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Hello friends!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend.  I’ve worked many more Thanksgivings than I’ve had off during the past fifteen+ years so I was thrilled to enjoy the day with family and friends.

Michael and I usually make the rounds – we started out at his brother Pete’s house where we grazed with family.  After a few hours we left and went to see the Lacona family.  Yes – the Lacona family as in Noah’s Ark.  Yum.  Check out the bird Mr. and Mrs. Lacona pulled out of the oven….

Doesn’t this look like something you’d see in a magazine?  These people are amazing cooks and we’re lucky that they invite us over for dinner on a regular basis. 

I couldn’t pass up snapping this picture of Mr. Lacona and the family dog.  Mojo is no dummy – he jumped up there just in time for dessert!

Speaking of dogs – look at the freebie Sonya picked up for her pets when she was buying dog food.  Remi was less than thrilled.

Spot was mad.  This is the only picture I took that isn’t blurry because he was shaking his head around trying remove those antlers.  Do you think this is a form of torture?  One year my best friend Beth and I put a Christmas sweater on my cat.  Marley just flopped down on the floor and started making those terrible cat noises.  You know, like this.  That was the end of any sort of cute costumes for my pet.

Attending the game in Iowa City was sort of like torture (can’t you tell by Michael’s face?!?) … it was so cold, I thought we were going to be frozen to our seats.  Plus, neither the Hawkeyes nor the Huskers played very well.  There is a bright spot, though.  I’ve been reading about how many extra calories you burn by shivering and it makes me feel better about the ridiculous amount of food I consumed on Thanksgiving.

Have a wonderful week!