If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always had.

Friday, November 23, 2007

It's a good thing I'm not on a diet,

because yesterday was the perfect example of how NOT to lose weight! I had half a bagel and coffee about 9, between wrestling the turkey (23 lbs!) into the roaster and starting the bread. I didn't realize I was hungry again until almost 1:00, and we were within half an hour of putting food on the table. I took the edge off with nibbles of bread while I sliced it. We had our big meal about 1:30, and while it appeared I was being good by skipping seconds, I was stuffed to the gills. Around 6:30, some friends came over for a relatively impromptu dessert pot-luck. Oh my. I'd made chocolate pots-de-creme (new recipe--I was going for something like Applebee's new chocolate mousse shooters), a chocolate pudding pie, and a lemon pie. My friend made all pies--pumpkin, apple cranberry, and pecan. Since it was dinner time, and because we only do this once a year (OK, maybe twice), I got out dinner plates and we all gorged a second time. And no, in case you're wondering, I didn't walk yesterday. It was cold and I slept later than I wanted to.

Today is traditionally 'nibble on leftovers' day. I have grand and lofty plans in my little brain--get laundry caught up, clean our bedroom, wrap the presents I have to mail so I can take them to the post office tomorrow (or Monday), write a few thousand words. We need to decide when to put up the Christmas tree. Usually we do it Thanksgiving weekend, but it's so early this year, and we still have more than a month until Christmas. I love our decorations, but I don't know if I want to look at them for a solid month! If I steer clear of the turkey, I might get some of it done!

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

The turkey is in the oven, and I'm heading to the kitchen to start the bread shortly. I wanted to pop in here before I start the cooking marathon. ;-)

I heard Anne Graham-Lotts on the radio the other day talking about 'Thanksliving'--living each day with an attitude of thanks. I'm generally a happy girl, so this comes easily for me, but I think in the next year I want to be really intentional about it. Some people think it's silly to thank God for a great parking spot, but if He sees when every sparrow falls, I'm pretty sure He can score a parking spot for me with no effort!

Y'all have a blessed Thanksgiving, enjoy your feast, and then get out there and start Thanksliving!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

New boots!

Last spring, I was at the garden, and had discovered that someone had left the soaker hoses on. It was a mucky mess and in the process of trying to get weeds out, the sole of one of my favorite boots came loose. I was pretty well crushed; they were brown leather Double H lacers, about as multipurpose as you can get and still look cool. I took them to Mom's when I went a couple weekends ago and showed them to Dad and my brother, both of whom do leather work. As I'd feared, there was nothing to be done. I did buy new hiking boots before we went to Kentucky last summer, but my Double H's were my rendezvous boots.

I came home and set about trying to find another pair of Double H's. Of course, our western store closed, so I went online. I found Double H's, but then I found these. I'd never heard of Oak Tree Farms before, but they caught my attention with their 1800's Frontier and Wedding Boots collection. Oooh, pretty!

Costume-wise, they're a few decades later than they should be, but they're a lot closer than my lacers were. The lacers had the basic style right, but with rubber soles. We don't have period nazis in camp, though, and when it was cold or wet enough to wear them nobody was paying attention to my feet.

They came in yesterday and fit like a glove. The angle of the pointy toe is just right; when I took them out of the box I thought they'd be toe smashers. The only bad thing is the slick soles. I'll have to rough them up on concrete or I'm going to go tail over teakettle. I like my new girly boots, though!

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