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November 28, 2005


So I got back home Saturday evening to a house of excited (each in their own way) pets and a little snow on the ground. Things seem to be in order.

The church voted in a new Pastor today. I wasn't there. He seems like a decent enough guy, so I didn't figure my vote would matter a whole lot.

Thanksgiving was most excellent. The family gathered at my sister's (in Maryland) and I was the head chef for the occasion. Danny and I always enjoyed cooking together for Thanksgiving, so I was allowed this honor. My menu included turkey (my first ever without the Mister), dressing (ditto), string beans, sweet potatoes, home made cranberry sauce (come on people, it takes ten minutes!), broccoli casserole, chocolate pecan pie, and, of course, gravy. My brother-in-law's mother provided potatoes in some kind of delicious, creamy sauce, cole slaw to rival Chick-fil-A's, and an apple pie with just the right ratio of sweet to tart. My niece made a caramel pecan pie and mixed greens were provided by Glory. I can't wait 'til Christmas!

On the 19th, there was a baby shower for my sister at their church. I didn't get any presents, but the cake was good. Later that day, there was a birthday party for my niece and I who share a birthday. I did receive delightful gifts and cake at that party.

Between the shower/birthday party events and Thanksgiving, I got to visit briefly with some friends in VA. The first visit was with a friend who asked not to be named so I will only mention her as BAM. Then I had a nice visit with other friends and some malling with one of them.

I also got to drive around the campus of Old Dominion University where the Mister and I met. It seemed like each turn I took held some memory of us together. Except for the 3,000 new buildings and parking decks, etc. And to think that when I was there working on my Master's degree, we were all excited about the new food court!

I think that pretty much sums up the last week or so for me.

More posting later as events warrant. Or even if they don't, which will probably be the case.

***How could I have forgotten the most important part of my trip? What, you ask, could be more important than celebrating birthdays, welcoming new lives into the world, visiting with old friends, and giving Thanks for all our blessings?

I SAW HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE!!! And I forgot about it! I'll chalk it up to fatigue, but don't let it happen again!

It was fabulous. Pretty scary, as you would imagine, but also unexpectedly funny. As a matter of fact, I think Professor Snape has some very humourous moments, which is, again unexpected.

Posted by Stephanie at November 28, 2005 12:46 AM

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