Pistachio Pudding

One of my favorite holidays is Thanksgiving.  I believe Thanksgiving is a day that everyone can agree on two things:

(1) a great day of eating amazing food with family & friends

(2) napping.

I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t seem to agree with me on no. 2.  Some of the best sleep of my life has taken place on Thanksgiving day.  I love nuzzling into the couch and drifting off to the NFL’s Detroit Lions getting blasted every year.  It seems the older that I get, the more I enjoy a nice “uninterrupted” nap.  Plus, I think my belly stuffed full of food helps, too.

Since I moved to Ohio last year, I am going to officially miss two Thanksgivings with my family.  Last year, I did make my own Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings.  It was the first time I ever made that big of a meal – all for me.  But I will tell you, it certainly was nice not having to fight my twin brother for the last piece of pumpkin pie since I had the pie all to myself.  Sadly, I’ve realized there are ‘some’ benefits of having your own Thanksgiving.  And I won’t forget I had leftovers for a month  :/

Now, there was only one ‘dish’ I didn’t make for my Thanksgiving meal last year.  Its not because I couldn’t, but its because I probably would’ve messed it up in a major way.  Every year, for as long I can remember, my mom, Bonnie, would always call me a week before we would have Thanksgiving dinner and ask me if I had any requests.  Of course, being the ‘diva’ child that I was, I did.  I told my mom, “You know what I like.  Make me pistachio pudding.”  To this day, I have NO IDEA how she makes it.  And quite honestly, I don’t want to know.  Pistachio pudding, for some odd reason, I crave in the month of November.  And Bonnie has a way of making it in such a way that makes the fat child inside of me scream for more.  I have to admit, I grew up eating amazing food cooked by an even more amazing mother.  Every meal for me was like Thanksgiving.  So missing a South Dakota Thanksgiving  is ‘kindofabigdeal’, if you know what I mean.

I want to wish all the MLHR students a Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope every can and will make it home for the holiday weekend.

And if anyone is having amazing pistachio pudding at their Thanksgiving this year, eat two bowls “In the Name of Eric”.  Please.  And thank you.


“The Drew Carey Show” was an American sitcom that aired on ABC from 1995 -2004.   The show was set in Cleveland, Ohio, and revolved around the retail office and home life of “everyman” Drew Carey, a fictionalized version of the actor.  Now, the theme song for “The Drew Carey Show” was particularly funny to watch, especially with Drew Carey going “b-a-n-a-n-a-s”  in downtown Cleveland (watch on youtube).  The lyrics were garbage, but I did like the cultish chant “Cleveland Rocks!” accompanied by erratic fist pumps in the air.

On Thursday, October 7, 2010, I received somewhat of an expected surprise!  My twin brother, Adam, called me and said he was flying into Columbus so we could attend the Cleveland Browns vs. Atlanta Falcons NFL Football game.  Needless to say, I was VERY EXCITED!  Since I moved to Columbus to attend Ohio State University, this is my very first “visit” from my family!

My twin brother and I have a very close relationship.  We are identical twins.  He happens to be one-minute older than me…so I don’t mind being considered the “baby” in the family.  Throughout our whole lives, we have done everything together.  We attended the same school, played the same sports, had the same friends, listened to the same music, went to war in Iraq together, shared the same car for 4 years, got in the same amount of trouble together, etc.  I can honestly say it was fun having my twin brother growing up…and I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything else in the world.  I believe there is a special bond between twins…it’s something I can’t explain, but it does exist.  He is my best friend and I am honored to consider him as my brother.

During my life, I have learned not to take the occasional visits/drop-ins from my family for granted.  I remember  my “rebellious…I got it all figured out and don’t tell me what to do” years very well.  All the times I would be embarrassed or “inconvenienced” by my parents dropping in to my dorm room to say, “Hi”.  I am sure at the time I was worried about them “cramping my style” or something ridiculous like that…oh, how shallow I use to be.

I am glad my twin brother got to see “my life” in Columbus, Ohio.  I had a great time showing him around campus, taking him to the Buckeye Corner and loading him up with OSU gear for him and his family and even sampling some of the world-famous burgers at Thurman’s.  Even though the weekend went by fast, I was enjoyed every minute he was here.  It was fun road tripping and getting out and about Ohio.  My brother had never been to Cleveland before so it was a great opportunity to explore a different area besides Columbus.

All in all, I am thankful for my family visit.  Even though I am in graduate school, there is nothing like having a little piece of home visit you every once in a while.  As “The Drew Carey Show” put it, “Cleveland Rocks!”.

For me, I think Cleveland rocks when you get to spend it with your family.