Over at RevGals, Singing Owl wrote this:

Ah, the day after Thanksgiving–groan! Fortunately, I love Thanksgiving leftovers.

Thanksgiving is the American holiday when the greatest number of people travel somewhere else to celebrate. I am posting this from my son’s home in Minnesota where we are recovering from the food shopping and the preparations and the meal and the clean up. It is difficult to think of anything requiring much energy today, and I am enjoying my sweet baby granddaughter, so I will keep it simple. For those of you not in the USA, I apologize for the nationalistic tone of this Friday Five!

1. Did you go elsewhere for the day, or did you have visitors at your place instead? How was it?

My family and I went to my mother’s house for Thanksgiving this year. It was quite enjoyable!

2. Main course: If it was the turkey, the whole turkey, and nothing but the turkey, was it prepared in an unusual way? Or did you throw tradition to the winds and do something different?

We had our usual turkey, but my sister-in-law also made a cranberry, apple, pear dish and her family’s baked beans recipe. I really enjoyed the baked beans.

3. Other than the meal, do you have any Thanksgiving customs that you observe every year?

We don’t have any special traditions for Thanksgiving. I think writing this at 3 in the morning is not helping it to be interesting…

4. The day after Thanksgiving is considered a major Christmas shopping day by most US retailers. Do you go out bargain hunting and shop ‘till you drop, or do you stay indoors with the blinds closed? Or something in between?

I do not go out shopping. I think I would have shopping rage. That would be like road rage except your driving a cart. I am still up waiting to see what deals will have when it is finally midnight over on the west coast. I don’t usually do that.

5. Let the HOLIDAY SEASON commence! When will your Christmas decorations go up?

I have no idea! I was thinking about how nice it would be to do it the other day until I realized it wasn’t even Thanksgiving yet. It just seemed crazy to me then. Probably as soon as I can get the house picked up some more so we have room to work, I’ll haul everything out.

3:01 and still no Apple Store! Come on! 3:06! I’m posting this now.

I have been tagged by More Cows to list ten random things about myself. Then I get to tag 5 others. Let’s see if I can come up with ten random, interesting new things…

  1. Growing up, everyone told me I looked like Molly Ringwald, especially after I got my hair permed when I was in like third grade. Whatever happened to her?
  2. I can wash nearly all the dishes in our kitchen in like an hour and half when I have to. That’s a little embarrassing…
  3. I refuse to put away dishes and vacuum. Those are two jobs the hubby has to do. Putting away dishes is like making your bed. What’s the point? You’re just going to get them out again. It just seems counter-productive to me. I know that’s terrible.
  4. My going-to-bed ritual must involve reading. I used to only read juvenile literature, but lately I usually read blogs.
  5. I really don’t like to preach. I hope someday I will be able to say I do.
  6. I applied for waitressing jobs many times during college and never got hired. I still can’t figure that one out.
  7. I have a B.A. in Christian Studies. It’s like two half degrees made into one. It’s pretty useless for anything other than what I’m doing. I did church planting and graphic design. What kind of job can you get with half a design degree? I’ll tell you…NONE! 😦
  8. Since moving to our current residence, we have been given (absolutely free) 4 vehicles! God is so amazing!
  9. Growing up my favorite candy was always Sweet Tarts. I was never big into chocolate. Since bearing children I want all the chocolate in the world…NOW! Forget the Sweet Tarts!
  10. I have never lived anywhere for more than four years…until now!!! [This is where I do the happy dance!]

So, there you have it! So, I guess I will tag Doodaddy, Tam, Tara, Ilona and AnneMarie. I actually wish I could tag more people! Those were hard choices!

Hello all! Being in RevGals has been a lot of fun this week. One of the things they do each week is ask 5 questions each Friday for everyone to answer on their blogs. It sounds like fun, but I have to say I am looking forward to reading other blogger’s answers even more. So, her is my first Friday 5!

Sally of RevGals writes:

With Jo, Jon and Chris all moving to college and University accommodation there has been a big clear up going on in the Coleman household. We have been sorting and trying hard not just to junk stuff, but actually to get it to where it can be useful. On a brighter note we have used Freecycle ( check it out) to provide the twins with pots and pans etc that other folk were clearing out.

Making the most of our resources is important, I have been challenged this week by the amount of stuff we accumulate, I’d love to live a simpler lifestyle, it would be good for me, and for the environment I think…

With that in mind I bring you this Friday 5;

1. Are you a hoarder or a minimalist?

I am a recovering hoarder. My BIL and SIL, Tory and Annie, once gave us The New Messies Manual. It was a very good and helpful read. I suggest it to other hoarders. They gave it to us after it helped them. I have 2 pre-schoolers, aged 3 and 4, so my house is still cluttered. I also still hoard art and craft supplies. (more…)

I feel so special! RevGalBlogPals is a web ring for women ministers. I can’t wait to get to know my fellow ring-mates. I absolutely love that they have a weekly discussion on the lectionary readings. My husband has been following the lectionary for our church service, which means that I follow it, too. It’s great because there are a lot of resources from all of the pastors that use the readings. I like to do my own research and then delve into the great many opinions of others. I look forward to sharing in the conversation the next time I preach (September 30th, I think).