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Thanksgiving 2015: All is Well That Ends Well

Posted on December 5, 2015 by under Events, Family, Games.    

It was a little stressful this year but it turned out alright overall.

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The days leading up to Thanksgiving were hectic. We found a car for Brian, which we paid for on Monday. Then we sold Bebot on Wednesday. That didn’t really leave much time to get ready for Thanksgiving specially since Brian worked Monday and Tuesday.

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Luckily, we don’t really have to do much to prepare for the meal. We just buy the deluxe holiday meal from Fresh Market as we’ve done the last few years and follow the reheating instructions. The nice thing is we’ve done this a few times that we have it down. We just pull up our Thanksgiving project timeline year after year and follow the schedule.

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The only hitch this year was that we didn’t get everything that was supposed to be in the box. Didn’t realize it until we were planning where everything was to go. I was like, “Turkey will go here. Ham will go here. Stuffing will go here…” And then Brian interrupts and tells me we don’t have any stuffing.

I was like, “What do you mean we don’t have any stuffing?”

“They didn’t give us any,” was Brian’s reply.

I opened the fridge in disbelief. Sure enough, no stuffing. Brian didn’t think we were supposed to get any and was rather calm about it. I don’t really care for stuffing but I was quite upset. We paid for the deluxe holiday meal package and three pounds of stuffing was part of the deal. Not only is stuffing a big part of Thanksgiving, but it was on the list of things we were supposed to get. I had to show Brian this picture to prove to him that we got gypped.

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I called Fresh Market at least three times but there was no answer each time. I don’t know why I bothered or why I kept trying other than I was desperate. I knew that they would be closed for the day and there was nothing we could do. We had to go without stuffing for Thanksgiving this year.

On the bright side, I really don’t like stuffing so it’s not like we were missing anything important. Had they gypped us on the corn soufflé then I probably would have gone completely ballistic. LOL.

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Here are some pictures from Thanksgiving.

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Mom made lumpia so we just put it in place of where we were going to put the stuffing so there wasn’t an empty slot. It turned out alright. I don’t think anyone really cares for stuffing either, and I’d rather have lumpia any day.

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Since we had lumpia, we had to bust out the bottle of Silver Swan soy sauce and Datu Puti suka. Mom brought a bottle of banana ketchup for also.

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This is our turkey.

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We got two different kind of bread to go with our meal. Fresh Market’s bread is yummy!

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We also had ham because that was part of the deal.

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The mashed potatoes were delicious. Don’t know what’s so different about these, but the mashed potatoes made by Fresh Market are just better than others I think.

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We had way too much green beans.

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This is the corn shuffle, which is my favorite dish out of all the items that the deluxe holiday meal includes. It doesn’t look like much but it is delicious. We usually have leftovers of everything else but this always gets wiped out.

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We were expecting a few more people to join us but things came up and it was just us.

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We still had a great time, though.

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Brian made these decadent “adult chocolate pudding” desserts with Rumchata and Godiva. Everyone else thought it was too strong but I liked it.

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Afterwards grandma taught mom and dad how to play Skip Bo.

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And then it was time to video chat with Brian’s folks in Oklahoma.

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Here are some pictures of Brian getting everything set up.

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Don’t mind the bored look on Brian’s face. That’s how normally looks.

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Isn’t technology great? You don’t even need to visit people anymore. 😉

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Later that evening our awesome neighbors came by and brought their dogs Nikki and Ellie over. Jim is working is Orlando now and he was home for the holidays. Their house just went on the market because Karen will be following him shortly.

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These guys are hands down the best neighbors we’ve ever had. We are really going to miss them.

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So that was our Thanksgiving in a nutshell. Even though I was a little stressed out about the whole stuffing situation. It all turned out okay.

Brian called Fresh Market the next day to complain about missing a vital part of our deluxe holiday meal package. They asked him if he still wanted the stuffing. It was pointless at that point since we had already eaten the rest of the food and so we had no more need for it. They offered us a gift card to compensate us for the missing item and that was fine with us.

How about you? How as your Thanksgiving? Anything interesting happen?

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Saturdates with Grandma

Posted on August 23, 2015 by under Family, Games, Things to Do.    

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Brian and I hung out with grandma two Saturdays in a row. Last Saturday we took her bowling with us at Derby Bowl. For months now she’d been asking to watch us bowl. We talked about taking her on league night one evening but it’s just so late for her and there’s way too many people. We finally just decided to hold a bowling match up between the two of us and grandma could come and watch us compete.

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Here are a couple of pictures of Brian explaining the contest rules to grandma.

