Seriously? Who shops for food the day before Thanksgiving?
Clearly, a lot of people do. This was the line at Honey-Baked Ham in Virginia Beach today. My brother called me today and asked me to go there to get a ham. He hadn’t ordered it, so I was really afraid I would stand in that long, cold line and not even get a ham. It moved much more quickly than I expected, although it took about 40 minutes. However, I was able to make friends with an 8-year-old boy named Joey who was there with his mom. When I left, he promised me he would make the Principal’s List this grading period. (He made one B last grading period.)
Then it was off to find a fresh turkey. Another lady in line at the ham store told me to go to Trader Joe’s, so I headed that way with my ham in the passenger seat. On the way, I realized it would be crowded, too. It was, but alas, there was not a single turkey among that crowd.
So I went down the street to Fresh Market where I found two fresh turkeys left in the case … 22 pounds each! Yeah. I guess we’ll be having a lot of leftovers. The hardest part was carrying that turkey all the way to my car. (I like to park not-so-close so that I can walk more.) The turkey did not get to ride in the passenger seat with the ham; I closed him in the trunk.
So who shops for food—especially a fresh turkey—the day before Thanksgiving? Well, I guess I do, but only at the request of the best brother in the world.
Now it’s time to make the desserts for tomorrow. YUM.
On Monday, I recorded Matt Lauer’s interview with President Bush, and I just watched it tonight. I knew it would affect me deeply, so I didn’t want to watch it until I really had time.
I know it’s not the popular thing, but I have tons and tons of respect for George W. Bush. I’m not saying he was the best president ever. (I don’t have the knowledge to determine that.) I’m not saying he didn’t make mistakes. I’m not saying I agree with everything he did.
But what I find impressive about him is his commitment to what he believes is right. He will admit when he’s wrong, but he will not waver when he decides to do what’s right.
I am also impressed with his humility. He was the most powerful man in the free world for eight years (although his critics would laugh at that), and he never showed a shred of arrogance. Even now he refuses to criticize Obama even though BO blames pretty much everything on President Bush. When Lauer asked him why he has never criticized BO, Bush said it’s not the right thing to do.
I cried when he talked about his relationship with his father. Oh that I had a father like that. But what good does it do to wish?
I admire him for being so straightforward about his mistakes—his former drinking problem, for one. Most people, especially politicians, try to hide things like that for fear of losing popularity. George Bush doesn’t care about popularity; he cares about doing what’s right, no matter what. Lauer questioned his veracity on that subject a couple of times, but Mr. Bush stuck with the truth—he really doesn’t care about popularity.
When I finished watching the interview, I immediately downloaded his new book. I want to stay up all night and read the whole thing.
I have nothing but the highest respect for President George W. Bush. He is a man of character. That’s all anyone can expect of another.
So if I call myself “beachgirl” I’m clearly not a fan of cold weather. When Fall arrives and everything begins to die, the weather becomes cooler, and the days shorter, I just end up bummed out. To add to the sadness, baseball season ends. That really bites.
I know I’m not supposed to be sad, but I’m sad. I can’t wait for summer, and it’s so far away.