Monday, November 24, 2008

Monday Morning Meme... and Miscellaneous Mumbling

What we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving? ~Erma Bombeck, "No One Diets on Thanksgiving," 26 November 1981

1. Thanksgiving is this week! Where are you going? Besides eat, what do you do on Thanksgiving? Do you have any family traditions you’d like to share with us? Don’t forget to take pictures! (You’ll be asked to show them next Monday! This will also prove handy for Coffee Chat!)

We'll eat... just the three of us, which -- even after nine years here, I still find odd. My inlaws all have dinner at their own homes, and then gather for an hour or two somewhere after eating. My memories of Thanksgivings past are of utter chaos, zillions of family members, the "kids table" and just a lot of fun. Not so here. It's sad and I miss the chaos. I'm sad my DD won't have those kinds of memories.

The only tradition we have is getting the tree the day after Thanksgiving. We used to go cut one down, but the inlaws have decided that the Friday following T-Day is too early, so THEY all go in mid-December. So, last year we went to Agway and bought a tree, and this year I imagine we'll do the same.

I'll take pictures, but -- sorry Karen -- I won't post them here. No photos of family faces on my blog. Sorry. Only mine and the dog's, and you're probably sick of those! LOL...

2. What is your favorite gadget? Why is it your favorite? If money was not an object, what gadget would you buy for yourself?

Unless I consider my laptop a "gadget", I don't have one. No iPod, no Blackberry... my cell phone doesn't even take pictures, nor do I use it to text or email (shockingly, I only use it to, yanno, make PHONE CALLS).

I'd probably buy a Wii, because my DD wants one so badly (but DH is opposed to gaming systems), or a treadmill (which isn't really a gadget... but...) for the dog. Yes, the dog. How the heck am I going to wear her out this winter without one?

3. You’ve been chosen to be a contestant on “Survivor” and you leave in 6 weeks. How will you spend the next 6 weeks to prepare for the challenge?

Well. Hmmm... I've never watched "Survivor", but I imagine I'd need to be fit. And I think the chickies wear a lot of revealing clothing. I wonder if I could lose 35 lbs in six weeks? Could I go on "The Biggest Loser" first?

4. How many times a week do you visit the ATM machine? Do you normally carry a lot of cash? How often do you use credit cards? Are you pretty good at paying off your balance every month? How do you control your credit card spending?

I use the ATM for deposits, mostly. I seldom carry cash -- it's too easy to spend thoughtlessly. I use the CC for everything and, yes, pay it off every month. We're big believers in not carrying debt and living within our means (unlike half the rest of the world... but don't get me started on irresponsible people who expect other people to bail them out when they get into trouble, okay?).

Your turn!


Today I get to sweep, mop and dust the area that will be my office. I bought the scatter rugs and felt pad thingies yesterday, so will start moving in the furniture again. Hopefully I'll have some pictures for you tomorrow. I took a picture of the tile in the bathroom (it's actually stone (!!) and turned out really well).

We're having a heat wave today -- 47 degrees. I'm going to get out, run the dog, scoop poop and let the fire die since the chimney guys are coming today to install the cap. Good timing on the warm (HA!) weather.

That's about all that's happening in my exciting life, other than trying to get to Tractor Supply Company today to buy DH's birthday present -- his birthday is TODAY. Nothing like waiting until the last minute... I might pick up a new bird feeder while I'm there. My birds need something bigger -- they're eating me out of house and home.


You Are a Siamese Cat

You are a very communicative creature. You're eager to express yourself - and do so often.

You are very dependent and love attention. You will complain if you are not getting enough affection.

Even though you are very loving, you can seem aloof, unpredictable, and stubborn in relationships.

A relationship with you takes a lot of patience.

That first part? Totally wrong... but the second? Yeah... that's kind of right on.



Allie Boniface said...

I didn't know anyone but me still had a "basic" cell phone :)

Sue said...

I've never watched Survivor either. I thought I was the only one!

Have a great week ahead and Thanksgiving Day! :)

My entry is here

Please do stop by if you have a moment :)

Sarita Leone said...