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The contest rules are as follows: One point for each game won and two points for the highest total overall for a total of five points. Theoretically someone could lose two games but if they got a high enough lead in one game to take the total then they could get one point for winning the game and two points for the total for three points to the other person’s two points and effectively steal the match.

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It seems complicated than just competing for the best two out of three games but we like making things more interesting. Sometimes with the other scoring the player who has won two games already feels like they can slack off in the final game. With our scoring you still have to be on your toes the final game because the other player could steal the whole match by winning with a high enough score.

Brian who has been bowling twice a week all summer long had an advantage on me. I was so rusty. I bowled terribly. The scores were close but he easily won the first two games. I was hoping to recover in the third game for the win but he stepped up his game for an even more decisive game victory. It was a sweep. He took all five points that day. I’m gunning for a rematch, though.

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While we were at the bowling alley we ran into dad and the Cannadys. Our nephews have started getting into bowling and are actually started to get quite good at it. Eli (middle child) really enjoys bowling.

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Anyway, it was nice running into them specially since we were with grandma. She doesn’t get to see them as often as we do. I found out later that mom came to the bowling alley too but she arrived after we left so we just missed her.

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After bowling we took grandma to Los Cocos, one of our favorite restaurants in Derby.

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While there we ran into a couple of my coworkers who were nice enough to stop and say hello. Grandma loves meeting our friends and coworkers so that was great.

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We had churros for dessert and they were delicious!

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Grandma would agree. We had a fantastic Saturday!

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Yesterday we took grandma to another one of our favorite restaurants, The Hill Bar and Grill. She got to try Brian’s favorite starter: chicharonnes.

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For lunch grandma got chicken tacos. Brian had them before and really like them.

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Brian had the meatball sub this time.

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I had crab eggs benedict from the Saturday brunch menu. It was pretty good. I messed up and ended up with hashbrowns instead of the asparagus, though.

Brian and grandma had a productive day shopping for groceries and we had a wonderful brunch together. Overall it was a great day except for the mishap with my car in the parking lot. I will tell you guys more after I find out how bad the damage is on Monday.

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Exploding Kittens

Posted on August 9, 2015 by under Games.    

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I don’t always back projects on Kickstarter. So far I’ve only backed a handful. When I do though, they are super cool. My Exploding Kittens games (one regular deck and one NSFW deck) arrived last week with this little note:

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These guys are so clever!

Play the video above to learn more about the game.

This video is a sample round. Brian and I have played the game a few times. It’s really fun and hilarious. Although, I think I am far more amused than Brian. Probably because I’ve won the last few times we played.

Exploding kittens is great. The only downside to it for me is that it’s only 5 players max. I’m actually thinking of buying a few extra card decks as soon as they become available so that more players can play. As you know, we often end up with a dozen or so people wanting to play a game.

Cards Against Humanity works out great because an unlimited number of people can play. You’re only limited by the size of your dining table. Although, I must say that it gets really confusing once you get upwards of a dozen people so it’s best to start a separate game. I know this from experience. Trust me. At one time, we had three games Cards Against Humanity games going simultaneously.

BTW, all of the backers got a special surprise. This guy’s reaction is pretty much consistent with ours when we unboxed our deck last week.

Who wants to come over and play with us?

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Bowling Update

Posted on November 9, 2014 by under Family, Games.    

So I’d been trying to bowl a 500-series since the Fall league started and I kept failing miserably. Well, guess what. I actually did it twice while mom and dad were in the Philippines. I wouldn’t have believed it myself had I not been there to witness myself do it. LOL. Even an blind squirrel finds an acorn sometimes.

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Seriously though, I may be a better bowler than I believe myself to be. Perhaps it’s time that I stop selling myself short and start concentrating so I can live up to my potential.

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I’m obviously capable of bowling a 500-series. I just need to do it consistently.

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Brian says I bowled well because I was relaxed and was having a great time. Mom says I bowled well because I was bowling with friends and I was trying to impress them with my bowling skills. Either way, we had a great time bowling with Linsday and Dawn over the past three weeks. They were the best subs ever and helped us earn 11 points, almost a perfect run. I couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome.

Now, instead of being one of the bottom teams, we are one of the top teams. I hope that we can continue our streak now that mom and dad are back. We shall see how it goes tonight. Wish us luck!

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Rustier Than a Hundred-Year Old Nail

Posted on July 19, 2014 by under Games, Poker.    

We played poker at Nilla’s last night. Ugh. I played like such a novice. Last night made me realize how rusty I am. We need to start playing poker regularly stat.

Congratulations to our friend Becca who made the final table and chopped the prize!

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April said that she saw a poster for chess tournaments, which they also have at Nilla’s. I was thinking I might actually fare better at that. Unlike poker, Brian and I have actually been playing a lot of chess lately.

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