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Thanksgiving Results (28 Nov 2005 at 01:21)
Okay, we're back in Pittsburgh now!

It was good to see my family, especially my dad, who is recovering from having a "benign" pituitary tumor removed in September (laparoscopic surgery and then months of radiation therapy). Pictures of family thanksgiving stuff are here. Basically none of my friends go back to Hamden for thanksgiving any more, so I spent most of the time hanging out with my younger brothers' friends, who are pretty fun so that is not so bad.

Two amazing data points about this feast weekend: I was surprised how easy it was to not eat any meat the whole time, which means that my experiment with vegetarianism continues unharmed. (Yes, after eliminating all those other pointless handicaps, I now need some other arbitrary restrictions to fill my fatwa void, so I have been trying this for a couple of weeks.) Actually, I imagine thanksgiving is probably one of the hardest times to have dietary restrictions, because of all of the traditions and sentiment tied up in the food. So I am thinking vegetarianism is not nearly as hard as I thought.

Data point two, perhaps related to point one: I actually lost 0.5 pounds over thanksgiving week, which is like backwards, especially since I ate a ridiculous amount of pie (both pizza and apple). Wha??

Tomorrow I gotta hit the emacs hard, because I must finish my thesis proposal before the end of this semester! I want 1,000 instant messages from y'all encouraging as much! (Wait, that's a terrible idea...)
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Cort (chiggins.ce.cmu.edu) – 11.29.05 17:11:21
kudos for giving the vegetarianism a shot -- it's totally easy to just eat side dishes during the meal of thanks. And there are so many delicious vegetables to eat (in general)! I find being a guest in someone else's house can be challenging as a vegetarian.
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Tom 7 (h-72-244-69-245.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 11.29.05 22:50:45
No doubt about it, vegetables are the best!
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Marc (c-24-128-249-112.hsd1.ma.comcast.net) – 11.30.05 08:03:38
Yes, nice job picking a trickier time of year to start, and having it go well. If some year you want it real super easy, you can always come to my house, where we like to make quite a feast, all vegan. This year, me and my housemates plus my wife-in-law Christine made: stuffing, "turkey" seitan, gravy, biscuits, yucca with mojo, fried plantains, super-creamy mashed potatoes, broccoli, lentil loaf, salad, pumpkin pies, cranberry banana bread, and cinnamon pecan sticky buns (which some said was the best dessert I've made yet; "happiness is stickiness" was my motto for the night). Which was admittedly a bit over-the-top for 5 1/2 people...
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Marc (c-24-128-249-112.hsd1.ma.comcast.net) – 11.30.05 08:05:18
I mean, you should do whatever sort of Thanksgiving you want, and I realize you're probably gonna just keep doing it with your family. I really just like making any excuse to think about the fine feast we made this year, that's all...
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Tom 7 (h-72-244-69-245.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 11.30.05 19:30:17
Hehe. Actually, I got invited to several veggie thanksgivings. But this year was a no-brainer (hah, literally) because of my dad's surgery.

Also: you know you've got an advanced relationship when you have a "wife-in-law." ;)
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