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Today is Emily Elisabeth Day, or as my nephew called me today Cookie Monster (I do love cookies). Thank you for celebrating it by coming to my blog. Happy birthday to my fellow Nov. 28th birthdays, Jon Stewart, Anna Nicole Smith and Not Fergie or Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas. I’m going to celebrate it by changing the name of my blog for one of my favorite Parks and Recreation quotes.

Thanks to my four nephews for being especially adorable. It’s been so fun seeing them in Houston during Thanksgiving week. I know every aunt thinks their nieces and nephews are the cutest and smartest kids around, but as far as nephews are concerned, they are all wrong. I’m sure your niece Torpal is very talented.

Thanks to  Gretchen and Giromide for tweets that made me laugh. Thanks to Srah for the birthday post. Don’t forget to enter to win these November book giveaways at her blog! And check out the best collection of animated gifs on one post. I received a Gerald Ford magnet and postcard with a few POTUS and FLOTUS on it from her. The postcard now lives from on my refrigerator, with the magnet placed strategically to cover up Barbara Bush’s scandalously uncovered gams.

I told Twitter this, but since I’ve met her three times, and most of the time she seemed really mean to both me and Henry Kissinger, I’m kind of obsessed with her. Forget Sarah Palin, Barbara Bush invented going rogue (I wouldn’t be surprised if she ever bit someone).  The first time I met Barbara Bush she introduced me to the man who would soon be Teri Hatcher’s ex-boyfriend. This will be a really interesting story if I ever meet Tony Parker.

Since today is my birthday, but this is also a post about Barbara Bush, here’s a photo of younger me and a picture of two first ladies who seem like they would be much nicer to me than Barbara Bush.

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I know this is an inaccurate, third grade interpretation of the “First Thanksgiving,” but I’m a little proud of my paper cutting and drawing skills.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Eisenhower, Roosevelt, Harry S Turkey

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According to my holiday source, today isn’t an actual holiday, just the birthday of the non holiday deserving President, and Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, Zachary Taylor. So as part of my Unofficial Zachary Taylor Day celebration, I will just talk about another president during my annual holiday tradition of “informing everyone around that George H. W. Bush was the first President to give a turkey an official pardon, not Harry Truman or Lincoln.” Gail Collins will back me up on this. And Gail Collins never lies. Gail. Collins. Never. Lies.

Before George H. W., there were events with presidents and turkeys on Thanksgiving, but they were rough sailing for those turkeys.

Turkey getting the Johnson Treatment before getting the Johnson EATment

http://www.youtube.com/v/fcCgmjqDA7k?fs=1&hl=en_US

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It is Go for a Ride Day and I’ll be doing that today driving from Austin to Houston for Thanksgiving. I’ll be listening to the audio book of The Politician and shaking my head every time John Edwards does anything sketchy (like being inspired by The American President to get into politics, gross). Anyway, going for a ride…riding in my car, here’s a slightly related song that I like.

She & Him – Ridin’ in My Car

http://www.youtube.com/v/WpiI2ab6trU?fs=1&hl=en_US

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Since Christmas creep is in full force, and the dark cloud of CNN News Reports about People Shopping Day is almost upon us, I am declaring today the start of THANKSGIVING WEEK.

What: A week long celebration of Thanksgiving with occasional blog updates and watching football or episodes of Friends/The West Wing about Thanksgiving if you don’t get football. It’s also a good time for some Sarah Vowellish reading and thinking about genocide. It’s a complicated holiday. That’s why it needs a week or more.
When: Today until the end of Thanksgiving (realistically) or the end of November (ideally).
Who: Americans, flexible Canadians
Why: The last part of November is the best part. It’s kind of cold and everyone’s on vacation
How: Eat real Chex Mix, look up pictures of Presidents pardoning turkeys, help Save November (special thanks to Srah this month) and dress up your presidential action figures in faux “First Thanksgiving” garb.
Where: Your mom’s house.

My family makes fun of me for doing what they call my “happy dance.” The following doesn’t quite capture my dance style, but they do adequately express that I am just genuinely pleased about this upcoming week.

Boss Zefron gif

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Today is False Confession Day, which is either the weirdest and most fun November holiday or the one that makes me think about current human rights violations and the Salem witch trials. So I decided to go with the former, which is less crushingly depressing. These are my false confessions.

  1. The best book I read this year was Miley Cyrus: Miles to Go by Miley Cyrus. 
  2. I haven’t written fan fiction about John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.
  3. Pickles are not disgusting. They should be in all egg salad sandwiches.
  4. I didn’t watch this video of Karl Rove and David Gregory dancing three times this weekend.
  5. I love it when people dress up animals in people clothes, but if animals could dress themselves, like if I had to watch an animated guinea pig in a Pixar movie put on a little coat, scarf and hat, I would probably barf.

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http://player.vimeo.com/video/15402603
Gettysburg Address from Adam Gault on Vimeo.

Today is the 147th anniversary of a speech which dedicated a cemetery for a battle where 8,000 men died. So maybe, my triumphant “I knew I didn’t just imagine an episode of Animaniacs about the Gettysburg address” Google search wasn’t the best way to start things off.


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