Thanksgiving traditions

It's my FAVORITE time of year - THANKSGIVING! It's probably my favorite holiday because I love to eat - and there is so much good food and good smells in the air during Thanksgiving.
This year we are (cross your fingers!) hoping that this is Seth's last holiday season working retail, but since he's still store manager it means no traveling for us again this holiday season. Instead, my SIL and her 3 kids are coming to us! And my brother and his soon-to-be fiance will also be joining us. It won't be the same but it will be good to be with family - at least some of them.

So the pressure is on for me to do the meal - and I feel like I'm forgetting something from the list of yummy Thanksgiving food traditions.
  • Turkey
  • Stuffing (mom's recipe!)
  • Green bean casserole
  • yummy yam stuff (mom's recipe!)
  • mashed potatoes and gravy for the boys
  • cranberry sauce
  • and pie
But I feel like I'm missing something - and it's the corn and oyster's that my poppa loves! I don't think anyone but me would eat it anyway.

We are also trying to think of some great traditions to start in our new home - I've got one from when I was still living at home that I might re-start with Laura's kids. We will make our place cards to decorate the dinner table (something for the kiddos to do while we are cooking!) but also so that we can each write something that we are thankful on the back of each person's card. I did this when I was in jr. high or high school a few times and I think it would be fun for the kids to do this year - and the adults! But I feel like we need to think about other traditions.

What are your family holiday traditions?


It's a Friday

What a brutal week - and now its Friday at 2:30 and I am ready for the relaxing weekend to begin!

I had lunch today with some friends from my old job. I love seeing these ladies - and of course hearing about all the gossip going on at the old job. Always something new and entertaining to share giggles over!

But it was interesting to contrast and compare my previous work life with my current work life. Isn't sad that we spend the majority of our lives at work? It really makes you re-think your job especially if you are in a job that you don't like, aren't fulfilled or don't enjoy your co-workers. Isn't there a phrase (a-la Grey's Anatomy last night!) about "work wives" and "work husbands"? Think about it - we probably spend more time with our co-workers than our spouses, siblings and friends. If we don't like them, then it makes it an awfully painful relationship and probably an unsatisfying arrangement.

Anyway, the girls asked how I was liking the current j-o-b and in all honesty its not horrible, but its not fulfilling nor challenging. I could literally "work" for 3-4 hours a week and have everything done that needs attention. Not to mention that the progress of the work is constantly stagnated by certain upper level management's inability to make decisions. I feel as if I am whiling away my time simply satisfied to have the security of health insurance, a generous 401K contribution and a regular paycheck. We all know that now is not the best time to be a job seeker. So I should be satisfied with simply having my job, right? I suppose, but as my brother told me today "when you smile despite feeling miserable on the inside, you die a little bit because it doesn't feel right." Some days I feel like I'm atrophying (not quite as bad as dying) when I continue to do what I'm doing (or not doing).

But I lack the cohones to do as Wayne Dyer has said, "There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; there's only scarcity of resolve to make it happen." This would also mean I would have to determine what it is I love.

On another note - great new song from David Crowder Band.



Disclaimer: I am not a fashionista!

I bough these boots almost two months ago, and so far I want to love them but I'm having a hard time figuring out how to wear them. I'm just not fashionable enough to put together a decent outfit with them...yet. But I'm trying!

So here's my thought - they would look so cute with the right dress. Maybe something like this that I just ordered from Old Navy for only $15 (plus s&h, which makes it $21).

From the reviews on Oldnavy.com, the dress is very simple and many suggested pairing it with a belt. So what about this...
And then since it is no longer sleeveless appropriate weather, I thought of pulling in the hot new color for a cardigan for layering...

Someone help me....is this even a good outfit?


Lately it seems like the recession is taking a toll on people - and not just in their pocketbooks. I've talked to several people who seem unhappy at their current jobs. Although we all have to sit and be very thankful that we are in fact employed, it seems that it's not quite enough. With the down economy and fewer job opportunities out there, those that do have jobs feel stiffled. It's as if we feel trapped in our jobs. Even if we wanted to look for something else - whether it's because we have the two year itch or because we are genuinely not in a good place - there isn't anything out there for us. So instead we suck it up and stick with what we have, all the while feeling like a caged animal.

I wonder if the economy weren't so horrendous right now if some of us in this trapped mentality might not feel this way if we simply knew that we could go out and try on a different job if we felt like it. Is it just the fact that knowing that we can't so easily move between jobs the thing that makes us feel stiffled?

Meanwhile, I do know of some people who felt so stuck in their jobs that they have just quit. No other job prospects - they just QUIT. Granted, it's not a lot of people, but still! The mere idea of doing such a seemingly irresponsible thing makes me nauseous. I'm assuming that these individuals are financially prepared to survive for a time without a formal paycheck. Or at least I hope.

Anyway - so to mentally trick myself out of this self-induced cage called "work" I've come up with a short list of reasons why I like my current job.

Why I like my current job:
  • It's flexible - I come in around 8:30am (err, or sometimes 9) and I leave at 4:30pm (err, or sometimes 4)
  • I live close to work which makes for a short and traffic-free commute, and I get to go home for lunch and to see the dogs
  • I'm mostly autonomous - aside from the sometimes lengthy "chats" my boss likes to have about news headlines, what Steve Jobs said to buy from Apple, Jewish holiday commitments, the history of DU and how he single handedly saved it from the last recession, the absurdity of bureaucracy and red tape otherwise known as basic management policies and deadlines, etc
  • I like my co-worker, if I didn't I would probably have to quit since it's just the two of us most of the time
  • We have AMAZING vacation policy - including a full week off (paid!) between Christmas and New Years, and summers on a college campus ROCK
  • I happen to like most of our students-they are great people
  • My day is my time - I rarely have meetings or commitments, so I can control how and when I work and spend my time
  • yup - its not too bad around here I guess


What did you do with your lunch break?

It's amazing what you can accomplish in a little over an hour. Today I ran home for lunch and found Seth surfing the internet in search of the perfectly sized fridge for our kitchen. I said, "Hey, wanna have a little fun while I'm home for lunch?" Little did he know what he was in for!

We started with this:
And this is what it looked like when I left to go back to work:

And this is what is going back it those plain white cabinets place:


Sometimes in life there are things that just don't make sense. For example:
  • Jobs that our society places a lot of value on don't get paid nearly enough. Like teachers, social workers, etc.
  • When mean people win.
  • My parents moved far, far away to another part of the country right about the time that we moved into the wonderful world of a great adult relationship. Now how are they ever gonna get to see their grandkids?!
  • When bad things happen to good people. And when not nice people seem to catch all the breaks.
  • How my girlfriend who works for a health care organization doesn't even have maternity leave to be able to stay home after having her first baby. Not even for a few weeks.
  • And the one that brought to this here blog today, how I can run marathons for a straight year and not be able to fit into some of my dress pants, but today - after not working out for months and eating fried, greasy bar food and lots of beer those same pants look great.



It's only Tuesday
and I have a headache
and it's only 4:03 pm
I wish it were 4:35 pm
I wonder if I have a headache because of the Halloween candy sitting in our foyer of the office.
I see it every time I walk into or out of my office
and I've had two Kit-Kats and two Krackels already.
Does chocolate cause headaches?

Guess I won't make it to the gym again today.
Eh, cuddling on the couch with these bums sounds like a great evening!


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