Monday, November 26, 2012

post Thanksgiving

Our Thanksgiving was lovely; how was yours?

We are not much on tablescapes but we did make appropriate turkey day decorations (those on the left are hand turkeys, if you can't see them):

We cooked wayyyy too much food.  We ran out of bowls.  (Note to self, buy some more bowls for next year.)

We got our turkey on:

We got our baked ziti on.  (As one does.) (What.)

We gave thanks that we had our family here in our new house.  We can't spend all our holidays on the East Coast, which makes us sad, and we were so happy to have our family with us on this holiday.

Since the grandparents were here to babysit, the Mister and I drove down to San Diego for the weekend.  We stopped in La Jolla on the way down.  I had been to La Jolla fifteen years ago, and I remember it as a fun little town on the beach, with seals.  It was much as I remember it, although it was incredibly foggy.

Those things that look like rocks on the beach are actually the seals.

We had an amazing view of Coronado Island from our hotel:

We did not have enough time to get over to Coronado Island, but hopefully next time.

We did get to see the USS Midway, which was only a few blocks from our hotel.  We stumbled upon it while out for a walk in the morning, decided to take the tour, and ended up exploring it for three hours.  It was fascinating.  My grandfather served as a radioman on a destroyer in WWII, and it was neat to see an environment similar to what he would have served on.

I got thrown in the brig. (Insubordination.)

I thought one of the most interesting parts of the tour was seeing the kitchen, and listening to the audio tour's snippets about the cooks.  The recipes for feeding 4,500 people every day were immense---13,000 pounds of food every single day.  The tour described how creamed chipped beef on toast, or "stuff on a shingle" was the dinner that got the most complaints.  I recall both of my grandfathers talking about "stuff on a shingle", but it certainly wasn't described as "stuff."

We came home early Sunday and bought a fake Christmas tree.  Last year we discovered in mid-December that Peter is allergic to trees so fake tree it is.

Are you ready for Christmas?


  1. No, not ready for Christmas. Which is just fine by me. As would be baked ziti! My family always served spaghetti with our turkey, so pasta is a Thanksgiving staple in my book. And I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who doesn't do tablescapes. We're just lucky if all the food makes it to the table at the same time, you know?

    Glad you got to have a nice balance of family, grown-up fun, good food, and a little Christmas prep. Sounds like a perfect weekend.


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