Thursday, November 22

gobble gobble no more

Happy Thanksgiving to all those who are celebrating today.

Turkey cravings abound here at Casa Bump but tonight we had pasta for dinner. You'd think I'd be inspired to do it since I listed cooking a complete turkey dinner on my "8 things I want to do before I die" . Oh well, maybe this Christmas (not holding breath).

Anyhow, my laziness aside, it is fascinating for me how HUGE Thanksgiving is in the States.

Here it pretty much is a long weekend kind of revolving around food. But in the US of A, it seems to be a week long celebration where families resolve or create conflict, waistlines bulge, shopping is key, and vegetables are mixed with marshmallows (which seems so wrong). Or at least that's the impression given to me by the multitude of Thanksgiving themed movies / after-school specials / Hallmark Presents / sitcoms, and the like that I have been exposed to over my lifetime.

Speaking of marshmallows and yams, check out what came up as #3 when I googled marshmallows and yam:

I was googling that because I needed to know if this recipe actually existed and wasn't a figment of my imagination (I live a sheltered life folks - in a cave with cable).

So I clicked because there was a need to know why President Bush pardoned candied yams and if the dishes punishment had been instigated by the Diabetes Association or something like that...

Turns out the turkeys he pardoned in 2005 were named Marshmallow and Yam. Note that if I had read the complete topic, I would have known that but where's the fun it that - I get to accidentally see more porn this way. Opps!

This year the turkeys were named May and Flower.

It also turns out you can vote on the names of these turkeys. I wonder what voter turn out is like for that ballot?

Who's with me at getting the next administration to name the turkeys "George" and "Dick" and then at the last minute not grant them a stay of execution?

I can't believe I just linked to the White House site twice. I am so going to end up on some watch lists.

Now it's my understanding that tomorrow is Black Friday where sales go mad like wildfire. Honestly I've been trying to curb my consumer ways with some success. It's hard but not as hard as I thought it would be.

Anyhow, the reason I'm mentioning that is: tomorrow is Buy Nothing Day. One way to help lessen my impact on the planet is to consume less. I need to think before I buy and sort out need from want, and what impact do my selections make down the line. Check it out over at Adbusters.

I'm going to do my best to succeed tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes. Anyone with me?


Janet said...

I pledge to buy nothing tomorrow, which is quite easy given that I grocery shopped today and I don't live in the U.S. where retailers have been working hard to whip consumers into a turkey-and-wine fuelled, post-Thanksgiving spending frenzy.

Still. I promise I won't buy anything tomorrow.

Chag said...

Happy Thanksgiving! We probably won't be buying anything tomorrow because we're all too sick to leave the house.

Kyla said...

Dude. I'm shopping tomorrow. But if a blogger shops and doesn't blog about it, did it really happen at all? ;)

All kidding aside, we aren't going shop-a-palooza crazy...just hitting one particular sale (TARGET) to get a couple things for KayTar at a freakishly good price. So instead of BND, it might be BTTD (buy two things day) for me.

mothergoosemouse said...

I'll admit I dig shopping, but I've never been one for Black Friday. My sanity is worth more than deep discounts on crap I don't need.

And I'm just as puzzled as you by the hoopla surrounding Thanksgiving in the US. It was just the four of us this year, and it was heavenly. I'm hoping Christmas is the same.

nomotherearth said...

Does buying a coffee count? If so, I don't think I can play. I may die without coffee. (Well....I MIGHT...)

Cakabaker said...

I did go shopping, but it was only to the cake supply store to get things I needed for a cake for the 15th, does that count?