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#93451
Nov 12, 2013
 
Squishy, remember the holiday is about the people, and being together... i first did thanksgiving after being married for about 6 months. it broke a near 30-year tradition after my grandfather died that summer.

since then, i've had various combinations of contentious people, drunk people, baked the bag of giblets in the turkey, had someone get sick after dinner, had MIL's jackass husband accuse me of food-poisoning MIL (yes, really; never mind that she admitted to making a choice for an incompatible food), and introduced a polish relative to the chaos that is an american family holiday.

PM me if you want any other pep talks or ideas for dishes.

or if you want to get together for coffee or a shot!

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#93452
Nov 12, 2013
 
Actually looking forward to Thanksgiving this year! My daughter is with her Dad (YAY! She HATES Thanksgiving because it's boring for her with no other kids to play with, so all she does is complain) and going to go out for a Thanksgiving lunch with my parents at a restaurant.

We did this 2 years ago and it was GREAT! Dad got his turkey and mom and I got steaks. We were home by 2, then I sat outside and read my book and enjoyed the weather.

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Since: Sep 09

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#93453
Nov 12, 2013
 
Just partook in my second Diwali work lunch. My team kind of snuck in to another floor's celebration >:-D It was fantastic.

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#93454
Nov 12, 2013
 
Guess the roommates moved out just in time. Now my mother's soon-to-be ex needs a place to stay for a few days.

Joy

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Since: Sep 09

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#93455
Nov 12, 2013
 
ScarletandOlive wrote:
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I wish you lots of luck and hope that at the end of the day, the love felt in your house overcomes the stress that you have leading up to it.
You're a really nice person to host Thanksgiving. I don't mind going to my husband's Aunt and Uncle's house that day, but I would much rather just spend the day with my husband and kids. I do have a large extended family (and my husband's is much larger), but because I grew up so far away from them I became accustomed to intimate family holidays. They were relatively low stress (though I did get a migraine every Christmas) and I miss them.
I'm pretty sure Dickie would prefer a quite Thanksgiving dinner with just us (maybe his parents) but he is not used to the big family and the obligations that come with it.

I will breathe deeply and often, I promise, and try and remember to feel the love.

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#93456
Nov 12, 2013
 
edogxxx wrote:
Guess the roommates moved out just in time. Now my mother's soon-to-be ex needs a place to stay for a few days.
Joy
You know you can say "no", right?

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Nov 12, 2013
 
squishymama wrote:
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I'm pretty sure Dickie would prefer a quite Thanksgiving dinner with just us (maybe his parents) but he is not used to the big family and the obligations that come with it.
I will breathe deeply and often, I promise, and try and remember to feel the love.
That's how I am. My early Thanksgivings were ginormous extended family affairs and I dreaded them.

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Nov 12, 2013
 
squishymama wrote:
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I'm pretty sure Dickie would prefer a quite Thanksgiving dinner with just us (maybe his parents) but he is not used to the big family and the obligations that come with it.
I will breathe deeply and often, I promise, and try and remember to feel the love.
Do you guys do anything after dinner? We all play board or card games together. That's the part we all look forward to.

Maybe have Dickie be in charge of the after dinner entertainment to get him involved.

Toj

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#93459
Nov 12, 2013
 
edogxxx wrote:
Guess the roommates moved out just in time. Now my mother's soon-to-be ex needs a place to stay for a few days.
Joy
Your mother's ex? Give him a list of hotels.

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Nov 12, 2013
 
Aisle Sitter wrote:
Squishy, remember the holiday is about the people, and being together... i first did thanksgiving after being married for about 6 months. it broke a near 30-year tradition after my grandfather died that summer.
since then, i've had various combinations of contentious people, drunk people, baked the bag of giblets in the turkey, had someone get sick after dinner, had MIL's jackass husband accuse me of food-poisoning MIL (yes, really; never mind that she admitted to making a choice for an incompatible food), and introduced a polish relative to the chaos that is an american family holiday.
PM me if you want any other pep talks or ideas for dishes.
or if you want to get together for coffee or a shot!
Ha! I feel like there's no time for coffee - too much cleaning to do!

I was raised by a mother who was raised by a mother (and her mother too!) who had all the right dishes for every food, the correct linens, silver, china and crystal for 18 people and cooked ALL the food. We spent days before Thanksgiving (and/or Christmas) polishing silver and ironing damp linen tablecloths and napkins. And she would go ballistic if it wasn't perfect, so the stress level in the house was astronomical the week prior to the big event.

Unfortunately, some of this rubbed off on me. I'll never forget the first dinner party (and I use that term loosely) Dickie and I hosted for his muscian buddies. He had the gall to put the dip bowl with the wrong chip plate. I totally lost it and we ended up having a whisper fight in the pantry. He finally made me realize that these boys did not give a fig for what bowl went with what plate; they were just glad someone was cooking for them. And he was right, nobody noticed or cared if they had. So now we have a code word for when I start to get too nutty and stressed. He will just look at me and say "chip and dip, honey" and I will start laughing and get over myself.

