Monday, December 2, 2019

Seriously? Holiday Weekend Recap

Happy Monday!  I hope you guys had a great holiday weekend.  If you didn't get a chance to swing by on Black Friday, you can see our Toronto trip recap.  Forgive any typos, I forgot to have my editor look this over before he went to bed.

Welp, I'm sick again.  Seriously!?!?!  I started and ended November sick from two different cruds.  I felt it the day before Thanksgiving when I was in the throes of baking and getting war scars.  (Burned my hand on the effing coil in the oven.)   It was one of those deals where my throat felt irritated but not sore like the previous cold, you know,  four weeks ago at the start of it.  One nostril was stuffed but not the other.  On Thanksgiving, I felt like it was getting slightly worse so I was probably at 50% smell/taste capacity which is not good on the one eating holiday of the year.  By that Saturday, complete shut down of all senses. 

Thanks a lot to the Canadian hoser that gave me the international version.

Thanksgiving was better in some aspects and irritating in others.  Better in that the flaming d-bag one person was dating is hopefully out of the picture because they are no longer a couple.  I had a lot of anxiety about being in the same room with them again because he's a lot like my dad's side of the family which is my way or the highway and had a condescending tone to him.  The irritating part was that my grandma's husband showed up with pneumonia and was coughing all over EVERYTHING food wise that was on the table without covering his mouth and saying "you can't catch it" and I said, "yes we can."   Seriously!!?  Of course, there's the poor Mr. sandwiched between him and I just waiting to see what he was going to catch.  He started catching mine the next day but fought it, as usual, so no sickness for him.  Jerk.  It was quite nice once the drama llamas left and the rest of us were there to laugh and chat.  I was telling my aunt, who is also very into signs from the other side like me about the ones I got from Grandma that I didn't tell her about yet.  She was so happy and in awe, because some of them were so blatant we cracked up laughing.  I helped her daughter put the tinsel on the tree.   It's become a bit of a tradition for us the past few years.  We're both tall and it gave us a chance to chat alone for a little while.  I used to put the tinsel on the tree with Grandma so it's kind of like carrying on the tradition.   It's the only one that is carried on since they didn't make her noodles...again.  They did frozen.  Look, I get that it can be a pain in the butt to cut them but grandma did it for 60 years, half of us have expressed it's important to still do them when we were asked and there were a ton of the frozen ones left.  The Mr and I boycotted them and didn't take any home and other people didn't eat them or take home leftovers either.  I think if I can bake 4 pies from scratch, do 10 lbs of mashed potatoes and homemade stuffing with bread I dried myself, they can roll out eggs, flour, and salt and let it dry for a few days ahead of time.  Just throw it in a covered bowl until it's time to plunge them into the broth.  I know some of you might have opinions on that but when the majority of us want the homemade version and you bothered to ask, then please do it.  I'm going to talk to my cousin who lives in the same house and see if she'll do them since she's made them before and grandma taught her how.  I won't put pressure on her to do it but I'd like one last Christmas with them since that is actually what we have for Christmas...beef, and noodles.  Otherwise, it's going to be beef, mashed potatoes, and gravy and that's just called dinner.   That night when we got home, we put lights on the new tree.  We both just kind of stared at it.  It's MUCH smaller and doesn't feel very Christmasy to me.  It's gotten a lot of side-eye the past four days. 

Friday night we went to see a Christmas show.  I think it's probably the last time we'll do that.  It always sounds good when you buy tickets in July but then when the time rolls around, it's like "ugh, this is the last thing I want to do right now" especially if you're sick.  Or if you go and you're not sick, you're gonna get sick because that's all that's around you.  It was nice to be out but glad it's checked off the list.  With Thanksgiving being late, it always feels like December is somehow shorter even though it's not.  But you do get one less week of "holiday season" of the last week in November.

