Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Join Joyce in her Wednesday Hodgepodge
It's fun....what are you waiting for?
Volume 152

1. Are you settling for something?
I feel that I am but that is all I can say :(

2.  It wasn't that long ago almost every store in the US locked doors and turned out lights on Thanksgiving Day. This year many will be open all day Thursday, giving shoppers a jump start on 'Black Friday'. In your opinion is this a good thing or a not so good thing? Will you be shopping on Thanksgiving Day?
I think it is very sad. I understand that there are people who don't gather for Thanksgiving for different reasons who may want to shop but I think it is a day just to sit back, relax and reflect. I will not be shopping on Thanksgiving day or Black Friday.

3. Speaking of shopping... I saw a recent article on the twelve best shopping cities in the world. In order they are- New York, Tokyo, London, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Vienna, Dubai, Madrid, Milan, and Seoul. Ever shopped in any of the cities listed? In which city would you most like to pull out the plastic or cold hard cash?
I have shopped in London and can't wait to shop there again someday but in the mean time I would love to shop in New York!

4.  When did you last dine by candlelight?
It's been a while since we have done that at home, however the SHe by Morton's that we ate at in Vegas was very dark with a candle on the table. I was actually thankful I had a little tiny mini flashlight with me....LOL!

5. What do you have too much of?
After working on my two trees recently, still having my miniature tree to do and 3 small trees to do which hold all my snowman ornaments I realize that I truly have too many ornaments. It's a bit crazy and I add about 40 each year and this year it felt like work. However now that they are done I just love sitting and admiring them, they are a piece of artwork to me! 

6. The Hunger Games...are you a fan?  Did you read the book(s)?  Will you/have you seen the movie?  Will you/have you seen Catching Fire?  No spoilers please!
Huge fan, did not read the books. Yes I saw Catching Fire last Friday, it was amazing. Hoping to go see it again and don't forget Hallmark has an ornament this year!

7. Share your plans for Thanksgiving Day. The who, the where, the what...especially the what! As in what's for dinner?  If you're one of my International visitors, whose homeland doesn't celebrate American Thanksgiving (the whole world doesn't ya know!), then still tell us your plans for Thursday. 
Mark, Adam, Amber, hopefully Tristen and me here at our house. (Tristen is busy preparing, flying and interviewing for jobs. She gets her Doctorate in 2014 and has been interviewing across the country for a position)

We will have butternut squash soup, turkey, dressing, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce, olives, gravy and Adam is making bread. Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin Cheesecake for dessert. Of course for those who don't like cheesecake they can have a Root Beer Float! 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Amber and I went to see The Best Man Holiday (IMDB) yesterday afternoon.  Absolutely loved this movie. It's a little bit naughty and a whole lot of nice.....along with laughter and tears. Of course Taye Diggs is so cute and Terrance Howard is pretty hot too! I know I will buy this one when it comes out on DVD. 
"When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited."



Mara said...

I have shopped in London on several occasions and love it. I would love to visit Vienna one day, but whether I would do any serious shopping there? More sightseeing than anything else I guess.

That Christmas film you saw with your daughter sounds great. Can't wait until I can see it! Which, going by the speed they come out in Europe is sometime in the next century!!!

We don't celebrate Thankgsiving here in Europe, but I do have a thank you post coming up tomorrow!

LynnMarie said...

We don't shop on Black Friday as well but we do decorate the house. All the fall decorations come down and all the Winter/Christmas decorations go up! I'm excited this year. Your meal sounds yummy...

Mary said...

The Best Man movie previews looked good; glad to hear it is! I may have to go see that, even if I go by myself!
There's no feeling like sitting in a dark room with just Christmas lights on, is there?
Happy Thanksgiving!

TexWisGirl said...

i wish the folks who worked in the stores that were opening on thanksgiving day could have off with their families. let the rabid shoppers be damned. :)

betty said...

Your work on your Christmas trees is definitely a labor of love, Debby, it does sound like you put a lot of effort (and time) into them. How exciting for Tristen with finishing up her doctorate. I hope she'll be able to find a position close to home. What is her line of study?

I so agree with you about shopping on Thanksgiving. I too won't be out shopping then or Black Friday.


Secret Agent Woman said...

I don't approve of the Thanksgiving Day sales. Both because I think people ought to be able to have the day off and I think the holiday shouldn't be turned into one about buying crap.

Sandra said...

the menu sounds wonderful and enjoy your day with your family. i would like to see us go back to all store closed on holidays but i don't think it ever will. i also liked it when everything was closed on Sunday.

Cathy said...

I can't wait to see Catching Fire! Who knows, maybe this weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I also will be avoiding the stores. It is sad.

Deb said...

I will not be shopping on Thursday or is sad that the employees have to choose between family and their jobs...
Sounds like a good dinner...we are going to my Son and DIL's this year...a first for us in a long time...we usually do the dinner...I'm really enjoying not having to be running crazy to get ready for it....

Alexis AKA MOM said...

HUGS to you on settling. I know how that goes :(

Love the ornament.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving my friend!

Theresa said...

Your dinner sounds delicious, and who can resist a root beer float? I carry a mini flashlight in my bag too ;)
Happy Thanksgiving!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

I've shopped in NYC, London and Vienna but my favorite place to shop is Barcelona...leather products galore!
Debbie, really enjoyed reading your questions/responses, very interesting. I'm not shopping tomorrow, Thanksgiving, either. Usually, I don't shop on Sunday's either...if God could rest one day a week, so can I.

Cyndy @ Back in the Bush said...

You should work for Hallmark, or at least get some commission! lol
I could have answered #1 and #2 exactly the same as you....

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