Happy Holidays and Happy New Year

A couple things. First, turkeys with the pop-up timers are the way to go. For Thanksgiving we had a turkey with a pop-up timer; when it popped up it was done. No questioning. No doubting. We just carved, served, and ate. It was delicious. For Christmas, for some reason or another, we got a turkey without this piece of magic. Sure, we had a meat thermometer, but does anyone really know how to use them? Where, exactly, are we supposed to put it? How deep? How long? We were never able to get a reading that was supposed to say it was done, but it had already been in for longer than recommended. Keeping it in any longer, it was agreed, would dry this thing out. So, with a lot of hesitation, the turkey was carved. We all looked at each other, daring someone to be the first to shove a forkful of turkey in their mouth, and when finally someone did (me) all eyes were on me trying to ascertain if the turkey was really done. Honestly, I felt like some food tester who would eat the food of someone important to determine if there was poison in it or not. The end result was the turkey was dry, and there were plenty of leftovers. No one had any real faith in the turkey. So, get a turkey with a pop-up timer. Or eat with someone who knows exactly what to do with a meat thermometer. Or, at least, sells it better than I did.


I did a quick Google search on the pop-up timers. If you’re curious on how they work, here you go. Interesting to note, they are re-usable.

2011 might be the year I get some good sleep, regularly, finally. If you know me, or follow me, my biggest gripe is probably lack of sleep. A good night would see 5 hours of sleep, but a typical night is more along 2-3 hours. I’ve done plenty of web research and tried changing habits, and environment (as much as I could) without much effect. I am not a big fan or drugs being the answer to things, but I think I’ve found one that is agreeable; Unisom. Unisom, with recently acquired ear plugs, have made for a great combo for a full night’s sleep. So fingers crossed this keeps up.

1 photo for the New Year, or 2 versions of the same. Which do you like better?

This is my parent's next door neighbor. These are both HDR photos, made up of the same set of brackets and processed with different HDR software. What I like about these is the sense of texture you can get out of these photos. The bottom photo is more how I remember the day (bright sunlight visible), but the top one is the one I think I like more.

Happy New Year!


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