It's Round Robin time, and this one was suggested Vicki of Maraca.The topic is "Before and After," and I've chosen three things in their before and after states.
First, and probably least original to this time of year: the turkey:
What's wrong with this picture? I don't mean photographically; just look at the turkey. It's upside down! John said this was my most successful turkey ever, "in terms of the cooking. But it leaves something to be desired in the presentation!" You see, this is my before picture: not before cooking, but before John struggled to get the upside down turkey out of a roasting pan that was barely larger than the bird. Actually, the bird was taller than the pan and lid!
Afterward: Frankenbird! We didn't get it turned right side up for days, until it was half-eaten and in pieces.
Second: my disappearing TARDIS mug. I've had it for 20 years, and hardly ever used it for tea or cocoa. (I hate coffee.) But a friend asked me recently whether I needed one, so I decided to see whether my TARDIS mug was indeed, as I half-remembered, a disappearing TARDIS mug from the KUAT gift closet, and whether it still works after all these years.
After the water boils in the cup and before the resulting tea cools, the TARDIS does disappear, sort of, if you don't look too closely. On a revolving microwave turntable, I can't really see it, but when it's set down on a carton of diet cranberry soda, the mug's pale yellow pattern is evident.
After I've drunk some of the tea but before it cools completely, the top of the mug cools enough for the blue of the TARDIS to begin to materialize again.
After the mug cools to room temperature, it is in its original before-tea state, except that it needs cleaning! The TARDIS has fully rematerialized. It never gets the darker blue of the police box prop, any more than it disappears completely. But it will do!
Third and finally: the Christmas house on Calle Herculo, not far from Calle Mumble.
Before dark: the many decorations are there, but a little dreary in the December sun. The inflatable ones slump on the hard ground.
After dark, it's all quite different. The plastic, air-filled creatures extend their cheerful greetings behind a fence of brightly colored lights...
...and my neighbor's house becomes a fairyland of color, music and Christmas joy.
Now let's check out everyone else's before and afters!
as of 12/6/10, 5:26 PM
Karen - Posted!
Monica - Posted!
Kat - Posted! (Monday 12/6)
In My Dreams I Can Fly...
Margaret - Posted!
Linda - Posted!
Jama - Posted!
Ruth - Posted!
The ScrabbleQueen Knits, Too
A Hardcore Life
Sandy - Posted!
From the Heart of Texas
ellen b - Posted!
The Happy Wonderer
Manang Kim, USA - Posted!
My Life's Journey in Focus
Krista - Posted!
Through the Eye of my Camera