Archive for November, 2014

Thanksgiving Past

So Thanksgiving has come and gone. It was fairly uneventful here. I cooked for myself, John and his brother. This year I didn’t go overboard so there wasn’t an insane amount of leftovers. In fact almost everything is gone by now. Normally I make a turkey breast-in-a-bag (Target’s is fool proof and so good!), however I am not a huge turkey fan and what isn’t eaten normally gets tossed. I do like meatloaf though, so I made a turkey meatloaf using a Rachel Ray recipe. It was amazing and is just about gone as I type this. Next year, assuming the house is finally in good shape, I am contemplating hosting a dinner since I have so many friends in the area now. Well not that many, but enough that we could have them over and it would remain low-maintenence, except for John’s brother of course.

Thanksgiving night John wanted to watch “Godzilla,” so I put it in. However I had to tune it out as his brother wouldn’t shut up as usual. He had to talk about why the rocks were wrong, how the fins on Godzilla’s back were not to aid in swimming but for balance, so on and so forth. The irony is when I saw the film in the theater I ended up with an older couple behind me who wouldn’t shut the hell up either. “Oh it’s Juliette Binoche, I love her!” “Well that part didn’t last long at all.” “Oh what’s the name of that flower, I adore those flowers.” “Is that Godzilla? It doesn’t look like Godzilla.” Ahhhhhhhh! I remember leaving the theater at one point to breath and calm down. While outside a woman was heading back in from the bathroom, saw me and said “I wanna kill them too.” Seriously, people need to STFU sometimes.

So to wrap this post up, I realized I forgot to celebrate Thanksgiving with “Turkey Lurkey Time.” Unfortunately I’m running out of options to share. I guess I need to motivate to learn the dance and make my own video. Until then, enjoy last year’s “Glee” mash-up of “Let’s Have A Kiki” and “Turkey Lurkey Time.”


So this weekend, actually today, is when John’s brother comes down and stays with us for almost an entire month. Prepare yourselves! When I was still on Facebook this is the time of year I dreaded, yet those on my friends list loved it as I would share stories and bitch about what John’s brother had been up to. Since I don’t have Facebook anymore, I will use my blog as my outlet. Yes, I’m bringing John’s brother to a somewhat whole new audience!

For those who don’t know, John’s brother is his eldest sibling, he’s actually about 15 years older than him (maybe more). He lives in Albany, where he used to work for the state government. He recently this past year retired. He comes down on the weekends in October and early November to help with hayrides at the farm. The week before Thanksgiving he comes and stays until mid-December to help with Thanksgiving week and to make wreathes at the farm. While he’s here he drives everyone bonkers. He stays with us because like everyone else, he doesn’t get along with their brother-in-law. They actually loathe one another to the point that one will likely kill the other some day. Because John’s sister, her husband and their kids live most of the year across the street in their mother’s house, John’s brother stays with us. Also the same things that drive me nuts about John’s brother drive his mom nuts, so she doesn’t like him in her house for too long. So what does John’s brother do that’s just so insane? Here is a short list . . .

  • John’s brother walks around the house naked, or nearly naked, and its not something anyone wants to see.
  • He brushes his teeth in the kitchen sink, which is where I have to wash the dishes as we have no dishwasher. He does this because he can fit his head in there and drink straight from the faucet to rinse his mouth out. Why can’t he use a cup to do this? Because cups have germs that will get into his freshly brushed mouth. We’ll just ignore the fact that Jersey water is likely worse than the germs.
  • Last year he constantly left the microwave door open after using it.
  • He takes 45 minutes in the bathroom getting ready in the morning, and rather than make one trip in there, will walk up and down the steps from his bedroom to the bathroom several times.
  • He tells very long stories, usually about something that happened years ago, and sometimes stories nobody wants to hear about because of what they are about.
  • He will walk into the living room when I’m watching TV and stand in front of the TV, as if I am supposed to be able to see through him. John does this too, I’m convinced they must have had to compete for the TV at their house when little.
  • Not only will he insist on watching TV with me when he doesn’t know what is going on, he won’t shut up during the show or movie and will then ask “When does such-n-such show come on?” Those are hints that he wants to watch them and not what I’m watching.
  • He at some point became a vet, and constantly is giving advice on our animals. Last year he told me Nikko was going blind and clearly was developing cataracts. His eyes are fine, and as I had a dog that went fully blind from cataracts as a kid, I know what they look like.
  • Did I mention he walks around naked?

Oh yes, prepare for stories! You don’t want pictures though, trust me. However you may get some safe ones 🙂

Cold . . . So Cold!

So as usual, it seems we’ve almost entirely skipped Fall and headed straight into Winter. The cold weather and wind is here, and it sucks. I am however counting my lucky stars that we didn’t get the snow hitting north and west of us. Still, these are late December and January temps we have going on, not Mid-November! Brrrr! This winter is gunna suck. I should stock up on cocoa now.

Thankfully the work on outside of our house is almost all but finished. The only thing left is to re-seal our roof. But the new windows make it nice and toasty inside, and no wind is coming in through cracks anymore either. The garage is being revamped now. Unfortunately the back-yard fence hasn’t gone up because of issues that had to be tended to first out there. It likely won’t go up until the spring sadly. I really could have used that backyard on nights like these. I do like walking the dogs in the snow though, because they enjoy it so much.

I finally got Halloween down on the outside of the house. However I’ve left it up inside and I really don’t care! It’s the “Nightmare Before Christmas” village, and it can just stay up until I get Christmas out as far as I’m concerned. Thanksgiving is around the corner and I have no idea what our plans are yet. I need to find out if I have to cook. We have been invited to my friends, so we may just do that.

I’ve done a few more paranormal investigations, but haven’t really had a chance to go over anything yet. I hope to do a few more before years end as well. So expect some posts about those soon.

In other news, someone on the web host I’m on did some bad things, and a lot of major email servers have blacklisted mail coming from my server. I’m working to fix that, but that has resulted in the blog subscriptions bouncing back since around June for many. Oopsie! Yeah I just logged into that email and saw them all. After this post goes live I will have a new subscription service in place. So you can re-subscribe below under the comment form or from the link on the front page. I’m going to also port over the old subscriptions when I get a chance.