Friday, November 28, 2014

TToT54: American Thanksgiving Means Turkey and Shoppng...and House Painting?

We've stayed put this weekend. No travel, no exciting plans. So I did something I have never done on Thanksgiving Day--painted my living room gold. Well, part of it. I'm a little over halfway at this point.

Brian and I had this conversation Thanksgiving morning as I painted:
S: Your mother said something about maybe getting a ham instead of a turkey this year.
B (not really paying attention): I like ham.
S: Yeah, me too. I never can tell when she says something like that to me if she she's just speaking her thoughts aloud or if she wants me to weigh in and sway her in one direction or another. I went ahead and told her that I actually prefer ham.
B (suddenly alert): What? You don't want turkey on Thanksgiving?
S: Well, actually I mainly like the sides. But I prefer ham to turkey.
B: But you have to have turkey on Thanksgiving! 
I'm not convinced. I do like to have sweet potato souffle on Thanksgiving because it's basically pie filling pretending it belongs in the main course. I only allow myself to eat it once a year. But as far as other dishes, I don't hold too heavily with tradition. What does your family do?

You'll be glad to know my MIL served both. And I brought the sweet potatoes.

One and Two and Three (I'm counting the painting).

Four: I have asked for and will be granted the hambone and the turkey carcass. I can do a whole lot with those two.

Five. We have our tree! I am a sucker for all things Christmas and usually chomping at the bit (or "biting at the chomp," as Erin says on Facebook) for it by the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Six. Brian did not grumble even one tiny bit this year when I suggested that we get our tree this morning.

Seven. I got Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla and Cookies n Cream this evening. Sing it with me: "Blue Bell's the best ice cream in the country!" Might be what I miss most about TX. No, I miss my family a little more.

Eight. I avoided all shopping centers.

Nine: I did very little online shopping but found a present for my brother that makes me very excited.

Ten: Thanks to Brian and his Black Friday shopping, I am so close to being able to delete all my kids' apps off my phone and having room for my stuff again. I'm gonna upgrade my system and take all the pictures I want!

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33 comments :

  1. I enjoyed reading your wonderful list. I'd like to see what your Christmas tree will look like.

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  2. One year my X brother in law said to my mother in law who was cooking dinner .... I don't like turkey. So she made ham and turkey. The idiot didn't eat any of the ham but at the turkey. We were all like ?????
    Would love to see a picture of your finished living room.

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    1. And it's finished! Maybe I'll post next week. It is truly gold.

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  3. Hahahahaa Its a family thing we reverse sayings like that.
    Must have turkey and real cranberry relish. I can't do with that jellied canned stuff. Ham is christmas. We often have both ham and turkey for christmas.
    OOOOHHH I love the idea of a gold room. Must see pictures. IN our old house we had a canary yellow room and then we went hunter green. Our bedroom now is a sage green and deep dark purple. I LOVE colors in a house. Paint alll the walls!!!

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    1. I should have linked to you, too! Just thought of that. I always smile when I see that on Facebook.
      I could.not.agree.more about color. Color everywhere! Paint everything a color! I find neutrals so boring. And I do paint everything. At this point, I have all the above ground rooms but the office done. Haven't figured out the color for that one yet. I often drop back to yellow because it's so cheerful. Especially in the winter.

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  4. I'm all for non-traditional Thanksgiving dinners. Except I love the leftovers. Turkey and ham soup. I'm also excited about started the Christmas season. My living room is gold. A very awesome week at your house.

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    1. I know you must be because I saw your pics! My MIL's turkey carcass (I nearly didn't write "turkey" and how would that have looked?) is giving up its goodness to make broth as we speak. It will make many a soup.

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  5. I am totally impressed that you painted (even part of) a room on Thanksgiving. That's being super industrious.

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    1. Well, I wasn't hosting and just had that one dish to make.

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  6. I'll position myself in yet another camp - I don't really care for turkey or ham. Turkey I can handle if it's well-flavored and extremely moist. But I could skip it just as easily - I really never buy it to make intentionally. And ham? Ugh. Just hate the stuff. Never developed a taste for it, despite the fact that my Grandmother always made one on Easter.
    I don't really have a thing for Thanksgiving foods in particular, although I do love a plain and simple bread stuffing - like the plainest you can imagine - and one of the stands at our farmer's market has it all year round so it's easily accessible.
    We are in this house eight years and the only painting we've managed to do is Kidzilla's room. I have grown to hate the construction-white walls. We NEED to paint.

