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The Week Ahead

@BarackObama

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Thursday: The President will celebrate Thanksgiving at the White House. There are no public events scheduled

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: No public events scheduled

Monday: Attends meetings at the White House

Tuesday: Hosts President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico at the White House

Wednesday: Holds a Cabinet Meeting at the White House

Thursday: Meets with the 2012 Nobel Prize winners in the Oval Office

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“Barack”:

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Obamafoodorama

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President Obama jokes with players from the Oregon State University basketball team in the Oval Office on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. The team’s head coach is Craig Robinson, brother of First Lady Michelle Obama. (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Chat away – unless your mouth is full with turkey.


305 Responses to “The Week Ahead”


  1. 1 a4alice
    November 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    happy turkey day!

  2. November 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm

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  4. 14 GGail
    November 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Happy West Coast Thanksgiving Day Chipsticks and TOD family!

    I love and appreciate you all :-)

    Have a great day loving and being with your families and loved ones.

  5. November 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    My goodness, that must have been taken so long ago… because now they are all grown up!

    Happy Thanksgiving to our President, our Vice President, the rest of the administration, and their families!

    And Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

  6. 16 proudmemberofglobalzero
    November 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Wanted to post again my favorite song. We listen often but my family listens on Thanksgiving. Also, apple pie crust not as flaky as usual. I wish I could call my grandmother and ask her what I did wrong today. It is times like these that make us think of our families and miss those that have passed away:

    • 17 desertflower
      November 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      It is times like these that make us think of our families and miss those that have passed away: That brought a tear to my eyes, proud. Remembering the first Thanksgiving I had away from my family as a young married woman. Living in San Diego, with a husband in the Navy on a carrier….I didn’t want my husband’s shipmates to be alone for Thanksgiving, so we invited a few of them over to our tiny condo for dinner. I was a nervous wreck. The guys would have been happy with shoe leather if the gravy was good, but I was terrified to cook this big meal by myself. I must have called my mom 100 times that day…for every little thing. Part of me thinks that I just wanted to hear her voice and somehow gain more confidence over the phone…

      All I remember her telling me, is to have a jar of gravy (just in case!). I made my own gravy, dinner was delicious, they guys were so appreciative and we held onto that ritual of sharing our Thanksgivings with his shipmates for many years after. I miss my mom everyday, and grandparents that were so important and special. Grateful to have shared time on this Earth with these people that meant so much.

      Ok…I’m a big ballbag now…off to clean and cook. Thanks for those memories, proud:) hugs to you and Happy Thanksgiving.

      • 18 daisydem
        November 22, 2012 at 3:34 pm

        Sitting with my diet coke and watching tv while son gets bird in oven (he volunteered)! Cornbread (3 small pans) made for dressing, beans simmering on stove. We are making this meal a group project, me, my son, and hubby. Hubby is in a cleaning mode – me not so much, had some sinus difficulty earlier but it is much better. I too have had thoughts of Thanksgivings past this morning. And I even called my sister (who usually makes the dressing in the family) to ask her a question. She is on the road to her daughter’s today. I love the comment about about Alice’s Restaurant …. a classic, so funny. Again, Happy Thanksgiving all! So thankful for our President and his family and his staff including V.P. Biden and Jill.

      • 19 jackiegrumbacher
        November 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm

        Df, I know exactly how you feel. As you get older with many Thanksgiving day dinners behind you, parents and grandparents are all missing, at least in my case. We’re that generation now and that’s a scary feeling.

    • 24 Nena20409
      November 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      I thought the idjit mark Halperine tweeted that VPOTUS was shirtless? Or did I read that wrong?

      I see his toes. On Tuesday we saw POTUS’s toes and today VPOTUS’. At 70yrs old, VPOTUS has him some nice legs.

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  8. November 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I love William Sonoma, but this made me laugh HARD.

  9. 37 relellit
    November 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    No, my mouth is not filled with turkey; at least not yet.

    This is something which Chips posted yesterday I doubt you’ll see failed Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan do…

    I am thankful to have Chips and President Obama to keep me straight thankful. You are the best Ms Chips in the whole wide world. Shall we say Chips is our the diamond in the back?

  10. 38 utaustinliberal
    November 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm

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  12. 45 Anna
    November 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to All, especially Chips for this place to go for the real news, facts, pictures, peace and comfort.

  13. November 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow TODers. It’s been hectic for me all morning cooking and cooking. I just came upstairs to rest my weary feet and decided to drop ya’ll a note. Gonna take a shower now then eat around 3 PM ET. Cheers!!!!!!!!!! :lol: :lol:

  14. November 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving TOD family! Hope you all have a wonderful day. Jut want to say I am thankful for our President and The Obama Diary! Thanks again Chips for all you do!

  15. 48 Asher in Boston
    November 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Looks like every one is feasting now. I though cant stop watching PBO walking bare feet, i keep on replaying again and again. Lol

  16. November 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Not a fan of Sully, but this is a gem …

  17. November 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving at a restaurant in Boulder hosted by my conservative sister and her family. Since this is such a generous gesture, I will not be discussing politics, obviously, at the table. I love my sister, always will, but this part of her I simply don’t understand. What’s worse is that she’s indoctrinated her two daughters, both in their twenties, about to embark upon this crazy world with lives of their own but with a slanted view. But I will send blessings their way today, I won’t gloat because our ideas and the vision for our great Democracy prevailed on November 6. My sister has no idea the effective work I did this election (Boulder County got 92.8% of its registered voters to vote!), and I so wish I could share it with her. But I will say here that I am so grateful that our good and decent, solid, funny, gracious, intelligent, real-world leader of a President got re-elected. I am so, so, so, thankful for The Obama Diary, grateful that I have been following this community for weeks — this will be my second or third post — and you have welcomed me with open arms and kind hearts. I see the established love you genuinely feel for each other. I come from a big family and it’s a great metaphor for the big family our country is. We don’t always agree but we work best when we work together. Have a blessed Thanksgiving all of you brilliant, insightful, warm, perservering, deeply patriotic, never-gonna-give-up TOD’ers!

    • 55 forus50
      November 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      marubione,
      Happy Thanksgiving and have a wonderful time with your family! My family in the Boulder area are all Obama supporters. Thank you for your hard work in Colorado – it was the one state I hoped more than any other would stay blue. Will be hard to turn back red now. :)

    • 56 desertflower
      November 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Happy Thanksgiving,marubione:) And welcome to TOD….we ALL have someone like that in our lives…..best to not bring any of that up today! Enjoy.

    • November 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      Happy Thanksgiving marubione and thank you for all you did to help re-elect our President Obama and congratulations to you and all your Boulder County team members!!!! What you achieved will matter more to your sister and your two nieces than they may ever know, but it’s likely in the years ahead they will realize how essential the re-election of President Obama was to their rights and opportunities, as women.

      #FORWARD

    • 59 jackiegrumbacher
      November 22, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Marubione, I have two conservative sisters. I love them, but we don’t talk politics. There’s just no sense creating angry feelings on a holiday. Your nieces will make their own way in the world and someday maybe life’s forces will open their eyes. Have a good day and enjoy each moment with them.

      • 60 HZ
        November 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm

        Welcome Marubione. I hope your time with your family will be such a beautiful one. Enjoy them and celebrate your love for each other.

        Thanks for all of your work in helping to re-elect our wonderful President. (((((( Thanks so much)))))HZ

    • 61 jacquelineoboomer
      November 23, 2012 at 12:42 am

      marubione – Reading all the comments late in the day, but Happy Thanksgiving to you! First, congrats on helping to get 92.8% of Boulder County’s registered voters to vote – WOW! Second, your story about your sister’s daughters reminded me of something. A couple of years ago, I was chatting with the 20-y/o son of a friend of my son’s. The friend is severely conservative – I just tell him to go away, if he starts up with me, and he laughs and moves on. But I happened to mention to his sweet son when we were alone once why I supported President Obama so much. He listened intently and asked a couple of questions. I told him I didn’t want to go against his dad’s way of thinking, but was just giving him my opinion. And he actually said something like, “No, I really appreciate hearing this, because I didn’t know all of it. I like the President and like to make up my own mind, and I really only had my dad’s perspective, since he watches FOX all the time.” I did tell him, then – in hushed tones, of course – not to listen to anything FOX said, since they lie.

  18. 62 whatisworking
    November 22, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Happy Turkey Day to you all.

