Saturday, November 26, 2005

No More food!!!

Wednesday at the aquarium, Eammon ate something that he must be allergic to, because by the time we were leaving he was starting to feel quite ill and by the time we got home he was covered in hives. Poor guy spent Wednesday evening in bed popping antihistamines and rubbing on cortisone cream, while my parents and I dined on leftover chili and prepared the ingredients for my Thursday morning cooking.

Thursday started early as I made tapenade tarts, sweet potato gnocchi in a browned butter sage sauce, pumpkin cheesecake squares, white chocolate raspberry almond fudge, cranberry cake and chocolate raspberry squares. Eammon soaked in the bath, lounged outside in the sun for a bit, tried to get himself going, but in the end, he was still too wiped out to go to our friends home for T-day dinner. So, my parents and I left poor Eammon tucked in bed as we went with home cooked goodies in hand, and enjoyed a lovely and delicious Thanksgiving dinner with about 40 other people at Al & Anita's home. I love holidays at the homes of friends. Not too much family around to cause depression, no childhood angst or repressed rage rearing it's ugly head, just people you choose to be around, an excellent way to spend holidays.

Eammon was so disappointed that he missed out on a really wonderful dinner, but nice wife that I am, I cooked a repeat turkey dinner on Friday. I made turkey, stuffing, roasted potatoes, pecan crusted sweet potatoes and a corn souffle just so that he could have all the goodies of Thanksgiving. Friday's dinner was wonderful but now I am so sick of the taste and smell of anything and everything Thanksgiving, that it will be salad for me for a few days. Eammon still wants his favorite, leftover turkey soup, so that will be the last thing I have to make and will do that this morning.

My parents visit was nice, they were here for six days. At 5:45 this morning, I was driving them to the airport so that they could fly off to Aruba where later this afternoon they will start recuperating from being here, by laying on the beach and relaxing. Monday, my Dad and I put together my new IKEA computer desk so it was nice to get those boxes out of the family room. I was hoping that during their visit, my dad and Eammon would get the crib assembled, but with Eammon sick for three days, that didn't happen. At the rate of referrals, I don't feel too pressed for time in getting the crib assembled, but would like to get it done already. Maybe over Christmas that will be our project getting us used to putting things together, in preparation for all the assembly needed toys and bicycles in our future.

I haven't decided if I'm even going to decorate the house for Christmas this year. Usually I have the house decorated well before Thanksgiving, because we generally leave for Aruba two days after Thanksgiving, and don't return until a few days before Christmas. But this year we hadn't planned on going away, so I thought I would hold off on decorating until the beginning of December. Now with the change of plans, I have just a week until we fly off, and I have so many things to organize and get done. I just don't have the time, patience or energy to decorate. Then, we get back a couple of days before Christmas, and do I really want to put all the stuff out, only to have to pack it away a few days later. When we return from out trip, I may go buy one of those tabletop Charlie Brown Christmas trees and call it a holiday. Right now I have a week to get myself organized and packed before I can rest on the beach reading my books and indulging in my newest obsession, sudoku.


  1. That is the coolest computer desk I've ever seen!!! I love Ikea!

    Did Eammon get a flu shot? A couple of years ago Mark did and broke out in itchy hives from head to toe!

  2. Anonymous11:05 AM

    Hey, I made your fruit and nut chili and it was super yummy. I am NO cook but I just followed instructions and it was definitely more interesting than my regular old chili! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Oh my gosh I am STARVING just reading about all those fabulous things you made! I'm going to have to go get lunch the second I hit "publish" on this comment.

    Ok, now what are tapenade tarts? Are they little olive appetizer things? I think I need the recipe. Not "want", that's way too subtle, this is NEED. :-)))))

    So glad you had a good turkey day and so sorry that Eammon got hives and had to miss it. What a bummer. Although it sounds like you took great care of him.

  4. Anonymous4:23 PM

    Pumpkin cheesecake squares sound great!

    Love the desk.

  5. How awesome are you?? You cooked a special Thanksgiving dinner for Eammon the day after? Very sweet and very cool!

    I am a super nut for puzzles and after checking out the site..well... let's just say it's going to be a late night! HA!

    Lisa :)

  6. Hi Lisa,

    Nice work with your blog. I have to say that I am a HUGE Ikea fan so you certainly caught my attention this morning.

    I'm still trying to figure out how to post my video diary into my blog, so if you have any suggestions - fire away!!

    BTW: I've added you to my "favorites"

    I'm sorry I missed out on all the fun swapping - guess I'll have to watch for others.



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