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Monday, December 26, 2011

Fried ice cream

Today was a lazy day for the Jenkins family, as it probably was for most of us that are off work and school.  Aside from cleaning up some pots and pans this morning from Christmas Dinner, nothing much got done.  Kyle is still playing with his new iPhone, Luke with his T-Pain Effect mic, and some music, Gavin just chillin, and me, I was content to just read the paper, listen to some tunes on a hand-me-down ipod.

Today is ‘Boxing Day’, not to be confused with watching boxing matches, it was a day of gift giving. 
According to Wikipedia:  Boxing Day is traditionally a day following Christmas when wealthy people and homeowners in the United Kingdom would give a box containing a gift to their servants.

Today, Boxing Day is better known as a bank or public holiday that occurs on December 26, or the first or second weekday after Christmas Day, depending on national or regional laws. It is observed in Great Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and some other Commonwealth nations.

Well, I always thought it was a the day that folks used to go back to the stores, and malls and return the gifts (boxes) they received but did not really want.  I stand corrected.

Since everyone in the family is home on vacation, we decided to go out for lunch.  Sushi was chosen because Luke says we hardly ever get Sushi anymore.  Majority ruled going to Sushi in Oakdale as opposed to the perennial favorite in Ronkonkoma.  I personally like Sushi in Oakdale for a couple of reasons.  1 – Lunch special includes soup and salad, 2- The atmosphere is nicer (Sushi chefs that prepare free appetizers, and waitresses that are just better, 3- Better assortment of rolls, and I think the sushi is a little bit better.  Today I tried a Bento box with Salmon Teriyaki.  Luke tried it and said that next time I cook Salmon I should make it that way.  As a special treat, Luke ordered a fried ice cream…again something he asked me if I can make at home.  It is possible, but I don’t think it will look like the one at the sushi place.

Even though the days are supposedly getting longer already, it still seems that we lose daylight very early.  Christmas lights popped on thanks to those sensors built in the outdoor extension cords…doesn’t seem that long ago that I had to run outside in all kinds of weather to plug in or unplug the lights.  Technology is a good thing. 

This day in history “Tsunami devastates Indian Ocean coast”.  A powerful earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, on this day in 2004 sets off a tsunami that wreaks death and devastation across the Indian Ocean coastline. The quake was the second strongest ever recorded and the estimated 230,000 dead made this disaster one of the 10 worst of all time.

I won’t dwell on that piece of doom and gloom, but it does reveal that the planet and its inhabitants are susceptible to natural disasters.  Hope there is a never a repeat of this widespread devastation.  Living on the Atlantic Coast, we are more susceptible to hurricanes.  If the Volcano in the Canary islands ever really blows its stack, we can experience a mega tsunami on the east coast of the US.

It is time for leftover Turkey and Ham. 

Photo of the day “Fried ice cream”

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