    This blog has become an important part of my daily life, what started at TOAITR, as a search for folks who loved our President as much as I did, has become a serious addiction. I may be too busy to post, but I always find time to read this blog. I am very grateful to all who a part of this online community.

    Virtual Hugs….

  19. 64 desertflower
    November 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Tryptophan got you sleepy??? Wake Up!! Can’t hear this song now without thinking of our amazing President!

  20. November 22, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving one and all. I love this place and all of you so much. You make me laugh, cry, worry, smile…the full range of emotions. You sense of humor and passionate devotion to our wonderful Obama family and Administration is what keeps me going. Warm hugs and felicitations to you, Admiral Chips, you are the rock upon which all this is built and I am incredibly grateful for your humor and hard work every single day. Four More Years!!!!!!!!

  21. November 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I just thought of the commenter who was evicted and landed at Miss Pat’s, then went up to Maine at Lunarsea’s. I have not sen her on here for awhile. Does any one remember her name? I hope she is okay,and i would like to give her a Thanksgiving hail-out as well.

  22. November 22, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Great photo of VP Biden arriving in Nantucket yesterday http://www.ack.net/images/JoeBiden12072.jpg dont know Chips or somebody if you know how to paste an non twitpic so it can be viewed without clicking the link go for it. more pics http://www.ack.net/bidenarrives112012.html

  23. November 22, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Also for our great men in women in uniform Troops in Kabul celebrate Thanksgiving with football and food: http://video.msnbc.msn.com/msnbc/49929806#49929806

  24. November 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Happy thanksgiving everyone.

  25. 81 desertflower
    November 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    THIS has got to be someone’s idea of a “perfect turkey”!!

    • 82 mtmarilyn
      November 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      OMG, DF can you imagine the time it took to wrap it. I bet it tastes wonderful but to much work for me.

      • 83 desertflower
        November 22, 2012 at 4:37 pm

        I seriously had a “pork fat rules” moment when I saw that! My son shared that with me…I think he secretly thinks we should do that with the hens:)

  26. 84 taiping1
    November 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Thanks to Chipsticks, this wonderful community, and to everyone who worked so hard for the reelection of the President. We can all be thankful for the promise of four more years of sanity, courage, compassion, and commitment to fulfilling the promise of this country and the ongoing challenge of perfecting the union.

    While cleaning off my desk I found a poem from 2009 by Naomi Ruth Lowinsky:

    Madelyn Dunham, Passing On
    A wind blows when we die
    For each of us owns a wind
    –Xan poem

    I never knew I’d be wind, when I died–a warm wind
    on my way home from the islands–a light breeze
    off the lake–breath in my grandson’s lungs
    as he speaks to the crowd on this–
    his election night. Does he know this is me–
    touching his face and the faces of those who never believed
    they’d see the day. Who’d have thought I’d be breath
    in the bodies of so many strangers; who’d have thought I’d be music,
    sweet as the sound of the slack key guitar, or that I’d become
    an ancestral spirit in the land where they know how to feed
    the dead–they’re roasting four bulls, sixteen chickens,
    some sheep and goats, to feast the one
    who belongs to us all–to the Kenyan village
    of his grandmother Sara, to the spirits of his father and mother, his black
    and white grandfathers, to the ones who are laughing and crying in Grant Park.
    In the land of the dead–nothing is over–we still wander, still worry,
    take pleasure, make trouble, demand our portion
    of beer, of drumming, of dancing all night. I say to you living–
    though I’ve drifted away, though I’m only a sigh–an ex-
    halation–I can feel your whole world shift–
    though I’m only the faraway sound
    of a slack key guitar.

  27. 89 HZ
    November 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    To Chips and all of my TOD Family: May all of you have a joyous, lovely, and grateful day of giving thanks for all that you have in your life.

    Lots of love to all of you and our beautiful POTUS and VPOTUS Families as well. We are so blessed.

    Have a beautiful day my dear family. I love you all so very much.HZ

    • 90 HZ
      November 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      Notice: For those who are interested, there are two very interesting interviews(separately) with Chief Justice, John Roberts at Rice University on C-SPAN. Very interesting.

      Then(my favorite one) Justice, Ruth B. Ginsburg C-SPAN 3:35 PM ET

      Just sharing. HZ

    • 91 Pamela
      November 22, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      Happy Thanksgiving with many blessings to you, HZ! {{{{{{{xo}}}}}}}

      • 92 HZ
        November 22, 2012 at 5:56 pm

        (((((((((( Thank you Pamela. You are so special to all of us.))))))))))))) Hope your little lady is having a wonderful day as well. Relax and enjoy your time with family and friends. Lots of love to you.HZ

      • 94 HZ
        November 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm

        (((((((((( Thank you, Bobfr.)))))))))) I hope your Thanksgiving Celebration is joyful and beautiful. Thanks for all that you do to make our family here a joy to be a part of during this beautiful time with POB. HZ

  28. 95 gobrooklyn
    November 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Having a good day so far? Me too.

    • 96 HZ
      November 22, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      Great day to you gobrooklyn. I am about to get into the lamb with other goodies. Very grateful to give thanks for all things. Enjoy your day, gobrooklyn. (((( Beautiful Goodness Into Your Space))))HZ

  29. 97 Soca Sweet
    November 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Hope everyone is enjoying their day. Greetings to you Chipstick from sunny Trinidad.

  30. November 22, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Happy thanksgiving to CHIPS and TOD. This blog has and will continue to keep sane.

  31. 99 desertflower
    November 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Ok…my kids are playing with the cornish game hens:) My daughter named hers Angus….is it ok to let your grown children play with their food:) ??

    • November 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      I say yes, df. They’re having fun and you’re enjoying it. I think one never gets too old to play.
      To all TODs: I wish you a happy Thanksgiving. I’m thankful to be alive because I’ve had a few health issues lately, and I’m doing better than I was a couple weeks ago. I’m thankful for this great country, TODers, PBO and his family, VP Biden and Dr. Jill and their family, and for our troops who serve so willingly and valiantly and for whom I pray that God keeps safe. The TOD family and Chips have helped me tremendously, especially since it’s just me and my baby Winston the Chihuahua in the house now. My daughter got another job that required her to move to another state and decided to spend Thanksgiving with her fiance. I love hearing about your families, your work, your dreams, your love of our president, VP, and their families, your advocacy for PBO on Twitter and FB, etc. You guys are great people. You don’t know how much I appreciate you and all that you do for your families, your communities, and for the world. We are indeed an international community and proof that different people can get along well with each other. Thanks, TODers and Ms. Chipsticks. You rock!!!!

      • 101 desertflower
        November 22, 2012 at 5:37 pm

        Thank you, majii..that was my thought! :) I love the sound of my kids together laughing…ANY child’s laughter is the best sound ever. So real. I wish that the world could feel the same way about each other as our TOD family……I have always thought that. I hope that you and Winston are doing well ( I love that name for a little Chihuahua…such a bold name for a little munchkin) Happy Thanksgiving.

        • 102 HZ
          November 22, 2012 at 6:18 pm

          DF, that is so lovely to hear a beautiful mother share these moments with your TOD Family. I think the beautiful joy you get of seeing them their with you and enjoying their space with you while , yes playing with those delicious(I love Cornish Hens) will fill you heart for many years to come. I know you are cherishing these moments. What a sweet moment to take into your space.

          Have a great day, Desertflower. (((((((( Lots of love to a very special person)))))))))))HZ

          • 103 desertflower
            November 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm

            Thank you my sweet, HZ:) These are special “mommy moments” to be sure…my kids are adults now, but we all are sometimes children at heart….they give me such a happy heart. Lots of love and hugs to you! Happy Thanksgiving, {{{{HZ}}}}}}

      • 104 Pamela
        November 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm

        {{{{{majii}}}}}

  32. 105 vitaminlover
    November 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Did everyone get plenty to eat? I am sooooo stuffed!

  33. 111 nathkatun7
    November 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Wishing Chips and all the wonderful people at TOD a very Happy Thanksgiving!

    • 112 desertflower
      November 22, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Happy Thanksgiving, nathkatun:)

    • November 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Happy Thanksgiving nath!!! And, one of things Americans can be truly grateful to our President is represented in the graph contained in this tweet.

      It is essential that everyone share that graph and what it means with family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, etc., because the sustainable approach to education, innovation and renewable energy, in addition to ending wars and #OBAMACARE, that our President has successfully accomplished despite intransigent Republicans IS why ‘the deficit’ will continue to dwindle and with proper revenue re-structuring we will be on a path to reducing our actual debt.

