Fill in the Blank Friday

If there ever was a week to say “TGIF”, this one is it. I’m ready for the weekend. Really.
And since yesterday was Thanksgiving, of course Lauren has some fun Turkey Day and Black Friday related blanks to play with….
so let’s go fill in some blanks!

1.   Waking up at the break of dawn to go shopping is my idea of  hell on earth. Yes, it has been a holiday tradition for my mom (and sister, if she brought the family north for Thanksgiving) and I to go out, but the reality is that the last few years I did it garnered no good deals and left me at the end of the day feeling like a human pinball. My goal has been to get any and all need-to-be-purchased-in-a-store items bought and hidden BY Black Friday, which allows me to leisurely finish up any remaining online shopping and provides the luxury of doing baking and wrapping in December. (That is my goal, the reality is always a bit different…) Also, moving to the UK has divested me of any opportunity for Black Friday shopping, since there is no such thing.

2.   If I were to go shopping today I would be on the hunt for tall black boots to replace the ones with holes in the soles. And maybe a deal on a Tassimo or Nescafe one cup coffeemaker (even though it’s kind of overkill since I have a coffee maker, electric kettle AND a Moka Express to make a proper latte.) I WILL be getting one when we move back to the US….

3.  The best thing I ate yesterday was  my pumpkin bread. And my turkey-shaped pizza, since I wasn’t cooking a bird and trimmings on what amounts to a school day for us WHILE my husband is away on business.

4. Something I’ve been learning lately is  that I really, really, REALLY need to count to ten – and possibly do a “mommy time out” – when I’m at the end of my rope with my lovely but often fussy and stroppy daughter kids. My patience of late is incredibly short lived and I’m letting the tantrums really affect my view of myself as a parent – and I’m simply yelling more than I’d like to.

Which, obviously, is counterproductive when you want your children to stop fighting and shouting at one another.

5.  I cannot start my day without coffee, and a “good morning” hug from my kids. ‘Nuf said.

6.  My nighttime attire consists of  cotton lounge pants (read: trousers, for my UK friends), socks and a long sleeved tee. Actually, if I was Black Friday shopping, I’d probably pick up some new jammies, since mine are ridiculously old and worn.

7.  I am looking forward to  my husband returning from his business trip, and not just so I don’t have to hear “I miss Daddy” every time I have to tell the kids “no”. I’m also looking forward to the official turning on of the lights, hearing the kids sing at the even and browsing around the food festival here in town this weekend.

That’s it for me! Lots of good things going on this weekend, what are you doing?


  1. Hey Jen,
    Just wanted to “like” your choosing pumpkin bread as the one “must eat” Thanksgiving dish! Love it. I only make it on Thanksgiving and this year put chocolate chips in it! Heaven…..needless to say Joe didn’t even get any….the leftovers weren’t around for too long. omg.

    • Why is it that we only make pumpkin bread at Thanksgiving? It’s one of my favorite things to bake – especially now that the tinned pumpkin is so hard to come by.
      I think I need to vow to make it more often – and try it with chocolate chips!

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