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November 30, 2004 - Tuesday

Four Thousand Photos

I just uploaded the 4,000th photo to BamaPhotos.com today. I started it in July 2003 on TextAmerica.com (a free service). Taking photos and learning how to use them in Photoshop has been enjoyable. There's much to learn and I consider myself just an amateur - but I am having fun.

 
 

Watch Jeopardy Today

Ken Jennings, the Jeopardy winner will be appearing on several TV shows tomorrow. I heard that he lost in November and this is the last day of the month, so I guess the big hint being given out is that today he loses. I saw him on his first day - he was good. I wonder what kind of person would win against him? Maybe that person will go on to get even bigger winnings.

If that happens, Jeopardy might want to change their rules back to the limits because people will get bored of watching the same contestant every day.

 
 

November 29, 2004 - Monday

National Treasure

Saw this movie while in Atlanta. One critic said the premise was hard to swallow so I went wondering if it would make me squirm.

It did not. The movie was good with nonstop action from start to finish. Even though Nicholas Cage is not my idea of a hunk, he can act. The supporting actors were interesting and funny. I enjoyed the clues, the race between two groups to find the treasure and the ending. Plenty of humor and action kept me from caring about the basic premise. This movie would probably be enjoyed most by Indiana Jones fans.

P.S. I am disappointed in RottenTomatoes.com. Their famous reviews are now a little more buried. Try going to RottenTomatoes.com and find an option for the reviews. Its not there. You have to scroll down and find the tiny tomatoes by a sideline box of movie listings to get to a review. I guess this is what happens when an entertainment company buys you out. :: sigh ::

 
 

Dad's 74th Birthday

Happy Birthday to Dad! He's 74 years old today. This is a picture of him at 5 years old. Photographers used to travel with a pony to take pictures. I remember when a professional photographer came to our house. He set up a background screen. Mom did our hair and dressed us very nicely. Apparently door-to-door photographers were around during Dad's childhood, too.

Dad is a true saint. He's kind, generous and patient. All of his children love him as do his grandchildren. Dad got me started in genealogy, something he also likes to do. Dad is a gentle and guileless man. I am lucky to have had him for a father. Happy Birthday, Dad!

 
 

November 28, 2004 - Sunday

Day After Thanksgiving

The day after Thanksgiving is always interesting. While some people claim they are not going to set foot outside their doors, others join in the shopping fray. I am one of those who have no problem being out in a big crowd. My husband claims that my side of the family has a special shopping gene because we act as if we were born for this and do it so well.

As a matter of fact, my husband had an eye on an advertised 17 inch LCD monitor for $149. Micro Center, a store in Atlanta, offered 25 of these. The store opened at 6 a.m. so I got in line about 20 minutes before it opened.

Alas, I was about 75th in line so the monitors were gone before I got in the door (I will remember that for next time. There's nothing like standing out in the dark and freezing cold for an hour early in the morning - ha ha.) I was impressed with the store. They walked up and down the line giving out coffee and donuts.

People waiting in the line were pretty nice, too. I did manage to get other sales items -- a wireless 802.11g router for $9.99, memory, and a notebook card on sale for just that morning. It was worth it. I then wondered over to the mall where Sears was offering half price on many items during early morning only -- all well worth the time and wait in line for me. I enjoy a good crowd.

My sister was smarter. She knows certain stores like Wal-Mart match prices so she grabbed ads from other stores and got much shopping done at Wal-Mart.

 
 

November 27, 2004 - Saturday

Thanksgiving was GREAT!

My sister, with the help of her family, prepared a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner. We drove over 200 miles to Atlanta and it was well worth the trip. My photos of the experience are located here (click "<-- Newer Photo" above the picture to see all of the images. I hope all of you had a good weekend, too.

 
 

November 24, 2004 - Wednesday

Leftover Turkey Ideas & Recipes

Here are some new and classic ideas for leftover Thanksgiving food. I like the quesadillas: Thanksgiving Leftovers.

 
 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Much is going on around here with relatives coming and going. I don't know if I can steal a moment away to blog for the next few days or not, but thanks to the convenience of a cell phone, photos will be sent to the photo blogs at Cell.BamaBlog.com (for spur-of-the-moment, fun stuff and for when my nieces get a hold of my cell cam) and BamaPhotos.com (for better quality photos usually uploaded later in the day). Muddy has no such restrictions on his time and he will keep blogging through the holiday weekend. (Must be nice to be a cat.) Feel welcome to stop by any site.

I have much to be grateful for, my family, faith and health among the top of the list. (I will be grateful if everyone traveling will be kept safe. We had a thunderstorm last night and its still going on - not fun weather to drive or fly in.) I'll be back online by Sunday morning, if not earlier.

For all who are celebrating this holiday, I hope you have a wonderful and meaningful time, and if you are not celebrating, I hope you have a great weekend, too. Happy Thanksgiving!