      #TrustBarack He’s Earned It

      • 116 nathkatun7
        November 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm

        Thanks Bob! I hope you and your family had a good one. I agree that this Thanksgiving is a special one because we re-elected a smart and caring President.

        • 117 HZ
          November 22, 2012 at 6:31 pm

          Happy Celebration of Thanksgiving to you and your family, nathkatun7. Yes, it is all the more special because of our brilliant President that we re-elected. Moving FORWARD with the turkey, family, friends, and our First Family and Second Family. Enjoy your day, nathkatun7.HZ

          • 118 nathkatun7
            November 22, 2012 at 9:00 pm

            I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, HZ. I just came back from my niece’s and her family. The food was delicious. The dessert was a killer pumpkin cheesecake. I need to go on a fast for a couple of days because I totally overdid tonight. I was partly celebrating the re-election of our great President. We are blessed to have two wonderful families leading our country.

  34. 119 donna dem 4 obama
    November 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Oh gawd! I am miserable. Why Oh Why did I eat all that food!!!! :roll:

    • November 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Take a long walk!!!! You’ll feel much better Donna. Happy Thanksgiving and THANK YOU for all you did to help re-elect President Obama.

    • 122 nathkatun7
      November 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      Donna, It sounds like you had a good time. I am getting ready to indulge myself. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving. With all the work you put in to re-elect the President, you deserved to indulge a bit today.

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  36. November 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to all. Hope you have all had a wonderful day, we have here and I have eaten so much food that I can hardly move and ended up giving a lot to my friends when they went home otherwise we would have been eating turkey, pumpkin pie and cinamon apple sponge for the next three weeks!!

    Have a wonderful day.

    • 125 HZ
      November 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      Hi Sam UK. (((((( Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. )))))) Enjoy your time. So good to see you here. Love to you, HZ

  37. 126 donna dem 4 obama
    November 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    LHM now he has gone an put on a Leather Jacket. #TheJacket!!!!

    • 127 susanne
      November 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      so much to be thankful for….. :)

    • 128 HZ
      November 22, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      LHM, MM, donna dem. I saw that and said oh Lawdy we have had the shirt, and now our beautiful President wants to take us on with the Leather Jacket today. We love him so, so we will dust ourselves off and move on with him in the Leather Jacket. We got it , Mr. President. That is one of the zillion reasons why we love this beautiful man.HZ

  38. November 22, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    :)

    • 130 a4alice
      November 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      holy mackeral ironey alert indeed!

    • 131 Pamela
      November 22, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      So. Does this not prove, beyond all doubt, that the 47% Myth was really referring to, were all those idiot human impostors, who would have voted for HIM even knowing what a true disaster he would have been as president? I just get a feeling, numbers tend not to lie.

  39. November 22, 2012 at 5:54 pm

  40. 133 prettyfoot58
    November 22, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I’m so Thankful

    i had a great Thanksgiving….

  41. November 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Off to complete preparations for our Thanksgiving celebration ….

    #FORWARD

    • November 22, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      In order to get that, we would have to give something up. Exertions we get something, we lose something. That’s what compromise is, unfortunately.

      • 137 susanne
        November 22, 2012 at 6:22 pm

        okay, we’ll give up paying for health insurance for all the rethugs who consistently try to block and eliminate obamacare. happy thanksgiving jovie :)

      • 138 desertflower
        November 22, 2012 at 6:50 pm

        I give up listening to them WHINE

      • November 22, 2012 at 7:33 pm

        Our compromise is that we don’t prosecute several GOP members of the House & Senate for plotting the destruction of a President with the Nation facing a Great Depression, fighting two wars, about to lose it’s automobile industry and then implementing willful, comprehensive obstruction of the President and the Nation’s recovery all the while said GOP members superseded their Oath of Office by taking and serving an Oath to Grover Norquist.

      • 141 99ts
        November 22, 2012 at 10:28 pm

        Give up subsidizing the oil industry and spending money on war – a great balance

  42. 142 vcprezofan2
    November 22, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Ms Chips:……I spent the last week re-introducing myself to my family, they had no clue who I was!’
    –Chips Chica [a week after 2012 win ╭☆╯]]
    Thank you, C C!

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    At Thanksgiving when posting is general y slower, and since we can’t thank you tangibly, Chips-my-dear, I’ve made a ‘collection’ for you. It’s a bit long, but hey, we can take space to thank you on this day of thanks!
    XOXOXXOX ……HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING! ……………….XOOXOXOOXOOOXOOOOX

    0388JoJoTC………….In all seriousness all the pictures you post are lovely and amazing. I wish you will do a
    book , Chronicling The Obama Diary.
    57 & Female…………Happy Thanksgiving, beloved TOD family!
    99Ts………………….
    a4Alice………………Thanks again for your tireless work. It’s an amazing labor of love, I know… and I’m
    grateful. Thank you.
    Africa………………. Chips, thank you so much for the excellent reporting on PBO’s trip.Thanks, again, Chips.
    AlmaBlanca…………And thank you Chips for the international flavour this morning. Best line….Hope …Nope
    Alycee………………Thanks for the pics and vids..! Love pics of PBO & SoS at Wat Pho; I visited there in 2004.
    Amk…………………நன்றி சிப்ஸ். நீங்கள் தான் சிறந்த பதிவர். (Tamil)
    (Thanks Chips. You are the best blogger)
    Andogriff …………..Thanks again to you, Ms Chips for inviting us all to the party!
    Anniebella…………..I love the newspaper front page from around the world, with POTUS and FLOTUS. And the ones with the entire family.
    Atoilune……………. Thank You Chips for the great work.
    Berny………………. now for my longer message….15 MILLION Hip Hip Hoorays to Ms Chips and the Gang
    BetseyC…………….Thanks for a way to share my excitement, Chips… You are a marvel!
    Beverly……………..Thank you, Chips, for creating this Global Space for us to gather in and being an Oasis in the desert of information.
    BillR………………… Thank you also, for your wondrous and devoted service to the cause.
    Blackwaterdog……. This is simply stunning work, Chip. Stunning!
    Bobfr………………. Will be forever grateful to Chips, Nath, for just this!! [making it possible for us to know and appreciate how much people in other countries love and respect President Obama – Nathkatun]
    Canadabarb4O………Chips, thank you for this peaceful oasis.
    Carolyn…………….. Just watched the video of the President at his headquarters….thanks Chips for posting the
    entire clip.
    CEB………………..Thanks so much Chips for always being there for us! I feel completely spoiled now because of the beautiful job that you do here.
    CJ Julisch…………..Halo TODville, …….bowing to the great Mayor Chipstick…Happy Thanksgiving to all!
    Claire……………… Thank you Chips. No one covers the POTUS and FLOTUS foreign excursions like you do.
    CollegeK………….. Wow. Lovely photos!
    Chi…………………That was funny Chip, the mischievous…
    Cluny………………Great pictures!
    Cookemom…………[….] have a great week of Thanksgiving, all!
    COS …………………Thanks for the wonderful front pages Chips.
    Criquet ………………Especial thanks to Ms Chips for providing such a magnificent and calming oasis in the cauldron of angst, unease, constant criticism and hate
    CTGirl7……………..Congrats Chips!
    DaisyDem…………..Thank you so much Chips! (another day) Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting the
    NY pictures.
    DaiseyMay1…………Chips, I do wish to thank you for keeping me sane the past two years. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
    Dakota ……………..Thank you Chips for these amazing photos… I continue to thank you for creating such a wonderful, positive place for us to be.
    Debz………………..Chips, your photos are stunning!!!
    Desertflower ……….Ms Chips…..love you and thanks for all the delicious goodness of that superlative photo diary! I can’t pick a favorite.
    Don…………………Thank you Chips for finally realizing that you have male followers on your blog.
    DonnaD4O………….The Obama Diary is the place to be and is always on FIRE! Thank you Ms. Chips and the entire TOD Family!!!
    Donna(video)………. Thanks, Chips.
    Dotster3…………….Love seeing the world reaction and the front pages. This one said it all: “Obama wins;
    planet relieved.”
    Dudette ……………. The picture was funny, okay? Well done Chips. Glad you got kudos from your idol. Now can I have a prize or something? I’m exhausted!
    Edwina3…………….And many, many heartfelt thanks to Chips for this site.
    EveinGeorgia………..Happy Thanksgiving, all my siblings at TOD, and a special ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ to and for our wonderful Chips.
    FiredUpInCA……….Chips….I appreciate what you have done, every day, several times a day… Thank you.
    ForUS50……………. thanks chipsticks!
    FoxfireTX……………I can’t say it any better than what has been said by others […] Simply THANK YOU!
    Gatodicima………….OMG, Chips, …. Thanks to you for all you do…
    Gc………………… [..] thank you, you have established a Pulitzer Prize deserving blog here
    GGail………………..Congratulations Chipsticks for tolerating us. I love you for many reasons……photography
    ain’t one.
    GoBrooklyn………. I love the way other countries welcome our President when he visits. Thanks so much,
    Chips! Happy Thanksgiving!
    GrabaMopGrace……Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for all that you’ve given of yourself for the President and
    for all of us.
    Hgerhard…………… First I want to express my deep gratitude to Chips for keeping this blog alive after the
    Election
    HOPE44……………Chips, …. Thanks for being there for us all through the election season.
    Hopefruit ………….What an excellent collection of newspaper front page headlines/photos – thanks Chips!!
    Thank YOU so much!! You are the BESTEST of all!!
    HZ…………………..((((((( You give us so much here, and we thank you so much.)))))))
    Ijam4pbo……………Thank you for providing this place of refuge where [….]can visit with others of like mind
    Isonprize…………….Hey Chica!!! What a SPLENDIFEROUS photo essay!! WOW, just wow!
    Japa………………….TODville -home to the hostess with the mostest, our own Perle Mesta, Chips, she who
    hobbles through life, putting aside her own pain and suffering to bring us together
    Jackie4O……………Good Morning, Chips! …… Enjoy your day!
    JackieG……………..Thank you Chips for giving us this heart home to come to day in and day out, dark days or
    light. I’ve always thought of you as a warrior and you’ve proven time and time again that
    that’s exactly what you are.
    JER…………………Chips: Thanks you so much for being here for us. The international headlines are great.
    JoanShaw…………Thank you, Chips!
    JO’B…………………Oh, Chips, 15 million congratulations coming your way! ….. No, thank YOU, darlin’!
    Jovie……………… Sorry about that chips. You gotta fight those bastards, too!
    Joy………………… Great photo, Chips.
    JudithFardig……..We appreciate this space you have created, Chipsticks.
    Kasai …………… ..I am most thankful to Chips for not giving up and keeping this oasis open, your work is
    truly a labor of love Dear One.
    Kreen………………Thank you, thank you, thank you for this place.
    LDS ……………….Dear Chips, thank you for all of your hard work, love, sacrifices ….& helping to keep me
    Sane
    LL………………….And, Chips ..[…..] You rock, lass!
    LadyHawke……….We thank you, Chips.
    LadyJazzfromTrini.. Have a fantabulous day all. Chips……keep off that ankle, please.
    LadyTNT…………..Congrats Chips on 15 million!!
    Lamh36…………… I’ll just have to wait for your usual video posts, I know you’re looking for them…lol. Have
    a Happy Thanksgiving.
    Left-Indie………….. Thanks Chips for those headlines.
    LisaLovesObama……Gracias, Chips! You know how I love seeing every little bit of PBO I get the privilege of
    seeing.
    Lorraine……………..Chips, I love you!…… You do such good work, dear. .God Bless you!!!!!
    LovePolitics2008……Ms Chips, I’m stunned by this post. Epic. So wonderful. Thank you !
    LunarSea……………ChipsChica that ‘travels with the Obama’s post was the bomb! You do love us! Thank you.

