Happy Black Friday!
To those of you working... my condolences...
To those of you shopping... my double condolences...
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving... and those overseas or in Canada, I hope you had a great Thursday!
I had a very nice birthday celebration!
We started on Wednesday, as I wrote. We went to Johnny Rockets for dinner and then to Beowulf in 3D! I highly recommend Beowulf, it is a great action movie, and has the historical flare. The CGI (computer generated imaging) was awesome... it was realistic, but also 'more', if that makes any sense!
Yesterday morning the kids gave me their gifts! They had been teasing me all Wednesday night, giving me hints for one of them!
It was smaller than a bread box, but larger than a jewelry box. It was not jewelry. It was not coffee related. It was similar to something I owned, and they 'guaranteed' I would love it.
It was a Yoda bobble head!!! Very cool! They kids refer to me, especially Hammer, as their Yoda, so I was delighted with it!!!
Also, from Hubby and kids was a gift card to....... wait for it.....
wait for it.....
You know... books are my crack (yeah, coffee, too) so I was thrilled!
My mom and dad had treated us to Johnny Rockets for dinner, but I also received a pillow from my mom that said, 'I smile because you are my daughter, I laugh because there is nothing you can do about it'!!! I have several 'fun' pillows already, and this is a welcome one for my collection!
We hit some traffic on the Garden State Parkway on the way down to Kathy's, but it was worth it. Dinner was fabulous! I was sooooo happy to find she was making the delicious buttery onion casserole that she made last year! Yay! First, Butternut squash soup. Then, the turkey, the tenderest ever, and professionally sliced by her hubby, and served with her yummy maple gravy.
The sides were my maple glazed carrots, a Rachel Ray green bean cider dish, cauliflower with Italian seasoning, mashed brown sugar sweet potatoes, mashed garlicky Yukon Gold potatoes, raisin bran muffins, corn muffins, stuffing/dressing with cranberries, and the aforementioned onion casserole.
OMG, it was AWESOME!
Then, dessert! My sweet nephew, J, decided Aunt Dawn had to have candles!!! So, we did on top of a sinful dark chocolate cake! There was also homemade apple pie, pumpkin pie and angel food cake with crushed strawberries and cream. Oh yeah, it was great!!!
My sweet J (and Kathy, of course) gave me an adorable set of Starbuck's Christmas tree ornaments and a Starbuck's gift card! Yay! So, my other addiction was duly satisfied for my birthday as well!
I am so thankful for all of the birthday wishes that I received, in comments, and in email, from all of my J-land friends! Thank you again, you are the best! I am so happy to have found you all!
Today, we are hanging out at home. Pumpkin has a friend over, and Hammer's GalPal is also here. Aside, from Fuzzy going to get a haircut, and Hubby getting an oil change for our suv, we have avoided all the shopping insanity that is Black Friday!
I do about 90% of my holiday shopping online now anyhow. Works for me!
Maybe I will back later... I have a funny story about J!