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Posts from November 2011


TV Specials Tomorrow & Friday
THURSDAY

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC) Watch the classic Peanuts tale in which Snoopy and Woodstock prepare toast and popcorn for their harvest feast.

Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas (Fox) Thanksgiving is so 10 minutes ago; it's time to celebrate Christmas with this new animated special inspired by the big-screen hit starring John Leguizamo and Ray Romano.

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (NBC) Did you know that this time-honored kids story is an allegory for post-World War II relations between Japan and the U.S.? No? Well, it has a really cute elephant in it.

Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (Fox) In the first Peanuts special produced without the involvement of creator Charles Schulz (ruh-roh), Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy try to help Linus give up his security blanket.

The Simpsons (Fox) When Homer and the kids aren't getting into the holiday spirit, Marge sends a letter to Martha Claus (voiced by Martha Stewart) to help save the family Christmas. Katy Perry makes a cameo.

A Very Gaga Thanksgiving (ABC) In this 90-minute special, Katie Couric interviews the mercurial pop star, who performs eight songs, including a duet with Tony Bennett, and prepares a Thanksgiving dinner of deep-fried turkey and waffles with chef Art Smith.

The 85th Anniversary of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC) Matt Lauer hosts this retrospective of the favorite floats and performances from parades past.

FRIDAY

Shrek the Third (ABC) Shrek, Donkey and Puss in Boots search for the rightful heir to the throne in this DreamWorks three-quel.

Hoops and YoYo Ruin Christmas (CBS) A bunny-and-kitty duo (perhaps you recognize them from their appearance on Hallmark greeting cards) become accidental stowaways on Santa's sleigh in this animated special presented by the Hallmark Channel. Synergy!

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (CW) In this animated interpretation of the novelty holiday song, Jake searches for his grandma so he can save her Christmas shop from being sold by his greedy cousin.

The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story (CBS) This animated special, based on the best-selling children's book, posits that each child has a tiny live-in elf who watches him or her and then reports back to Santa. Creepy little tattle-tale.

Olive, the Other Reindeer (CW) Drew Barrymore voices this tale about a dog who wants to fill in for an injured Blitzen on Santa's sleigh team and save Christmas.

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TV Specials Tomorrow & Friday
THURSDAY

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC) Watch the classic Peanuts tale in which Snoopy and Woodstock prepare toast and popcorn for their harvest feast.

Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas (Fox) Thanksgiving is so 10 minutes ago; it's time to celebrate Christmas with this new animated special inspired by the big-screen hit starring John Leguizamo and Ray Romano.

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (NBC) Did you know that this time-honored kids story is an allegory for post-World War II relations between Japan and the U.S.? No? Well, it has a really cute elephant in it.

Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (Fox) In the first Peanuts special produced without the involvement of creator Charles Schulz (ruh-roh), Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy try to help Linus give up his security blanket.

The Simpsons (Fox) When Homer and the kids aren't getting into the holiday spirit, Marge sends a letter to Martha Claus (voiced by Martha Stewart) to help save the family Christmas. Katy Perry makes a cameo.

A Very Gaga Thanksgiving (ABC) In this 90-minute special, Katie Couric interviews the mercurial pop star, who performs eight songs, including a duet with Tony Bennett, and prepares a Thanksgiving dinner of deep-fried turkey and waffles with chef Art Smith.

The 85th Anniversary of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC) Matt Lauer hosts this retrospective of the favorite floats and performances from parades past.

FRIDAY

Shrek the Third (ABC) Shrek, Donkey and Puss in Boots search for the rightful heir to the throne in this DreamWorks three-quel.

Hoops and YoYo Ruin Christmas (CBS) A bunny-and-kitty duo (perhaps you recognize them from their appearance on Hallmark greeting cards) become accidental stowaways on Santa's sleigh in this animated special presented by the Hallmark Channel. Synergy!

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (CW) In this animated interpretation of the novelty holiday song, Jake searches for his grandma so he can save her Christmas shop from being sold by his greedy cousin.

The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story (CBS) This animated special, based on the best-selling children's book, posits that each child has a tiny live-in elf who watches him or her and then reports back to Santa. Creepy little tattle-tale.

Olive, the Other Reindeer (CW) Drew Barrymore voices this tale about a dog who wants to fill in for an injured Blitzen on Santa's sleigh team and save Christmas.

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Boating on Lake Travis
Someone said you could walk from Mansfield Dam to the Sometimes Islands on Lake Travis I had to see it for myself.  We rented a boat and saw some incredible sights!
Lake Travis 11-19-11
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What is a Veteran?
What is a Veteran?
 
Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye.

Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg - or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity.

Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem.

You can't tell a vet just by looking.

He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.

She - or he - is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.

He is the POW who went away one person and came back another - or didn't come back AT ALL.

He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat - but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.

He is the parade - riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.

He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket - palsied now and aggravatingly slow - who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.
He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being - a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.

He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.

So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say Thank You. That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.

Two little words that mean a lot, "THANK YOU".



Father Denis Edward O'Brien/USMC
 
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Black Friday Ads
Here is the link to the site we've been linking to for years.  They have actual scans from the Black Friday Ads:
http://bfads.net/
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More "What do I do with all this Halloween Candy" ideas
Leander High School French Club is accepting candy as well as hotel size
personal items to place in individual zip lock bags. We are also accepting
personal size toothpaste and toothbrushes, These items will be delivered to the
Wounded Warriors at Ft. Hood on Veteran's Day. Each bag includes a hand written
thank you note.

Let's show appreciation!

Claire Curtice
French Teacher
Leander High School
claire.curtice@leanderisd.org

And

WHAT
Austin Dentist Dr. Michael Bell is paying kids cash for extra Halloween candy, and donating it to local charity Mobile Loaves & Fishes. MLF will use the candy as a treat to be included in the meals served to homeless people every night of the year. One of MLF's special catering trucks will pick up the candy this Friday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m., Dr. Bell's office, 2525 Wallingwood Drive Bldg. 11.
 
HOW
Accompanied by their parents, children can come to Dr. Bell's office, 2525 Wallingwood Drive Building 11, anytime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. this week. Candy will be weighed on a scale, and children will receive $1 per pound in cash, up to 15 pounds per family. 
 
WHEN
Kids can bring candy between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 1 and 3. One of Mobile Loaves & Fishes' catering trucks will arrive to pick up the candy on Friday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m..
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WHAT TO DO WITH ALLTHAT LEFTOVER HALLOWEEN CANDY?

Halloween Overload?


What do you do after Halloween has come and gone, the costumes are put away, the kids have come down from their sugar high, and the jack-o-lantern is starting to wilt... and there are still pounds and pounds of candy all over the place? 

Send it to the troops, of course!

Our military men and women deployed around the world always enjoy candy in their care packages, and this is the perfect time of year for shipping chocolate--the cooler weather means it's less likely to melt! 

Patriotic kids and parents can send extra Halloween candy to Soldiers' Angels, who will make sure it brightens the day of a service member far from home (please be sure to send "the good stuff,"--no crushed/melted candy or broken/torn wrappers, etc). stores also offer big discounts on their extra Halloween candy after the 31st.

To send your candy to the troops:

Soldiers' Angels
HALLOWEEN CARE
4408 N PanAm Exprwy
San Antonio, TX 78218

Check out
SoldiersAngels.org to find out how you could donate your leftover candy to the troops.

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Franke and Ava's Halloween Haul
Halloween Haul

Costumes
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