    {You ever tried signing a card for someone at work, without the individual knowing? Tracking folks down in TODville for their signatures was ….something else!}

    • 143 forus50
      November 22, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      Wow, that is a wonderful collection VC – Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    • 147 HZ
      November 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      VCprezofan2, this is beautiful. What a delight to behold and knowing that you made it for our beautiful Chips makes it even more beautiful. I am thankful for what you took the time to share with your TOD family, VC. You are beautiful. ((((((( Thank you on this Thanksgiving Day))))))))HZ

      • 148 vcprezofan2
        November 22, 2012 at 7:07 pm

        Happy Thanksgiving, HZ! Every time I see the words ‘cocoa butter’ I think of you. :lol:

        • 149 HZ
          November 22, 2012 at 9:45 pm

          Vcprezofan2, I just brushed the legs and feet yesterday and put on a pair of shoes that gave the glow of the legs a little step in my walk, and almost caught an eye from a nice looking gentleman, but had to move FORWARD. Keep our President happy, for sure.

          However, we must keep a supply of the”cocoa butter” for the next term. I believe that we will have some lovely legs and feet to move with honor and respect for our president as we help him move our nation and people FORWARD.

          Thanks VC., that is just so beautiful what you did for our beautiful Chips. Thanks again. This added another special ingredient to my joyful Thanksgiving celebration. Our TOD Family that is so special with those like you. HZ

    • 150 desertflower
      November 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      OMG! VC!! This is so wonderful and thoughtful! I know that she’s gonna cry. I know it….crying in her pie. Soggy pie is NOT good…but this sure is..you’re an angel:) Hugs AND kisses!

    • 153 Lorraine
      November 22, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      Oh my goodness, you are so sweet! What an amazing thing to do.

    • November 22, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      This is such an act of beauty and love, VC. Very impressed; very grateful for all you contribute, but this goes beyond great!!!

      • 155 vcprezofan2
        November 22, 2012 at 7:49 pm

        Happy Thanksgiving, Bobfr. Since she won’t let us say ‘thanks’ the ‘regular’ way, this seemed like another way to remind Chips our village is what it is because of WHO SHE IS as mayoress. I won’t tell her she inspires us always to do more, so she won’t want to dissemble. ;) ;) You too are an inspiration and I am always impressed by your focus and tenacity. We are all among good and motivated folks here and it’s a very good feeling. #FORWARD

    • 157 GGail
      November 22, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      vc – that is simply lovely…..thank you for taking the time to put this together!!!!

      WE ARE FAMILY and we do LOVE our Chipsticks :-)

    • 158 CEB
      November 22, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      VC this is incredible! Thank you for carrying out this labor of love, It is a beautiful gift for Chips and for all of us as well. This is so sweet.

    • 159 1jam4pbo
      November 22, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      VC, Awesome! Thank you for sharing this with us. This is a work of Love. Miss Chips will need boxes of tissues.

      Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving day.

    • 160 Claire
      November 22, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      Oh VC, what a gift you are. Happiest of holidays to every TODer!!!

    • 161 donna dem 4 obama
      November 22, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      You are simply amazing VC. What a wonderful tribute to Ms. Chips. I am grateful for YOU as well!!!

      • 162 vcprezofan2
        November 22, 2012 at 8:37 pm

        TY, GGail, CEB, 1jam, Claire & DD4O. You guys all made this possible; we have something the other side hasn’t discovered yet – the awareness that love begets love and we can feed off, and strengthen, each other in a positive way.

    • 163 a4alice
      November 22, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      Oh my gosh VC! This is amazing! It must’ve taken you forever – what a lovely thing to do! Hope you had a wonderful Turkey Day. :D

    • November 22, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      WOW! What a thorough list. And by thorough I mean my name is on it. :)

      Thanks! I love the people on this site.

    • 165 amk for obama
      November 22, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Whoa!!! That’s some serious sleuthing, vc. Excellent work.

      Chips must be thrilled (even if I sure stand out as the proverbial sore thumb :) ).

    • 166 nathkatun7
      November 22, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      What a wonderful tribute to chipsticks! She has really attracted some of the most interesting posters that combine intellect, passion and a sense of humor. VC, you too deserve a great deal of thanks for your wise commentaries, your sense of humor, and your spirited support of our great President. I hope you and your family had a very Happy Thanksgiving.

    • 167 Pamela
      November 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      (I confess at this point I was a wee tad bit worried, hoping VC hadn’t fallen asleep at the keyboard, pretty sure the English alphabet was longer…. All I saw were comments….)

    • 168 jackiegrumbacher
      November 22, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Vc, this is an absolutely amazing feat! I stand in awe of you!!!

    • 169 99ts
      November 22, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      Oh dear – add me – I love you all – we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in my world – but I love reading all about your families and friends and turkeys – the next 4 years with Miss Chips and PBO will be an absolute delight

      • 170 vcprezofan2
        November 22, 2012 at 10:57 pm

        :oops: Forgive me, 99ts, I had your name and you got lost in the crowd before I included your comment. Sigh, the story of my life when I’m typing large documents of my own is that I ALWAYS make a mistake, no matter how many times I proofread, and in truth I wasn’t able to proofread this as carefully as I would have liked.

