A Lifetime of Birthdays: November 26, 2016

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My FIL, Beavers Alum, and SIL, Ducks Alum, poised before #thecivilwar began. In the end, the Beavers would claim victory.

Saturday was #second-giving as I’m terming it. We had family (No. 4) over to watch football and eat a more traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pumpkin pie (No. 10 & No. 2).

We started the day with brunch leftovers from Thanksgiving and straightening up the house in preparation of company. I baked the pumpkin pie and turned the turkey over in the brine.

My family arrived a little after noon hands full of goodies for snacking during #thecivilwar (University of Oregon vs. Oregon State University), for which are the alma maters for my sister- & brother-in-law and father-in-law, respectively. So, it was a bit of family competition fun.

By half time I needed to start roasting the turkey and getting the mashed potatoes and stuffing ready.15195864_10211359061314587_8263182238349041190_o

My FIL’s team won, and then we settled in to eat the traditional American Thanksgiving meal. Everything was yummy and my company left for their hotel/home with full bellies and smiles.

After everyone left we cleaned the kitchen and sat down to watch a movie (No. 14).  I did a quick inventory of the favorite things I’ve missed this month to try and get into my schedule on Monday.

We were pretty whooped and headed for bed right at 2100 hrs.

I learned that my #intheweeds project (No. 6), which has been on hold while I did my birthday month project is of greater importance than I originally thought possible (more on that later).  I learned that if Hubby and I were a couple unencumbered by extended family and children, we’d already be in the process of being ex-pats. But, I love my family dearly. I was reminded that there’s nothing I can’t cook up. And books (No. 7) and bed are always there when the outside world seems too much to deal with.

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