November 26, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving 2017


Happy Thanksgiving 2017
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for November 26, 2017


We were so excited for the boys to come home for Thanksgiving!!  Apparently so were their friends as they ended up having a bunch of people over for a party on Thanksgiving Eve.  This photo was taken at about 2 in the morning after I woke up and decided to walk downstairs to check on how things were going.  I used to be able to stay up this late for fun, but not so much any more.


Grandma Linda and her friend, Mike, came over for Thanksgiving dinner and to watch the Minnesota Vikings game with us.  It was nice to have the chance to spend the afternoon with them.


Miss Sheri made a turkey and Grandma Linda brought sweet potatoes.  The boys and I brought our appetites and we had a very pleasant Thanksgiving celebration!


On Friday night, the boys asked if we could go to their favorite restaurant, Benihana.  I was happy to oblige.


I didn't remember Benihana being such a violent place, but apparently you're encouraged to carry a sword while you protect your lady friend.  I didn't have a sword, but I held my keys in my hands very tightly in case I needed to fend off an attacker.  


Here comes the choo choo train!


On Saturday,  we took Avery back to college to attend the last football game of the season for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.  They had a chance for a bowl game if they would have beaten their opponent, the undefeated Wisconsin Badgers.  We didn't have much faith it was going to happen.


The Gophers record before the game was 5 and 6 before, but they only had 2 wins in the Big 10.  Wisconsin was 11 and 0 and was ranked the number 5 team in the country.  The odds were pretty stacked against us.


We tried to make loud noises as the sign instructed, but it didn't seem to help much as the home town team was spanked by a score of 31-0.  It was fun making the loud noises, though.


The worst part about going to a game between Wisconsin and Minnesota is the plethora of fans in attendance rooting on the other team.  This lady sitting next to Miss Sheri was very nice, but she just kept cheering at all the wrong times.  It was kind of annoying.


As a matter of fact, as I looked around the stadium I noticed there was an awful lot of red attire in the stands.  I think there were just as many Wisconsin fans there as there were Minnesota fans.  The same dang things happens at the Vikings and Packers games.  So much for the home team advantage!


I also realized I need to stop wearing my favorite winter coat to the games.  It's red colors matched the Badgers fans just like it matched the Nebraska fans a couple of weeks ago.  It caused me some pain when I went in the bathroom and wasn't thinking about the fact that my coat was all the way zipped up. Some drunken Minnesota fan was walking by me when he suddenly looked at me and yelled "Cheaters" right in my face.  By the time I unzipped my coat to show my Minnesota sweatshirt underneath, he was already gone.  It kind of hurt my feelings.

  
Thanksgiving is over and now Christmas is in the air.  I went outside and took this picture of our house last night.  I especially like this photo as I noticed two things in it afterwards.  First, the moon looks like some kind of a special star as it shines through the trees in my backyard.  Second, my dog Blue is staring at me through the front window probably thinking "How come you didn't take me outside with you?