Welcome to leftovers day. Yes, there are some people who prefer to be out elbowing their way through Black Friday shopping crowds instead of enjoying Thanksgiving Day leftovers. Personally, I prefer a nice turkey sandwich and a few hours of video gaming. For those who are shopping for holiday presents, it might help to check in with the results of iPoll’s latest quiz: Gamer’s Choice. We asked the iPollers what they’re playing. As with all the quizzes, we got great answers!
For the last seven days, I have reminded wifey to, “Pick up the pumpkin pie!” Originally, there was talk of me picking up the pumpkin pie when I went to pick up the turkey. However, as with most households, the Thanksgiving planning is fluid. Yesterday was the turkey/pie pick-up day, yet I was ‘stuck’ on dad patrol. But don’t fret. I trust the wifey explicitly with her pie-picking-up duties. She knew how important it was to me—as I’m sure all of you do. And she didn’t disappoint.
Thanksgiving dinner isn’t over for me until the ceremonial slicing of the pumpkin pie. By some estimates, over 50 million pumpkin pies will be sliced up each Thanksgiving. So, where did this Thanksgiving staple get its start? Hint: It wasn’t the first Thanksgiving.
Remember those carefree days of your youth when the Thanksgiving dinner was lovingly prepared by your mom? All you had to do was show up and maybe set the table and take out the trash. Still, it was a hassle-free holiday. The older we get, the greater the chances of the hosting duties shifting to our own homes. Now the fun really begins as everything is under your control. Will your Thanksgiving be a hit, or an epic fail, or somewhere in between? You can help make the day work by avoiding these Thanksgiving mistakes:
If you’re in charge of cooking the Thanksgiving turkey, then you’re under an enormous amount of pressure to get it right. In fact, the success of the entire meal depends on that turkey. You’ll have people showing up at your home that have been waiting all year for the bird. Starting to feel the stress? I feel your pain. I’ve cooked my fair share of turkeys, until I finally settled on my now-improved method: deep frying.
Now before you start sending me links to deep frying fails, I made the wise choice of buying a countertop deep fryer that is contained, safe, and easy to use. My only “tweaking” comes with the dry rub I use for the turkey. Plus, it only takes me an hour and half to cook the bird. Plenty of time to get back to the Macy’s Parade.
Of course, if you don’t have a fryer or lack a family recipe, you can always go to the interwebs. A recent Google search for “Thanksgiving turkey recipes” revealed 30,300,000 results. Surely, you can find a recipe that works in those millions of pages. Or you could forget the bird all together. What?! Thanksgiving without turkey?? Yes, it’s not the end of the world. Here are some delicious turkey alternatives for your Thanksgiving.
Are you getting your “thankful” list ready for turkey day? If you’re like most families, there might come a time between the carving of the bird and the slicing of the pumpkin pie for you to list all the things you’re thankful for. Obviously, the mere fact that you get to share this dinner in a warm place with your loved ones can be top of the list. Once you get a few more of the high-ranking thanks noted, I suggest you give thanks to iPoll.
Now, there might be a few folks gathered around your holiday table who have no idea what you’re talking about when you say the words, “iPoll rewards.” Perhaps it is time for you to enlighten them. The best approach would be to whip out the smartphone and show them the iPoll app. It will be easy to follow along from there.
I picked the worst eight weeks to go on a diet. Each year after the last bit of Halloween candy has been devoured, I vow to cut back on everything sweet. Then Thanksgiving comes along with the pumpkin and pecan pies. Well, if you’re going to have pumpkin, you have to go pecan, too. Fine. But then the diet starts. Of course, here come the Christmas cookies. Okay, so this is verifiably the worst eight weeks to go on a diet. However, just having the guilt might be enough to keep the sweets at bay. But perhaps not, with all these great fall flavors.
I remember very distinctly sitting in algebra class thinking, “I will never use this kind of math at any point in my life.” I’m proud to report my prediction came true (well, so far). Sure, if you’re going to be some kind of scientist you might find a benefit, but for the rest of us, I’m convinced algebra was invented to make our brains hurt. And I’m fairly certain that I won’t be much help to my kiddo when his algebra days roll around. I’ll still want to help him with the rest of his homework…but how to do so without doing all the work for him?
Let’s face it; today’s student has it a lot easier than the pre-smartphone generation. Forget the built-in calculator app. You’ve got the whole world of research at your fingertips. But that doesn’t mean kids can skate on their homework, or rely only on that lovely little piece of technology–they need to do homework on their own, and learn the skills themselves. How else can you track their progress? The role of the parent is to become a kind of extension of the teacher. Here’s how you can approach the homework situation:
This one is for all the new parents out there. For the first two years of your child’s life, it’s all on you. Everything they learn, eat, read, or watch comes from your parenting skills. This is the “flexible” time of a child’s life when you have to learn how to adapt. You also have to learn the importance of having a set of keys ready to dangle in front of the child 24/7. After they blow out two candles on their birthday cake, it will be time to start thinking about preschool. Don’t panic.
As the name implies, preschool is the education that happens before the real journey into kindergarten and first grade begins. Preschool is a great chance for your kids to start learning socializing skills and begin to develop the kind of learning skills that will follow them throughout their entire life. No pressure. Here are some tips for picking a good preschool.
Although they don’t get paid, the “job” of every kid is to do well in school. For at least twelve years, kids will be devoting countless hours to reading, writing, math, science, and all the other curriculum and extracurricular matters that fall under the heading of “getting an education.” So, if going to school is a job, that would make the teachers a kind of boss. They set the goals, lay out the plan, follow up, and make sure the kids deliver. That is a very important role to fill, and one that often goes underappreciated. As we head into the “let’s give thanks” season, it’s a perfect time to take a look at what makes teachers so great.
Life is full of lessons. They even have a name for those. They’re called “life lessons.” The hope is that you learn something new every day. While you were in school, that was easy. Everything you learned was new. The older you get the more those lessons seem to diminish. A lot of that has to do with attitude. In others words, many of us think we know everything there is to know. As stubborn as your intrepid correspondent is with regard to change, I freely admit I still have a lot to learn. For instance, here are some of the life lessons I picked up in the last couple of days:
If you have kept your Christmas lights up for the last two years, then you’re well within your rights to flip the switch and turn them on even on the second week of November. Thanks, neighbor up the street, for that lesson.
If you turn your iPad over to your 21-month-old son to make him happy, don’t be upset if he accidently deletes several apps.
If you don’t participate in iPoll Mobile Missions, you won’t earn extra cash rewards. (Okay, I already knew this…but let’s just say this lesson was refreshed).