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Yes, It was a Happy Thanksgiving

I wish I could post some pictures with this, but I only took some of the tiny Cornish game hens. I fit four into the roasting pan that we usually use for the turkey. Overall, it was a good, calm, quiet Thanksgiving. Totally out of character for me, but not in a bad way. AND I got to go Black Friday shopping with my mom, something we have never done before. Luckily we avoided being trampled or shot.The Menu:Cornish Game Hens
Candied Yams
Mashed Potatoes
Roast Vegetables (corn, red potatoes, fresh green beans, crookneck squash)
Wheat Rolls
Cranberry SauceNo stuffing, but we had so many other starches we all agreed that stuffing was overkill. We ate late for thanksgiving, closer to 6 than 3, but in the meantime we watched Wall*E, the kids fought intermittently, I had a Mike's or two and settled into having a small Thanksgiving.And even though I could never live in Lancaster, going to my mom's always restores my spirit a little.So yes, Annette, it was a Happy Thanksgivin…

Happy Thanksgiving?

I'm in an odd place today. I shouldn't be stressed, but I feel a little anxious. I'm down because this Thanksgiving, like last year's, is not what I envisioned. I guess it helps some that I didn't plan ANY vision for this year. That's a lie. I had envisioned a cozy dinner at my mom's place with my kids, my nieces, my sister, and a few displaced friends. Because I always find some extra people to feed during the holidays. It's what I was raised to do.I was hoping that a good friend from Oregon would be able to make it down. He's been having a hard time and, well, misery loves company, right? Long story short, he can't make it. My sister made other plans, my nieces will be at their father's and all other family members are either in OR, Northern CA or NV and not traveling. I'm not even sure my dad celebrates Thanksgiving with his new family. We weren't invited last year and I haven't heard from him this year either. This is the fir…

Thanskgiving Auction - GNO Style

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Chenille Scarf
You are bidding on a chenille scarf made from Lion Brand Chenille Thick and Quick, available in 30 colors. The winning bidder will actually have their choice of color, this is just a sample.Here is how the auction works:
Please leave a comment with:
your bid name and a way to contact you. The bidding will end sometime on Wednesday 11/19 and the winning bid will be announced via Twitter.
You do NOT need a twitter account to qualify! You will be notified via email as well. The winning bidder will then need to pay directly to the paypal account set up on the GNO-cares page, in order to have the item shipped.

Also visit Mommygossip-GNO to see other items to bid on.Opening bid is $15. Please bid in at least $1 increments.

tagged again! 7 things you probably don't care to know

Cheesepuppet over at grass|dirt|corn tagged me. She tweeted me, not sure if she's left a comment yet :)Rules:Link the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog. Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links. Let each person know that they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.I manage to get myself into all sorts of interesting predicaments. And if I didn't plan on running for President someday I would probably blog about them. Instead, a select few know about them because I can't seem to keep my mouth shut no matter what. Me? Keep a secret? Not about my life, that's for sure. I'm an open book, you just have to know the right questions.I actually like my job at Disney. It's the first job that I have enjoyed coming to.It's very frustrating, but I can't grow my hair past my shoulders. For 2 years I wore braids and my hair finally got to shoulder-length. I've bee…

Star Trek *SQUEEEEE!!!!*

I can't wait!! I am so stoked despite possible bad press since this is a prequel. But the last one left me wanting more. I will admit that I am more of TNG fan than the Original, Voyager , DS9, or Enterprise (though I am reminded that back in the day, on my very first personal web site, I had a prominent Star Trek badge. I was such a geek)And that is your daily dose of geek from me. Keep your eyes out for more Star Trek trivia and fandom.

