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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Dinner in a Spreadsheet

Well, it's three years since my first Thanksgiving and I'm moving into the big leagues. By big leagues I mean cooking Thanksgiving dinner for someone other than just my husband and I. I'm actually REALLY excited about being able to spend the day in the kitchen cooking with my mom and having a nice group of people around the table. 

The menu has been fluctuating all week, but I think we've finalized it. I have this thing about really, really liking my food to be hot/warm, and everything being done around the same time. It's not the same experience when everyone has to heat their food up in the microwave before the feast begins. For the first time, I've needed a SPREADSHEET to help plot out Thanksgiving dinner. Both for the timing, and to take inventory of what serving/cooking dishes we may need. We're good to go on the dishware. When I learned my mom and her husband were coming I invested in this set from Rachael Ray. I'll probably pick up a few of her serving dishes in the same color as well and find a complimenting tablecloth. 

Here's my spreadsheet! I'm pretty proud of it: 

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What are your Thanksgiving plans?


Monday, November 25, 2013

That time my grandfather invented the Frisbee

Grandparents always have stories. When we hear them, they are endearing, and we weigh the fact vs. make-believe quality of them. 

My grandfather has always talked about how he and his siblings invented the Frisbee. The way his story goes, there was a pie company in the neighborhood that would sometimes leave empty pie tins around. He and his siblings would take the tins and toss them back and forth to each other as a game. 

One day I decided to do a Google search on the origins of the Frisbee. Wikipedia says: 

The Frisbie Pie Company was founded in 1871 by William Russell Frisbie in Bridgeport, Connecticut, when he bought and renamed a branch of the Olds Baking Company. The company was located on Kossuth Street in Bridgeport's East Side, where nearby schoolchildren tossed the plates around and yelled "Frisbie" so they wouldn't get hit by the spinning tins. The game the children played made its way to nearby college campuses.

So I read that and I'm like: My grandfather and his siblings grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut... near Kossuth Street... on the East End... and they were school children.

So I am now completely convinced that my grandfather and his siblings did indeed invent the Frisbie. 

What's one of your favorite grandparent/parent stories?


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Goodbye Coffee

I've given up coffee. 

For a while now, coffee just hasn't agreed with my body. On any given day it could make my stomach upset, give me a headache, or actually make me more tired than before I drank it. 

I'm really surprised at how easy it's been for me to cut coffee out. I quit right before going to Portland, a total coffee town! I quit before going to a conference, which usually takes multiple cups off coffee to get through the hours of sessions. 

I've been drinking teas, and getting chai or decaf lattes to have that "I'm walking around with a warm cup of something in my hand" feeling. 

I've been wondering why it has been so easy to give up coffee, while other things that I know I shouldn't eat (processed things, fast food, french fries, etc.) take so much willpower not to have, and I fail often. I think in the end I could literally feel coffee hurting my body after I drank it, whereas when I eat bad food, it's not as definitive of a physical response. 

Have you given up eating/drinking something you formerly had often?

Saturday, November 16, 2013

6 Reasons to Choose a Cruise

The stakes are high when you are choosing your vacation. We want vacations way more often than we are able to take them so it's imperative to not squander those coveted days away. My absolutely favorite type of vacation is cruises. Hubs and I have been on three and can't wait for the next one. I'm really looking forward to when BabyCakes is old enough to really enjoy a cruise. 

Here are 6 reasons you should consider a cruise for your next vacation. 

Hassle-less Commute: A cruise offers you the opportunity to go to multiple destinations without having to drive or take a plane to each of them. Between ports you can enjoy food, drink, and activity rather than waiting to get to your next destination. The ship is a destination in itself so it never feels like you're waiting to get to the next thing. 

Sunsets/Sunrises: I personally believe there is no better way to consume a sunrise or sunset than naked, in the middle of the ocean, on the balcony of your stateroom. It's pretty amazing. I also enjoy stargazing at night on a cruise. 

24-7 food: There is so much food on cruises, literally available at any moment of the day. Room service, buffet, fine dining, whatever you are in the mood for. I can't speak for all cruise lines but I know for Carnival Cruise Lines all the food on the ship is included in the cruise cost. 

Maid service: Having a housekeeper is awesome. Someone cleans the room twice a day. It's fabulous. 

Choose your own vacation style: On a cruise you can make your vacation one of three styles, chock full of activities on and off the ship, being lazy and relaxing in your room, pool side, or on the beach, or a combination of the two. If you are into doing lots of activities and being very social you can do that via ship activities and excursions. If you want to keep to yourself and just relax you can also do that. It's all up to you and it's worth the money either way. 

Disconnection: There is no cell phone service or internet at sea unless you pay a pretty hefty premium. That FORCES you to disconnect and not worry about what's happening at work or at home and that is what vacations are for!

Have you been on a cruise? What's your favorite part about the cruise experience?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Technology... how does it work?

I'm sitting here in the airport after hours of conference sessions that talked about social media and mobile device usage. I'm sitting at my gate at a chair that has a pillar featuring USB and power ports to charge devices, because Delta clearly realizes this is now a common necessity. I'm watching planes take off. Planes in which passengers have wifi and can work... Or tweet or Facebook... from thousands of feet in the air.

Technology is amazing. I couldn't have imagined, when I was five years old in my it's computer class my grandmother put me in, that a day like this would come.

I distinctively remember learning how to use a mouse, and just being completely blown away by my ability to move things on the screen with this contraption called a "mouse." That was only 22 years ago. That is not that long at all! Technology advancement is moving at an alarming pace.

What are some of your distinctive tech memories?

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Exciting Times Upon Us

I'm about to start a series of events that I've been seeing coming for a few months now. I've been trying hard not to anticipate everything and just live in the moment, but FINALLY, things are about to get rolling!

This weekend I'll be going to Portland, OR for a marketing conference. A few weeks after that I'll be going on a cruise to the Bahamas with Hubs. Following that will be Thanksgiving, the first Thanksgiving in our house that won't just be Hubs and I. My Mom, her husband, my sister and my niece will be coming! That means a little more pressure on the cooking, but I'm looking forward to spending the day in the kitchen with my mom. 

Moving into December, I'll be going to New Orleans for another conference, and then there is Christmas in Connecticut, and then New Years! These next two months are going to fly by, I'm sure of it. 

In other news, our staff did a group Batman costume theme for Halloween and had an awesome time. More pictures on my Instagram (@nesheaholic). 

How's everyone been doing? Any fun holiday plans?
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