November 26th, 2009



Is anyone out there? I assume everyone is out of town or busily mashing potatoes and baking pies. No time for reading LJ! Crack that whip! Find that nutmeg and clove and cinnamon! Where is the mixer? Where is the pie pan? Where oh where is the condensed milk???

Ho hum, I am still awake. It's past midnight, so I can wish a very happy Thanksgiving to the U.S. folks on my friends list. I wish you much good food, whatever exactly that means in your family. Shannon and I are getting a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from Andronico's: turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, stuffing, gravy, pumpkin pie ... I think that's it. We've gotten it in previous years, and it was an excellent alternative to either cooking the whole thing ourselves (we are not great cooks) or attending a gathering with other people. I always used to get together with family and/or friends for Thanksgiving, as it is my favorite holiday of the year, but Shannon prefers to spend it quietly at home. I don't really mind. When I'm doing better, I might occasionally spend Thanksgiving separate from him, or talk him into going to a family/friend event. I think it would be nice.

Today Shannon's sister Melody came up to visit us for the day with her boyfriend Jared. I adore both of them madly. They are both in their early twenties, but they seem very mature for their age. They adore our cats (Lucy was a total slut, walking around begging for attention) and the conversation was never lacking. For a while we converged in the dining room and Shannon picked out some games he though we would all enjoy. So we played a board game called "Around the World in 80 Days" (which Shannon won handily) and then the spatial reasoning game "Rumis" (which I love, and which I won the first game, I don't remember who won the second game, but I think it might have been Shannon). Most of Melody and Jared's gaming experience is with boring family games like Monopoly and Risk, so it was nice to introduce them to some of the games that Shannon and I like.

Melody and Jared seem really good together. He's a bit sillier than she is, but I think that's a good balance. Melody has now decided to drop her English major and go into Accounting. I was surprised, since she has always been an avid, intelligent, contemplative book reader. She's a big fan of Sylvia Plath. Shannon asked her if she actually liked Accounting, and she said she likes counting money.

Jared is now pursuing a BFA in animation arts, with an eye toward getting involved in CGI. It sounds like a really fun field to get involved with. I wonder if there will be any jobs around when he gets out.

But, as a former English/Psychology double major, I don't think I have any right to look at anyone else's college major and judge it for practical reasons.

Plus, Shannon posted some cute cat pictures today, so I though I would point you at them: You can see my lovely and dignified Queen Cobweb, caught in the act of reaching up to drink water out of Shannon's mug. She now believes that she can do pretty much anything she likes and we will just cuddle her and say, "Oh Cobweb! You're so skinny! We love you so much!"

The other picture is of Lucy, looking like she's ready to chase something down and pounce on it. She loves to perch on bookshelves, the higher the better. Cobweb, on the other hand, likes to attack the bottom shelves of our bookcases, pull all the books down into a pile in a nice corner, and then sit on them. Seriously. There are two bookcases in particular in our bedroom which simply can't keep books on the bottom shelf. She always makes a nest out of them.

Crazy, crazy, crazy cats. I love them very very very much, but sometimes I don't understand them in the slightest. Perhaps if I had taught them English at a younger age ...

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Had a pleasant Thanksgiving. Went to the grocery store to pick up our ready-made dinner (well, actually a few meals' worth) and a few odds and ends (sparkling cider, a dessert for Shannon, who doesn't like pumpkin pie, etc.), and almost all the Andronico's employees we know were working today: Fingerless Gloves Man, Conspiracy Man, My Favorite Bagger, Annoying Deaf Bagger, Deli Man, etc. I had a minor struggle, as always, with Annoying Deaf Bagger, who always tries to put the heavy stuff into bags instead of letting me put it in my backpack. Maybe he doesn't hear me? He talks to me, so I assume he can hear some. Perhaps he finds me as frustrating as I find him. That damn woman, always grabbing groceries out of my hands!

Had linner around 3, I guess. Everything was very tasty. While eating, we watched most of the "V" series that was on tv a couple months ago. We had it saved on our DVR until a time when we could marathon it. I think we watched 3 episodes today. I liked it quite a bit, but a) I liked the original, back when I was a kid, and b) it starred a lot of actors and actresses I knew from other shows, so I was predisposed to like them. I think we have one more episode to watch.

Discovered that Cobweb likes whipped cream, but doesn't care for pumpkin pie crust. Don't know if she likes pumpkin pie filling, though, because I ate it all and left none for her.

Today Shannon and I also played a few games of Dominion. I think I won twice and Shannon won once. It's rare that I beat him at a strategic game, but I play this one so often with Lisa that I'm more confident than usual. It was a nice way to spend time together.

Unfortunately, I was sick most of the day today. Just nausea and intestinal cramping, as usual. Bleh. I am still hoping to go for a bike ride with Shannon on Saturday if my body cooperates.