Archive for November, 2007
So the 15 pound turkey that Mrs. Link cooked was delicious. And it fed 9 people with some leftovers.
So the next day, we went to the grocery store to buy Mr. Link a birthday cake, and what do you know, the leftover turkeys – and I thought we had leftovers – were on sale. Like, really good sale.
$5 for 20 pounds of turkey!
Now, being the thrifty turkey-loving people we are, I forced Mrs. Link to let me buy it. And we did (along with a cake and cream cheese frosting, which turned out to be breakfast, lunch and dinner the next day even though our fridge was overflowing with Thanksgiving leftovers).
So yesterday, Mrs. Link got home early, prepared Big Bird and stuck it in the oven. Slightly more than 3 hours later, the red thermometer popped and we had a fresh new turkey just ready to be carved.
Now, for me, carving a turkey is like writing in cursive. I’ve done it, but it’s been so long – what with keyboards and all – that my technique was a bit atrophied when it counted on Thanksgiving. Consider that my practice bird, because last night, I was the turkey-carving Edward Scissorhands. It was genius.
And so we ate ourselves into a digestion-induced coma and have turkey for dinner for the rest of the month.
Life is good.
Tiffany cooked her 3rd Turkey for nine on Thanksgiving – November 22, 2007. We had great company and great food. You can get a glimpse of the kitchen in these shots – although with some extra furniture which we rented from a local rental place. There are a bunch more photos in the gallery below:
After dinner we all watched USC trounce ASU which – once Oregon lost to UCLA the next day – put USC into the Rose Bowl assuming we can get by UCLA. That’s why there are so many USC Jerseys above. From upper left to bottom right: Fanny, Ben, Scott, Mark, Lindsay, Mrs. Link, Chris, Melissa and Mr. Link.
They say that green is the most relaxing color, so why not paint the entire room greenish? Well it’s definitely better than boring white from before. Anyway, this is the master bedroom and, yes, it’s green. Well not really green; greenish. With cream frills.
Well, this room is sort of Mr. Link’s pride and joy. We decided to put the TV upstairs so that we could separate social activity downstairs from brain-numbing idiocracy of television entertainment upstairs. It was/is a bedroom, but with the open wall to the cathedral ceiling of the living room below, it seemed to make some good sense to make it into out entertainment room. An additional advantage of the open wall is the acoustics which allow us to play music upstairs that we can hear downstairs very easily.
So like I said, this room is actually a retooled bedroom. We took out the closet doors and guts, painted it flat-gray inside and put up some movie-theater style curtains. The walls are a blue-gray – more or less neutral, and we put up the Muybridge horse sequence to frame the TV-hole.
From the living room, we jump over the dining room (coming) and into the kitchen where we’ve painted the walls a light yellow and installed new tile – to replace the awful looking linolium that was in there before. There’s some room for an improved layout of the kitchen, and maybe someday we’ll get to that, but for now:
You may remember the “before” pictures of the new condo! Well, we’ve put in quite a bit of sweat equity and now, by popular demand and in chapters, we give to you the finished product:
We’ll start with the living room.
Okay, so what you’re seeing here is brand new carpet – much lighter than before and much less urine-smelling. The walls have been painted a yellow-beige. The couch and pseudo-chaise are new – and came with the coffee table and end tables. The globe on the far side is from Saint Thomas on our honeymoon.