Monthly Archives: November 2009
“I am brave. Roller coasters? I love ‘em. Scary movies? I’ve seen Ghostbusters like seven times. I regularly drive through neighborhoods that have only recently been gentrified. So yeah, I’m pretty much not afraid of anything.”
It’s a very special holiday version of Listography, kiddos! I’ve just returned from an excellent time in Port Washington and wanted to share with you some things I love and things I don’t…
5 Things I Love
- Stuffing & Mashed Potatoes. Let me be clear: the best foods at Thanksgiving are the ones that get gravy on top, but are not actually turkey. Turkey was good (as was creamed spinach, sweet potatoes, and Mommy’s AMAZING cheesecake), but I went back for more stuffing. Yums.
- Winning at Celebrity. So I like to win family games and the Gleeks dominated at this year’s epic game of Celebrity. Highlights included: Liz’s “Caesar” involving eating a salad out of a bowl and Mommy’s unexpected killer performance in every round. This game was probably the only time Sigmund Freud, Derek Jeter, Glenn Beck, and Lady Gaga were all mentioned together.
- The Cool Table. Andy earned major points for a last minute switcheroo and helping to cement the Cool Table’s cool standing, but also became the prime target for most of my/David/Marghy’s teasing.
- Books Written by Relatives. My uncle Steve has written a book called “You Can’t Fall Off the Floor – the Insider’s Guide to Re-inventing Yourself and Your Career.” If you buy it here and type in the promotional code YCF09, you’ll get a 31% discount and personally signed copy.
- What Up With That. Official theme song for the family holiday was “What Up With That” from last week’s Saturday Night Live:
5 Things I Don’t Love
- Drives that should take 2.5 hours taking 5 hours. Omigosh, guys, it took 5 hours to drive from DC to Swarthmore on Wednesday afternoon. Thank you to Megan for driving and providing entertainment, but it was a looooooooong trip. Fingers crossed we do not have the same problem tomorrow…
- Homemade cranberry sauce. 19 times out of 20, I prefer homemade food to store-bought (let alone canned). However, cranberry sauce is that 20th time. I’ve had homemade, I’ve had the Williams-Sonoma designer, and I’ve had everything in between. Here’s what I prefer – a slice of the canned Oceanspray. Not the whole berry kind; but the one that’s comes out of the can and still has the ridges on it. Delish. (Apologies to family members who spent time making the homemade kind…)
- Losing at Celebrity. I didn’t experience this personally, but Peter, Luis, Liz, Kenny, Thomas, Mom, and I all felt bad watching Dad, Unmarried Brother, Andy, David, Marghy, Wandi, and Ricky go home with the loss. Sad times.
- Family Talent Show. When we were little, the grandparents and aunts and uncles would make the kids entertain them with songs and dances. Somehow that tradition continued past its prime and at 26 years old, I found myself performing “Princess Pat” for everyone. That said, I still do it with about 10x the pizazz of these losers:
- Having to wait a whole year for another Thanksgiving! Self-explanatory, but seeing most of the Kelly clan was a blast this year and a million thank yous to Andy and Liz for hosting!
It’s a little slow to start but skip to 0:53 to get things going.
Can you be a Hungarian Guido?
And the answer is some kind of S&M circus act. Seriously, at least 9 of his dancers can (and should) file sexual harassment charges. The vocals were awful. I will be hanging my head in shame as an American Idol fan tomorrow.