OT: How was T'giving?

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OT: How was T'giving?
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Fri, 11-23-2012 - 9:46am

Mine was good.  Rough count, I think we had ten different dishes and two desserts.  My tummy is still full!

We had several family members who were with significant others and their families so there were only 9 of us but it was nice.  We celebrated at my sister's house for the first time.  She has 3 cats and 2 dogs.  My eyes were screaming by the time I left!  We mostly chatted but did fit in a fun round of Catch Phrase.  

So, I have two questions (it's gloomy out, chilly & I'm bored) : 

1.  What do you do when you accidentally plop a rather lofty portion of something onto your plate that it turns out, you don't enjoy, and the hostess is sitting right across from you?  Do you choke it down and hope for the best?  Or, do what I did and cover it up with something you made while she isn't looking, then toss?  Tongue Out   

2.  How was your Thanksgiving?

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Sat, 11-24-2012 - 9:28am
My oldest niece is 23, and she has a three year old. She's actually older than my youngest sister- the one with the baby. The bowl of sugar was two helpings of dirt cake. It was pretty yummy.
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Sat, 11-24-2012 - 8:14am

This site is possessed.  I hit post on this reply, went back to check it and there was a post but it was blank. 

Thanks for the useful tips, Lady.  I will definitely employ some of your tactics in the future!

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Sat, 11-24-2012 - 8:08am
I'm assuming that by a bowl full of sugar, you mean, cereal? LOL. I can't believe you even have a Great-Nephew! Wow. I don't even want my mind going there, yet. Hopefully, it will be at least ten more years before my nieces start thinking about behbehs ;] 'Bet the turkey was delish! Kudos!
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Fri, 11-23-2012 - 9:44pm
Buffet style is tricky, but here's what I do in those situations. I proceed with my teeny servings of everything and if anyone comments or the host/hostess appears to be staring I just casually mention that normally at buffets I get so excited about the first few dishes that I pile them on then don't have room for anything else before getting full. Then I'd say that I'm determined to at least taste everything before I'm officially stuffed. I find that usually this is seen as being excited over the meal rather than a weird way to avoid things.
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Fri, 11-23-2012 - 9:34pm
I'm still at my mom's with two of my sisters and the baby. We put up Christmas lights today (and by "we" I mean my youngest sister and I- the other one sat inside and did nothing all day) and the tree tonight. We just put the baby to bed- it's 8:30. She's going to be up early! She was rubbing her eyes and whining about everything, though. Thanksgiving was fine. My turkey turned out good, although I'm pretty sure none of my family had faith that it would. We went to my oldest sister's house for dinner while my mom went to work. My great-nephew was in a bratty mood until he had two bowlfuls of sugar in him. Then he chased the baby around the dining room table. Tomorrow I think we're going to try to take some pictures for my mom for Christmas and find some pine cones for a school project. I'm thinking about driving back tomorrow night. My allergies are killing me- the cat plus thick dust does a number on me. As for the food- I'd probably inquire about the ingredients, then say one of then doesn't agree with me. Or maybe if it was chocolate, I'd say it was good, but it's so rich that a little bit was enough.
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Fri, 11-23-2012 - 5:36pm

I started to scoop less but we served ourselves buffet style (there wouldn't have been room for our plates @ the table) and she was standing right behind me.

I'm glad you derived a happy buzz from your date - that's awesome! "Then I spent turkey day relaxing and having a tv show marathon while eating Mexican food. I'm spending Black Friday staying off the roads, not shopping, and will probably either study or do some housework." --- This sounds so good to me right now. I brought two of my nieces home with me last night but my sister is picking them up after dinner. I plan to have a day exactly like yours, but tomorrow ;]

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Fri, 11-23-2012 - 5:35pm

I stay away from the malls during peak hours and holidays. I don't have the patience for it. I did hit up one boutique with my nieces around lunch time today but it's a little out of the way place so it wasn't crowded at all. 

I'm glad you got some QT in with your kiddos ;]

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Fri, 11-23-2012 - 4:03pm

1.  What do you do when you accidentally plop a rather lofty portion of something onto your plate that it turns out, you don't enjoy, and the hostess is sitting right across from you?  Do you choke it down and hope for the best?  Or, do what I did and cover it up with something you made while she isn't looking, then toss?  Tongue Out   This is why I never ever ever give myself big portions of anything unless I've had it made by the cook before.  I choose to instead risk looking like an anorexic and take teeny spoonfuls of items.  And by a teeny spoonful, I mean about a teaspoon.  I'd rather taste a small portion then feel obligated to eat a bunch of something that is nasty or throw it out.  After my initial sample plate then I'll take larger portions of the items I liked.  As for the host/hostess noticing?  I have found that most people are polite enough not to push for comments about the meal until near the end.

2.  How was your Thanksgiving?  Nice and quiet and I got to do whatever I wanted.  Of the 3 big holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter) my immediate family now picks one to celebrate and this years choice is Christmas.  It was nice not to have to worry about cooking or shopping with school and work stuff going on.  The holiday ended up being really great.  I went on a date the night before that left me with a happy buzz all day turkey day.  Then I spent turkey day relaxing and having a tv show marathon while eating Mexican food.  I'm spending Black Friday staying off the roads, not shopping, and will probably either study or do some housework. 

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Fri, 11-23-2012 - 2:12pm

I enjoyed Thanksgiving.  My DD is home for the week (although now she's at her BF's so I won't see her probably til Sunday).  She & my DS & I went to my mom's for dinner and my aunt also lives there so there were only 5 of us but then we went to my cousin's house for dessert.  I miss spending time w/ the extended family but now there are too many of us.  Then I watched football last night.  Today I am happy to have the day off but I won't get paid for it so that's kind of bad, but it's not like I want to go to work and sit around with nothing to do either. 

My son asked me to pick up him & a friend from the mall this am so I figured I'd go in there & shop a little first--and basically I didn't buy anything since I just got there and he wanted to go home.  There were so many cars there it was crazy--I sure don't enjoy taking 20 mins. to drive around the parking lot stalking someone who's walking back to their car to find a space and everybody is honking their horns & getting upset.  I had a hunch & went up to the top floor of the parking garage and there were a lot of spaces when I got there at 11:00 but by the time I left, that was full too.  I can't imagine the people who are going shopping at midnight or 5:00 am.  Well now son has to go to work in his own store until 11:00 pm--at least he rested on the couch for an hour first.

Oh and if I didn't like the food, I just wouldn't eat it if I really hated it.