Monday, November 22, 2010

What kind of pie are you?

You Are Apple Pie

You're the perfect combo of comforting and traditional.
You prefer things the way you've always known them.
You'll admit that you're old fashioned, and you don't see anything wrong with that.
Your tastes and preferences are classic. And classic never goes out of style.

Those who like you crave security.
People can rely on you to be true to yourself - and true to them.
You're loyal, trustworthy, and comfortable in your own skin.
And because of these qualities, you've definitely earned a lot of respect.

I did this quiz over and over again about seven times, altering two or three of the questions to my second choices and all the variations thereof, but no matter what I did, I always came up Apple Pie. I was trying to make it come up with Pumpkin Pie which I love and so imagined was more 'me', but it didn't work. Not that Apple Pie isn't great. Those qualities of Apple Pie are very admirable. I should be happy. But... but ... why am I not Pumpkin Pie? : /

I had hoped to post a book review today--it's one that has been in the works for almost a week already, but I keep getting distracted by other things and still haven't finished it. I don't know about you, but even after blogging for nearly three years, balancing the whole reading-blogging-bloghopping cycle is challenging for me, especially when I get pulled into a book or series that I just cannot put down, which happened to me last week. I re-read Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning and got so caught up in it that I promptly picked up and read the second book in the Fever series, Bloodfever. Now I've decided to read her Highlander series before I continue with the next Fever book and am currently finishing up Beyond the Highland Mist. I figure now is as good a time as any to finally read the Highlander series, especially since I understand there is a bit of a cross over in the mythology between the two series and even couple of characters. So that's where I spent my time in the reading-blogging-bloghopping cycle last week, which kept me from the blogging-bloghopping parts. Maybe this week will be more balanced between the three. In between baking pies and raking leaves, that is.

For the benefit of my non-American visitors, and in case you didn't know, this Thursday is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. This morning I went to the grocery store at 8:30 am for a few basic things plus the turkey, and could not believe what a ZOO it was! I'm so glad I don't have to go back there until Saturday or Sunday.

Our Thanksgiving celebration is just going to be our little family of five this year, but I'm still preparing a fairly elaborate meal, just in smaller portions. As much as I love this meal-- it's truly one of my absolute favorite meals of the whole year, I don't love eating it for days on end. Just one fabulous meal and one day of leftovers, that's it. Except the desserts. Those I could eat for days on end, no problem. This year, I'm baking a pumpkin pie, coconut cream pie and a cinnamon apple cake.

Black Friday is the name given for the day after Thanksgiving Day that marks the official start to the Holiday shopping season. Retail stores open insanely early on Black Friday with special sales and big discounts to draw in shoppers. I personally avoid shopping this day altogether. For one, I barely have my Christmas list started at this point and two, the aggravation of dealing with rude crowds and aggressive drivers just isn't worth saving a few bucks. Instead, I'll workout early in the morning as penance for eating too much pie, then spend the rest of the day home and sip coffee, eat more pie, watch a movie, play some Rock Band, plan my Christmas cookie list and maybe even do some online window shopping.

What are your Thanksgiving plans this year?

Do you shop on Black Friday? Have you started your holiday shopping?


  1. You crack me up!! Thanks, Miss Pumpkin Pie!!
    I'm glad you're enjoying your series. I have a few things that I may go out for friday... Grammy desperately needs a tv & the BN Nook is to be only $99 at Best Buy & my MIL wants one... so, maybe... probably not, though! Rock band sound like much more fun. Plus it's out annual setting up the tree day!

  2. Hey Christine...

    Great post! I would be a pumpkin pie- thats my favorite. :)

    Thanksgiving day will be here at my mom's place. But we have lots of people coming over- 16-18 people. Oi! It's gonna be a long day, but fun.

    I have done Black Friday several times, and it was crazy each time. I'm going shopping on Friday, but not at the crack of dawn. LOL!

    I have started shopping, but not nearly done. I'm so starting earlier next year. ;)

  3. Last year, it was just the four of us for the first time ever. And while I kind of missed cooking tons of food, it was a wonderful break at the start of a season filled with family, guests, and too much food. We loved our little turkey and trimmings, with just enough left for Friday.

    This is also the first year that I've already got a substantial amount of my shopping done. I really don't know what came over me, but I started about two weeks ago.

    I hope your family has a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that this holiday season brings you tons of joy and blessings.