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    1. That's it! I'm coming over with my painting outfit on! Let's pick some colors! I'm with Erin on every room getting it's own color, and I am off the opinion that yellow is always a good bet. It's so cheerful.
      In all honesty, I don't LOVE ham. I like it OK, and I like it better than turkey. But I like the sides best. And the sides you described the best-best.

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  7. What's the gold room like? Will you show us once it's done?

    I once had a dream of a house with white walls with golden words stencilled on them - different words near the entrances to the rooms; Kitchen-nurture; Bedroom - peace; living room - unity....wonder if I'll ever have that.

    I like your week, and I'm glad you had so many successes. I also want to know what a poptato souffle consists of :)

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    1. Like having the sun shining inside. That's why you paint rooms yellow. Or why I always do. Did you ever read Bridge to Terabithia?
      That house sounds beautiful. You should totally do it.
      As for the sweet potato souffle, let me just say it starts with creaming butter and sugar. That should tell you enough.

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  8. awesome list... ham? really? wow.... also never heard of #7 and on #8 you are preaching to the choir... hate to shop! #6...we put up my mom's tree last week cuz she is going away this week and wants it up when she gets back!

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    1. Your life is meaningless until you have had Blue Bell. But you can't get it up here in the wastelands. I actually love shopping, but I hate crowds. HATE hate.

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  9. We have ham and turkey every year. It's a nice compromise and it means better sandwiches with the leftovers. Going to be making some ham and bean soup?? I love that stuff.

    I'm pretty sure you're the first person I know to have painted a room or part of a room on Thanksgiving. Are you enjoying the color?

    We're getting our tree tomorrow. Don't know when it will actually get decorated.

    I managed to stay away from shopping centers, too. Of course, I still have a looooong way to go with the shopping. Basically, I haven't started yet.

    Enjoy the carcasses! :)

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    1. You know, I hadn't really made up my mind, but now I totally want bean soup. Or "bean..youp!" as Leo says.
      Yeah, I do like the gold. During the day. It looks a little weird in the dim.
      Our is on the front porch in its stand. I plan to bring it in later, but we probably won't get it decorated to today. I did put some branches on the mantel, though.

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  10. My husband doesn't really like poultry in any form, so we served ham for Thanksgiving. Ham is easy to prepare, so I'm a fan of that.

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  11. I've always fixed turkey for Thanksgiving, but growing up, we would sometimes have ham. Now I usually cook ham for Christmas.

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    1. We have ravioli for Xmas as a tribute to our Italian heritage.

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  12. Hi Sarah! Sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving with so many things to be grateful for! Thanks for your hosting of TToT and for the warm welcome you all provided me during my 30-Day Third Annual Gratitude Challenge. As you well know, the gratitude of the experience was well worth the challenge. Thank you! ~Kathy

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  13. Sounds like a great Thanksgiving to me! I like both turkey and ham but we only had turkey this year. We went to my mother in law's house for dinner and I was so stuffed I made the awful mistake of not taking home leftovers. You can bet I wished I had by Friday afternoon! I've been painting too and have the room about halfway done. I really need to finish it soon....

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    1. What color, Sandy? I just finished the tiresome job of straining and freezing all my lovely turkey stock. Glad that's over.

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    2. Blue. It was the kids' playroom and it was a crazy sunflower/circus yellow...which I loved in its day. Now I'm feeling the blue. It's really pretty :)

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  14. I love turkey, white meat only, and only "real" turkey; not that turkey roll crap. Ham has to be like country ham and not wet, flavorless city ham.
    I don't like sweet potatoes unless they are savory. I like them roasted with white potatoes and onion and garlic.
    You're the second person today who has sung the praises of Blue Bell Ice Cream. One of my IRL friends just posted that it's the best ice cream on the planet!

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  15. Good for you avoiding the in store hassle and just getting something online hehe. After I heard the same deals were online, I guess I figured some people just like to go out for the tradition of things. We actually don't do Thanksgiving in our home. Funny thing though that when we first got married we did and even since then, I've never made turkey and I always make a whole chicken. My husband doesn't love turkey much so that's why. :)

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    1. I like to shop (I like new (at least to me) things), but I hate crowds. I can't handle them. I like roasting a whole chicken. Way better than turkey.

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  16. Ah...I love this list of thankfuls!!! It makes me smile... and sigh... and be thankful too. I'm all about the stuffing and the green bean casserole... with a side of turkey.

    It sounds like your Holiday was wonderful and the season is off to a beautiful start, my friend!!

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