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Should You Profile Your Holiday Guests?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

In a 'perfect world' it should NOT be necessary .......... but, like anything, there are exceptions to the rules ....... Just a little check-list if you have ever experienced any of these things at the Thanksgiving table ....... or otherwise ............

#1 ...... Know who is coming to dinner and run a profile if you must on their 'capabilities' ...(or dual personalities) ... emoticon ..... (Ask yourself if they have any 'social priors.' ............

#2......It's a known ......... Oil and vinegar don't mix (not without LOTS of shaking)
Either do 'some' EX's .......... thinking of putting together Uncle Fred emoticon and Aunt Wanda emoticon with the assumption they are 'over' their differences that caused their bitter divorce. Never assume anything ................. That is unless you are prepared for :

#3 ........ LOCK DOWN any precious valuables in rooms you guests may 'wander' into .......... Also beware: many guests have 'folded' under questioning to admitted 'snooping' in the medicine cabinets ............. Hide any/ all pain medications ........ (Again: profiling PRIOR to making out your guest list should furnish clues to potential offenders) .....OR consider attaching an alarm similar to car alarms that will sound when opened! ......OR place a picture inside medicine cabinet door stating: I'M WATCHING YOU!!!".... emoticon .. Ok: Back to the valuables .......... (Think this hasn't happened?)

(I really DO speak from experience) ............ emoticon

Now then: LAST but not LEAST .......... emoticon

Once you have carefully done your background check on the guests and you begin to slave in the kitchen ........... Take care of the one minute detail that I actually FORGOT many years ago as a newlywed .................. TURN THE OVEN ON before the turkey goes in to cook!!!! .......... Yes--another life experience as I had my in-laws for the Thanksgiving dinner ......... Hours went by when someone asked, "How come we can't smell the turkey?" ............... emoticon ........ (Now every year, they call to ask if I remembered to turn the oven on!) ......... Gobble-On Folks! ..........

(This should go undetected) ........... emoticon

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Happy Holidays to you ...... and yours ............... emoticon
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  • PICKIE98
    How about my boss who did not know what DAY OF THE WEEK THANKSGIVING WAS ON?????? Seriously. She asked me, dead serious, what day of the week thanksgiving fell on that year(2000). I could not even answer her, I was so stunned,she is almost 40 years old, married with two kids!! A professional!!

    She was stunned that I knew without having to look at a calendar!!! If I'm lyin' I'm dyin'!!
    Every year I call her up and ask her what day Thanksgiving falls on this year.. She hung up on me last year,.,haha..then called me right back and just laughed and said, "Oh, Lin, you are so funny!"

    She was absolutely stunned that I knew what days Mother and Fathers Day fell on too!!
    BTW, one time I filled my medicine cabinet with hundreds of marbles, filling it from one end to the other and quickly slamming the third mirror door closed. I waited and finally, a nosy, I'm-better-than-you SIL opened it and when everybody heard the noise, I told them I was storing marbles in my medicine cabinet.
    She never used my bathroom again or snooped in ANYTHING !! I still laugh just thinking about it.. emoticon
    Aren't I a stinker?
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    Comment edited on: 11/16/2013 3:32:48 PM
    Too funny! Thanks for the laugh! emoticon
    1584 days ago
    Thanks for the note!
    Funny but sad. All too common for too many.


    1584 days ago
    Oh my goodness...I've lived a sheltered life!

    But then, we only ever had my MIL and my parents for Thanksgiving, and since they are gone, one time a man from Church who's wife had recently passed away. We are not into big gatherings for holidays.

    1584 days ago
    Thanks for the tips you brought back memories of a Christmas dinner.
    we always gathered at my Aunts and Uncles house for Christmas dinner but that Nov my Uncle passed away in Nov and my Dad joined him in heaven in December right before Christmas. we still gathered together for the holiday. still planned the traditional turkey dinner. Turkey in the top oven roasting away a none helpful cook decided the turkey was not cooking fast enough and the potatoes to fast took it upon them selves to adjust the oven turned the turkey to warm and potato's to 500 what a mess and Christmas dinner was at 11 PM instead of 5pm as planned and no potatoes. had forgotten that memory. so one also needs to remember when you have a double oven to check and be sure which oven you are adjusting. or you might have crispy potatoes and half cooked turkey. hope you have a great time planning and entering your family.
    1584 days ago
    i live to far away from my family so they rarely visit so i dont have to worry about hosting a large gathering. i do know people that do this and make sure not to have a lot of booze if the recovering alcoholic relative is there or like you said, need to hide pain killers and breakable valubles and such to protect them.
    1584 days ago
    Thanks for the valuable information!

    I hope you have a great holiday season as well!
    1584 days ago
    Can I say that I got a big chuckle out of your life experience of not turning on the oven? (I did.) emoticon
    1584 days ago
    Funny, but too true!
    1584 days ago
    Yeah, I know what you mean. Even some of my own family bears close watching, sad to say. I love the stuffed turkey cartoon.

    Happy Thanksgiving
    1585 days ago
    Very cute...too bad they are real things. Hopefully this year will be great!
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    on the surface funny lol! but deep down serious advice!!!!
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    1585 days ago
    Great advice . . . and oh, how funny! forgetting to turn on the oven . . . wow, I'd NEVER do something like that. would i? emoticon

    Our last 2 attempts at hosting a friends & family day has gone down in our history as "Turkey Day 1" and after a 2 year cooling off period, "Turkey Day 2" . We've now identified the REAL turkeys, and have learned our lesson . . . and celebrate the holidays in the peace and sanity of our own home. alone.

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    1585 days ago
    Very good tips! emoticon
    1585 days ago
    For those medicine cabinet snoopers, I immediately remembered a crochet blogger that had the BEST idea imho:
    You simply must read the other ideas she has for signs - hilarious! I plan to do it every year and forget! lol.
    My mom and dad are bitterly divorced but we invite them both and put them at two separate tables with the knowledge that they are passive aggressive in their comments. My sis and I entertain ourselves by counting their remarks that they meant to cause trouble but never allow it to cause an actual stir. "It was a good year, only 3 comments for mom and 2 from dad!" ROFL. You simply have to keep your sense of humor.
    I like that cartoon about Prozac in the turkey. I'm sure many a cook has been tempted.
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  • TAARON69
    Good tips and as always done with so much wit. Have a great day!
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  • TIG123GER
    I remembered to turn on the oven but it didn't cook fast enough so we were eating about 2 hours later than planned! Good tip on the medications....thanks for the warning.
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