that, they all had to scoot. Our install window for the internet was from 1 to 5, so we were housebound. The install dudesie showed up at 12:55 (seriously, I've never had anything but awesome customer service from Time Warner). He had to do some wire running (and there will be a crew out next week to bury it), but he was done by about 3:30, and obviously, the Internet works at the new place. Meantime, we put bookshelves into place, talked kitchen arrangement, and stuff. After the install dudesie had left1, we went back to the other house and grabbed a load of computers and a table to put them on and some stuff from the fridge. We stopped by the grocery store for a couple of things, and were halfway to the new house when I said "Dear, did we grab the cable modem?"2 After a long moment of silence, we got back on 40 headed into Greensboro, went back to the old house, and grabbed the modem and wireless routers we'd forgotten. We eventually got home, got the computers unloaded and set up, and cooked tacos for our first dinner in our new home (Wednesday night and Thursday night [obviously] we cooked over at the parents'.) I watched an episode of Supernatural with faecat, we put together one of the futon frames to get me off the floor (bed shopping will happen this week), and I faceplanted.

This morning, there has been coffee and breakfast and internetting and checkbook balancing, and soon, there will be more cleaning and more moving. The only solace at this point is that 1) we have a lovely house that is OURS and 2) by hook or crook, the moving will be done by Monday evening.

1. Poor guy left his drill charger, so I need to call TWC on Monday and figure out how to get it back to him.
2. Since it was a transfer of service, we're reusing the old equipment, which means not having to stand in line to take back the old one at the TWC billing center, which I'm all in favor of not having to do.
duct tape

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We are engaging in what I see as one of the ultimate uses of leftover turkey and gravy tonight: pot pie.

Today was more moving, with a side dose of cleaning. On the way home from the last load, we swung by my parents' house (how cool is it that we can do that?) for our share of the leftovers from Thursday.

Whee. I'm tired.