A little of this and a little of that:
Several weeks ago, we had a rainstorm. There must have been some freakishly high winds because half of the big tree in our front yard went down. Thankfully, it had the consideration to fall away from the house and not on it, but the street was completely blocked until we were able to set some chain saws on the thing. We are now left with an ugly stump, no shade, and big gouges in the grass. On the plus side, there will be a lot fewer leaves to rake this year.
Paige's boyfriend date gave her a diamond necklace for her birthday last month. He was the one who "surprised" her with Penny the cat. I was glad to see that John is no longer giving live animals for gifts.
Speaking of animals, Paige texted to say that she is now the proud owner of a betta fish, those beautiful fish with the flowy fins that have to be kept separated so they don't fight. She named him Themis, a word that has something to do with her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha. When I asked who was taking care of Themis while she's home for Thanksgiving, she said she'd stick him in a cup holder during the drive to Dallas. It's obvious Themis was an impulse buy, and for his sake it's a very good thing she's not flying home.
Our older son is finally moved out and living the bachelor life. I took him to Ikea to buy a new bedroom suite. I had never been to Ikea before and boy, was that an experience. The place is huge and is set up in such a way that unless you are a frequent shopper and know the store's layout, you are forced to walk through the entire thing from entrance to exit. It's like being in the Wizard of Oz, but instead of a yellow brick road and helium-sucking Munchkins, there are arrows on the floor and surly sales people to guide you on your way. From a marketing view it's smart; I'll bet lots of customers wind up buying more junk than they intended to, but at one point, I was beginning to wonder if we'd EVER get out of there, that maybe Mitch and I were doomed to spend the rest of our lives following those arrows in an endless circle and subsisting on the Swedish meatballs they sell there.
I'm seriously thinking of putting the Christmas tree up before Thanksgiving. We will not be having turkey day at our house this year, so it won't matter if things are a mess next week. The trick is convincing my husband that this is a good idea.
I often joke that in my next life, I am coming back as my FIL's cat. That animal is the most spoiled rotten feline in the history of the world. Pepe gets fed four different things everyday: chopped cooked shrimp, chopped chicken, dry cat food and wet cat food. The chicken has to be bought from Target because apparently Pepe doesn't care for the rotisserie chicken at the local supermarket, too salty or some such thing. Our two kitties have to rough it with IAMS dry food everyday of their lives, poor things.
When the Aggies played Kansas State last Saturday, the men in my life wouldn't let me sit down and watch the game with them on the TV. They are convinced that I bring the team bad luck because it seems that as soon as I take a step into the den with them and their precious TV, the Aggies fumble, get a penalty, or get their ball intercepted. I didn't watch so much as a down that entire game and they still managed to lose. Actually, I don't like watching A&M play on TV. It's stupid, but I feel I have more control over the team's fate when I'm there live.
My husband was in Boston on business last week. The last time the both of us were there, we found this little hole-in-the-wall Italian place called Giacomo's on Hanover Street that served us a meal we couldn't stop talking about for weeks. Isn't it funny how the hole-in-the-wall places often have the best food? Anyhow, I told Richard he needed to go back there and have their butternut squash ravioli with asparagus and prosciutto in a mascarpone cheese cream sauce. He went and he did. He even texted me a picture of the dish on his cell phone. The low light and bad resolution made it look more like cat barf, but I appreciated that he tried. (Sorry folks - I looked, but couldn't find a website to link to, just reviews.)
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