Coordinating holiday dinners between both sides of our family can be a bit stressful at times. Siblings seem to be the problem, my brother-in-law's girlfriend never knows what days she'll be working and my sister seems to want to pick the one day that Mrs. Bugbear and I aren't going to be available.
This year looked to be easy, my sister wasn't coming down and my mother told us that she'd schedule around my in-laws. While I was coordinating things with my mother I had a bright idea. Now that you're over the shock I'll digress a bit. I have a love hate relationship with turkey, I love turkey with stuffing and all the trimmings...for one meal. Having two or three turkey meals in a short span of time is not as appealing since turkey in large quantity causes some gastrointestinal distress. So while I was coordinating things with my mother I mentioned that since there were only going to be six of us there wouldn't it be easier to just cook a small ham rather than a turkey. Mother Bugbear liked the idea and decided to cook a ham.
All was well, one turkey meal and one ham meal, my jedi mind tricks were working well padawan.
Oddly, I have the same type of love/hate relationship with ham. In the case of ham, I love it but I can only eat so much pork before I suffer from some deleterious expulsions...sometimes deleterious explosions.
So on a lovely Good Friday, Mrs. Bugbear and I pack up the two little bugbears and head over to the in-laws' place for an Easter Dinner. My father-in-law and I sat down on the patio to chew the fat. It seems that the weekend before Easter my father-in-law had participated in a shooting competition being held at the gun club we both belong to and he had won in one of the three divisions. Interestingly, he had ended up shooting against a cousin of mine who placed second.
It seems that first prize was a six pound ham... we were having it for dinner.
For the next family holiday I'm going to suggest that we do a vegetarian dinner. Of course with my luck all the dishes will be bean and lentil based.
Did I mention that I have a love/hate relationship with legumes...