Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Big, fat, and juicy, 2

Oh, no, look what happened to Big Bird!

Who's cooking? We're having Costco's best pizza, and then their pumpkin pie with whipped cream. You think I'm kidding. If my son didn't get the full deal with his dad's much larger family, I'd feel duty-bound to baste a bird. But he does, thank god, so I don't. Usually my cousin Mary Beth joins us (Hi, Mary B!), but she has to work, and my mom's not feeling great, so my son will come out just to say howdy and nibble a little pizza.

Have I mentioned that I love Costco? I know how you all love it, too, so pile in my car, and we'll go get stuffed on their freebie food samples.

Photo site: Worth 1000


katiebird said...

Hi Nancy!

Sounds fun! When do you want to leave?

I'm not ready to think about Thanksgiving yet.

Beth said...

Early in and out here. Heading off to FAR Manor - so far the cold has stayed at bay, so I'll be sharing Thanksgiving with the Fetched clan. Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving, if I don't get to chime in the rest of the week.

Pizza sounds relaxing, Nancy.


AndiF said...

Well damn, I've never been in a Costco. Should I be thankful for all the money I've saved?

Morning kb. Beth, I hope you have a great time with the FF bunch -- though that's probably a fargone conclusion.

I'm not sure about the pizza but I've always been a big supporter of Calvin Trillin's campaign to make spaghetti carbonara the national Thanksgiving meal

Family Man said...

Morning Nancy, KB, Beth and Andi.

I'm more than ready for T'giving since I won't be doing any of the cooking, but will be doing a lot of the eating.

Beth, I hope you have a great time at FAR manor.

Andi, I've never been to a Costco either. I feel so backwoodish. :)

GhostFolk.com said...

The bride is dashing herself away for baked bird somewhere along the Mississippi delta, where her family will also participate in the annual drawing of names.

4 nights, 5 days: just me and the dogs and the strange idea I might get some work done.

Kindle looks okay to me, except the cost. In the end, it is just a platform for buying books from amazon.com But I do believe it is a giant step forward toward removing books from ink on tree parts.

I believe it is imperfect (I really want page numbers when I read or use a book). Still, were I a publisher, I'd get on this pony in rush.

One or the other of these is eventually going to stick.

GhostFolk.com said...

I'm so glad to hear you're making the trip, Beth. Take px please if you get the chance. The world does so need an objective peek at Far Manor.

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GhostFolk.com said...

Sorry, I doubled posted above.

Ah, Katiebird, but Thanksgiving is thinking about you.

Ah, I do adore Calvin Trillin, Andif. But ever since Alice died I can't bring myself to read him. It makes me too sad. Alice, Let's Eat was my favorite book of his.

Geez, Nancy, I think a stripper is going to hop out of that turkey. It's okay, though, because he/she'll have dressing instead of undressing.

GhostFolk.com said...

A description of all desserts would be appreciated,Family Man.

AndiF said...

Did you know, Ghost, that he wrote a lovely book about her and their relationship called About Alice?

I have all three of his food books in an omnibus called The Tummy Trilogy and it's my favorite dip into book. Maybe this will help you get back to reading him: Jews believe you live on after death in the way that people think about you; so your reading Trillin's books helps grant her immortality.

Maria Lima said...

Nancy, your dinner sounds fab. I love me some easy fixin' dinners. ::g::

I'm taking advantage of the 4-day weekend to stay at home, cocoon and write. There will also be some DVD consumption. :)

Happy Turkey Day, all!

GhostFolk.com said...

Ah, Andif, I don't think I can handle it. :-) I did find this incredible review, though:


katiebird said...

Beth! You're feeling OK and going to FARmanor today?? I'm so thrilled. I know you all will have a wonderful time. Oh, I started reading Outlander last night. So far it's good, but isn't she married here?

Andi & Ghost, I'm with Ghost -- I don't think I could read About Alice, either. The reviews I read were nearly overwhelming.

