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Miscellaneous Turkey Day Stuff (a day late)

Drat. Somehow or another, instead of minimizing the window, I closed it. What was I thinking? Anyway, I lost a significant portion of an update I was writing. Normally for long entries, I compose them in Word so this wouldn't have been a problem, since I save often. But I didn't expect my entry to be long. I was wrong...

SNOW!
I love snow. LOVE IT. I really do not belong in the Mid-Atlantic. We don't get nearly enough snow, and it rarely sticks. And frankly, if it's going to be cold outside, I darned well better get a little snow for my troubles. Anyway, Wednesday night I got my SNOW! I love White Turkey Days. Except, it was early, so I didn't get my white turkey day, because it had all melted by mid-morning Thursday. That was a darned shame, but it sure was pretty while it was falling. Usually if we get snow on or before Turkey Day, it's a sign that we'll have a snowy winter. I hope that rings true this year. I LOVE SNOW!

Welcome to the World
Two babies were born on Wednesday. Well, I'm sure many more than that, but two that I know of.
bodnej and Mrs. Bodnej had their baby boy, Liam Dean, at 3:40 on Wednesday. He has lots of dark hair, unlike Jack, but otherwise looks a lot like Jack did. He's very cute. Mommy and Baby are doing well, so far as I know.
Also, my friends Lis and Jason had their baby boy at 5pm. He is also cute (not surprisingly) and mommy and baby are doing well also.
This makes for the second set of babies that Laura and Lis delivered on the same day. I believe Adina was born before Jack, but both on Jan 5th, 2004. Now two baby boys (Laura won the race this time) on November 23, 2005. Mazel Tov to both families!

Turkey Day Menu
We had, predictably, far too much food for the mere 6 people that we had at our table. But I don't know how to cook for just 6 people, so we'll just have leftovers for a while. We had:
  • Roast Turkey with Challah Stuffing and gravy
  • Challah Stuffing that wasn't in the turkey (mainly for my benefit) (yes, I realize that some people would call this "dressing" but I don't)
  • Maple Carrots with Glazed Pecans (I bought these)
  • Mashed Sweet Taters
  • Apple Cranberry Tart
  • Cranberry/Marshmallow Goo (Ambrosia?) (Lauren brought this... yum!)
  • Green Beans with Pearl Onions and Oregano (Lauren brought these...they were delicious!)
  • Rice Pilaf (I bought this)
  • Dinner Rolls (Lauren brought these)
  • Green Salad (also Lauren)
  • Marinated Tomato Salad (my usual)
  • Pumpkin Pie and a glorious Fruit Tart that Gershona brought (from the Pastry Oven)
I feel like there was more, but that's probably sufficient. I had enough stuffing/dressing for about 30 people. I had enough leftovers that I sent some home with Gershona and with Lauren & Joel and I *still* don't know what I'm going to do with it all. Can you freeze mashed sweet potatoes? I doubt it, but they might hold up better than white potatoes would. It was definitely too much food, of course, but it required very little cooking and prep from me, which is good.

Not the best meal in the World
While the food and the company couldn't have been better (in my humble opinion), dinner could have been better overall. Julian, who was already in his 2nd or 3rd (I lost track after a while) outfit of the day was pretty well behaved (he wasn't feeling well), and stayed away from the table for much of the first part of the meal. Then he came to the table asking for food. We gave him a little of Lauren's Cranberry Ambrosia which, um, did not go over well. I don't know if it was the tartness of the cranberries, the texture of the marshmallows, or just the fact that he wasn't feeling well in the first place, but he sat there with a terrified look on his face for a while, refusing to chew or swallow. I thought he might cry, and then he decided it needed to come out of his mouth, so he spit it all out into my hand (and onto his shirt and pants). Yum. Seth got him cleaned up and came back to the table in record time, and we continued with our meal. Then Julian turned to me and started to throw up for real this time (not the first of the day). I have this ridiculous reflex when he does that... my hand shoots out to catch it. So, um, yuck. I picked him up and whisked him into the kitchen to minimize the amount that I managed to gross out people at the table. Then I went to wash my hands while Seth changed Julian and got him cleaned up (again). I sat back down at the table and tried to act like everything was normal, except, well, it wasn't. This time Seth left Julian in our bedroom watching TV, but eventually decided that (despite not even being 6pm yet) Julian was probably better off going to sleep. Julian didn't put up a fuss about it either, so clearly it was a good idea. After that, we had a pleasant remainder of our meal, with enough food to feed another dozen or two people.