Saturday, the cold took me over completely and zero sense of smell or taste.  That really sucks because it's a tradition we do a big appetizer spread the Saturday after Thanksgiving and watch college ball.  Well, I was willing to bake everything up but I admit, I would've been quite the pouty poop to deal with.  Thankfully, he said we could do it this coming weekend, assuming I'm better and not all football is over.  I don't watch the games anymore, I'm just there for the food anyway.  It was a low key weekend.  We listened to our new to us vinyl for scratches, later went out to a store then did all of the grocery shopping so we wouldn't have to Sunday.  We came home and lit the tree and candles and watched the tube until we conked out.

Sunday, still no taste or smell so I wasn't going to make a big breakfast I couldn't enjoy.  Cheerios it is.  I did switch out my sheets for the season.

Obviously, I'm not getting Great Pumpkin flannel sheets and not get the Christmas version as well!  Plus they're so warm without being overbearingly hot.  I only wish we could've gotten them at the Vermont Country Store when we were actually there but they only had this pattern at the online warehouse.  I made grilled cheese and soup for lunch.

I took a midday nap and the Mr wrapped my Christmas presents.  When I woke up, I was in no mood to do a "formal" workout so we walked the neighborhood in the spittle.  Then we walked to the grocery and picked up a few things we needed for the week.  We came home and I made jalapeno chicken over polenta which didn't get the sinuses flowing like I'd hoped.  I told the Mr to bring up Christmas boxes or I probably wouldn't decorate this year unless it was in my face.  We decorated the tree and it did go a long way in making it feel more like our tree.  I'll post pics once I've got the place up to snuff.  We turned down the lights, turned on the tree and watched A Christmas Romance  (affiliate link)  with Olivia Newton-John. 

How was your holiday/weekend?

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  1. It seemed like a really long weekend but I did actually work on Friday, if you could call it that since I was among the only people actually there and NOTHING was happening. So it really was more of a really long weekend and we did a lot. I don't know how you held up while fighting another cold with all we had going on but you're a trooper! I was willing to get your cold if it promised I didn't get pneumonia but so far I seem to be okay and I'll take the jerk comment over either of those other options any day! Have a great week everybody!

  2. I've been sick twice so far this school year, and am really surprised I havent been sick a third time yet. Probably it will hit at the worst possible time. Last year it hit me Christmas Eve so that sucked, but at the same time at least everything was done by then. I'm stressing out big time. I'm nowhere near ready for Christmas which is normal, but I just realized that my next two weekends are booked solid so I really only have the weeekend immediately before Christmas. Eeek.

    I went to my folks for Thanksgiving. I was really only home one full day (yesterday) out of 5 days off work. I spent my one day doing absolutely nothing. Went down the YouTube rabbit hole and then watched some mindless Netflix. Exactly what I needed before I jump into the sprint to Christmas break and the end of the semester.

  3. Love the sheets! I had my kids home and had a nice traditional thanksgiving meal. They left yesterday and I'm sad.
    I am flying to NYC for work today so no tree until this weekend :(.
    Have a great week!

  4. Love the sheets!! I have an outdoor rug and towel that were just given to me over the weekend from the same line! My weekend was very good. Excellent Thanksgiving - very relaxing. Saturday went to the burbs to see a friend and we had a good visit. Went to a mom and pop diner she frequents and the food was SO good! Sunday grocery shopped and puttered, along with a bit of laundry. My knees really have me hobbled, so I didn't get as much done as I had hoped. Today I've already been to 3 stores and the doctor, so I was up and at 'em early.
    I hope your cold take a hike real quick this week!

  5. I'm not sure exactly how your grandma's noodles are made but Kitchenaid has a pasta attachment for its mixer which I absolutely love! It takes a lot of the labor out of making noodles but the result still tastes homemade. I definitely make scratch chicken noodle soup more often since I was gifted that mixer accessory.

    I swear soup has kept me from being sick as long as I might have been. That and ACF. It's this weird herbal liquid that tastes awful but my colds don't seem as long if I start taking it. Easy to find on amazon. I'm not sure if it's the item itself that does the trick or the fact that swallowing a tablespoon of the stuff twice a day encourages me to eat healthier and go to bed on time in hopes that I no longer have to ingest it!


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