    • November 22, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      VC, thanks for doing this. A truly deserving tribute to our wonderful Chips!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

    • 172 prettyfoot58
      November 23, 2012 at 7:31 am

      addd me to the list….. :-)

    • November 23, 2012 at 9:48 am

      WOW, VC!! You are the sweetest TODer!! I’m late to the party and just now seeing your labor of love. You’ve done a beautiful job capturing the spirit of our hard working crazy community. Thank you and all of the joys of the season to you!!

      • 174 vcprezofan2
        November 23, 2012 at 10:02 am

        ‘all of the joys of the season to you!!’

        Good lord, Meta, don’t let Chips confuse you. Christmas is a long ways away! ;) Thank YOU lots though for being one of the hard working members of our crazy, yet caring community.

  43. November 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    This is a great collection of Thanksgiving scenes from movies:

  44. 177 vcprezofan2
    November 22, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL OF TODville as well, and of course to our Mayoress -4 more years!!!!

    Thank you, C C,……..continued!

    …………♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥…\…………/♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥…………………………..
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    …..♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ \——/♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥………………
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    …….♥♥♥♥♥♥♥KNOW♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥WE♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥……………….
    ……..♥♥♥♥.♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ARE♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥….……………………………
    ………..♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥FOREVER♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥……………………………
    ……… ♥♥♥ ♥ ♥ ♥♥♥ ♥♥♥ ♥ ♥ ♥GRATEFUL♥♥♥♥♥…………………………..
    ………… ♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥ ♥CHIPS♥CHICA!♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥.………………………..
    ………… ..♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥……………………………..
    …………,,,, …♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥♥♥ ♥ ♥ ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥…….
    ………… …. ♥♥♥♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥……… ..
    ……………….. ……♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥……………………….
    ……………………………♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥……………………………………
    MaeWLoveOCIC…..Can’t say it enough. I am so thankful for The Obama Diary. Ms Chips I don’t know how you do it, but I am so thankful that you do.
    Excellent job. Well done.
    Magapie…………….God bless you and God Bless Us Everyone. [ ;) ]
    Majii ………………..Many thanks, Ms. Chipsticks!
    Marlz ……………….Gosh Chips… YOU ARE A HUGE CELEBRITY! Congrats! Thanks for all you do.
    Mariele R-M………..Congratulations. This is the site that is permanently linked to both my MacBook and iPad.
    MaryFoster…………Chipsticks, Queen of our Hearts!
    Maubyandice……… Thanks for these pictures Chips! Thanks for including Trinidad and Tobago in the line up.
    Meta…………………Chips, [Pres. trips] brought back so many, many terrific memories. A tour de force for you and for us! I’d be bereft without you!!
    MissPat………………I am thankful for Chips and this community and I am thankful that the President is still in the White House
    MTmarilyn…………..You are the best, Chips!!! … Thank you for keeping the memories for all of us!
    Muscatinegal……….I’m thankful for this TOD site and the wonderful news, contributions, and comments contained therein.
    Nathkatun7…………..Congratulations, Chipsticks. Your greatness is reflected in the people you’ve attracted to this site.
    Necie5040…………..Thanks everyone, and especially Chips for this wonderful site!
    Nena20409………..What a memory! … Thank you…..sweet, precious one. You are simply, The Very best!
    NitaEDayoli………… Lemme just say this, I love ur site!
    NoChildLB…………. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here!
    NoSpin………………That is a beautiful pic Chips. Thank you for all you have done to re-elect this President.
    ObamaGrandmama….Election night found me here with you on the blog with MSNBC results coming in on tv.
    Ouapiti………………I want to thank Chips and the entire TOD family
    OurManFlint………. Thank you blog Queen Chips
    OverseasGranny…….I am in awe [….] There is no subject that you cannot make interesting. Horse manure. Who would have thought?
    Pamela………………Thank you, Chips,…it would have been much harder to maintain the hope and faith in moving Forward without the group work
    being done here… Thanks for all you do.
    PamelaBrown53…….Wonderful compilation of International papers.
    Phoenixriz…………..Having this site is such a blessing to come to.
    PoliticalJunkessa……WOW! You’ve outdone yourself… Chips! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥♥ ♥ ♥ Awww. We love ya, Chips.
    Prayer Warrior 15 million!!! Congratulations Chips. We salute you for reaching this awesome milestone.
    PrettyFoot58………..A special Thank you to MsChipsssss.. for this magnificent blog….((huggs))
    ProudFrmrWHIntern.. Love
    ProudMember ofGZ… Thank you for all the beautiful pictures. You are amazing.
    PurpleShoesLA…….. Miz Chips I have officially run out of superlatives for you. You NEVER disappoint ….
    Rikyrah………………You almost brought tears to my eyes with this post. THANK YOU SO MUCH, CHIPS FOR THIS SITE!
    Rita………………….Happy Thanksgiving, Chips.
    RobertainMN……….Happy Thanksgiving to All TOD family. Chips especially have a great day
    Robin………………..Hi Chips. I too would like to thank you for this wonderful site.
    Roh108r……………..I don’t know who made this blog possible but I must say it’s the best ever,
    RosesforObama………“Mange tak! af hele mit hjerte, mange tak” i.e. ” thank You very much! from
    deep down of my heart, thank You!” (Danish)
    Ruri…………………..Yes, thank you all for this.
    Sabreen60……………Thanks again for all you do Ms. Chips. The word “thanks” seems so inadequate.
    Sam UK ObamaSup..Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Miss Chips.
    Sara C Carter………..Love to all of you. […….] democratic community with outstanding values here . . . it’s all here for us. Chipsticks: thank you.
    Scout T……………… It was definitely the artistic brilliance that prompted my comment! Also, I’m a huge fan of your site!
    Sherijr……………….omg Chips this is so spectacular- thank you very, very much
    SmoothScotch……..Great pics Chips, thanks!
    SonjiaDuncan………Chips you are on the ball. I hope you are going to rest and eat a lot of Turkey and watch some football….Love you and thanks for all that you do.
    SueBee………………Hi Chips! …thanks for all that you do. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving.
    SUE DSMITH……… I HOPE THE FIRST FAMILY HAS A PEACEFUL AND MEMORABLE THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION AND EVERYONE HERE TOO IN THE CHIPS FAMILY.
    Susan………………..And from me, a warm thank you to Chips and all the TOD family for a safe and joyfilled haven.
    Suzette………………Chips as one of your biggest Jamaican fans, I salute you, your hard work, your dedication..
    Symmetry11………. Chips, you do such a good job here. Thank you!
    Taiping1…………….Thanks again Chips for your incredible blog and nurturing, sustaining the TOD community.
    Tally……………….. love you babe!
    Theo67……………..Chipsticks – there are not enough adequate words to convey the gratitude many of us feel towards you for keeping this blog
    running every single day – through the good and the bad.
    TheWorld4Obama…Thanks a bunch Chips …Merci beaucoup du fond du Coeur
    Thoughtful3………..I am so grateful and thankful beyond words for our President, the first family, […] and, of course, for Chipsticks and all on this blog!
    TienLe……………. Is there a better word for Legend, cuz if there is, it needs to be reserved for you, Chips. Thank you for everything you do to keep
    this community afloat and happy.
    Titti………………….Chips thanks for the laughs.
    TrumpDog…………Thanks Chips! Happy Thanksgiving!
    UTAustinLib……….‘He who laughs last laughs best.’ (kidding) I love you Chips but your pictures are frighteningly disturbing and yet kind of appealing.
    VC …………………A thousand thanks, from our hearts! Mille fois, merci!
    VitaminLover……..OK , Chips, since we can’t get the book or the calendars from you well….how about a quarterly magazine? I pray that everyone
    has a blessed, safe and happy Thanksgiving Day
    Walking_o_S…….Congratulations Chipsticks. You are a fearless leader. Thank you for everything.
    Wesleya…………Great work, Chips.
    WhatisWorking…Thank you Chips for the work you do here.
    Xtine………………Chips, Happy Thanksgiving and thanks.
    YardArm …………Thanks, Admiral. Let me take this opportunity to give you a hand salute. Fair winds and following seas to you and yours.
    Zizi2………………Thank you for the space you have created, Chips.
    Zulu……………….If it was not for TOD we would not know about it [PBO’s FP success]. Thanks Chips.