About Costco, you either LOOK (and spend nothing) or BUY (and spend about $160) -- but the BEST thing about it is the people who work there. They always seem like they're happy to be there.

FamilyMan, I'm glad you're feeling better in time for Thanksgiving. And that you're back -- I've missed you.

I'm nervous about Thanksgiving because my stepdaughter is planning to be around until late afternoon and we've never, ever (in the 18 Thanksgivings I've been in the family,) ever even SEEN her on Thanksgiving.

Her mother has always insisted that the kids spend EVERY SINGLE holiday & Birthday with her.

We do see the kids VERY late (after 6:30pm) on Christmas.

So, our routine which has been sort of similar to Nancy's (we make a traditional dinner, but it's not elaborate & we eat when & how much we want) Is already being rattled.

She wants to know WHEN we're eating. And soon she'll want to know WHAT we're eating.

This puts me in the middle, because Mister doesn't want to talk about it. And neither do I. And I'm not The Mom. I'm the Step-Mom. So, it's tricky.

AndiF said...

Well kb and ghost, it's a beautiful tribute but I fully understand -- so you can both just read the Tummy Trilogy instead.

On a thanksgiving note, I had expected this to be a blah fall because of the drought but though it was a very different looking one, it was beautiful in its own way. And it reminded me how the best gifts are often the ones you never expected.

katiebird said...

I LIKE that Andi -- the contrast between the totally dead leaves and the still-glorious!

And it's fun to have a chance to talk to you in REAL time. I'm off work today and the rest of the family is likely to sleep for at least another hour.

AndiF said...

Well I was about "to go to work" but I can hang around a bit.

So how has your photo exhibit been going? I think you should take pictures of the pictures being exhibited and post them here.

katiebird said...

Awk! That's a great idea, BUT I can't find the photos I took of it! So, I'm here -- but desperately digging through my folders....

AndiF said...

Take your time. I can wait ........



okay, tired of waiting!

katiebird said...

!! So am I. I'm slowing things down by moving WAY too many folders off my desktop as I look at them. It's not a place for permanent stuff.

Mister took photos too. So even if I can't find mine, I can get a copy from him -- but it'll be later today.

AndiF said...

I can't wait to see them.

Okay, I do have to go be a worker bee now. See ya and the pics later.

Conda said...

Costco Employees are happy to be there--I talked to one: even part time employees get benefits and holiday time-and-a-half...different from Wal-mart, huh?

Happy Thanksgiving one day early!

Kelly McCullough said...

Hi all,

Thanksgiving dinner will be a frou-frou tropical drink in the hot tub at Laura's folk's lodge. There will be food later, but it will probably be sandwiches or the like--since it will just be the two of us. For this one blissful time we're not doing a family thanksgiving. We're sneaking off to the middle of nowhere and hiding. It's my ideal holiday.

Jen said...

Oh, no, look what happened to Big Bird!

So funny I actually snorted.

Costco (last time I checked) is a fine example of a profitable company run in an ethical manner, comparatively speaking. I had an ex who was stocking shelves there in the early 90s for $13/hour plus full benefits. The only real difference in the business model seems to be that that upper mgmt and CEO don't pull down obscene salaries, so everyone can make a living wage and the company still makes money. Huh, what a concept.

The first trip there can be a little overwhelming, though. If you've never seen a forty foot stack of toilet paper, or a box of frozen chicken tenders roughly the size of a small horse, you might be in for a bit of a shock. :)

Welcome back, FM, and safe travels, Beth!

FARfetched said...

Hey all!

Nancy, that sounds like a non-traditional but thoroughly relaxing Thanksgiving dinner. I'm sure FM is proud… and it sure is good to see him out & about! And that is one biiiig turkey! (I like Ghost's stripper idea, but I would.)

