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'Twas the night before Thanksgiving and all west and east This creature was stirring, preparing a feast The turkey was brining in the fridge with care In hopes the bird with taste light as air The cookies were baking all snug in the stove with flavors of pumpkin with cinnamon and clove. *** I'm pretty much on my own this year preparing for and cooking Thanksgiving dinner. So, on this night before Thanksgiving, I'm doing some prep work. The American Heirloom Collection Turkey I pre-ordered from Whole Foods came with a couple of feathers in it. Those had to be plucked. Don't buy a turkey with feathers...

Nothing really seemed to be going on for Halloween so I wasn't really planning on anything. but then Joe from work told me that I should come along to the Boystown Halloween parade so I might do that tomorrow. I decided that if I go to a Halloween Parade I should probably buy a Halloween costume. So I went to Target the night before Halloween and sifted through their clearance rack. I ended up with a toddler sized Sesame Street Abby Cadabby costume...

This weekend was three-day weekend #1. I have five more three-day weekends and two four-day weekends ahead of me this summer. And I plan to fill them all! Here was my Memorial Day Weekend in Decatur, Michigan in ten items or less: 1. Friday night I met up with Nadia for dinner at Cheesecake Factory. Despite the fact that they have the most extensive menu ever we both ended up ordering the same chicken dish (Chicken Costoletta). We got different cheesecakes though. I got the carrot cake cheesecake (YUM) and probably immediately gained back the five pounds I lost from walking around...

1. Aw, my Valentine gave me a flower :) 2. Haha, my eight hour 24 marathon totally trumped Walter's six-hour marathon. I win in patheticness! 3. Thank you to all my anonymous message leavers! Y'all made me so happy :) I'm sure I secretly love you too! ...

Today was our department's Christmas party. Yes, yes, I know that Christmas was a while gone by now, but we're busy people damnit. So a bit after noon we took the rest of the work day off and headed to Quartino for lunch. We had three pizzas (I ate two: one topped with bunches of fresh spinach and one with a slab of spicy but yummy sausage), Italian "sliders" (a small sandwich of fresh mozzarella (made in house) and tomato), nice pillowy gnocchi and green beans, and a sulumi platter of Duck Prosciutto, Bresaola, olives, artichokes, cheeses, and a few spreads....

New Year's Eve at Second City Dysfunctional Holiday Review I have spent every New Years that I can remember with my best friends from grade school. OK, so maybe that isn't exactly true as I do remember two times where I didn't see them, but basically, it's not a New Year's celebration unless I'm with them. It's also usually not a New Year's unless it's the day before the big day and we still don't know what we're doing. But this year, we all surprised ourselves and managed to plan ahead. The night started off at Fuego for some Mex food. I...

I hope all y'all had a very Merry Christmas/Hanukkah/Goat Day/Whatever it is you celebrate this time of year. As Bromann Family tradition dictates, we went to see a movie this afternoon: Sweeney Todd. It was an enjoyable movie, good, but not fantastic. It also felt entirely too long when it started at 11 and we weren't going to open presents until after the movie. I also didn't like the ending even though it was appropriate but sometimes you just want everything to be happy and smiley and it's so completely not. So once the movie was over we headed back home. Jen...

When I was younger my dad used to tell me that Santa doesn't like milk, that he really likes Pepsi. This year he told me that Santa's on a diet and likes diet root beer. Today we went to my mom's family's house for a Jewish/Polish smorgasbord of pierogis and bagels. Basically that meant me and my sisters sat in the kitchen all night talking to each other. My cousin works for Borders and they were having a contest for selling the most gift certificates. The amount on the card though didn't matter, just how many were sold. So I ended up...

1. Buche de Noel Unlike a certain Mr. Tyler Florence on a certain episode of Iron Chef America, MY Buche de Noel turned out swimmingly. My buche (a traditional French "yule log" cake) actually turned out really well and, I say, redeemed me from last week's baking disaster. I slaved away on this puppy (please note, the cake contains no fluffy animals) all day, and really was afraid that it would completely fall apart. I also had no faith in the meringue mushrooms but the way they came together was uber-awesome. I am very proud of my yule log. Check it...

1. My gingerbread house is still in one piece! I decided against decorating though. Why decorate a crappy house with candy when you can just eat the candy? 2. Over the last 2 weeks I have fallen asleep almost every night with the TV and lights on at a pretty early hour. 3. Work holiday parties are always fun. Free wine and food (who can resist eggnog cheesecake bites on a stick), gossiping with coworkers, finding out who else is obsessed with the Hills, finding out who's going to get the drunkest...