December 1st, 2003


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Thanksgiving was good. At the last minute, Bob and his family decided they could come over for dinner, so it was a very fun dinner. It was also a whole lot easier than the meal for 200. I was surprised at how easy Thanksgiving dinner has become to make, for me, and how cheap it is in this area to come up with a turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing (from leftover rolls from the lunch), mashed sweet potatoes, green bean cassarole, rolls, gravy (from stock I'd made of the last carcass) and salad. I think, with the turkey sale, we spent less than fifteen bucks to feed four adults and a teenage boy. Wow.

I'm thankful for that opportunity, for our friends, family, and health. It's been a very interesting year.

We had a tremendously busy Friday, running around and shopping and errand running, and getting me to my massage, and Jet to see "Brother Bear". I cried at various points. Jet just watched raptly. I thought he was asleep, but he was just cuddled into my lap (wouldn't leave it) to see, only moving to get some popcorn from John. There are some rumors that it's going to be the last hand-animated movie from Disney. End of an era.

Saturday was John's birthday, and he got a pile of gifts even before 8, as I was up early for no good reason. We went out, had breakfast at a new place, and then toured homes for a good four hours. Just new houses in the area, and they gave us a $15 Safeway card for doing the look through of the houses. So we paid for our Thanksgiving feast by walking through houses. That was pretty funny.

We headed to the Rec. Center for the late afternoon and had a blast. Jet wanted the toy room (i.e. kid care), but when we finally got him into the water, he did fine. He even went on the big slides again, and around the lazy river a few times, clinging, tenaciously, to the handles on the ring floats. We had dinner at Old Chicago.

Sunday was church in the morning, but John and I were in charge of the toddler room. Turned out, though, that Jet was the only kid there, and he played with clay the entire time. This after all the other kids got bored of it after ten minutes or so. I was pretty happy with that. After snack, we went home, and he fell asleep just as we got home. He was still asleep when we left an hour later to deliver him to Macy's birthday part at the Little Gym. He had a mildly traumatic time before he got into it. One of the instructors just picked him up and started dancing with him, and he started smiling. Then he really got into it. He was probably the second smallest kid there, next to Macy, and he still did whatever every other kid did. He climbed the mountain pad, he slid down the zip wire while concentrating fiercely at holding on, and he ran, danced, and jumped under the parachute and ran around in there by himself while the other kids held the edges down.

He had a blast by the time they were having chocolate cake, juice, and watching Macy open a few presents and then run around the room while her older brother finished the job. *grin*. I'll probably have to get Jet to go to the Little Gym again, sometime. He really wanted to try the balance beam.

So it was a really full weekend.

I even managed to read both Diplomatic Immunity and The Curse of the Chalion. Though both of the books kept me up until about 2 am, and with Jet up at 6 or 7 each morning, there wasn't that much timet to recover. Though I did manage a nap or two, I'm still not really caught up.
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