Thanksgiving Countdown

by Angie

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My baby turned fifteen several days ago, and the night before I asked him if he was excited that in just one year he’d be able to get his driver’s permit.  He looked at me like I had three heads and said something along the lines of, “Oh sure – I can’t wait to be in control of a huge, powerful death machine.”  I take that to mean he’s not going to be in any rush to drive on his own, which is just fine by me.  I remember when Aaron got his license it was such a relief not to have to do all that running around, but I really missed our in-transit talks.  So John can stall on his license as long as he likes ;)

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Our new appliances are in and all the other furniture arranged to accommodate them.  We decided to keep the old fridge in the pantry since it still works, but that involved moving the hutch, which involved moving the baker’s rack, then the grandfather clock . . . you know how this goes.

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I’m fifteen visits into the twenty-visit treatment plan with my chiropractor.  I am feeling better.  I still have bad days, and I never have pain-free days, but in general I have to say my pain is under better control.  I wish I’d tried this a long time ago – like before my second surgery.  But hindsight is twenty-twenty, and I’m just going to have to make the best of my situation.

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I have started Christmas shopping.  I can’t remember how many years it’s been since I actually went into a mall after Halloween – my shopping all gets done online.  And this year I’m making sure that every Amazon order I place I go through a friend’s blog to do it.  Keep me in mind if you’re shopping Amazon – there’s a link on my Home page on the right side with a few of my personal favorite Amazon items.

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Thanksgiving shopping is next up on the agenda, though.  I like to go in the middle of the night so I don’t have to battle the crowds.  Yes, they are stocking the shelves, but getting around pallets of canned goods is much easier than getting around people who keep moving back into your way throughout the store.  So I’ll do one trip for the heavy stuff (turkey, etc) with Michael or John to do the heavy lifting, then the big trip on my own, bagging it all myself so I can carry in the cold stuff in light bags and leave the rest until the guys wake up.

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Anyone else super-excited for the fiftieth anniversary Dr. Who special this weekend?  I hope I like the new doctor.  I liked Matt Smith well enough, but David Tennett will always be the actor who comes to mind when I think “Dr. Who”.  Have you seen him in Hamlet?  Absolutely brilliant.

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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone, and no matter how difficult your life is take time to count your blessings.  My most precious blessing is my friends and family – without them my life would be empty.  Love you guys!

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Sue November 23, 2013 at 4:56 am

Your son sounds like a very unusual 15 year old. Here in India we start riding our scooters (legally) at 16, and my youngest brother was so excited to start, and not be the baby riding pillion behind his big sisters… he didn’t even mind becoming the errand-runner for years because it meant he could ride on his own.

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Angie November 25, 2013 at 9:01 am

I thought it was an unusual response, too! Of course, it’s probably due in part to an episode when my new step-mom let him try to drive her car on the farm and he nearly drove off the bridge into the creek. She, like me, had grown up on a farm and driven since her feet could reach the pedals. My then-12yo has been a city boy his whole life, and had never been behind the wheel. She didn’t know, he didn’t tell her, and a pretty wild ride ensued ;)

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Edie November 26, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Oh, it wasn’t THAT wild a ride…or like childbirth, am I just forgetting? :)

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Angie November 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I think it traumatized you and you have selective amnesia ;)

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