November 26, 2006
Finally Roast Bird
On Saturday, we finally had our proper Thanksgiving meal (see my last post for why): Roast poultry, mashed potatoes, gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, peas, carrot-Boursin purée, and fresh granary baguette (whole-grain). It was collaboratively-made and delicious. I say "poultry" because it was roast chicken, not the traditional turkey, since we are a small family.
After all tummies were pleasantly filled with good things, we held game negotiations. Have you heard of Pit and Compatibility? We did not play those... but as a means of deciding which game to play (we have tons), we played two games, homemade versions of the two aforementioned ones!
I cut up strips of paper with the names of 12 games written on them (a full set for each of us), and we scrambled them up and dealt them out, 12 strips per person. Then we had to trade semi-blindly until we all had a set of 12 unique strips. That was the Pit impersonation, except backwards (in Pit you're supposed to end up with your cards being all the same, not all different). Then we each proceeded to rank our strips in order from most desirable game to play to least. This was the Compatibility part. Unbelievably and potentially distressingly, the four of us weren't compatible enough to agree on a game to play (though we had several groups of two within everyone's top five, there was only one game with three votes, and not even one single choice that appeared in everyone's top five!).
Would you believe that was enough for us and we ended up playing "everyone put at least ten items in the dishwasher" (I did 25) and David went to take a nap? He was tired out after all that cooking (he was responsible for the roast chicken, the mashed potatoes and the gravy, while I did the vegetables). Then I played "scrub 21 items by hand" (partly since the dishwasher was full) while Emily played "get five more items dirty making freshly whipped cream" and we finished up with "eat some yummy homemade pumpkin pie while getting 11 more items dirty."
However, later on, my dear husband proposed a round of Boggle just to me, and I eagerly accepted. Before we knew it, we were all four playing it. For purposes of fairness, all four people got differing amounts of time to find words: 5 minutes, 4 minutes, 3 minutes, and 1 minute 20 seconds. Just about right! Just discovered one can play Boggle online live with other people. Fun!
I continue to love Saturdays.
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I laughed right out loud while reading this post, as I have been party to game-choosing at your home in the past! I am the one who never wants to play Rail Baron! Always wants to play bridge (if we are only four) and loves to play charades (telephone, if enough folks are available), and then always up for hearts or "Oh, Well/Pshaw", Sardines (at night). Remember when Jason abandoned Uncle David, last man looking, here in VA? What fun! And so much to be thankful for, always. Love you, Mom
Posted by: Patricia Taylor | Nov 28, 2006 4:30:42 PM