Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year’s Week

I totally dropped the proverbially New Year’s ball this year 3,000 miles west of Times Square. I didn’t realize New Year’s Eve was in fact New Year’s Eve until about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday when son2 informed me his ride was going back up to school and he would be leaving “tomorrow”. I instantly perked up and said, “You’re leaving on New Year’s Eve!?!” He informed me that in less than twelve hours it would be a new year.

I have never lost a day before and this one was important. I was spooked the rest of the day knowing I was a day late in food preparations for what I had envisioned to be our family’s night in to ring in the year and which, of course, meant I had to mentally prepare in record time for the inevitable void a child leaves after filling the house with joy for almost three weeks. While standing over the kitchen sink I quickly worked on thawing 2 pounds of frozen shrimp for what was now to be for an impromptu holiday dinner. It was my hope the thaw would also take effect on my brain.

To make my deep freeze more concerning, over the last week I misplaced the users manual to my beautiful new Canon 5D Mark ll and a package I bought in haste from Nordstrom right before Christmas. Where they are both hiding is a complete mystery and the conspiracy eats at me.

Granted, I’ve had a lot on my mind – which includes my new found love of coffee due to my husband accidentally putting heavy cream into my cup one very fine morning. I tell you, there is no going back to non-fat milk. If there is a more addictive substance out there, I don’t know what that could possibly be. Ever since this seemingly innocent mistake occurred I’ve been looking forward to that morning cup starting the night before – at about 6 p.m. Tomorrow morning I go cold turkey. Wish me luck.

My most generous husband with the dairy products will go under the knife for outpatient surgery this week, on his birthday no less. Not because of some sorted retribution for the cream incident but due to a torn cartilage from the accident we were in in June. You know how it is, you wait to see if something will get better, deny it and then you’re forced to acknowledge it and do something about it. He’ll be on crutches for 6 weeks and cannot drive for at least a week, which his job demands. It’s amazing how one can be allowed to move immediately after such surgery but how immobilized the movement is and for such a long period of time. So at least for the next week until I see how much I’m needed, I’m going to focus on being nurse, chauffer, supportive office worker, and cheerleader as well as being a recovering heavy cream-aholic.

Alas, the recipe I promised for the most delicious espresso martinis when I thought December 30th was the 29th (oh well) will be forthcoming and believe me it is worth the wait but if I need a high fat hit among my extra wifely duties (which I’m certainly in anticipation of) I’m going straight to this cocktail, take photos with my old camera, sit down to sip and share with you.

In the meantime, I want to thank Cathy at Stitchfork Designs who designed and embroidered the apron for son2 for Christmas. I gave Cathy a brief explanation of what took place this summer and that I wished to commemorate son2’s LA and OC county fair wins for his chocolate cake and she came up with this incredible design. You should have seen the other designs she also came up with. Wow! She is one very talented artist and embroiderer and I consider her a sweet blogging friend. I know if she lived 2,500 miles closer we would be sitting in Starbucks talking “design and sons”. Cathy, certainly with a healthy drink, and me with my 38% non-fat, decaf misto. Her blog is full of her beautiful and creative work. I encourage you to visit her. You will be in awe - every stitch of the way.

Wishing you all a most happy and most healthy New Year!

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17 comments:

The enchanted home said...

Your son is adorable..love the apron and good luck to your hubby! I know all about a deep freeze, get them often, it happens when there is too much on our plates! Welcome to my world with the cream in coffee, now you know why I love it so! However good news is Coffeemate makes their new fat free creamer and I swear it tastes like the real deal..I buy them in 3's so as to never run out!
Funny about almost forgetting about new years eve, cheers to a calmer, more sane amazing year in 2012!

Suburban Princess said...

Cute apron!!

Best wishes for your husband's speedy recovery!

If it makes you feel any better...last week on Wednesday I thought it was Thursday all day...and actually carried through with Thursday plans until I realized no one else thought it was Thursday!

LPC said...

Your boy looks adorable, and well blue-ribbonned. Good for him. And as for the confusion, oh well. Just make sure you call everyone by the right name and they will be OK:). BTW, I have been thinking of you. Have you ever posted a good recipe for gingerbread men? They are my favorite part of Christmas, and next year I want to make my own. But I want them really molassesy and gingery!

Hines-Sight said...

Happy New Year! It's easy to lose track of these days right now.

I wish your husband the best.

Lily Lemontree said...

Happy New Year!!
How cute is that apron!!

Non-fat milk?? Is that how you have been drinking your coffee all these years you poor thing. No one knows the absolute heaven calling you from slumber like a cup of joe with real cream in it first thing in the morning-pure bliss!!
I wish you strength with your cold turkey endeavor!! LOL!
xoxo

Lily Lemontree said...

Almost forgot! Wishing Mr. PM a speedy recovery, hope he is up and around very soon!!

Pinkim Kimberly Wright said...

I think that perhaps you might want to wait on the cold turkey thing until after yur nursing duties are di=one with...just sayin'...

Town and Country Mom said...

What? Give up cream? Never! Well, actually my husband slipped me half-and-half about 18 years ago, and I have never looked back, or at least not behind, if you get my drift! There are trade-offs, of course, (like no bread) but I gotta have my half-and-half.

Seriously, thinking of you and your dear one this week!

Designs By Pinky said...

Hope hubby is up and around faster than they predict:0 Your son is adorable. I don't drink coffee, never have so have to frame of reference:) Here's to a BETTER 2012! XO, Pinky

Stitchfork said...

Woot - how handsome that chocolate-cake-expert-baker is looking!! So happy he's smiling wearing his apron! Thanks Marilyn!
Sending get well fast wishes for your hubs, and hugs for you.
I have misplaced so many things over the past two weeks. I searched for about two hours for one gift that I knew I placed somewhere where I would not forget it....
xo Cathy

Stitchfork said...

ps...wish we could meet at the corner Starbucks! Oh, and my tea...pour in that real creamer please!!

Formerly known as Frau said...

Happy New Year! I lost a whole year once....told everyone I was 36 and i was shocked to find out I was really 37! lol! Good luck to your hubby and you also..I bought green tea and chai tea in hopes to kick my habit....starting tomorrow!!

mommy skonovd said...

happy belated bday to rob...hope the surgery went well and he is comfortably recovering! and i love grant's apron!! so cute!

hopflower said...

Best of luck to your husband--what a birthday surprise! Still, it is best to get it taken are of.....and he has you to look after him!

Happy New Year to all of you.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Hi - I stopped over by way of Stitchfork Designs. Cathy is the mistress of embroidery. I love her stuff. She made me the coolest sweatshirt. Anyway, your son is so handsome and I love the apron. He will wear it with pride, I'm sure. And say a quick prayer to Saint Anthony - He's the Patron Saint of lost articles. I say a prayer to him whenever I lose something and it always turns up. And I'm not even Catholic! Love your blog name!

Carole said...

Hope your husband's surgery went well. Stopping by via Stitchfork, and I love the apron (your son is a cutie) AND the handtowels that she made for you.

Happy New Year!
(can't tell you how many times I've forgotten what day it is--it happens to all of us)

M.T. Pocketts said...

Coming over from Stitchfork....
I'm your new follower because (and this is important)as we say at my house:
"Nothing lightens up a meal like a little heavy cream!"
Good luck with that cold-turkey nonfat coffee thing!

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