pain follow up

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On Tuesday I had a chiro appt and a lot of my pain can be attributed to lousy sleep and sleeping positions, and sleep pressure, in this case, meaning the pressure that is applied to various parts of my body while I sleep.My two most recent chiropractors have told me to stop side-sleeping, and I'm trying, really I am. But ever since I was a child I have always ended up side-sleeping. I consciously make the effort to fall asleep on my back, but I am so restless (probably due to the stress and what-not) that I can't stay still. I don't "knock out" like I used to (if I ever did).So, I basically need a sleep positioner in adult size. Or a mattress that I can sink in to. I'm trying to convince my chiropractor to write me an Rx for a new mattress. the one I have isn't that great and the Memory Foam knock off mattress pad isn't thick enough. I am now contemplating a down baffle bed for support and comfort.The good news is, I don't have fibro. I just sleep…

Sugar's Giveaway

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Ok, so my photos won't fit in Sugar's comments, so I am posting my entry here.
The Rules:
Okay, so here's how we'll play this game. I'm going to give you a few tasks and questions to be answered. You will answer and display in the comments section. Easy enough, right? These are your scavenger hunt items: 1) A picture of you in the 90s when we were all first making out to singing Kissed By a Rose.2) A Lego creation. It can be your own, one that your kid made, or one that you find on line. My engineer-in-training four year old will be much obliged if you can include directions and moving parts. 3) Your favorite song from the new Soul album. You can find the videos down there... down at the bottom of the blog... we're scrolling, we're scrolling, we're THERE! There it is! Which one do you just want to hear over and over? That's it. Just those little items. You have until Sunday, November 16th to get those in. Not too long, so don't pull a Sugar and go…

GNO Gives Back via FeedAmerica.Org

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So every Tuesday I participate in GNO on Twitter. A few of my guy friends have finally realized that they cannot tear me away from tweeting furiously with other women, especially @sugarjones, @rogbark, @kitrona, and @jyl_mommygossip. This week's Topic is Thanksgiving. We'll be exchanging recipes, talking traditions, and giving back.
So even if you don't tweet think about donating to the Virtual Food Drive. Even $5 helps. Take part in the GNO Gives Back fundraiser. You may donate from November 4-21. We will collect the donations and send one large amount to FeedingAmerica.org.Technorati Tags: ,,

Chronic Pain

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I am always in pain because it's a fact of my life now. I can deal with the dull, low throbbing. That I can ignore and get on with my life with generally no problem. Then there are days when I hurt everywhere. I wake up in pain. Most often in my back, but lately my back, neck, shoulders, hips, and sometimes hands just HURT! And that much thoracic pain usually causes my IBS to act up. What a way to start the morning. Every morning. And Lord please, the days when my IBS acts up when I am commuting. THAT'S THE WORST, the most mortifyinghorribleembarrasing moments of my life, mainly because I think I have gotten off scott-free for the day. And then, BAM! make a run for the bathroom, the nearest bathroom, any bathroom.
A lot of my stress and high anxiety are caused by my chronic pain and vice versa. A never-ending cycle (not to be confused with the Never-Ending Story). My chronic pain could be a symptom of clinical depression, but I haven't been diagnosed as such. Besides, I…

So glad I'm not the only one

Love @CoachDeb

Fall has arrived

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Ok, so the official start of fall was Sept. 22 but in SoCal that's still summer. And up until a few days ago the weather was definitely NOT autumnal.

And it was hotter in the Valley where I work.

So today, it rained in the morning and stayed cloudy and cool all day long. My son made reference to how he missed Oregon and I was finally prompted to make potato soup.
And so starts Autumn in the Holland household.
Josh couldn't wait to dig in.
Let me know if you want the recipe.
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Recipe:

Ingredients
1 lb. potatoes cut into 1/2" cubes2 cups water3 cups milk1/4 cup butter3/4 cup celery (about 2-3 stalks)2-3 medium carrots1/2 cup chopped onion (or 1/2 tsp. onion powder in a pinch)1/4 lb. bacon, about 10-12 slices (at least that's what I use) and/or sausage -- i use turkey bacon and sausage, already cooked and fit my one pot style of cooking.3Tbs all-purpose floursalt and pepper to taste
Directions:
In large pot melt butter and…