I’m going to recycle an old post and do a throwback Thursday, killing two turkeys with on stone of stuffing. Original post published on 11/27/14.
My family is doing Thanksgiving together. But my sister and I, who are planning the meal, do not like turkey, cranberries, or pumpkin pie. So we decided to serve steak, salad, and brownies. Because that is how we do things around here.
The reason that I loathe turkey is due to the fact one winter my parents were struggling to make ends meet and some people at our local religious organization found out and some Boy Scouts found out and a whole bunch of people found out and gave us turkeys. We had five turkeys in the freezer at one point. We ate turkey every day for months on end. While I’m grateful that there are kind people in the world who make sure the children that they know don’t go hungry, I really can’t stand turkey anymore.
So today as you stuff your face with food, be happy that there is food to stuff in your piehole. And if there is more than turkey and rice or beans and rice or tuna and oatmeal (other things we ate every day because they are cheap and filling and which I can’t stand anymore) on your plate to stuff into your tummy than be extra thankful. There are a lot of people out there who don’t have it as good. If you are tempted to whine about your baby sister getting the last piece of brown meat or the last scoop of green bean casserole or the last edged brownie, remember that the only time you should be concerned with someone else’s plate is to make sure they have enough.
And if you are thinking about donating to your local food bank, awesome! Just make sure to find out what they really can use, versus what you are trying to get rid of from your own pantry. The best present we got one year was a bag of oranges from my friend’s mom, she found out what we didn’t have and gave us that. Fresh fruit. It was amazing. In that vein of giving what is needed, here is a posting on some good ideas of what to donate to your local food bank.
Happy Stuff Your Face Day!
I found this gem while searching for more webseries to enjoy. I watched the first season which is a series of couples breaking up, unscripted. It is a riot. [via Raindance]
Summary from their YouTube Channel:
“Delivering bad news is hard to do… especially when you don’t know what it is”
A completely unscripted new comedy show that puts two people in the ultimate uncomfortable situation without any idea where it’s going to go next.
In each episode a couple sits down and one of them reads a piece of paper with the reason for the break-up and the scene begins. It is comedy improv at its best. The improv actors know their craft and they know how to play off of each other. Each of the episodes had me laughing, but I guess my favorite was the third couple. You can watch it below. I just wish that at least one of the couples had been LGBT, like the Chicago series I reviewed yesterday.
Since each scene is in a public place, all they needed was access to a couple of cafes and pubs. Each setting is a little different, but familiar, in the way that cafes and pubs usually have familiar settings. The lighting is good and the sound production is as well. I liked the music intro into and exiting the scene helped segue the comedy.
With each episode only about four or five minutes and only five episodes in the first season you can breeze through it quickly with a lot of laughs.
Chris and I finished Parks and Rec and it was such a bitter sweet moment. I love that show! It has amazing characters and the craziest stories. I laughed with every single episode. It is also a show that Chris and I first bonded over as we got to know each other and so it has a very special place in my heart. Since I did a nostalgic post about The Office, I figured I should do one for Parks and Recreation as well. Thanks Amy Poehler for creating such a wonderful piece of art! (I love that lady.)
Rob Lowe was amazing and Chris Pratt made me laugh in every episode, but the two of them together was magic.
Aubrey as April was pure crazy delight.
Donna and Tom created an entire meme and gave us all the OK to Treat Yo Self. They didn’t take life too seriously and showed us how to deal with cranky pants people.
Anne played the strait woman to Leslie’s mad woman beautifully.
By that I mena, she is gah gah gah-orgeous.
Leslie and Ben are one of my all time favorite TV couple. They are playful, supportive, and kind to one another. Such a great role model of a couple. Most of the time.
PS Clicking on the pictures will take you to other articles about Parks and Rec or to some Pinterest pages. It’s an Easter Egg hunt for more fun stuff!
I finally broke down and created a Pinterest board Carry On My Wayward Son. It was inevitable. The Supernatural Fandom is one of the best. They are great. The show is really awesome as well. I think that the season five finale is one of the best season finales of any show that I’ve seen. I will admit that season six is a little wonky because the writers didn’t know they were going to get that season until the last minute, but the rest of the show is pure gold and available on Netflix for binge watching. Plus, the show has Misha Collins and Felicia Day on it as well as the two golden boys Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. What more could one want?
