A Thanksgiving Story

Thanksgiving is going well so far at our house…this is the first year I’ve hosted…first year to cook a turkey…plus having a baby to take care of in the midst of cooking, so I wasn’t sure how it would go. Matthew invited his mom and siblings and two couples we know who weren’t planning to travel to see their families this year.

I didn’t think about how long it takes to defrost a turket, so I only took it out of the freezer on Tuesday night. So yesterday I realized I needed to thaw it faster. I ran cold water over it for a long time, soaked it in cold water in the bathtub, soaked it in cold water in the sink…hooray, it did thaw by this morning! When Eric Stephen and Jennifer came over for breakfast, they brought a turkey too, so we prepped both birds. Our upstairs neighbors are two bachelors, and they said we could use their oven as they were going to be away today. That was great, because we have so many dishes to cook, we needed two ovens. Matthew and Eric took the turkeys upstairs and tried to cram both roasting pans in the oven, which didn’t fit…so, rather than jam up our oven with a turkey too, they put one turkey in the upstairs oven and put my turkey on the porch to stay cold…I guess we’ll cook it after the first one is done. So much for hurriedly defrosting mine!

A little later an alarm started going off…turned out to be Boomer and Ben’s gas alarm. Apparently, their oven is broken, but they never knew it, as they apparently have never used it. Ever. Thankfully they had an alarm, or we might have ended up feeding paramedics and firefighters today, too.

So the turkey ended up taking up space in our oven after all, and we’re baking one side dish at a time. Oh, well. The ladies are cooking together and having a nice time, and my mother-in-law is holding Katherine, so I think everything will turn out okay.


Anyway, the reason I got on here was to link to a Thanksgiving story I wrote when I was 16. I freely admit that I am a geek. I have written fan fic, yes, I have. In my defense, it DID really help develop my writing skills. Ahem. Anyway, this is a JAG fanfiction story I wrote back in the day, and it’s about Thanksgiving, and here you go. Please overlook any cheesiness by remembering that I was 16 when I wrote it. Thanks.

And if you want to make me really, really, really, REALLY happy, find some way to track down all episodes of JAG ever and give them to me…I stopped watching it after about season 5 when I left for college because I didn’t have a TV, and I would kill to have the whole show on DVD.

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  • http://www.xanga.com/gwyneth gwyneth

    you’re geeky, dorky, and cute.  and i like you.  and i’m not going to read your JAG story.  but i am working on kamelot photos today, and…i think you just might be quite happy.

  • http://www.xanga.com/whomhavei whomhavei

    you are a geek. But I have no life seeing as how I am browsing xanga on thanksgiving

  • http://www.xanga.com/Mistress_Kath Mistress_Kath

    It was, and is, a wonderful story! A rather large number of people were extremely surprised to learn that you were still in HS when you wrote that. I also seem to recall a large number of comments to the effect that you and I should have been hired to write the JAG novels instead of whoever wrote the two that were published.

  • http://www.xanga.com/miller_schloss miller_schloss

    Kathleen is very kind. But if you really want to read some good writing, read her stories…they’re MUCH better than mine!

    Her encouragment and mentoring when I was a budding writer are a big part of the reason I’m a writer today.

  • http://www.xanga.com/hannahbarton hannahbarton

    Oh Becky, hooray for nerdy pictures! I laughed so hard; and you’re right: our glasses do appear to be almost identical.

    Here’s to fashion and stylists and contacts/cute glasses! Cheers!

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  • http://www.xanga.com/airborneschloss airborneschloss

    Lessons I am still learning about hosting Thanksgiving:
    1. It’s about time with people not about eating on time. (We threw out our schedule and watched our son run, and win, a race Thanksgiving morning. Called guests after the race and asked them to come an hour later and hang out for the day, literally.)
    2. Have another son around who was willing to sacrifice not running in the race to stay home and take the pumpkin pie out pf the oven.
    3. Yes, it does take 4.5 hours to bake a stuffed 20 lb. turkey.
    4. No, you do not need a 20 lb. turkey for 8 people plus leftovers. A smaller turkey would actually fit in the roasting pan!
    5. Yes, brining does make the turkey juicy. (Also part of the later cooking start and WELL worth the wait.)
    6. When your husband smells something burning in the oven, though all seemed well, always turn the rolls over. The dinner rolls were in a new “plastic” cupcake holder and looked like they were still needing more time to brown. Appearances are not everything! When you lifted them up out of the cup, they were BLACK on the bottom. Mystery solved. Praise God for over planning because we still had another batch to bake!
    7. Feed the squirrels the burnt dinner rolls and work real hard at laughing at the situation instead of getting upset. (Okay, I did “toss” the rolls with a certain amount of vigor which was therapeutic.)
    8. Though “needing” 8 servings for dishes, on Thanksgiving no one really eats a full serving of any dish so that they can eat a little of all dishes. This could also be called meal planning for the next week!
    9. It’s okay to break a LIFE-LONG Castle tradition of eating Thanksgiving dinner by daylight instead of candlelight. (The Barthels family always had Thanksgiving dinner at supper time, so I was back in my own element, though not intentional.)
    10. It’s about time with people. Talk, laugh, take pictures, pray (and get teary-eyed missing your daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter), eat, talk some more, catch the end of “Joe Dirt” after watching your son’s interview on TV), do lots more laughing, and, of course, eat more dessert.

  • http://www.xanga.com/airborneschloss airborneschloss

    11. It’s okay not to use the China and silver. Use the everyday dinnerware because the guests volunteer to put the dishes in the dishwasher. More people time.

  • http://www.xanga.com/Punky1974 Punky1974

    Sounds like a fun eventful Thanksgiving! Enjoyed the st ory as well! Have a Great Weekend!

  • http://www.xanga.com/ezygiel ezygiel

    sounds like a thanksgiving adventure to me :-) we’re celebrating tomorrow instead – no one gets the day off here :-(

    the story was good! i’ve never seen the show, but in itself, i liked the story

  • http://www.xanga.com/Hinkybelle Hinkybelle

    JAG fan fiction. Oh wow. :-P Happy thanksgiving!!

  • http://www.xanga.com/simply_nikki simply_nikki

    My brother loves JAG. Hey, I can ask him if he has it.

  • http://www.xanga.com/africaflyboy africaflyboy

    I met a guy in JAG here. He wasn’t much of a movie star, but was incredibly friendly. We would see each other at the gym, and at church services on the base. He wouldn’t talk about his work much though. Musta been some security issue there.

  • http://www.xanga.com/airborneschloss airborneschloss

    I did find a summary of every episode of JAG. Here is the web site: http://www.tv.com/jag/show/242/episode_guide.html?season=10&tag=season_dropdown;dropdown;9

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  • http://www.xanga.com/twentysixcats twentysixcats

    Hey great story! I used to be a big fan of JAG too. I never thought about writing fan fics before, but I probably would have done that if I had. :-) I think they only have the first two or three sesons out on DVD so far.

  • http://www.xanga.com/simply_nikki simply_nikki

    Nope, my brother does not have JAG!

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