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Green Room - Week 1 - Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving!

The real one. Not the fake Canadian one. The one that is celebrated in 'Merica! Like in Standing Rock. I'm sure they are gathering together today for a nice meal. Right?

(Seriously, I hope someone is doing something nice for those folks today. Even if that "nice" is "not spraying with firehoses". That would be a nice change of pace)

Thanks Gary, way to bring the holiday down...


Speaking of bringing the holiday down - there is a poll up right now: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/953518.html So make sure you get over there and read, comment and vote for your favorites!

You can vote for as many as you want to support - so spread the love! (and pass word along for others to do the same. That's how we get new readers for your work, by word of mouth)


What awkward conversations/moments around the dinner table are you looking forward to today?

We ended up having to change our plans at last minute due to the original host being sick (who doesn't usually do it, but she wanted to have dinner over at her house due to her thinking this was likely her Mom's last Thanksgiving. Given that the Hospice nurse is now staying with them, she was right to think that) But the change actually worked out for the best. This is going to be *a lot* better for us, and far less of a chance for explosions. (due to someone who is known for trying to start fights, because he thinks it's funny, not being a part of those new plans)


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Nov. 24th, 2016 03:18 pm (UTC)
What I'm Thankful for
All of you for showing up for this Season of LJ Idol.


Nov. 24th, 2016 05:00 pm (UTC)
RE: What I'm Thankful for
That you run this crazy circus for us!
Nov. 24th, 2016 03:25 pm (UTC)
Happy Thanksgiving!
I'm avoiding any stress today. Bruno and I spend Turkey day separately because I don't go to his family's when his evil sister is there. There is a long story behind it which I won't bore you with but I refuse to spend one minute in the same room with her and would rather eat a peanut butter sandwich than go to dinner where she is around. But fortunately peanut butter is not on the menu. My friend and her daughter are coming for dinner and we have a feast and movies to watch. So it'll be a great day! So no fights. And an added bonus is that I got to sleep in this morning!
Have a great day all!
Nov. 24th, 2016 03:51 pm (UTC)
That sounds pretty near perfect to me!
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Nov. 24th, 2016 03:26 pm (UTC)
I am doing my best to balance reading LJI entries, my NaNo (sigh sigh sigh I'm behind I'm so behind waaaah this'll be like the first year I don't win if I'm not careful), my new fandom obsession (see icon)..

But I am thankful that I am off Thanksgiving. I am so grateful to work at a place that actually closes on the big holidays, even if we are technically retail. Thank god.
Nov. 24th, 2016 04:57 pm (UTC)
That IS lucky! Will you have to go in early tomorrow?
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Nov. 24th, 2016 03:32 pm (UTC)
Happy Thanksgiving. Please don't get me started on Standing Rock. It frustrates me that I can't be there, and just burdens my heart. David Archambault (Leader at S.R.) is torn. They traditionally do NOT celebrate Thanksgiving (wonder why?) But for the sake of all the supporters who are not Indigenous- they're going to for the first time. Pray for peace.

Nov. 24th, 2016 05:01 pm (UTC)
I can believe it's happening at all - or STILL going on! The Federal government should have stepped in long ago.
Nov. 24th, 2016 03:35 pm (UTC)
Happy Turkey!

I am trying not to be livid right now.

Every year we get our pumpnickel boule (aka round loaf) from a convenience store up the road which does its own baking. I went in there the other day to place an order for one. I was told not to worry, there'd be plenty, just get here before 11AM when the deli closes. No order. OK, fine.

I go in there and the kid behind the counter has absolutely NO FREAKING IDEA what I'm talking about. No I don't want Portuguese rolls. No, I don't want a round Italian loaf. No, I don't want XYZ. PUM-PER-NICK-EL.

"Oh," he says, "we discontinued that."

"Nobody told me the other day," I replied.

"Oh, they should've."

So I've now spent close to an hour driving around to the area bakeries still open...NOBODY has them. NOBODY.

"But Kiz," you may ask, "why didn't you get one at your work? You're a BAKER!"

Because New Current Employer doesn't carry them, that's why. And now I have a container of yummy spinach dip and nothing to pair it with. And no, crackers won't work. Please don't suggest them.
Nov. 24th, 2016 03:55 pm (UTC)
Aw! I'm so sorry. I hope you are able to find something.
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Nov. 24th, 2016 03:49 pm (UTC)
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

I spent a good part of last night clearing out my inbox. That's my email inbox. Oh, and unsubbing from a handful of the millions of stuff I have subscribed to over the years. Now, I will have room for all the Idol email, and I can start readingin earnest.

Enjoy you day, guys!