Did I mention that I made a 19 pound turkey? Yeah. That wasn't brilliant. I don't eat turkey (it gives me migraines), and Gershona is a vegetarian. So that was almost 5 pounds of turkey per person that was actually eating turkey. Hah! Anyway, I had purchased the turkey for Rosh Hashana but ended up deciding not to use it for RH, so it was what I had in the freezer. Since I make turkey probably less than once a year, it didn't make sense to buy another (smaller) turkey. Except now that I have enough turkey leftovers to feed Seth for a month, I realize that it would have made sense to buy another (smaller) turkey instead. Hopefully Seth won't get too sick of turkey too soon. I ate a little bit of the stuffing that had been in the turkey when it came out of the oven, and the resultant headache was enough to remind me why I don't eat turkey, so I won't be partaking in leftover turkey. I think I can probably freeze it, wouldn't you think? I'm not good at knowing what to freeze and how. It's something I'm going to have to learn eventually.

What I'm Thankful For
I have so many things to be thankful for, this year as always. I couldn't possibly list all the blessings that I have in my life. However, a small sampling:
  • I am so grateful for my kind, loving, patient husband, sethcohen. We've been married for only three years, but every year is better than the previous one. May we continue to grow together, and may the years get better every year for many years to come.
  • I am so grateful to have Julian in our lives. Many people ask us when we'll get to adopt him (we don't know). And they mention how hard it must be that he isn't "ours" yet. But you can never "own" a child, and Julian knows that. He is his own, independent little person, with a personality big enough for a dozen children. We love every day that we have with him, even when he is being a demon child. We have learned so much in the past year and we have him to thank for it. I've learned more about myself through this little monster angel than I've learned in a lifetime of being me.
  • I am so grateful for our ever-supportive friends and family. We have asked so much of you and you have given so freely and generously. There is no way I can adequately express our gratitude for your help in the last year.
  • Most importantly, I am grateful to Hashem for the opportunities He has given me to excel, to fail, to learn, and to grow. May I someday live up to my potential.


In Other News
  • Seth was sick with some kind of stomach virus the first part of the week. It appears that I now have it. I've been at work since 6:15, and I don't think I'm even going to make it until noon today, though I'm hoping to hold out for it. I am unamused.
  • Work is still really busy, and I'm truly on my own now (the guy I'm replacing is officially gone), but it's a good kind of busy. I have a lot more stress in this job, but it's the kind of stress where at the end of the day I can look back and see that I accomplished something. Maybe even something useful. This is completely different than the kind of stress that stems from sitting on the beltway in traffic, or not being able to have some flexibility with my schedule. I have all the flexibility I could ask for now. I'm a manager, I make my own schedule, and as long as my client is happy, my boss is happy.
  • Speaking of my boss, it's not clear who my boss is at this point. I have no idea who I report to within my company. That's okay, I suppose. Not really a big deal, since I really work for my client. And I guess I'll find out after I see who signs my time sheet next week.
  • The CEO of the company took all the managers at NOAA to lunch on Tuesday, which was nice. I looked longingly at the Crab Cake Sandwiches and the Rotisserie Chicken Salads that people ordered. Such is life. But it was nice to get to know the CEO. He's a really down-to-earth guy, despite being able to say things like, "I bought a company in 2000 which enabled us to get work at such and such an agency." I listened to him say that and wondered if I'd be able to start a sentence that way. Probably not. And honestly? I don't really want to own/buy a company. He's bought about 7 companies, all of which have done really well, and yet he's an incredibly laid-back person. I suppose this is one of those differences about working for a small company that I'm starting to see. I sure never met (let alone dined with) the CEO at either of my two previous companies.
  • I have a consultation for a new sheitel on Sunday. That should be fun. Or, um, maybe not so much fun as necessary.
  • I got a few new pictures up on Julian's website. Once I get the rest up, I'll make a Julian update post.


I think that's enough for now. I hope everyone had a happy turkey day.
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