Amazing fan art
Felicia Day as Charlie in bobble head form for the win.
Misha Collins has the best answers ever and always!
Chris and I went to an improv show by Pavlov’s Dogs at the Dallas Comedy House. The show is called End of the Month and is an “improvised show that is built around things that happened earlier that month” on the news. Off to the side of the stage sits a TV screen with dated news headlines scrolling past. Chris pointed out that the headlines were still dated 2014 even though the headlines were centered around the upcoming 2015 Superbowl. While slightly distracting, I thought it added to the weirdness of the show. Everyone was instructed to fill out a slip of paper of something interesting that happened to them that month and then deposit it in a bucket on the stage.
The show starts out as though the audience is watching a live news show. Headlines are pulled from the television screen to the left of the stage and the troupe members act as anchors and then proceed to act out the scenes. I really enjoyed the “bits” that the anchors were able to come up with on the spot, but the re-enactment of the news scenes made for a rough start to the show. Only when the troupe moved on to Detectives Barry and The Cobra did the show pick up speed and laughs. Playing off of TV tropes and bad cop/good cop routines Detective Barry and Detective The Cobra had the room erupting in laughter as they attempted to solve a murder.
The last game is one where the actors are gathered at the local watering hole to discuss their days as news anchors, detectives, and investigative reporters. During this time one member of the troupe begins to tell a story and then ends it by reading off the pieces of paper from the bucket. What would seemingly be disjointed turned into a hilarious comedy piece as the real “interesting” things that happened to members of the audience are distorted, re-enacted, and tied to earlier routines by the troupe.
While off to a rather slow and rough start, the troupe rallied as they continued to play their games on stage. I laughed really hard when the detectives where on stage and during a few of the watering hole pieces, and not just because I’d had two drinks and a bag of Skittles. Improv comedy may not be fun for everyone as it can include a lot of awkward moments, but occasionally it also results in laughing until you are in tears. In fact watching the troupe interact with each other and the audience, and listening as a room full of people gave themselves over to the moment with laughter and giggles made me long to get back into improv acting myself.
This weekend Chris and I did some exploring of other Dallas neighborhoods. We decided to walk around the Bishop Arts District to see what we could see.
There were a lot of cool signs and interesting architecture.
Also there was this guy with his feet completely turned out. Like you do.
One of my favorite stops of the day was the antique mall, full of some amazing finds. It was full, really full and kind of amazing.
The top left hand corner is an advertisement for how wonderful the kitchen space was in the new mobile homes. I’ve lived in mobile homes, space is not how I would describe any of them. The top right hand corner is of a rickshaw that had a fan and umbrella attached to it. The middle picture is of the front of a pinball machine. And yes, that is a picture of an old condom dispenser.
These are my nerd finds. I loved the little book table (upper left hand corner), but it was kind of ridiculously expensive. The Star Wars movie poster was from 1980, and so awesome. And yes that is a signed photo of Brent Spiner. If I had a bigger place I would find some way to decorate with those old wooden filing cabinets. Such beautiful wood. Most interestingly I found a file drawer in another cabinet with an interesting label.
It was full of naked or half naked women. Most interestingly, they were definitely not photoshopped into perfection which I thought was cool. And yes, I giggled a lot I was not expecting to find such a drawer at an antique mall.
Well, it’s throwback Thursday and I found some photos us girls took a while ago to commemorate graduating from high school. I think. Honestly, it’s hard for me to tell how old we are, because in my mind we always look like that. Except for the bad hair days, those just don’t exist in my memory. These photos always make me laugh because I remember the day quite vividly and we had so much fun and then they turned out like album covers to a band we never had. Oh man, we thought we were being so cool with our Charlie Angel’s poses.
My sister took most of the photos, she did a great job. Though she really could have used a production assistant. Not the best director.
“Jami, you look uncomfortable.” Was her note to me.
This after I had climbed over and among the rocks, lying down on them in the creek bed trying to get the pose she wanted. I said through gritted teeth, “That’s because I am uncomfortable.”