    Oh, and I'm Lemon Meringue (yummy):
    You Are Lemon Meringue Pie
    You're the perfect combo of sassy and sweet.
    You always know how to brighten someone's mood, but you're not overly sappy.
    In fact, you can be a bit too honest at times. And most people find that refreshing.
    While you're always true to yourself, you keep things light. That's how people are able to stomach your slightly bitter outlook.
    Those who like you have well refined tastes.
    You're complicated - and let's face it - a true enigma.
    You enjoy defying expectations, and there are many layers to your personality.
    There's not one easy way to define you.

  4. Crap. I have to go back to the grocery store at some point in the next two days. I just discovered I'm almost out of dishwasher detergent. >_<

    Gina, if you're just going to BestBuy for one thing, I'd go for it. Your agenda is very specific and therefore probably not too aggravation-inducing.

    Anna, your Thanksgiving Day sounds like it's going to be very nice!

    I always say I'm starting early next year, too! ;)

  5. Hi Lori!
    I love Lemon Meringue! :)

    Well, I should hope you started your shopping already as Hanukkah is on the early side this year! Do you also celebrate Christmas?

    Thank you for the holiday wishes. I wish the very same for you and your family!

  6. I bought my Thanksgiving supplies over a week ago and am very happy I did. Unfortunately I forgot to plan for dessert. GASP! The kids and Chris have requested chocolate eclair dessert which means I have to go to the grocery store sometime this week. Not looking forward to that. And it's just going to be the four of us, we always stay home despite yearly invites to the SIL's. The kids prefer to stay home and I can't say I blame them. *g*

    Black Friday will find me at the Y and then maybe reading or playing the Wii with the kids. Nothing major and NOT shopping.

    I hope you're having a Blessed start to the week!

  7. Brandy,
    You forgot to plan for dessert?! DOUBLE GASP!

    I haven't had a chocolate eclair in ages....

    I suggest going to the grocery store at either 7 am when they open... or at 10 pm right before they close. Or even better yet... at 2:45 pm when all the moms who don't homeschool are picking up their kids from school! ;)

    I hope your week is off to a great start, too! :)

    Wait! You didn't do the quiz! I need someone to come up with Pumpkin Pie so I can read what I thought I'd be like!

  8. I'm PUMPKIN PIE! We're doing Turkey on Thursday... the family is getting together (minus my older sister). It should be fun... we don't really do much; eat and veg out. We may go see Harry Potter, depends on mood.

    Black Friday is a no go this year. There's nothing tempting me out at the crack of dawn. I think I may miss it, but probably not :)

  9. I got apple pie as well :) Are you sure there's Pumpkin pie as result? :P

    Wow, that's a lot of desserts for 5 persons!! But oh so yummy :P

    LOL, seriously, from this side of the border, Black Friday sounds really good... but yeah, I can't barely endure the mass here... let alone what it would be in the States ^_^; So I think it's a very wise decision you're making to avoid it :P

  10. I too am apple pie - YUM! Actually, in Australasia pumpkin is considered a vegetable (I had this discussion on Tracy's blog recently :) so pumpkin pie just seems....weird! *grin*

    I love the sound of coconut cream pie and cinnamon apple cake. Could I beg for some photos please? Pretty please? With sugar on top :)

    I too find it hard to balance blogging and blog-hopping and reading...without adding reviewing in. I STILL haven't written the review for Corambis. Before Christmas is my (revised) goal!

    Ah, and thank you for explaining what Black Friday is - I had no idea!

  11. How'd you know I'd be pumpkin pie? *G* I have to wait until Wednesday to go and I'll be there when the grocery store opens. Chocolate Eclair Dessert is a layered dessert with graham crackers, vanilla pudding mixed with whipping cream and topped with chocolate icing. I make an 8x8 dish every year and it's gone in two days thanks to Chris and the kids. *G*

    You Are Pumpkin Pie
    You're the perfect combo of uniqueness and quality.
    You're able to relate to many types of people with many different tastes.
    But you're by no means generic or ordinary.
    In fact, you're one of the most original people around.
    Those who like you are looking for something (or someone) special.
    You tend confuse people when they first meet you. But you're not as complicated as you seem.
    Even though you have a lot of spice and flavor to you, you're never overpowering.
    You are a calm and comforting force in people's lives.

    I don't see it for me, but okay.

  12. Umm, I don't like pie. *ducks head*

    Shopping is crazy here. Went to the commissary(grocery store on base)Saturday morning - no place to park! So I left & went back that night, hardly anyone there.

    I don't shop on Black Friday anymore. I found it just wasn't worth getting up that early & I don't like crowds. LOL Now places are opening at 3am! That's crazy!