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#93461
Nov 12, 2013
 
Toj wrote:
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Do you guys do anything after dinner? We all play board or card games together. That's the part we all look forward to.
Maybe have Dickie be in charge of the after dinner entertainment to get him involved.
Dickie is in charge of the cranberries and the drinks, and he does both quite well.

I'm going to put the kids in charge of the entertainment, since they're pretty much entertainment personified...

I do like the idea of an after-dinner game. Will have to ponder that.

Toj

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Nov 12, 2013
 
squishymama wrote:
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Ha! I feel like there's no time for coffee - too much cleaning to do!
I was raised by a mother who was raised by a mother (and her mother too!) who had all the right dishes for every food, the correct linens, silver, china and crystal for 18 people and cooked ALL the food. We spent days before Thanksgiving (and/or Christmas) polishing silver and ironing damp linen tablecloths and napkins. And she would go ballistic if it wasn't perfect, so the stress level in the house was astronomical the week prior to the big event.
Unfortunately, some of this rubbed off on me. I'll never forget the first dinner party (and I use that term loosely) Dickie and I hosted for his muscian buddies. He had the gall to put the dip bowl with the wrong chip plate. I totally lost it and we ended up having a whisper fight in the pantry. He finally made me realize that these boys did not give a fig for what bowl went with what plate; they were just glad someone was cooking for them. And he was right, nobody noticed or cared if they had. So now we have a code word for when I start to get too nutty and stressed. He will just look at me and say "chip and dip, honey" and I will start laughing and get over myself.
That's awesome.
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Nov 12, 2013
 

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#93465
Nov 12, 2013
 
RACE wrote:
I can assure you, I would NOT have returned that money.
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If I were to be really honest, I would be conflicted if I knew I could identify the owner. other then that, finders, keepers.

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#93466
Nov 12, 2013
 
We have been going to my cousin's house for the last 6 years or so. My uncle is the last of the 12 sibs, 85 and is a sweetheart so all listen to the same stories for the 20th time. He did save me from drowning when I was a kid so I'm sure all are grateful for that. My son is close to age with his two youngest boys and they all have a great sense of humor. So we have a good time.

I do have to get a small turkey for home so I can have leftovers. And I miss my mother's stuffing so I make that.

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#93467
Nov 12, 2013
 
Since we're on the subject of Thanksgiving -- what is your favorite dish that you look forward to every year.

Mine is the old fashioned bread stuffing. I like tons of stuff at Thanksgiving, but the thing we usually get only at Thanksgiving that I like is that stuffing.

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#93468
Nov 12, 2013
 
No, it is not. Stealing is the taking of someone elses property. If they bought it from good will the owner would be untraceable. just a case of the original owner being SOL
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<quoted text>That is the same as stealing!

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Nov 12, 2013
 
squishymama wrote:
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Ha! I feel like there's no time for coffee - too much cleaning to do!
I was raised by a mother who was raised by a mother (and her mother too!) who had all the right dishes for every food, the correct linens, silver, china and crystal for 18 people and cooked ALL the food. We spent days before Thanksgiving (and/or Christmas) polishing silver and ironing damp linen tablecloths and napkins. And she would go ballistic if it wasn't perfect, so the stress level in the house was astronomical the week prior to the big event.
Unfortunately, some of this rubbed off on me. I'll never forget the first dinner party (and I use that term loosely) Dickie and I hosted for his muscian buddies. He had the gall to put the dip bowl with the wrong chip plate. I totally lost it and we ended up having a whisper fight in the pantry. He finally made me realize that these boys did not give a fig for what bowl went with what plate; they were just glad someone was cooking for them. And he was right, nobody noticed or cared if they had. So now we have a code word for when I start to get too nutty and stressed. He will just look at me and say "chip and dip, honey" and I will start laughing and get over myself.
My lineage is similar, but more about the good china getting trotted out for it's annual breath of air... we would do the full production at my grandparents house - shop, bring it over, cook it there, try to keep gramma out of hte kitchen, move grampa to the table, eat, wash dishes & go home.

i married into a family where the production dinners were for 20+, on foam plates & my MIL is, um, "creative" with her cooking (like not having brandy for a cherry cookie she was trying so she put "keteela" in it, you know, Don Julio?). so the fact that i have matching china & flatware for 12 and having traditionally-inspired food that works is something. i may use the silver my gramma had this year, but mostly b/c it will be a smaller group, and include friends of hte family who would actually appreciate it. I've also learned what corners to clean and what to leave be. i have some linen napkins now, but i think i'll use the cotton ones i've made that are seasonal instead (can't trust my dad not to stain them any more...).

the offer still stands... coffee and/or a shot, before or after turkey day!

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#93470
Nov 12, 2013
 
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If I were to be really honest, I would be conflicted if I knew I could identify the owner. other then that, finders, keepers.
If I new the identity of the owner and new that money to be there's -- I'd be conflicted but I'd return it. I'd have to.

If the identity of the owner of the desk was unknown, I would have no problem keeping the money.

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Nov 12, 2013
 
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