Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving in my family has always been full of “adventure.”

There was the year of the Turducken, which was exactly the disaster it seems like it would be.  My dad and aunts stayed up all night trying to get the thing to cook all the way through.  It is still questionable whether or not they succeeded.  That was the Turducken’s one and only invitation to the Kross family table. 

Years before that, my dad (somehow) was responsible for the mashed potatoes.  (My dad has, on EVERY attempt, made Kraft Macaroni and Cheese incorrectly.)  However, Grandma Magno felt that he needed to participate that year.  She set him up with her ancient Kitchenaid mixer, a pile of hand-peeled potatoes, and several sticks of butter and told him to get going while she went to dig who knows what out of the basement refrigerator.  Probably one of these.
When she returned to the kitchen, she caught my dad scraping mashed potatoes off of her kitchen cabinets and back into the bowl to continue mixing.  Frankly, they were pretty delicious that year. 

Come to think of it, maybe it’s really just my dad that makes Thanksgiving such an adventure.
Images from here and here.

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Winter Blues Friday

I am feeling it this week my Friday friends!  I don’t know about you, but this is the time of year when I feel like wearing sweatpants, getting the fire going in the fireplace, and drinking an unnecessary amount of apple cider and/or hot chocolate.
I was born in the Chicago suburbs where the middle of Autumn meant stinging cold wind and lots of layers, but still a bright sun in the sky.
Here in Portland, with approximately 155 days of rain per year, it seems I am more likely to end up with Vitamin D blah-ness than I ever was while living in the Midwest.  Incidentally, SAD is a real thing, both cruelly and awesomely named.

So for those of us who are feeling SAD lately (as in sad-face, as well as Seasonal Affective Disorder-face), here are a few images to cheer you up a bit.
Happy Break Out of the Winter Blues Friday!

Images from here and here

Friday, November 11, 2011

OH. MY. GOODNESS.  Hello 11/11/11! 
I’ll reveal a little-known secret about your Favorite Friday Blogger.  I am REALLY REALLY GOOD at The Google.  This is why my Friday posts are so amazing.
Normally, I find exactly what I’m looking for on my first search attempt.
However, the planning I did for this Friday’s topic was the most insane exception I’ve ever experienced.
A few samples of the glorious sites I discovered with the simple Google search “11/11/11” in ascending order of awesomeness.

Yes, it’s a real movie.  If anyone sees it, please report back.
Trust us, it’s special
We are being guarded

After you check all of these out, the snark in me wants to point out the location of the news sites on this list (#’s 3 and 5...specifically Fox News.  Hint: it's #5)

*image from here

Friday, November 4, 2011

Happy Fall Back Friday!

Get ready for some knowledge my Friday people. 
Usually I think that the whole Daylight Savings Time thing is nonsense.  Do I work on a farm?  No.  Do I need to mess with my clock in order to change around the sunlight and such?  No.  HOWEVER, of the two clock-switching things, this is the best one.
It’s kind of like a (way) less cool version of time travel.
So, this Sunday night, turn your clocks back 1 hour and enjoy the fact that your normal alarm clock wakeup call will feel just a little less painful.

Image from here