Saturday, November 24, 2012


Well, I'm home, which means Thanksgiving is officially over, and the Christmas season is begun!  (In my book, Thanksgiving isn't officially over until I pull my car up to my house and get Lucy back inside, which is approximately 30 seconds prior to the Christmas decorations coming out of their boxes.)

The drive home is something I dread each year ... the Richmond-to-Lancaster drive isn't a great one to start with, and when you add in holiday traffic it's an absolute nightmare.  One time I tried leaving on late Sunday morning, and the usually-4-hour drive turned into a 17 hour one.  UGH.  Plus, these past few years Lucy's really started to not do well on the drive; and when I say "not well", I mean vomit and lose bowel control all over the inside of the car.  I really don't know what brings it on; I don't know if she gets motion sick, if she's picking up on bad vibes from me or what, but whatever it is, it really drives the poor girl mad.

This time, though, it wasn't terrible.  Traffic slowed a lot, but never really came to a halt, and I got back in 5 hours, which is pretty good for a holiday weekend.  Lucy did pretty well too.  You could tell she wasn't thrilled, but she did curl up and get to sleep for a little.  She also got a little adventurous towards the end ... what the people behind me were thinking, I can't really guess.

So anyway, that's one more Thanksgiving in the books!  Now, onto that most wonderful time of the year!

Friday, November 23, 2012


Everyone knows the story of the 3 Wise Men on Christmas, but fewer know the story of the 3 Wise Cats.  The 3 Wise Cats are Goose, Fluffer-Nutter, and Kitty-Beast, who each represent the yin and yang and dumb of Catdom - all complementing yet opposing each other at the same time.  Each year, the 3 Wise Cats travel from afar to visit the Place-of-Beginning, watch the Great Turducken rise from the oven in steamy goodness, and then partake of the great feast.  Afterwards, we all engage in ritual meditation to clear our heads and minds.

(In actuality, Katie Brandon and I all schlep our cats up from Baltimore and Richmond to mom & dad's, where we make the turducken, the cats get too many treats, and then we all fall into a food-induced coma.  But that's a boring story.)

In a lot of ways it was a fairly normal Thanksgiving: Mom and I spent most of our time in the kitchen and put the turducken together, the cats were spoiled with too many treats, Will spent most of the holiday asleep, Katie subjected the family so some vegan concoctions, and we all ate way too much.  Ah, routine :)

There were some things that changed, though.
- Thanks to some prodding, Mom and I started earlier and actually got to bed at a decent hour on Wednesday night.  I've forgotten how nice it is to go to bed before 2AM on Thanksgiving.  Gonna have to try that again next year.

- I got a week-long gym membership at a local gym, and have actually used it 3 times so far this week.  I'm not harboring any misconceptions about losing weight this week, but at least I can keep myself relatively steady.

- While I don't think I'll ever be Kitty Beast's favorite person (not while I have Lucy, anyway), he's started to warm to me this year, and will even let me pet him a bit now (of course, two of those times were when he was half-asleep, and I don't think he knew it was me).  The little bugger absolutely adores my brother though, the bastard.

Anyway, that's the Thanksgiving roundup!  Turkducken photos will follow once I get them up!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Deck Update

Hey All, Quick update on the deck - while not as quickly as I'd like, it's coming along, and should soon be done.  You can visit my facebook page for more pictures, but here's where it was 2 weeks ago:

And here's where it is now:


The old deck is gone and the new one is just starting to go up (plus some not insignificant electrical changes), but unfortunately this is the last in-progress picture I'll have before the full thing's up.  Part of me wishes I could stay around and watch it piece by piece (my brain's weird like that) but on the other hand, missing Thanksgiving with my family in Pennsylvania would not likely be looked upon kindly.

So, that's all she wrote, folks!  Guess you'll just have to wait til I get home to see the final product ;)