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Hello blog readers!
Many of you have been sending me emails lately, gentle reminders that I have not blogged for awhile. You’re right, and for that reason there’s a lot to catch up on, so let’s get started!
First, Happy Thanksgiving! I know some of you have to work, while others will enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Regardless, I hope you have a great day and that even if you’re working you can find things in your life for which you are thankful. Even though I’ll be working, I’m grateful for a wonderful family, good friends and colleagues I enjoy. I’m also glad Michael and I are not cooking a Thanksgiving meal this year because last year nearly killed us!!! Speaking of which, if you need help stuffing or cooking a turkey don’t call the Des Moines Police Department. Here’s what Public Information Officer Sgt. Vince Valdez told us earlier this week, “I got a call from someone who wanted information on how to stuff a turkey. I said, well this is the police station. I told him I’ve had some experience stuffing a turkey and cooking a turkey but I recommend you get a hold of an expert for that!” Apparently, the caller thought the Public Information Office should have information on cooking a bird. It doesn’t. If you need help, call your mother or 1-800-butterball. Finally, if you’d like to share your favorite holiday meal items and recipes, I’ll start a collection to share with the group. I have a killer mashed potato dish that you might as well just spread on your thighs, but it is soooooooooooooooo yummy!
I know the day after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year, but I’ve never been able to get into “Black Friday.” I hate fighting crowds and I’m not willing to deal with crazy people who will get into fist fights over the latest video game or stuffed animal. Plus, it would be completely out of character for me to go Christmas shopping this early. I put everything off until the last minute. And, I hate spending money. I like giving gifts and buying myself things, but I don’t like spending money. I like saving. When I was a waitress, I would keep my tip money in a huge jar and I loved dumping it out on the floor and counting it. My mom has a picture of me when I was in high school, just back from one of my first shifts at the Chuck Wagon. In it, I’m flopped in my dad’s recliner with a big wad of cash in my hands and a big grin on my face. To this day I will spend hours trying to find the best deal on whatever it is I’m shopping for, I’m a sale-rack junkie and a coupon-clipping fiend. It’s a sickness! Anway … as usual, I digress! I’m wondering how all of you deal with finances and what you think about the economy right now. I’m reading two vastly different things from “experts.” Some think everything will be fine once the housing market stabilizes while others think we’re heading toward (or already in ) a recession. What are your views? Are you feeling the pinch this holiday season or is everything normal at your house? Something I really despise spending money on is home or car repairs. I know it’s part of life, but it stinks! A few weeks ago we were “stood up” by the fireplace and chimney company that usually inspects our place (it’s a long story about horrible customer service) so I scheduled an inspection with a new guy who came highly recommended. I won’t bore you with the details but what he found is bad. It speaks to shoddy, unacceptable service from our old company and requires a very expensive fix. So, it looks like there will be no cuddling up by the fireplace at the Kiernan house this winter, unless we want to risk our house catching on fire!
It’s moving up on five o’clock – time to go meet Sonya in the makeup room for our daily pre-show chat.
Drive safely through this first round of winter, and Happy Thanksgiving!