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Monday, November 13

Bits and Pieces

I'm making Spanish Rice for supper tonight. It's almost ready. The last time I made Spanish Rice was in Home Ec in grade 7. I've been craving it ever since.

My brother missed another family gathering on the weekend. My Dad is pissed, my Mom is hurt and my sister is fed up. I called him last night to ask him about Christmas and I'm worried about him. He's having marital problems but he's not big on talking about it.

My son and his girlfriend spent Saturday night here with us. They brought $120 worth of steak and lobster tails for supper. Damn it was good! He told me on Friday night he wanted to come visit and have Dad do some work on his vehicle. Apparently he had a rusty dipstick. I asked no further questions.

We rented History of the World - Part I on Saturday night. Still laughed at the "pump the shit right outta your house" line.

My friend that is on dialysis is back in hospital. Prayers and healing thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Do you exchange Christmas gift lists with your family? What's your opinion on giving out wish lists?


Blogger arkie said...

Yum, Spanish Rice sounds delicious! I will be having Chicken & Sausage gumbo.

*sends good vibes to your friend*
*sends good vibes to your brother*

No, we don't exchange gift lists in our family. It would make shopping a lot easier, though.

Mon. Nov. 13, 08:22:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger Puffy said...

Condolences to your son on his rusty dipstick. And my thoughts are with your friend.

We don't exchange gifts, but I think wish lists are a fantastic idea.

Tue. Nov. 14, 12:46:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger Bravie said...

That's a long time to be craving spanish rice. Since the 7th grade?

*sends good thoughts*

My Mom just asked for my wish list. I have no problem telling her everything that I want. Both big and small. Because she could hit the lottery between now and Christmas. *grin*

Tue. Nov. 14, 11:06:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger Mom2BJM said...

I think the Steak and Lobster tails was great payment for the work on the "rusty dipstick" !

Spanish rice? Not a fan of it... Fried rice, though.. yes.

We don't exchange gift lists.. however the "who buys for who" list that goes around at the in-laws drives me nuts. We always seem to get the SAME people every year, when it's supposed to be rotating!! (/rant)

Tue. Nov. 14, 12:15:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger kim (weltek) said...

I'm so glad you've been updating more often, Lights!

*snort* aobut the rusty dipstick. I'm very jealous he brought steak and lobster. I would like steak & lobster right now.

*good thoughts* to your friend and about your brother.

We exchange gifts in our immediate families. With five little kids, it's expensive.

Tue. Nov. 14, 02:27:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger Swami said...

Lights, I did not know you were so into delayed gratification.

*send good vibes for friend*
*giggles about rusty dipstick* (that so sounds like Code.)

If your brother is too depressed or something to show at family gatherings maybe you need to ambush him by getting him to agree to give a "ride there" to someone. Then he'd most likely wind up coming.

I give gifts to my sisters. We don't do gifts with Tom's family because they are all nuts. When the nieces & nephews on his side were young we gave them gifts but the Christmas parties at Grandma & Grampa's were just freak shows. So weird. *cues Twilight Zone music*

My kids do very well because I love to give gifts!

Tue. Nov. 14, 03:24:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger Swami said...

Oh yeah, if someone asks for a Wish List I would give them a list tailored to what I thought they could afford :-)

Tue. Nov. 14, 05:33:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger kim (weltek) said...

Oh, and wish lists? We use them in my family, with items of varying prices. For my in laws, we all query eachother for verbal wish lists, but they aren't very helpful.

Wed. Nov. 15, 12:29:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger bobdechemist said...

I just came to say hi


Sun. Nov. 19, 03:57:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger mm said...

*sending good thoughts to your friend*

Hi, Lights!

Sun. Nov. 19, 07:33:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger lights said...

The spanish rice was really good. Definately going to make it again some day soon.

The dipstick is no longer rusty. *grin* Dave has spent the past two weekends working on the boy's wheels getting it all fixed up. Two weekends of having the boy and his girlfriend staying at our house may be causing Dave's dipstick to rust though. *giggle*

LOL @ Swami. I was thinking of that exact phrase as I was writing that blog entry. Delayed gratification indeed!

Little brother does seem to be avoiding the family. He has assured me that he will be there for Christmas Day though.

The Wish lists we exchange do include a wide range of pricing for gifts. When we started this exchange we all agreed on a $75 range for the gifts. Some go higher, some go lower but there's never been a complaint.

Dialysis friend got out of the hospital on Friday but she's still in bad shape. They have to remove her parathyroids because they're producing too much calcium and her bones are getting very brittle. Very worried about her. She's been through way too much.


Mon. Nov. 20, 05:28:00 p.m. EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will have to check here more often since you are posting more often. And especially when you talk about steak!

Good vibes to your friend.


Tue. Nov. 21, 08:57:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger ~Nutz said...

Wish lists are wonderful! Except when you give them to Mr. Nutz and he friggin' buys everything on it and leaves nothing for anyone else to buy!

*sends good thoughts to your friend*

Wed. Nov. 22, 10:45:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger Lasann said...

Gobble gobble

Wed. Nov. 22, 11:07:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger lights said...

Nutzy, my SIL says she doesn't feel right putting higher priced stuff on her list so we get the same list every year. Socks, tea towels, CD, Book, etc. Seeing as our exchange price range is $75 I WOULD have to buy her everything on her list to get close! *giggle*

This year we didn't get a list at all. Thankfully I don't have her name.

Gobble, gobble? You're kinda late for Thanksgiving in this blog Lasann! *wink*

Happy Turkey Day to all you 'mericans! I spent half the day wishing all the US folks I spoke to a Happy Thanksgiving. Now I'm craving a turkey sammich.

Wed. Nov. 22, 05:17:00 p.m. EST  

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