Monday, November 23, 2015


It's Thanksgiving week, that means Christmas will be here before you know it.

While work doesn't officially take a break until the actual Thanksgiving day, kids around here have the entire week off, which means the holiday rush already started last Friday evening, as evidenced in the mad house formerly known as the grocery store over the weekend, ha!

We're hosting the Thanksgiving meal at our house again this year, so the turkey has started its thawing process in the fridge, and I got my back up ham, just in case :) Turkey is always a tricky thing for me no matter how many times I've done this (a little more on previous Thanksgivings here). 

This is a time for giving thanks, although my folks will tell you that you need to be thankful everyday and not just this one day of the year :)  I'm especially thankful for our family, the food on our table, and a roof over our heads, so we're planning on enjoying a lot of that this holiday. This more or less translates to no big plans here other than stuffing our face with food loaded with lots of butter and watching lots of TV filled with sports and of course the Thanksgiving parade with family and friends.  

What are your plans this Thanksgiving?

Anyways, just a short blog post to wish you and yours a safe and joyous Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Watching: I Am Big Bird, the Caroll Spinney story


We recently watched a wonderful documentary about the man behind Big Bird and Oscar the grouch, Caroll Spinney. I first became interested in this when my husband told me that he heard on the radio that the puppeteer behind Big Bird is in his eighties, and he has no intention of retiring any time soon.

The movie is long at approximately an hour and a half and delves into the life of Mr Spinney from his younger days, to the popular days of Big Bird, and to now.  I am a big fan of Big Bird since I was little and I enjoy learning about people who have a passion for their work/career and continue to work well into ... whenever :)  so the length of the movie didn't bother me a bit. For those who are not quite into this Sesame Street character and Sesame Street in general, it may not be as entertaining.

The movie included the backstories of many of Big Bird's adventures such as when Big Bird went to China and when he was supposed to go to into space on Challenger but NASA cancelled because the costume won't fit into the space shuttle. It was also interesting to hear the cast's accounts of Big Bird and their relationship with Caroll. I always wondered what it'd be like to work at the "workshop". Many of them are protective of Big Bird, but there were also tensions between people just like any other workplace.

Caroll is a bit "younger" now, and people have complained that Big Bird slouches and doesn't have a bounce in his step like he used to. You wouldn't either if you had to get into that gigantic suit without a direct field of view except through a camera. I am amazed he's able to do it so well for all these years. He's got an apprentice now, but he's still Big Bird. Big Bird isn't as popular as he once was, but he still gets incorporated into a story here and there on Sesame Street. I'm just thankful that Big Bird has stuck around through the years because it's something that I can share with my kids.

If you're a fan of Big Bird or Sesame Street, this is a great movie to check out.

Friday, November 6, 2015

blog blahs

It's been a while since I've blogged that I almost forgot that I even have a blog. 

October flew by in a jiffy, and we had a great time. This is the first year that my kids really embraced trick or treating. They wanted to do it again the next day,  November 31st, and so on. I had to explain to them that it only happens once a year. They asked why. It just is, sweetie :)  

They enjoyed all the candies, but they love sneaking a peek into different people's homes the most. Some of our neighbors went all out with decorations, so it made the entire experience even more fun. (Reminder, I need to step up our decorations next year.)

We're still cooking and eating at home a bunch except I've been way too busy (more lazy than anything else) to take any pictures. Haha!  


I'm still adjusting to daylight savings time, and that makes me grumpy despite the extra hour. By the time we get home, it's dark, and I feel like I'm behind in getting things done even though the clock says otherwise. I'll get back into the swing of things eventually :)

Thank goodness it's Friday. 


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