Monday, November 28, 2005

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Okay, I don’t have any real leftovers because I didn’t cook this year, but here’s a hodgepodge of thinly related stuff from the past week.

And before we begin, can I just say, it's FREEZING in Arizona? It was 29 degrees when I came downstairs this morning. I stopped running because my nose was burning so bad I thought it was going to bleed. No moisture in the air. All right, I know, I'm a wimp. It'll get up to close to 60 today, which is still really, really cold to me. And all of you who don't live in California or Arizona have no sympathy for me, I know. But I'll take 115 degrees in July over winter cold anyday.

This is the family picture we took Thanksgiving day at my in-laws. Everyone is actually looking at the camera, a first for us.

A note of bragging. I bet not too many of you went swimming on Thanksgiving. I didn’t either, but my daughter did. Eighty-five degrees in Palm Springs at my in-laws house. They heat their pool so the girls all went swimming. So the bitter cold today is just doubly insulting after such gorgeous weather.

And on a sad note: What is the world coming to? This next generation may already be lost. Thanksgiving Day at my in-laws, we were watching the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special (forget the official title, I know that’s just terrible) when my niece asked her dad the names of all the characters. She only knew Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Now that’s just sad. I’m going to have to talk to Paul about how he’s raising his children. Surely he’s depriving him of great American culture if they don’t know the whole cast of Peanuts. Sheesh. It’s pretty bad when the adults are into the cartoon more than the kids.

Finally, one definition of insanity: taking your kids to the day-after-Thanksgiving sales. We stood in line for 45 minutes at one store. They were actually pretty good. And I got some cool new running shoes (which is what I went for) and finished a good portion of my Christmas shopping (an added benefit).

And next week, I might actually have something interesting to say.


Jenny said...

I still cannot get over you taking the kids shopping on Black Friday! You are either the bravest or the craziest woman I have ever met--and trust me, I've met some lou-lous :-)
I'm sure you now qualify for cannonization. If not, you will by the end of the week.
Have a good one!
Abundant blessings,

Paula said...

Beautiful picture!! You'll get no sympathy from this CO girl about your cold temp. But . . . I have to admit it was warmer here . . .

My hubby hit the sales, too. I slept in. LOL

Robin Caroll said...

You took your KIDS out on Black Friday? Are you insane? LOL

Jennifer Tiszai said...

Why, yes I am crazy. :) I'm a writer. That's a prerequisite. But even I hesitated taking the kids. And I consider it a near moral failing to pass up a bargin for something I have to buy anyway. The kids were surprisingly well behaved. Guess the lava lamp night lights that I bribed them with worked.

Dineen A. Miller said...

The desert sounds beautiful. The only time I've really been in one was this last summer when we drove from CA to Florida in five days. On the way we stopped at Meteor Crater. The silence was awesome! I always see and feel God in nature, but that topped anything I'd experienced so far. I'd love to see a picture some time. (hint hint, lol)

Jennifer Tiszai said...

Aw, Dineen, since you asked, I'll see what I can dig up to post for Monday. It really is an usual kind of beauty out here. Stark contrasts, sharp edges, a beauty that celebrates solitude.

And on a completely unrelated topic, what's up with the ACFW forum? It's been so dead lately. And me here with a completed book and lots of free time on my hands. :) Someone start an interesting thread.