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THERE WAS AN IMPROMTU PARTY at my Mom's house tonight.  My sister and her husband arrived!  Yippee!!!  They arrived and so did her brother-in-law and his wife.  My parents, husband and our kids were all there -- the kids and I had been hanging around my parents all afternoon waiting for their arrival.  It was pretty awesome when they finally showed up around 7 p.m. a little weary from two days on the road.

 

Mom decided to cook up a light meal:  Smashed potatoes with garlic, parmasan, and butter, salmon, salad, fresh bread which was then followed by homemade madelines, a pumpkin pie and assorted Italian cookies.  Luckily we had peppermint bark  -- to settle are stomachs.  (The peppermint makes it "medicinal").

My sister is my big sister.  She is 3 1/2 years older than me, and one of the smartest humans I know.  She lives in the middle of nowhere and I hardly get to see her or communicate with her -- although that has gotten better over time -- as technology has finally reached Baja del Sur.  Although older, she is tiny.  The Girl is now taller than her, and the two of us could easily pick her up and swing her around.

I gave her a present I've been saving for her -- her official West Wing Weekly pin.  It's a podcast where they talk about our favorite show:  The West Wing.  I told her about it, and she's been listening to it too.  (Yeah, technology!).  We both now can proudly where our offical obsessed with The West Wing pin.  The slogan on the pin was Jed Bartlett's signature declaration, "What's Next?"  but now seems a little too pointedly appropriate for current politics.

We had the best time talking about anything and everything, and I was pretty impressed that after all that time on the road, she could still manage coherent conversation.  As a group we discussed the following topics:  The Council of Nicea, ring avulsion (don't look it up), the current price of banjos, Shawshank Redemption, Jimmy Kimmel, charlie horse cramps in the toes and/or calf, throwing your back out while sneezing, Cherpumple pie, and dual citizenship.  Your average Tuesday night.

The best part of the sister arrival is that for the first time in AGES she is visiting WHILE I am actually on vacation!  Tomorrow is filled with every appointment in the world which is great because I'll be driving her around town.  We will go from hairdresser to manicurist to whatever else our mother has scheduled for her.  I get to hang out with her, so it's perfect.  Sisters don't really care about the actual scheduled events just the sidekick.    I am thankful for Thanksgiving, sudden family parties, and my sweet big sister!    --Jen    P.S.  If you are curious.  This is a Cherpumple.  It is:  An apple pie inside a spice cake, a cherry pie inside a white cake and a pumpkin pie inside a yellow cake.  I usually use a simple vanilla frosting.  I've made it twice -- the first time to see if it was possible and the second one to prove to OTHER people that it was possible.   It is the dream-child of Charles Phoenix -- who even has a how-to video if you are interested.  Here are my two tips:  1.  Make sure you are using extra deep pie tins, and 2. You can cheat and buy already made pies.

The best part of the sister arrival is that for the first time in AGES she is visiting WHILE I am actually on vacation!  Tomorrow is filled with every appointment in the world which is great because I'll be driving her around town.  We will go from hairdresser to manicurist to whatever else our mother has scheduled for her.  I get to hang out with her, so it's perfect.  Sisters don't really care about the actual scheduled events just the sidekick.

I am thankful for Thanksgiving, sudden family parties, and my sweet big sister!

--Jen

P.S.  If you are curious.  This is a Cherpumple.  It is:  An apple pie inside a spice cake, a cherry pie inside a white cake and a pumpkin pie inside a yellow cake.  I usually use a simple vanilla frosting.  I've made it twice -- the first time to see if it was possible and the second one to prove to OTHER people that it was possible.   It is the dream-child of Charles Phoenix -- who even has a how-to video if you are interested.  Here are my two tips:  1.  Make sure you are using extra deep pie tins, and 2. You can cheat and buy already made pies.