    Finally, in the words of Japa……………
    “Chips, as far as I am concerned, you are as much a hero of this re-election effort as Jim Messina, Plouffe and Axe. You have inspired, motivated, organized at a special level. I think I speak for everybody here when I say we love you and what you have done. And we will still be with you for the next four years if you will have us.”

    (ps: 1000 apologies to any of the regulars I missed. In the end I got a bit spaced trying to ‘track you down’ for your signatures. :oops: ) VC

    • November 22, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      Beautiful VC! Chips, we love you! TY for this home :-)

    • November 22, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      You are amazing vc…thanks for a beautiful tribute to all the TOD family….Happy Thanksgivng All!

    • 181 utaustinliberal
      November 22, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      These are splendid VC. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! :D

    • 185 susanne
      November 22, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      that was beautiful! i’ll just add my bit here:
      happy thanksgiving chips and tods!
      aloha and mahalo nui loa for all you are, all you do, and all you represent.

    • 190 GGail
      November 22, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      VC! you really rock with this tribute – thank you from the bottom of my heart to yours. This will probably leave Chipsticks speechless (can you imagine THAT?) LOL!!!

    • November 22, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      Absolutely wonderful, vc!! Hope you had a magnificent Thanksgiving. I must go now before I lose my national security clearance………..

    • 193 dudette9t9
      November 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      Awww VC! This incredible! What a wonderful idea! It’s the family album! Now not only am I drowsy, my eyes are leaking. I love you guys so much. Can’t thank Mama Chips enough for creating this beautiful space and bringing us all together.

    • 194 Nena20409
      November 22, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      VC……your talents are deep, wide and numerous. Your kindness are unbeatable and immeasurable. Your humor, Lady, you tickle me pink. And your Courteousness is amicable. Your devotion is priceless. Your Love lefts up all TODweb Villagers. Truly, you make coming here fun and You are not Shy to display your affection. What a Beautiful succulent Soul.

      Happy ThanksGiving.

      • 195 vcprezofan2
        November 22, 2012 at 8:52 pm

        ‘Lady, you tickle me pink’ –> Nena (forgive this personal question that normally doesn’t matter), you’re not AA, are you? Also, are you thinking of another VC? ;) :lol: I appreciate your Thanksgiving wishes.

        • 196 Nena20409
          November 22, 2012 at 9:05 pm

          No….but multi-cultural.

          There is but ONLY One VC that I know in the whole wild world. And That Is You, my lady.

          • 197 vcprezofan2
            November 22, 2012 at 9:11 pm

            ‘multi-cultural’, eh? So I guess the tickling pink is possible without fear of causing great harm. Phew! ;) ;)

            • 198 Nena20409
              November 22, 2012 at 9:26 pm

              Yep. Not gonna be like that lady in a post by Chips a day or two ago. Not gonna burn like the tan lady form NJ, CT, or whatever. But yellow smiley faces collective here at TOD might just be what the doctor ordered.

    • November 22, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      STUNNING!!!!!!!!!! All that and more, Chips! We love you. Thanks, VC.

    • 200 whatisworking
      November 22, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      Yipee, I made the second list, thank you so much for doing this, you are amazing. WOWSA

    • 201 Pamela
      November 22, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Beauttiful, VC, now that I have picked myself up off the floor from witnessing the staggering amount of love and effort this contribution has taken! YOU are right up there with the Chipsticks, and she will be blown away by this tribute. Of course she will say she don’t deserve it, but we all know she DOES! {{{{{{{{{{VC}}}}}}}}}}

    • November 22, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      This is terrific! Thanks, vc!!

    • November 22, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      O!M!G!
      This is wonderful VC … such a labor (just like Chips) is done with love.
      Thank you on this Thanksgiving day.

    • 204 nathkatun7
      November 22, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      VC, You are amazing! What a tribute! Japa certainly spoke for all of us about the role Chips and TOD played in re-election. But I am also sure that Chips would be the first to agree that it’s wonderful people like you, Japa, and others who have inspired her to carry on, even in those moments when she was probably very tired or a bit dispirited by the onslaught of negative news that was predicting doom and gloom. Your creative tribute to Chips was truly a labor of love respect

      • 205 nathkatun7
        November 22, 2012 at 10:47 pm

        The delicious wine at my niece’s Thanksgiving dinner did wonders to my brain. I meant to say: “Your creative tribute to Chips was truly a labor of love and respect.”

    • 206 mtmarilyn
      November 22, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      OH VC!!!!! thank you for putting this together!!! As I said before, this is a very special family!!!! With Chips as our head chief!!

    • 207 sherijr
      November 22, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      Well done VC ~ how completely kind & thoughtful of you, this is very touching- and Chips deserves it all. Thank you too for including lil old me :)

    • 208 globalcitizenlinda
      November 22, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      I will add my greetings to the list. Happy Thanksgiving to Chips and all. TOD has been an oasis in a world where so much negativity has been directed at PBO.

      Thanks everybody

    • 209 PoliticalJunkessa
      November 22, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Look at you, VC! How beautiful is this! (((((((VC)))))) and many hearts just for you, lol: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    • 210 sabreen60
      November 23, 2012 at 12:53 am

      What a labor of love VC. Thank you so much for combining all our love for Ms. Chips. And include yourself in that love.

    • 211 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      November 23, 2012 at 1:35 am

      That is amazing vc. Thank you for doing it. It’s difficult to know how to thank Chips for what she has done. What a lovely gesture this is. I don’t post every day but I read every day and don’t think I could get by without TOD :)

    • 212 Mae who love our CIC
      November 23, 2012 at 2:49 am

      .Beautiful VC. Now you are simply amazing as well.

    • November 23, 2012 at 4:03 am

      WOW, VC this is amazing…and thanks to you for all you contribute.

    • November 23, 2012 at 9:00 am

      VC!!!! That’s just the loveliest thing ever, you are are a COMPLETE sweetheart!!!! Thank you sooooooooooo much!!!! :-)

    • 215 vcprezofan2
      November 23, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      Sneaking in these last Todobots so I can pretend to myself I got most, if not all regulars.

      An overflow of love, Chips Chica… (with a promise THIS IS IT! for 2012)

      ….♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥…………………………………………Just covering ..………………………….
      .0..♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥WE♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥.……………———————————-some of the regulars———————-
      …..♥♥♥♥♥ALL♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥………………………………………….I missed…….Sorry.guys!…………………
      0….♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥LOVE♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥gg.♥♥♥……………………………………………………………………………….
      …….♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥YOU.♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥..♥……..♥♥………………. ……………………………………………………………
      ……..♥♥♥♥.♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥………♥♥….…………………………………………………………………………
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      …………♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥♥♥ ♥ ♥ ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥gg ♥♥♥ …………………………………………………………………………………
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      99Ts…………………I love you all.
      Ahero62……………..Wow, just beautiful. Thank you Chips for the memories!!
      AsherinBoston…….. Happy Thanksgiving to the TOD family and Chipsticks and this marvelous site .
      Auni………………….Thank you Chips for all you do.
      AuntSis………………Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
      Betsy………..I’m so thankful Chips, so thanks for taking all the time you do to create this wonderful place. I use the information here to tell the kids what’s going on.
      Carla4O……………..All these beautiful pics!
      ChristiMtl……………I am grateful for Chips and her amazing blog, it is like a family here.
      Derbingle…………..Good work Chips! Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving.
      EDP4BHO…………..Hello TOD. Late again. ……..Thanks Chips.
      EllyinMD ……………These are so beautiful they bring tears to my eyes
      Ewok2…………………Happy Thanksgiving
      GlobalCitLinda.. Special thanks this day for Chipsticks for creating this refugee from the crap out there and all who read and contribute to the common humanity shared on this blog.
      Idon…………………Thanks Chips for this great blog space.
      Loving&laughing…You have created a great place, Chips. Thanks.
      Me4Obama……….OMGgggggg Chips, thank you so much for this beautiful thread
      PinkBunny92…. …Hope everyone has a fabulous day, I love how wonderful this community is!!
      Relellit…………….You are awesome. I don’t see how you do it. Thank you so much for this positive forum.
      Pkayden………….I have to say that I enjoyed all of the photos in this post.
      Sjterrid……………Chips I’m very thankful for this place you created and the beautiful photographs you share with us
      Susanne……… …what i reeeeeeally want for christmas is a tod tee shirt! yes i do! oh, and in case chips is watching, i do soooo love the ireland pix.
      + LURKERS………We come often, though we don’t say much, because of the content you share, Chips, and because of your lovely visuals!

