Randomly on a Monday: 11.26.2018

Wow, it’s been almost three weeks since my last post! Time does go by fast these days, doesn’t it?

I haven’t had a whole lot of anything meaningful to write a post of substance lately, but a whole bunch of little things, so I figured, why not another Randomly post?

So, here’s how I’ve been recently:

  • We had Thanksgiving last Thursday; in past years, we wouldn’t really do much of anything because the relatives that did come over to our house when I was younger have gradually died off. Most years around Thanksgiving my dad’s employer gives away turkeys to its employees, but I usually ended up saving the turkey for Christmas (they store real nicely in the freezer). My dad didn’t bring home a turkey this year, and it didn’t bother me one bit. Perhaps this Christmas I’ll cook up what my grandmother loved to make for Christmas: lasagna.
  • The beauty of having in-laws, though, is that this year we actually got to go somewhere for Thanksgiving: to my brother and sister-in-law’s house on the other end of town! It was a small gathering: in addition to our hosts, their little girl, and me and my parents, we were also joined by my mother and father-in-law, my other sister-in-law (the sister of my brother’s wife), and my nephew. I still haven’t really learned all their names yet, so mother and father-in-law will be MIL and FIL, while A’s sister and her son will be known as B&B. J smoked his Thanksgiving turkey on his charcoal grill, which took about 7 hours to cook, but it was one of the most delicious turkeys I have ever eaten. The white meat on it was quite juicy and not dry at all (which always can happen when you oven roast it like I normally do). He has previously cooked whole chickens in this manner and they come out quite tender with a real nice flavor imparted by the charcoal. MIL ended up doing most of the cooking, with all sorts of side dishes like mashed potatoes, broccoli and cheese casserole, marshmallow yams (not really my favorite, so I skipped that one), stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and a honey ham that was heated up in an electric roaster.
  • I did do a little bonding with the sisters-in-law as well, we ended up getting into an interesting conversation over true crime shows and making fun of Lifetime movies.
  • A is about 6 months along in her pregnancy 🤰🏻 right now and seems to be doing well. She is showing, but not heavily (she was the same way when she was pregnant with R.A.).
  • Speaking of the baby (who I will be referring to as “The Bambina” until she’s born), I have plans to knit her a baby blanket, and I’m hoping to get the yarn for it as soon as tomorrow. (I plan on asking my dad to take me to the local Walmart Supercenter instead of the Neighborhood Market when I go to get groceries this week, and I should have enough money on hand to cover the cost of the yarn.) The design I have in mind for The Bambina is a checkerboard blanket in two different shades of pink, with a small border around the edges in a third shade of pink. I’ve already done some test knitting to figure out the size of the squares.
  • We are about to have our first major cold snap of the season this week, with a cold front connected to a winter storm working its way across the Northeastern United States due to pass through here within the next couple of days. We won’t get much in the way of precipitation, but temperatures here will plunge into the upper 30s and low 40s overnight and we’ll have a few days where the high will not break 65 (which is downright chilly 🥶 for our warm blood here). It will definitely be “sweater weather” here for the next few days.

So, that’s what’s been going on with me lately.

I close this post with the song that always comes to mind when I think of cold snaps, “Sweater Weather” by The Neighbourhood.