(I get brownie points for not rising to Gary's bait, right? Brownies? Chocolate cookies?) Winks

Edited at 2016-11-24 03:50 pm (UTC)
Nov. 24th, 2016 05:07 pm (UTC)
There's this cool thing you can attach to your email called Unroll.Me. You go through your emails and select what you still want in your inbox, what you want to unsubscribe from and what you want to "roll up." Then it combines all the "rolled up" ones into one convenient email each day. It keeps my email way more organized and readable!! (this sounds like I commercial, lol, but I have seriously loved having it!)
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Nov. 24th, 2016 03:51 pm (UTC)
I am, oddly enough, thankful that I am sick with a chest cold and am not going to the family dinner where I would have to listen to them whining and trumpeting (another politically divided California family) while I spent my time coughing and sneezing all over them.
I am even more thankful that my step-cousin SK (yes, part of the ambivalence is we are a "blended" family [I am also thankful we have worked it out so well for the past thirty-nine {my dear heaven has it been that long?} years] yes) came by yesterday after sunset with a bag full of goodies I can fix for Mom and me (my mother [96 and extraordinarily healthy] does not want to go and finds me to be a convenient excuse, even now refusing other offers of rides) tonight, yes, a piece of already cooked turkey breast, some pumpkin soup, mashed potato mix, frozen veggies, stuffing mix, etc., etcet., etcetera.
I am also thankful I have a family.
I am also thankful and prayerful for all those who do not have merely a simple cold/flu to worry about -- but much more to stay on guard for -- our men and women under arms in foreign lands (oh the burden of empire) and the children and women and men suffering war and being remembered only when someone googles "What is a Leppo?"
I am thankful for this community of diverse and talented writers. Like so much else in my life, I do not deserve. But then, grace is not deserved. It is given.

Edited at 2016-11-24 03:52 pm (UTC)
Nov. 24th, 2016 04:03 pm (UTC)
Bad joke/riddle here...

What are Turkeys thankful for on Thanksgiving?
Give up?
Vegetarians!!! :D
Nov. 25th, 2016 04:17 am (UTC)

My friend's kindergarten aged son had a creative writing assignment titled If I Were a Turkey with a turkey picture to color.

He wrote:

If I were a turkey, I would be dead. I would be eaten. I would be gone.

(Pretttt sure this was not the teacher's intent)

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Nov. 24th, 2016 04:15 pm (UTC)
Happy Thanksgiving to all! I am thankful for having everyone in my family together for a few days (daughter goes to college too damn far away!). I am responsible for the feast, so I won't really be able to start reading entries until tomorrow. I am also very thankful to all those who had to use byes this week - 25 in my tribe! This will make it a little more manageable.

Perhaps the Great and Powerful Gary would consider granting everyone a third bye, thereby displaying his wisdom and compassion, since so many first week byes must be due to a confluence of bad things, such as late entrants, Thanksgiving, or just plain bad karma.
Nov. 24th, 2016 04:25 pm (UTC)
I am thankful that this past week is over -- I have been driven right around the bend by various personal, familial and professional issues... so much so that I was unable to find the time or energy to even post that I was going to have to use my first "Bye" this week. I couldn't even think up a story idea that I really liked until late last evening, after the deadline.

That being said, let this post serve as a "Notice of Intent" that I still plan on writing the piece I came up with last night as a Home Game entry. If nothing else, the practice will help me "limber up" for next week...
Nov. 24th, 2016 04:28 pm (UTC)
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

I've had such a shitty month (actually the past three months have been quite shitty), but I'm trying to focus on the positive today. We're having dinner my husband and me (our first Thanksgiving married!), my sister's family and a few friends. My bro-in-law's mom, who always manages to start drama every time she visits, was supposed to come but canceled at the last minute, so I'm thankful it's just people I love and adore who will be there, and who are primarily drama-free.

Tomorrow I fly to New York for work (not thankful for that, but thankful I have a job), so it's going to be a bit tricky to read entries this week. If I don't read all of them, I apologize in advance, and I will do better in future weeks when I'm not working 14-hour days.

Ummm, I'm not sure this was as positive as I wanted it to be, but I hope everyone has a wonderful day, whether it's Thanksgiving for you or just Thursday!
Nov. 24th, 2016 05:11 pm (UTC)
Your first married Thanksgiving is SPECIAL! I'm a sap so congratulations, when you've found someone to spend your life with, that's definitely something to be thankful for!
Nov. 24th, 2016 05:17 pm (UTC)
It's Thanksgiving!
My turkey has been brining since yesterday, all the groceries are bought... Now to just get out of bed and cook, ha! I seriously slept till 11 and it was delicious.

It's just us four today and I am thankful for that. For a no-stress cook-fest with my kids, for my husband to help wash dishes later and my silly little dog to lick the plates.

2016 has been rough in many ways - I feel older in my soul after this one, which is sad. But there is still so much to be grateful for.

After the cooking is done, and the eating and finding a place for all those leftovers in an already crowded fridge, it will just be us again, and that is truly a blessing.
Nov. 24th, 2016 08:22 pm (UTC)
I feel like this year has been a crap year for just about everyone I know. Enjoy your quiet day at home :)
Nov. 24th, 2016 05:23 pm (UTC)
For those who are going to be doing some Amazon shopping...
Check out the LJ Idol store! http://astore.amazon.com/li0cd-20

Not only can you find books from Idolers past and present (and please let me know if there are ones I should be adding) - if you go through that link to do your shopping, Idol gets a small fee for anything you end up buying!

Nov. 24th, 2016 05:34 pm (UTC)

Happy Thanksgiving all. Just me and my mom at home. This avoids us being ignored by 99.9 percent of the family at my cousins house. Hope ya'll have a great day.

Nov. 24th, 2016 05:41 pm (UTC)

I escaped to the movie theater all by myself

About to see Fantastic Beasts

I'm so excited, and I love love love going to the movies! and it's been awhile

the lighting, the fake butter stuff, the trailers!!

Ahhhhhh! this is the way to spend this day!

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