FAR Manor is as ready as it's going to be for the weekend — Beth's on the way (w00t!!), and I'd have invited Ghost if I'd known he was spending the weekend alone (and could have figured out where to put the extra body :-). Mrs. Fetched got the stuff I'll need to make the rolls tomorrow; now we're just scheduling the oven time. The place is going to be packed with in-laws; Big V told us yesterday that her dinner has fallen through so she's going to come to FAR Manor & bring her side dishes. Oboy, more food!

Andi, there's a lot of color even in the "dull" parts of that shot. Leaves are coming off the trees rather rapidly now, so I don't know if Beth will get to see color or a bunch of vertical sticks when she gets here. :-P

KB, good luck with the step-daughter. That's one thing I'm glad I don't have to deal with… my own kids are enough!

There's no Costco close enough to make the trip worthwhile (bummer, I could get a freebie membership from work), but BJ's is nearby and fills the bill. But I don't think any of tomorrow's food came from there. Give 'em all a hello for me when you go next time, Conda!

Oof, and I had a comment I wanted to leave at Jen's place, but had to think it over during my walk and then got too busy to go back.

Jen said...

It's the thought that counts, Far. :) Hope you all have a lovely holiday there at the Manor!

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Nancy P said...

Hi, guys! I haven't read all your comments yet, cause I'm in a rush to let you know that I have no internet connection. I'm at the library at the moment.

No phones either. But St. Time-Warner is sending somebody in the morning! Poor guy, on Thanksgiving, but did I turn down the offer? Nooooo.

Nancy P said...

You know the thing I love best about having this blog for quite a while now? That I can leave the room and you guys happily chat among yourselves. It's very sweet to come back and eavesdrop. I'm all verklempt.

Ghost, stripper-turkey, lol! You're right. And Rick, another lol at your gobble poem. Gobble gak gobble help.

So cool that Beth is visting Far Manor!! I can't wait to hear all about it, and yes, full report on desserts, please.

kb, good luck!
Hi, Andi, Conda, Jen, Maria, Kelly, and all who'll stop buy while I'm incommunicado, and all who lurk.

I know not when we shall meet again. . .she said dramatically as she left the library (and the WiFi) and headed to Costco, Home of Happy Helpers.

Conda said...

No Internet connection?! Good heavens, Nancy--it might not be survivable! Life might end as you know it! You might have a lot more time...

boran2 said...

Pizza for Thanksgiving would be a dream come true. Turkey tastes like limp paper unless you add gravy, etc. Have a good one Nancy!

FARfetched said...

Beth arrived safely a few hours ago — we all went and ate. Picture at my place shortly!

katiebird said...

!! Wow, FAR -- That's so exciting. I can't wait to see the pic.

Beth said...

Boy, FAR snuck off and posted while Mrs. Far and I were chatting. Sneaky guy! Safe and sound at FAR Manor, and y'all should be SOOOO jealous - cozy, gorgeous home, snuck back in the woods. We've chatted and eaten and laughed all evening, and I had to tear myself away to gather more energy for tomorrow. The rain is pitter-pattering outside my window, and I might never leave. :-)

Andif, I haven't heard of these books, but will now look for them.

Kb, she's married in her real time, but she ends up without any choice re Jamie. It's that or be handed over to the British, and Black Jack (ick). Keep reading!! And good luck tomorrow - deep breaths.

Fam, welcome back! We missed you.

Happy Thanksgiving to all - enjoy however you spend the day.

FARfetched said...

Actually, I first-posted after you "went to bed." :-D

katiebird said...

Hi Beth, thanks for putting me at ease -- I have a fear of adultery....

I hope everyone had a good/great day and will have a better one tomorrow!


Family Man said...

Everyone have a good T'giving. We're all meeting at my youngest brother's house, so I'm having to get an early start.

Happy T'giving to all.

Nancy P said...

The sainted Time-Warner man has already been here and gone, and I'm back. Man, I don't like being away from my computer. MUCH worse than not watching tv.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.

It's too early to preheat the over for the pizza. :)