When I started to get older my dad started cooking a turkey on Black Friday. Mostly because when you travel to someone else's house, you don't really end up with leftovers. And my dad loves turkey leftovers. So having a second Thanksgiving, while it wasn't every year, started to become a thing.
Since my extended family doesn't do a large get together any more, my parents have stopped this tradition and they just cook a regular Thanksgiving meal on Thursday. And over the years I've taken a fair amount of turkey home with me, although I have on occasion actually cooked cranberries at home (because I love cranberries).
This year I decided to cook most of a thanksgiving meal at home on Black Friday. There are only two of us, so I cooked a turkey breast instead of a whole bird. I made way too much stuffing (and I didn't even add the sausage), well over a dozen dinner rolls. Plus cranberries and some vegetables.
I'll probably keep cooking a second Thanksgiving meal, trying different recipes each year.
Now to start making turkey soup, thanksgiving won tons, and all other types of leftover recipes.
Anyway, we had a good time, and even got to talk to Jeff on the phone and see how his holiday was going.
Maybe I'll build a device that buzzes at him every time he jumps on the counter. I know he does it as soon as we leave for work, the stinker.
On the left is a graham cracker chewy bar with a vanilla wafer base, while the one on the right is actually made with graham crackers. I made this recipe a few years ago and it does taste similar to pecan pie.
I also decided to try a new recipe (to me) called pecan pie bars.
Admittedly I made a lot of pecan-pie-like bars for four people, three of which aren't fans of pecan pie. But Chris enjoys them, so I know they'll get eaten.
Since his asthma is mild, the vet suggested putting him on Cerenia first. It's for nausea in dogs (anti-emetic), but has anti-inflammatory properties and has been used to treat asthma in cats.
While Leki is no fan of medication, he's taken to having medication shoved down his throat much better than some dogs I've done it to.
Legend of Zelda was one of the games we played frequently. We were both pretty young so it was a little complicated for the two of us at the time.
My mother really liked it. She played the whole game, beating it before either of us ever did. And she was so enthralled with the game that she drew every screen on a sheet of continuous form paper. Every secret bush that needed to be burned, or rock that needed to be blasted with a bomb was drawn out.
With the help from our mother's drawings, we were able to advance further and further in the game. Mario was wonderful, but this was magical. There were so many puzzles and dungeons to explore!
So every time a new Zelda game comes out, I've made a point to try and play it. There have been two handheld games I've missed (which I will circle back to), but for the most part I've tried them all. I've not been a fan the more recent games, but I've still tried to trudge through them. Admittedly I quit pretty early on in Skyward Sword.
Anyway, the latest game is for the 3DS and it's a sequel to the SNES game, A Link to the Past (which was a really good successor to Legend of Zelda) called A Link Between Worlds. Since it takes a page from the older games, there are plenty of top down camera angles, an open world to explore, and very little of the more recent trend to long introductions and game play tutorials.
So far the game has been wonderful. Being able to explore anywhere I want was always a big part of the early Zelda games, so that was the first thing I did. And I didn't have to sit through an hour of being told how to use a sword or my menu. I'm sure it will be a little jarring for younger players that are accustomed to play tutorials built into the plot, but I really appreciate not having to trudge through another one.
I know this is a lot to read through just to get to the part where I say I like the game. And I do like it. At this point the only thing I need Nintendo to do to really make things complete is to make a quality Metroid game. I'd even settle for the first person ones that Retro Studios did in the mid-2000s. Just something open, focuses on playing alone and exploring (lets not count Other M, shall we?).
RFduino kickstarter I backed earlier this year arrived, and they're adorably tiny! Basically they're shrunk-down arduino and arduino shields, and bluetooth 4.0 enabled.
I look forward to getting these programmed and deployed in the house!
Kobo Reader I bought earlier this year. It's lighter and more compact than the Kindle 2. But sometimes I run into an issue where I want to check out a library book or read something purchased from Amazon. And unfortunately, due to DRM, it's not always easy to get the book onto the Kobo. Even if you try to remove the DRM and convert the file, it isn't always usable. So sometimes I have to fall back and use the older Kindle 2.
It still works great, and to be honest the physical buttons for page turning are nicer than tapping a touchscreen. Even though I primarily use the Kobo during the workday, I'll still be very sad when this Kindle 2 finally dies.
Honestly, it's amazing how difficult they make it to try and read digital books. I'm still aghast at the fact that they have an artificial number of "digital loans" for an ebook. Really? I'm not entirely sure making it more difficult for people to read a book is actually working in the publishing industries favor.
camera module came out for the Raspberry Pi. So this evening I set up the camera, which is housed in a nice little case Chris printed on the 3D printer.
Setup was pretty easy. The instructions on the Raspberry Pi page are simple. So after a quick software upgrade I was up and running.
Video streaming from the Raspberry Pi to my Windows desktop was a breeze. I used the sleeping cat as a test subject again.
All in all I'm pretty impressed!
I raked the front yard.
Ok, really I just made piles.Chris actually took care of the piles and raked the back yard, which is much larger. But I felt better for having at least helped with the yard work. Maybe if I could create a rake harness for the cat and train him to do the work, I'd still feel like I was helping. I wonder if he'd go for that. It would be good exercise for him.
I did feel a little bit better today, so I squeezed in a little bit of gaming. It's hard to play a game at 20 minutes here, 15 minutes there when I'm used to hours long marathon, but I'll take what I can get. Plus, who can stay away from such a cute little pokemon?
follow up vet appointment today. Originally we'd brought him in for a yearly checkup and about a cough he's been having. After that appointment we did some things around the house, changed where he had access and his cough disappeared for several weeks.
And then it came back.
So we brought him in for the recommended chest x-rays and the vet could see that there was some inflammation in his lungs.
Basically he has a mild form of feline asthma.
The vet suggested a pretty conservative treatment plan, especially since he just recently started having issues this summer and she thinks its possible that his issues will go away once everything starts freezing for the winter.
So far now we're working on weight loss (which should help his asthma) and seeing how it goes for the next few weeks until the ground freezes. If he still continues to have issues we'll start him in on medication.
The last and only other Pokemon game I played was Soul Silver a few years ago. Pokemon really hit big in the 90s and I was just a few years older than the target audience for the games, cartoons, and toys. And honestly, the concept never appealed to me.
So fast forward like twenty years and here I am spending my Sunday playing the latest game. And I like it.
I don't know if my tastes are evolving or if I'm just getting desperate for decent video games. Either way, I'm having a fun time with Pokemon X.