Tag Archives: Thanksgiving

Driving North


ON INTERSTATE 5 – St. Vincent, This American Life and my iTune purchases are keeping our minds occupied on this road trip back home. I’m happy we had a chance to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with my family in So Cal.

During our trip, we had plenty of chances to hang out with other dogs in our family.

In a few hours, we’ll see Daisy’s stump of a tail wagging 100 mph. She’ll greet us with doggy kisses and snorkles. Then we’ll introduce her to her new house in Fremont. She maybe confused but I’m sure she’ll be happy to be sleeping in our bed again.

Decorating palm trees

COVINA – Sipping coffee and watching an otter attack a teen in Florida. The teen keeps his camera rolling as the otter transforms from playful creature to vicious monster. That video goes viral on YouTube.

The teen may have a future in TV news.

We skipped the Black Friday mall mayhem/madness in favor of the best holiday deal. Andrei invited us to Riverside to check out the Festival of Lights .
Festival of Lights
Last night – I was dazzled by all the lights at the Mission Inn and in downtown Riverside. Palm trees twinkled in a rainbow of lights. Christmas carols piped out of the festive buildings. Animated bears and choir members swayed on the balconies. Nutrcrakers guarded the Mission Inn walls.

Admission price: Free

Facebook peeps – check out more Festival of Lights photos on my blog.

Finding good homes for birds

My first two weeks on the job and on the ground in Newark have been intense. I suspect that’s an understatement given the expectations and accelerated timeline for my site launch.

In fact, I haven’t had time to move. We’re sleeping on an air mattress at our new house, Daisy is at camp and this morning, Newark Patch headquarters is located on our kitchen counter. Bring it on.

Plus – I’m getting to know my neighborhood stores. I’ll have more on a sweet deal for these birds in a moment.
Safeway Sale on Turkeys

I’m also meeting some wonderful people who truly care about this community. They’re volunteering at Newark food banks to make sure all families have a decent meal for Thanksgiving. Donations are coming in – but many places need more food to set the table for their holiday feasts next week.

Over at the Viola Blythe Center, volunteers say they are feeding nearly 220 families for the holidays.

On Wednesday, I got a shopping list from the League of Volunteers. Volunteers say this is what they need for their Thanksgiving meal that serves families from Newark, Fremont and Union City:

  • 250 Turkeys
  • 200 boxes of instant mashed potatoes mix
  • 300 boxes of Stove Top Stuffing

On Thanksgiving, I’m heading home for my family’s amazing cooking. We’re pairing white rice with roasted turkey. I may try to sneak some bacon on top of the bird as it’s getting cozy in the oven. Beef or chicken adobo, lumpia and other Filipino treats share the table with cranberry sauce, bread and Thanksgiving trimmings.

Since I had my holiday meal covered, I figured I could afford to pick up a turkey for the food banks. Thanks to Safeway in Newark, I found a great deal on birds. If you spend $20 on groceries, each 16-20 lb. turkey costs $8.77.

I picked up some magazines, stamps and two heavy birds. Thirty minutes later, I dropped off the turkeys at a food pantry.

I’ve been blessed with a job and this is only a small way I can pay it forward.

What about you?

Back In The Kitchen

I had to work on Thanksgiving. I knew I had no energy or patience to cook after producing a 3-hour show. So, we decided to save our Thanksgiving cooking/feast for Saturday.

I always feel guilty about spending the holiday away from our family in So. Cal and in Buffalo. If you sign on to work in TV news, that’s just one of the realities for our schedules. I’m still happy to mess around in the kitchen with my immediate family: Mark and Daisy. This reminded me of our Thanksgiving Meal in Topeka.

8 Hours Later
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Cut a Hole in the Turkey

COVINA, CALIF — Home for the Holidays! I’m still waking up at 3 AM because my body’s still on overnight mode. It still feels so good to be back in home in So Cal with my family.

Thanksgiving 2004 in London
[Thanksgiving dinner in London 2004, with my Medill buddy Andrea, my mother-in-law Terri, and Mark’s cousin, Eileen]

My hubby and I always manage to celebrate this American holiday – whether we’re living in London or Topeka. When I accepted my first job in TV news, I knew I had to work on holidays that fell inside a sweeps period. When I found out Thanksgiving fell outside of the November sweeps period, I jumped at the chance to apply for vacation ’round that time.


So, enjoy this funny Justin Timberlake skit on SNL’s Weekend Edition. It’s all about what he’d do if he hosted the show’s Thanksgiving Edition.

Happy Turkey Day!