So happy for you that your office is nearly done. I'll bet it looks great. :)

Diane Craver said...

My cell phone is actually my daughter's old one and it's nothing special. I buy phone cards for it so it gets limited use.

I have Thanksgiving dinner each year. We used to make the trip to Findlay (3 hr. drive) when my parents were alive and it was so much fun being with all my siblings and their children too. Now I have it for my in-laws and my adult kids and friends. I love having Thanksgiving but I do miss my parents and seeing my family. I had the sweetest parents.

Yeah, I'd probably get a Wii if I had the money - not for me but for Amanda and others.

keri mikulski :) said...

Love Thanksgiving week. Enjoy! ;)

Dru said...

I go to my aunt's for Thanksgiving and all they require of me is that I show up.

My favorite gadget is my computer.

I would decline my spot on Survivors a show I don't watch.

I go to the ATM machine once a week and I do my best not to carry debt.

I'm glad everything is more or less done in your office. I can't wait to see pictures.

You Are a Persian Cat

You are very high-maintenance, at least as far as keeping up your appearance goes.

But you're surprisingly low-maintenance in every other aspect of your life.

You are peaceful and sweet tempered. People enjoy your company.

You are loving and a good companion, but it takes you a while to trust people.

I'm not high-maintenance in my appearance.

groovyoldlady said...

I actually prefer quiet holidays. However, having said that, I DO enjoy our crazy family togethers when they happen. So I guess It's "semper Gumbi" for me.

I am notoriously anti gadget. In fact, When I read the question my first thought was "my garlic press".

I AM a survivor. I don't need to be on some stupid tv show to prove it! (I've never seen it either...)

I hit the atm for $20 about once a MONTH. I also use my CC for enerything and pay it off at the end of the month. Our only real debt is out mortgage.

I can't wait to see your new office space!

MomJane said...

Since I am not going to be home for Thanksgiving, I have decided to cook a turkey when I get back. I love having all the left overs.

I came up as a Norwegian Cat and not one thing sounded like me so I didn't post it. Starting with very very athletic. Hah.

I almost never use my charge card, but when I do, I pay it off at the end of the month. I carry very little cash, and use my DC when shopping.

Judy said...

Happy Birthday to your DH... and how sad is it that when I read gadget, I thought of my coffee grinder. I still have a basic cell phone as well and don't have any of that other technostuff. Oh well... I'm out of touch with the world.

Phoenix said...

I still have just a basic cell phone also! ;) Too funny, I would so need to go on "The Biggest Loser" also! lol

Thanks for stopping by my page! :)

Tori Lennox said...

I actually DO watch Survivor but I have never had any desire whatsoever to be a contestant. My idea of roughing it is Motel 6. *g*

Ceri Hebert said...

I'm a Persian

You are very high-maintenance, at least as far as keeping up your appearance goes.
But you're surprisingly low-maintenance in every other aspect of your life.

You are peaceful and sweet tempered. People enjoy your company.
You are loving and a good companion, but it takes you a while to trust people.

Well, actually I'm not high maintenence at all. I'm kind of a wash and go type and I thank God I don't have to dress up for work.

We're just doing a family (4 of us-2 are leaving) this year, but usually we do a family thing but my mom is down in TX this year.

Have to go along with your inlaws on the tree thing. I don't like putting a tree up too early.

Well, heck, I'm just going to have to do this meme on my blog!

Brandy said...

Happy Birthday to your DH!
When I was growing up we house-hopped from relative to relative with utter Chaos on Thanksgiving. When we moved away we were happy not to have to leave our house! This year (we upset the Out-laws) we decided we weren't going anywhere and are having our own Thanksgiving. And with two kids and seven cats, it won't be quiet. *G*
Can't wait to see your new/improved office!
I was a Bengal cat, which SO doesn't fit. *G*

Have a terrific day!

Anonymous said...

LOL! I love that you want to go on Biggest Loser before Survivor. Now that's a creative answer!!

Melissa said...

I don't want to think about Thanksgiving. I'm wishing I could postpone it for a couple of weeks. Just no time right now.