*I haven't been here much lately. And by "here" I mean the internet in general. Over the weekend I barely used the computer at all, which is unheard of for me. I'm usually addicted to checking my email or reading blogs, but I've been feeling myself getting overstimulated again. Plus, I've been spending a lot of time with the kids, who appear to be taking turns getting on my last nerve. It's hard to spend time on the computer when you're constantly breaking up fights over who gets to eat the last Go-Gurt. It's totally bad timing on their part because the weather is cold and gloomy and I want to stay home, sit by the tree, play games, and drink wine/coffee/tea/irish cream, but yet I don't want to be home if it means occupying the same space as two bickering asshats. (Is it wrong to refer to your children as asshats? I don't care. I do it here so that I don't do it to their faces.)
*It's recently come to my attention that I really don't like turkey. I've never loved it, but I could deal with it because I knew it would only show up once a year. But I think we're breaking up now. Every year I try to convince the family to do Thanksgiving Tofurkey style, but now I don't even want that. I don't want a turkey or anything that is supposed to even slightly resemble a turkey. I think next year we'll be doing a smaller bird for Jay and the boy and I'll just load up on sides the way the girl does.
*Carla has been doing some really interesting posts about her Mennonite faith. I admit to previously being hopelessly clueless about Mennonites so I'm finding it all very fascinating. (You can find posts here and here.)
*Has anyone been watching the show Downsized on the WE network? Long story short, it's a reality show about a family of nine (two adults, seven kids) who went from being fairly wealthy to living below the poverty level when the economy tanked. I don't normally get worked up about a TV show, especially a reality show, but this one has deeply affected me. In one of the first episodes I watched, one of the teenage daughters went to the store to get a few grocery items and was given the food stamp card to pay for it all. After everything was rung up, she was told she only had $2 available on the card, so she had to put all of her items back and left with only a packet of gravy mix. I was bawling like a baby while watching this. I would be mortified if that happened to me now, I can only imagine how awful it would feel as a teenager and half the people working in the store go to your high school. I know that I'm totally gushing about this (I've already called my best friend and gotten quite choked up), but I really feel like if you've ever had any financial problems ever, you should be watching this show. And if you have older children, they should be watching it with you.
*Have any of you ever made a brown sugar pie? I made one for Thanksgiving (I got the recipe from I Like You by Amy Sedaris), and although it tasted fine and still got eaten, it didn't set as well as I would have liked and was a bit goopy in the middle. Anyone have any thoughts on this?