      ————————–Yay, I’m done with this Thanksgiving!! ;) ;)

      • 216 pinkbunny92
        November 24, 2012 at 8:46 pm

        Wow!!! Just catching on many days of TOD Posts and found your very heartwarming collection!!! Stupendous!!! :-) :-) :-)

        Hugs!!!

  45. 217 utaustinliberal
    November 22, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Just saw the picture of the Oregon State basketball team and five of them are – owwww! ROAR! HUBBA! HUBBA! Zzzzing! – ridiculously hot. Thank you for this bountiful feast Chips. You know what we like. ;)

    p.s. Pres. Obama has on a wicked cool jacket. Wicked cool. I want to know who picks out his clothes. Bravo to the person.

    • 218 vcprezofan2
      November 22, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      Utal, did you notice how relaxed he seems, AND how relaxed the young men around him seem (in consequence)? Just the guys hanging out. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that there will be a different generation of “REAL” men evolving from the leadership and modeling of this President. I don’t know if I’ll be around to see it come to fruition but I’d bet $1000s, if I had any money, the change has already started.

      BTW, Utal, I’m going to get you some hawt suppression glasses, so you won’t be able to spot heat so quickly. ;)

    • 219 anniebella
      November 22, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      The jacket might have been a gift from FLOTUS.

    • 220 nathkatun7
      November 22, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      UT, I hope you and your family had a Happy Thanksgiving. It was wonderful that President Obama had the Oregon State basketball team over at the WH for Thanksgiving. This is an experience those young men will probably never forget. I love the fact that President Obama shows that you can be both an athlete and a serious thinker/political leader.

  46. 221 utaustinliberal
    November 22, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    So cute.

  47. November 22, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    • 225 Nena20409
      November 22, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      The Netanyahu is too egotistic to do what you say.

      The Former PM….that is in coma or Ehud Barak possibly could.

  48. 226 dudette9t9
    November 22, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Happy Turkey Day Everybody! Thought I’d pop in to say hi b4 the tryptophan knocks me out. Gotta come back tomorrow to share a funny story about my crazy family. Hope everyone had a lovely day. I’m dozing off while the kids decorate my cousin’s Christmas tree — so cute, at least when they’re not yelling at each other. :-)

  49. 227 CEB
    November 22, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Just popped in to say good evening to everyone. Had a great time with family; laughed, teased, and shared memories. Everyone is an Obama supporter so we were able to re-hash the election without discord. Got in a donation to the Red Cross and reminded the family to do the same for those affected by Sandy. Finally, came home with great left-overs and a too full stomach. Life is good.

    Once again, VC: many thanks and much gratitude for gathering our comments and putting them together for a loving tribute for our community mayor and organizer, the incomparable Chips. This is such a beautiful thing to do.

  50. 228 a4alice
    November 22, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    hey bob I made another one about the OMB Deficit finding. Here ya go. :-)

  51. November 22, 2012 at 8:34 pm

  52. November 22, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Had a few bites of traditional turkey dinner but I must confess my favorite part of the meal was exactly one turkey enchilada made with chile arbol sauce and incredible cheese. America!!

  53. 240 donna dem 4 obama
    November 22, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    The White House shared the first family’s Thanksgiving Day menu on Thursday, as President Obama celebrates the holiday in Washington with his family.

    The Obamas and their guests will dine on a feast including turkey, ham, both cornbread and oyster stuffing, greens, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and green bean casserole.

    Topping off the meal are six different kinds of pie: banana cream, pumpkin, apple, huckleberry, cherry and sweet potato pie.

    The Obama family has kept the same menu since their first Thanksgiving in the White House in 2009.

    Ha! You can’t improve perfection ;)

    • 241 Ceb
      November 22, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      The First Family is like any other family when observing Thanksgiving Day; we all eat the family favorites that we have enjoyed since childhood. This is part of the tradition. When Imsaw the menu the first time that is was published in 2009, I was surprised to see that it with few exceptions, it was the meal that my family had enjoyed over the years. My mom was tickled (we are Southerners) when Imtold her what they were eating.

  54. November 22, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Started watching Key and Peele a night ago and those guys are hilarious!

  55. 248 Wanda N VA 4 Obama
    November 22, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving TOD family! I hope everyone had an awesome day! I am very thankful to Chips for providing such a wonderful place for us to hang out and share our love of PBO and his family.

  56. 249 amk for obama
    November 22, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Heh, blog tyrant turkey. Wake up, you lazy bum.

    • 250 vcprezofan2
      November 22, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Oh oooo! Trouble is awake and here!
      .
      .
      ‘Good Friday Morning’ Amk! You seem rested and ready to take on the world.

      • 251 amk for obama
        November 22, 2012 at 9:25 pm

        Good evening, vc. Amazing stuff you did above. I was banging her doors so that she’ll see your great work.

        • 252 desertflower
          November 22, 2012 at 9:30 pm

          Bang harder! She’s not been seen around here for awhile. She really needs to see the amazing tribute that vc did. She’ll be verklempt.

        • 256 vcprezofan2
          November 22, 2012 at 9:40 pm

          Thanks, ole pard!
          Amk, one thing I HAVE LEARNED about CC, is that when she’s sleeping you can move the bed, or remove OBL, and she won’t hear a thing! I have to admit that’s somewhat like my cyclical sleep cycles. I’ll go for weeks without sleeping well, when I can tell you who had to get up for a drink, or who passed by my bedroom door, and then there follows a brief period I’ll be so tired that I’ll sleep solidly for 4 or 5 hours and you could take the pillow from beneath my head and I wouldn’t be any the wiser. Really weird sleep patterns I have, which is why I envy you being able to sleep whenever the opportunity arises.

          BTW – THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR MAKING THIS KIND OF STUFF POSSIBLE! We are all so fortunate that Karma brought us to Chips and Chips to us! ……………………….That’s all.

          • 257 amk for obama
            November 22, 2012 at 10:05 pm

            when she’s sleeping you can move the bed, or remove OBL, and she won’t hear a thing!

            LOL. And she has the temerity to call you a sleepyhead.

          • November 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm

            I have a cat and a god and they do not get along. The dog chases the cat who is terrified and hisses and spits. So I give them turns sleeping in my bedroom. Twice, while my daughter was home, the door did not latch properly and the dog got in on the cat’s night. They ran around in circles over my bed, down to the floor and up again, barking, hissing, and meowing. My daughter, in the bedroom across the hall with the door closed, woke up and came to my room. She had to yell at the dog and drag her out by the collar. I, of course, knew nothing of the incident until she told me the next day. Twice

    • 260 donna dem 4 obama
      November 22, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      Every year at Thanksgiving, most of us engage in an annual rite of passage: stuffing ourselves mercilessly with turkey, cranberry sauce, and pie. Not a bad way to spend a Thursday. But inevitably, in that hour between feeling so full you think you’ll explode and gearing up for round two with the leftovers, your relatives can find you conked out on the couch.

      Along comes Aunt Mildred with her armchair scientific explanation. You’re tired, she tells you, because the turkey you just ate is laden with L-tryptophan. Tryptophan, she says, makes you tired.

      So is your aunt right? Is the turkey really what’s to blame for Thanksgiving sleepiness? The experts helped WebMD sort out the facts.

      What is L-Tryptophan?

      L-tryptophan is an essential amino acid. The body can’t make it, so diet must supply tryptophan. Amino acids are building blocks of proteins. Foods rich in tryptophan include, you guessed it, turkey! :)

      http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/the-truth-about-tryptophan

  57. 264 donna dem 4 obama
    November 22, 2012 at 9:23 pm

  58. 267 daisydem
    November 22, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Thanks VC!

    • 268 vcprezofan2
      November 22, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      Thank YOU ALL for the idea. I was hoping to get some other languages in there to reflect TODville’s diversity, but people were too shy to write in their first language when asked to do so earlier. Oh well! :lol: :lol:

  59. 269 LDS
    November 22, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Dear VC, thank you for the “collection”.
    The mere fact that you thought and took the time to compile these heartfelt words of the most gracious host on earth really shows what a creative, kind, generous, loving spirit you are.
    We are a special and unique bunch of people. We collectively reveal the heart of our Ms. Chips.

    Thank you, again.

  60. 270 Pamela
    November 22, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Hey y’all, just in case Chipsticks doesn’t come back soon to bail us out, is anyone interested in joining in with the carrying on back on At Your Service?, which still has only 41 comments? This post is knocking me around a little too much!

