After Thanksgiving Musings: 11.29.2011 November 29, 2011Posted by Toy Lady in random stuff.
For the “not as disgusting as you might think” file:
Several mornings a week, I like to make a fruit smoothie for breakfast, and I’ve come up with some . . . interesting combinations. This morning, I took the rest of the pumpkin pie that my mother forced on me (it didn’t have a crust, and I’m not really sure what that was all about), a handful of cranberries, a smidge of maple syrup, and some OJ and plain yogurt.
Really. It was actually quite tasty, though I probably could have left the cranberries out.
So we spent the better part of the holiday weekend in the car – first over the river and through the woods, to my parents’ house, and then even further afield, to Peeps’s mom’s house. And the sight of the wind farm along Route 390 always just strikes me, you know?
If Peeps can have his favorite road sign, well, so can I. Even though this Portland is neither Maine nor Oregon, that’s not what cracks me up.
Whenever is see the sign for Buttzville, I can’t help laughing.
And you know what’s REALLY funny? I just figured out how to “tag” my brother on Facebook. Heh. Buttzville.
It’s a nice store – not where I’d want to do all my shopping, by any means (I guess there’s a reason they call it “Whole Paycheck,” isn’t there?), but it was a nice place to browse around.
Only. . . is it normal for Whole Foods to be in the same shopping center with K-Mart?
When we saw the painted light bulbs in front of the West Orange municipal building, we were pretty sure that Rochester’s not the only one that loves a parade!
Has your city/town had a parade of anything?
I mean, I’ve been to a Drive-in Theatre, yeah, and I’ve even heard of people sneaking food into a regular theatre, but a DINE-IN theatre?
I mean, you’re there, in theatre, trying to watch a movie, and here comes the waiter to take your order? During the move?
Has anyone ever done this? Does it really work?
And, of course, we couldn’t help noticing the sign for another store in the shopping mall – a store called “Torrid.”
Um, wait, what?
Although we were kind of afraid of what we’d see, we drove by the storefront to see just exactly what TORRID was.
Just so you know, it’s slutty clothes.
Yes, I know, judgy much?
But, well, with a name like that, could it possibly be any other kind of clothing?
Well, actually, it’s plus-sized slutty clothes. I’ll just leave you with that thought for a moment.
Darn our internal clocks.
There we were, exhausted after the holiday, a long day of driving and packing, and a later-than-usual night of too much pizza, a little too much beer, and a soak in the hotel’s hot tub, and still, we were up long before the sun.
Nothing for it but to head home – it’s almost a 6-hour drive. We left early enough that Peeps’s GPS estimated our arrival time for 10:18.
It was close – we stopped for at a couple of rest areas, and we stopped for coffee once, and we were still home well before noon.
One thing we couldn’t help chuckling about – the reserved-for-the-handicapped picnic tables at one of the rest areas in Pennsylvania.
All the other picnic tables were scattered around the lawn, and there were these two tables, on their little cement platforms, right by the restrooms, chained down.
Only. . . do you have to have some kind of tag or something, like for handicapped parking spots?
Okay, enough of the oh-so-exciting road trip – how about a Christmas Cactus update?
That thing is crazy. It’s just covered with blossoms, with tons of buds besides. Obviously it loves that window, wouldn’t you say?
And once again, it’s time for the weekly menu plan. In keeping with the making-up-for-vacation-time theme, we’re trying to keep dinners fairly simple this week. It’s gonna be a long week. . .
Monday – You know, we’ve been trying to cook that swai fish for, what? three weeks now? And every week, “something ” comes up, and there’s some “reason” we don’t get to it. Let’s face it – we don’t want to. It’s cluttering up the freezer, and we don’t want to eat it. It was cheap enough (which might help explain why we didn’t care for it), and I’m not going to feel too bad about cooking it up and dividing it between the cat and the dog. Meanwhile, we picked up some wild Alaskan whitefish (on sale), which we do like, and we’re going to finally try Cooking Light’s Chip-Crusted Fish Fillets with baked potatoes and what’s left of the root vegetable gratin I made for Thanksgiving.
Tuesday – Cleaning out the fridge – I cooked half a pound of black beans in about a quart of chicken stock that needs to get out of the refrigerator (actually, it was almost a quart, which I supplemented with some water) added some leftover BBQ and a bit of leftover greens – bazinga – soup!
Wednesday – It wouldn’t be the week after Thanksgiving without hot turkey sandwiches, would it? We froze half the bird we roasted a couple of weeks ago, we’re going to try the America’s Test Kitchen Feed’s Stovetop Stuffing, and Peeps sweet-talked my mother out of some turkey gravy. We are there.
Thursday – Since he was kind enough to babysit the puppster this past weekend, when the Boy requested taco night, well, the least we could do would be to accommodate him, right? And besides, TACO NIGHT!
Friday – Followed by pizza night! What more can I say about that? I’m just starting to get the hang of feeding the sourdough starter so there’s enough for four pizzas – we like to have Peeps’s mom over so we can keep an eye on her.
Be sure to click on over to The Organizing Junkie’s Monday Menu Plan post for loads and loads of other ideas.