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Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Thanksgiving Feast

Yesterday was an odd day. First, we had icy conditions and a little snow so I opted to work from home and see if I could leave later when the roads weren't so dangerous. We had a lunch meeting and I hoped to attend. I kept hoping my boss would cancel the meeting so I wouldn't have to deal with the icy side streets but he wrote "see you around lunchtime" so I took that as "come on in". I started early due to the bad roads and missed my boss calling to tell me NOT to come in. Oh, well, at least he fed me lunch when I got there. :)

So, ate lunch with some co-workers since the meeting got cancelled. Barely got back from that only to go into training until I left for the day. Packed up and headed to Milgard to choose a patio door for the house. Traffic was gratefully light so I got close to home with time to spare. I decided I would use that extra time to go shopping at Fred Meyer's (our WalMart-type store).

Got in, got my purchases, headed to the register to make it to my appointment at 4 PM. I gave myself plenty of time at the register but we all know how that goes. The woman first in line wrote a check (barely see that these days) and there was some problem so we waited and waited. The woman in front of me seemed a little annoyed but she was nice to the cashier and went through quickly.

My turn. I mentioned a "born before '56" discount they are doing every Tuesday for the month of November & December. Of course that caused a problem--the code seemed to have vanished from her register. It is now 5 minutes before my appt. so I tell her to forget it. I can always go to customer service to get a credit if I want. She was very apologetic but I assured her I was neither annoyed nor concerned about it. I know how it feels on the OTHER side of the counter--you don't want to make the customers angry or annoyed but at times you can't avoid it.

Made it to my appointment, selected the door, headed out. I was SO close to the DEQ (station for air quality control for cars in OR) I used my Droid to find out if they were still open so I could get my license tabs before November ended. I've always used Black Friday for these trips since everyone else is shopping but this year OR tricked me and gave all the state workers a furlough day so no DEQ on Black Friday.

What, do you ask, does any of this have to do with Thanksgiving Feast? I'll bet you think it is because I was buying food for tomorrow's dinner. Wrong. I realized while I was waiting anxiously in line that everyone else around me was buying stuffing mix, turkeys, yams, potatoes. What did I have in my cart? Suet blocks and peanuts in the shell.

Yep--my Thanksgiving Feast was for the birds--squirrels invited too.




Tags:  birds, holiday, snow
10 Comments
nheinzel
I bet you'll have a lot of company tomorrow! Happy Thanksgiving, Linda!
!   Wednesday, November 24, 2010
lgrant
They got peanuts and fresh suet today--good thing since last night was so cold for our birds who don't have your kind of cold. They all seemed very happy burying peanuts in the yard, checking out the new suet variety and getting some needed fat for energy.

Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Nancy. Hope you have a wonderful one with the family.
LGrant   Wednesday, November 24, 2010
nheinzel
We're going to celebrate Thanksgiving on Saturday so the next two days are work days for me!
!   Wednesday, November 24, 2010
lgrant
Somehow that doesn't seem fair when the rest of us are off and looking at it as a holiday, Nancy. Is that reverse retirement? Working when the rest of us aren't? :)
LGrant   Wednesday, November 24, 2010
nheinzel
No, I meant working to get ready for Thanksgiving!
!   Wednesday, November 24, 2010
lgrant
Still sounds like work. :) At least it is happy work, right??
LGrant   Wednesday, November 24, 2010
nheinzel
For the most part!
!   Wednesday, November 24, 2010
reera
Hope you have many visitors today. The guys are going hunting so me and a girlfriend are going to go see a movie and out to eat. We will do Thanksgiving in stages. LOL!
dannie   Thursday, November 25, 2010
lgrant
Thanksgiving in stages sounds like a good thing! I hope everyone has a safe and happy day--no matter where they are or what they are doing. I'll be thankful if it isn't snowy in the Gorge since we are slightly close to freezing today. But, no matter what the weather brings or what the day brings, it is a day to be thankful to be alive and enjoy the day.
LGrant   Thursday, November 25, 2010
billpearch
Bummer about missing the call from your boss. Happy Thanksgiving!
Bill Pearch   Thursday, November 25, 2010
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