    We're going to my Aunt Fran's for dinner. I'm bringing desserts but not sure what just yet.

  13. Why they're so many pumpkin pie and I'm not!!! I'm a cream pie and kept getting the same result. But hey, creamy is still delicious ;-)

    I'll be working this Friday so that is an ops for me, but at least it's all done virtually so no need for driving. Have a great thanksgiving Christine and your family. Enjoy the pie (both the baking and the eating parts...)

    You Are Cream Pie
    You're the perfect combo of simplicity and divinity.
    You are a secret hedonist. No one knows how indulgent you can be.
    You don't indulge often, but when you do, you go for the best.
    You have expensive taste - even if you aren't rich.

    Those who like you life for understated pleasures.
    You're not flashy or trendy, but you have a depth that most people lack.
    Interacting with you makes most people feel incredibly satisfied.
    You are gentle, super sweet, and in harmony with those around you.

  14. So soon you are having that Black Friday you mentioned earlier :) It's kind of weird for me to think that many stores are having big sales at the same time. We are used to having different stores having sales at different times. Like that Crazy Days I mentioned. They last 5 days and only this one store has them. Usually a week earlier another big retailer has already had their version of Crazy Days. So no worries about running from one place to another. Of course there are times when stores have smaller sales at the same time (after Christmas, in the summer, bookstores have sales in January etc), but nothing that big...

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  15. Mariana, so glad someone got pumpkin pie! ;)

    I saw Harry Potter last Sunday with my 11 year old. I thought it was great! I have only two minor complaints. One was that what I thought was one of the best scenes in the book got a bit shortchanged in the dialogue part in the movie... it was far less profound in the movie. The other complaint was that it ended. LOL. Can't wait for Part II now!!!

    nath, yes that is a lot of desserts for 5 people. What's your point? ;)

    You would have a blast on Black Friday. I'm not a serious enough shopper.

    orannia, pumpkin is definitely more often used as a dessert in the US, although it is also used as a vegetable. Mostly soup and stews, I guess.

    I will try to get some photos of the desserts up. I'm going to start baking them in just a few minutes. :)

    I'm glad I educated someone on the Black Friday thing. I wasn't sure if I was being too pedantic. ;)

    Brandy, LOL! I didn't know you'd be pumpkin pie! Your Chocolate Eclair Dessert sounds yummy! :)

    Thanks for copying the description for Pumpkin Pie... Even after reading the description... I still think it's 'Me'. Maybe I'm a Pumpple Pie. Part Pumpkin and part Apple. :o)

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! :)

  16. I will be staying away from Black Friday shopping at all costs. The traffic is just not worth the savings to me. Apparently I am a lemon meringue pie, the perfect combo of sassy and sweet. Let's see if my other half agrees! Lol. Have a happy Thanksgiving.

  17. But... but ... why am I not Pumpkin Pie?

    That's what I said! I am Apple Pie too! What is that all about? Not true, not true at all... lol!

    Anyway, having Turkey and all the trimmings with family today.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Christine!

  18. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    If you don't like pie, what dessert do you traditionally indulge in on Thanksgiving?

    The parking lots in my regular grocery store and at Trader Joe's will be pretty crazy from now until New Year's. Trader Joe's attracts people from pretty far because there are so few around and everyone loves them... so it is typically really crowded on weekends as it is. Near the holidays? Forget it!

    I hope you had a lovely time at Aunt Fran's ! :)

    A cream pie is lovely and I think that description suits you!

    I made a coconut custard pie from scratch this Thanksgiving for the first time. It was very yummy!

    Hope you and your family had a nice Thanksgiving. :)

    Yes, it is that time for Black Friday that we discussed. It seemed so far away when we talked about it and now it's here already. Time sure flies. I hope you've completely recovered from the flu by now.

    How interesting that bookstores have a typical sale time in January! I don't think bookstores do that here ... other than sales on calendars once the new year has started. LOL.

    Lemon meringue pie is one of my other favorites, but I so rarely have it. I like the sassy and sweet combo! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)

    I've declared myself a Pummple Pie. Half Pumpkin and half Apple. The first part of the description of Pumpkin Pie suits me... as does the second part of the Apple Pie description. Pummple it is. Maybe that works for you, too?

    I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving, too, Hilcia. :)

  19. We had a wonderful time at Aunt Frans. I indulged in cheesecake, which I never really liked until a few years ago. But now, love it!

    I drove past Trader Joe's yesterday - wow, very crowded. I'll trying going during the week.

    Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!


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