Start Your Thanksgiving Off Right

Just a couple more days until Thanksgiving!  The other day I drove over to visit my parents, and I had to stop the car and wait for a flock of wild turkeys to cross the road–I’m pretty sure it was part of some massive attempt to flee the country until November is safely behind them.  I’d like to think that if nobody’s come after them yet, they’re safe for another year.

I’m not so sure how safe shoppers are, though, and I’m not even talking about Black Friday yet.  My husband came home from the grocery store yesterday, wide-eyed and astounded by how high the frozen turkeys had been stacked at the store.  Pull one down, and you’ll likely wind up getting crushed by the ones that come tumbling down after it.  And let’s face it, that’s not exactly the most dignified way to leave this world, is it?

Thanksgiving is a great time to be with loved ones and appreciate all the blessings in your life that might be easy to take for granted, but it’s true that it can be a tad stressful, too.  Especially for the cook!  (Love you, Mom…)  So just in case anybody needs something to make them smile or even giggle behind their hands, I found a few YouTube clips to share with you today…

This first one is more of a cautionary tale:

And this one is more in honor of those valiant wild turkeys I met the other day along with their turkey brethren everywhere:

And this last one is a longer clip from Everybody Loves Raymond especially intended for those who may be considering going the tofurkey route this year:

Okay, I think I’ve done my part to provide both humor and a well-rounded perspective on turkeys.  Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!  🙂

School’s Out! Let’s Celebrate

My kindergarteners are now all officially first graders, and they have the kindergarten diplomas to prove it.  Classrooms all over the place are packed up for the summer and are much quieter now than they ever were during the school year, that’s for sure.  And teachers like me are either dancing with joy in the streets or only just now waking up from three days straight of sleep.

It’s summer vacation!  To celebrate, I’m passing along a couple of YouTube videos that are worth a chuckle or two.  The first one has an obvious link to school; the second one doesn’t, but it’s cute, so I don’t care.  And neither has anything to do with my life as a writer–unless…

I’m a writer who also teaches → teachers work in schools → these videos make me giggle like a little schoolgirl.

There you have it!  Connection made.  This is even better than six degrees of Kevin Bacon.

(This is only the second time I’ve tried embedding videos in my posts, so here goes nothing…)

Experiment in Modern Technology…

One of the great things about working in elementary education is that I have an excuse to read children’s books.  There are a lot of great children’s books out there that have more than one layer to them, so both children and adults can appreciate them.  Some have wonderful humor, others have deeper messages that kids might not fully grasp but their parents may find very moving.  Some are just plain adorable.

Neil Gaiman is an author I really enjoy reading, and while he is probably best known for his fiction for adults, he has also written a few children’s books as well.  Sometimes they can be a little quirky (anybody see the film adaptation of Coraline?), but they’re always very original, and I’m a big fan.

Someone showed me a YouTube video a few years ago of one of Gaiman’s books, Instructions, being read aloud by the author.  It’s supposed to be a kind of guide for any traveler trapped in the land of faerie.  I’ve always thought it was really cool, so I’m going to try a little experiment with WordPress and modern technology and see if I can post that video here.  Yikes.  Me and modern technology.  I can feel my blood pressure rising on the spot.  Fingers crossed…

All right, time to publish this sucker and see if it works…