  61. November 22, 2012 at 10:19 pm

  62. November 22, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Popping in for a mo…….(someone’s been cutting onions)….Hey vcprezofan2 YOU ARE THE ULTIMATE TREASURE! Beautiful labor of love up there….THANK YOU! I hope everyone had a lovely day and evening. Take Care :)

  63. 274 amk for obama
    November 22, 2012 at 10:45 pm

  64. November 22, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    • 276 HZ
      November 22, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      We Give Thanks for this day of Celebrations all across this nation and the world of Thanks and Giving. Thanks for a beautiful and brilliant President of these United States for another four years. And Giving: for all that he gives to all the people of this nation in his compassionate and kind words; Giving his all in everyday that he steps into that Oval Office; Giving the beautiful and proper love and respect to all human beings; and most of all Giving: the respect, honesty, and brilliance of a man who lives by his faith with grace and confidence. We ask for continued Wisdom to be given to him daily to sustain him to do what is good and decent by all people. Amen.HZ

      Thanks, President Barack Obama for Giving us a measure of a Hope that moved a people within a nation to come together around you and give you our support in being our 44th President of these United States.

      We Give Thanksgiving for our First Family this 22nd Day of November 2012. HZ

  65. 277 anniebella
    November 22, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Tired and just about to go to bed. I was turning the channels on my tv and came across BAD 25. The making of Michael Jackson’s album “BAD”. I decided to watch it and I am glad I did. Growing up a life long fan of MJ it was exciting and sad at the same time. Realizing just what a talent this man was, remembering where I was at when those songs came out, and sad realizing MJ is no longer with us. I never will forget Michael Joseph Jackson.

    • 278 HZ
      November 22, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      Anniebella, I watched that as well, and I was so moved to the song “Man In the Mirror-1988. Very moving video. Looked the lyrics up, and they are brilliant. What a brilliant musician, Michael Jackson was in our music history. Read the lyrics to that song. Tears for sure.HZ

  66. November 22, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    I am watching the BET Awards and they are playing the tribute to Whitney Houston and her Mother Cissy Houston is singing….starting to cry. We surely lost some of our most talented singers too soon.

    • 280 HZ
      November 22, 2012 at 11:59 pm

      Jojo, I watched some of the BET Awards and I was so moved by Ms. Cissy Houston singing that beautiful arrangement of “Bridge Over Trouble Water.” She still can belt those notes out full throttle. Beautiful and strong mother indeed. Beautiful Tribute to Whitney Houston. Yes, “we surely lost some of our great and most talented musicians too soon.”

      Also did you see Rev. Al receive the BET Humanitarian Award. That was a great and respectful award for Rev. Al. I am so happy for our Rev. Al.

      Goodnight Chips and my TOD family. I love you all so very much, and I want you all to know that you give me so much joy and happiness when I come to our beautiful have. Our support of our President will continue, and must continue in order for him to be truly successful in his presidency. We Will Be With You, Mr. President. HZ

  67. 281 vcprezofan2
    November 22, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    You east coast-ers and resident night owls are being left in charge. You seem ready to go on indefinitely while I can barely keep my eyes open. Good night.

    • 282 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      November 22, 2012 at 11:56 pm

      VC, thanks for “tracking us down” for the card — your compilation was amazing. Hope you had a wonderful day!

      • 283 HZ
        November 23, 2012 at 12:06 am

        VC, you made this a beautiful Thanksgiving for our Chips. Just so sweet and so thoughtful. I am so thankful for your beautiful work of gratitude from all of us. ((((( Beautiful goodness coming to you))))))HZ

  68. 284 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 23, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Chips and TOD fam, hope everyone has had a wonderful day. I was Blessed to spend the day with my Mom; we saw Lincoln, then had dinner at a restaurant. Far cry from Thanksgivings past…

  69. November 23, 2012 at 1:14 am

  70. 289 carla4obama
    November 23, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Anyone know why tomorrow (day after Thanksgiving) got the name “black Friday”?
    Walmart…have not gone into one for over 10 years. Greed in action, but in some towns they are the only place in town after forcing other businesses out. Those people really have no choice.

    • 290 susanne
      November 23, 2012 at 3:57 am

      i think it is because retail businesses that run ‘in the red’ all year long, finally go ‘in the black’ on this day. they lose money, just keeping the store open and the brand visible, until the day after thanksgiving, when they at last break even. the rest of the christmas shopping season is when they make their profit for the year. so ‘black friday’ means their books are now kept in black ink, instead of red (debt) ink.

    • 291 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      November 23, 2012 at 4:50 am

      Joseph Gambardello, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
      POSTED: Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 1:23 PM

      It’s not conclusive, but all signs point to the term “Black Friday” originating in Philadelphia.

      And it had nothing to do with retailers going into the black in their ledger books.

      Numerous accounts point to the term originating within the Philadelphia Police Department in the late 1950s or early 1960.

      In those days, the Friday after Thanksgiving not only marked the start of the Christmas Holiday shopping season, but it also was the day before the Army-Navy Game, a longtime Philadelphia fixture. (It returns to Philadelphia this year on Dec. 8)

      That meant traffic. Lots of it.

      In a report to the American Dialect Society, Bonnie Taylor-Blake cites a 1961 article in Public Relations News on post-Thanksgiving Day shopping as making the Philadelphia connection.

      “The resulting traffic jams are an irksome problem to the police and, in Philadelphia, it became customary for officers to refer to the post-Thanksgiving days as Black Friday and Black Saturday,” the article said, according to Taylor-Blake.

      more ——->>> http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Black_Friday_started_in_Philly.html

      • 292 susanne
        November 23, 2012 at 5:15 am

        wow! who knew? as for me, no shopping tomorrow at all. sleep well tods–i’m heading to bed now with a full heart and a full tummy!

  71. 293 sjterrid
    November 23, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Chips and to everybody here at TOD. Chips I’m very thankful for this place you created and the beautiful photographs you share with us on all of the President’s national and international trips. This past weeks photos from Asia were incredible.

    VC what a magnificent tribute you posted.

  72. 294 desertflower
    November 23, 2012 at 8:15 am

    GM! Why You Shouldn’t Shop at Walmart… I have never stepped foot in that store…

    http://robertreich.org/post/36219730368

    • 295 Claire
      November 23, 2012 at 8:20 am

      I spend my Black Friday wrapping gifts and writing Christmas cards. I am an early shopper. I can’t take the Black Friday shopping. It’s so unappealing.

      • 296 desertflower
        November 23, 2012 at 8:31 am

        It’s gross to me…people get mobbed, pushed and shoved to get a cheaper gadget. I find the entire thought of it very off putting and not at all in the spirit of the season.

  73. 297 desertflower
    November 23, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Why not shop for gifts at a place where they give back to the community…like this: http://www.dogoodbuy.us/

    Visit your local farmer’s market and see the wonderful handmade crafts and foods that they have…THAT’S buying local! And that’s supporting our fellow citizens and not investors that would rather have us all be serfs…

    There is something actually repulsive to me about the excess at Christmas time. I must be the only person around that actually dreads this time of year. The endless commercialism is something that has gotten worse and worse over time, and I end up really not liking Christmas…the RWNJ’s talk about Christmas being taken away, or stolen or whatever the hell they scream about this time of year….but really, it’s they that have worped the meaning of the season as far as I’m concerned. I’d rather make wreaths, or give some other heartfelt gift….we all have too much “stuff” anyway…just an observation, you don’t have to agree:)

    • 298 57andfemale
      November 23, 2012 at 8:38 am

      For the last 15 years I have a holiday gift tradition: I only buy gifts from either small businesses, art and craft fairs and/or make my gifts. I start in the summer, going to art fairs, discovering artists, supporting them. I’m less ahead this year than in previous years but I still have holiday art and craft fairs coming up.

      I’m also knitting some gifts this year, using yarn that is sustainable, chemically free, that comes from Argentina where the enterprise supports women and builds communities. I’m running out of some of the yarn I use and I’ll be going to one of my favorite knit shops in Chicago to get more — where you develop personal relationships with people who are creative and passionate about their craft.

      It really adds to my joy of gift giving.

    • 300 57andfemale
      November 23, 2012 at 8:40 am

      Wow, df. I just checked out that site. Thanks!

  74. 303 FoxfireTX
    November 23, 2012 at 8:45 am

    VC, your gift to Chip is just an incredible labor of love! Thank you for putting this together for her.


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