Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thanksgiving and more

After a week+ of misery, I'm finally feeling better. I kept feeling somewhat better last week, but then I'd feel horribly again.

Because of all this, Jeremy and I decided to keep Thanksgiving low key and just do a few side dishes and one dessert.

Here's as picture of most of the food:

That's green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, Jeremy's famous sweet potato souffle, dressing, and a roll. I guess we didn't get a picture of the pumpkin pie cheesecake.

I wasn't feeling particularly well that day, but managed to make my assigned dishes. As I was kneading the dough for the rolls I got really tired and exhausted. That's when I knew I was still pretty sick. We got through dinner and as I was laying on the couch that night I knew I wasn't going to be able to work the next day as was planned. I hate taking sick days. I managed to never take one in the three and a half years I worked at the University of Tennessee. Then again, I was never really sick then so that helped. It was a good thing I didn't try to work Friday - I was miserable! I laid on the couch all day watching Gilmore Girls and movies on TV. I also had a low fever. Luckily, when I woke up Saturday I was feeling much better - good enough to even leave the house! Since then I've been feeling progressively better. Now all I have is a cough, other than that I'm basically fine.

Jeremy has managed to not be sick this entire time. I don't know how he does it. My guess is that he was still in California when I was most contagious. I'm glad he didn't get sick - who would have gone to the store to get me Nyquil, and Tussin, and Vicks VapoRub, and most importantly, chocolate?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Not much has been going on around here recently. Jeremy left for California for a week and I did a whole lot of nothing. Then he came back and I immediately came down with the Cold That Won't Go Away so I've been doing a whole lot of nothing. I used to never get sick, then I started working with kids. Ugh. I thought I was so great when I managed to miss the first round of illness in mid-September. Then I got the flu toward the end of October and now this cold. To be fair, I don't think I got the flu from my kids since Jeremy came down with it first. I'm totally blaming them for this cold though, seeing how almost ALL of my clients have been sick in the past two weeks.

Yesterday I was feeling a lot better so I went to work. Turns out talking to kids for 7.5 hours will do a number on your already somewhat sore throat. I could barely talk by the time I got home. I didn't feel well today and was contemplating taking a sick day when I found out I couldn't see my only client anyways today because of some paperwork that needs finalized. A nice relaxing day has been pretty nice.

The other night I was watching Highlander with Jeremy. I wasn't really watching, but in the room. He's been watching the entire series on Netflix lately. At some point I decided to go to bed. I took some Nyquil and settled down with Eclipse, which I will admit I borrowed from my supervisor. She got the whole "not-wanting-to-get-it-from-the-library-cuz-I'm-too embarrassed" thing and gladly loaned me hers when I was up in Bangor last week. Anyways, the combination of Highlander, Eclipse, and Nyquil led to a very strange dream about vampires and immortal-headslaying children duking it out.

I no longer mix my sci-fi before bed.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Quite Alarming

It turns out that even when Jeremy isn't here, he can manage to wake me up in the morning with his alarm.

Neither Jeremy nor I are morning people. And that's an understatement. When we lived in Knoxville, I had to get up earlier than him most mornings. That has all changed and he usually has to get up before me now. He is also a snoozer. It drives me CRAZY to hear his alarm go off three times in the 6:00 hour. And I make sure he knows this. He has gotten to the point where it only goes off twice now, usually. Although some of those times he thinks it only goes off once since he is still asleep when he hits snooze. Oh, and have I mentioned how loud his alarm is? It's very loud. I don't know how it doesn't wake him up sometimes. My alarm starts out very quietly and progressively gets louder - Jeremy doesn't even hear it usually when I do have to wake up before him.

So all that to say, Jeremy's alarm drives me crazy. He left Thursday morning for a conference in San Diego. Wednesday, in order to pack, he had to get his luggage out of the storage space in our room. Somehow, while he was in there, he must have bumped something because Friday morning at 8am I woke up to a beeping noise (I had to get up and leave early Thursday also so I didn't hear the beeping then). It took me a while to locate where the beeping was coming from, and by the time I realized it was in our storage space it had stopped. I contemplated getting up then but decided to go back to bed for 30 minutes or so. Ten minutes later the beeping started again! Since I knew it would eventually stop, I stayed in bed and covered my ears.

I told Jeremy about this when I talked to him on the phone later that day but he didn't know what it was. It happened again Saturday, and again I wasn't amused. I told him again about it Saturday, this time mimicking the noise, and he realized that it was his old alarm clock, which was in a bin in the storage space. Sure enough, I climb into the storage space (no easy feat) and find the offending clock. My morning was much better today without an extra alarm to wake me.

Monday, November 08, 2010

When in Maine, eat seafood.

Jeremy has really embraced seafood since moving to Maine. He liked it before, but now he's trying out all these new recipes since we have so much fresh, cheap, seafood at our fingertips. You may remember the lobster rolls we made earlier in the fall, all his idea.

Then about a month of so ago he decided he wanted to make some haddock chowder for dinner one night while I was working. It was excellent.

About two weeks ago he saw mussels on sale and couldn't resist. Here they are (don't mind the ugly pot):

Neither of us had ever eaten mussels before. They were pretty good, but both agreed that we probably won't be eating them often.

I fully support Jeremy's quest in new seafood adventures because it means I get a break from cooking dinner every once in a while. (Although I do enjoy cooking, it's nice to have a night off sometimes, plus Jeremy enjoys getting the night off from washing dishes if he cooks!)

Monday, November 01, 2010

Saying Goodbye

Jeremy and I found out this weekend that a dear friend of ours from Knoxville passed away. It wasn't a total surprise - he was 90 and we knew that he was in the hospital, but it still hurts. Gerhard was one of those people who you thought would live forever.

Since moving to Maine a few months ago, Jeremy and I will go over all the people in Knoxville we miss. Gerhard and his wife were always near the top of that list. They went to our church and we were fortunate enough to get to know them in the four years we lived there. They were both very active in everything. They were both on the Social Ministry and Outreach commission at church with me. Both delivered meals for Mobile Meals regularly. In fact, a couple of years ago there was an article in the paper about Gerhard's involvement. Some of the people they delivered to were younger than him! They also did all the recycling for our church and Gerhard was a big supporter of an organization I was in called Knoxville Interfaith Network. He was very concerned with the hungry around him and according to others, he's the reason why our church first became involved in Bread for the World. Basically, Gerhard did a lot.

He was such an inspiration to both of us. I don't know how many times Jeremy and I have said that we'd like to be like him and his wife when we're older. They were so active! A couple of years ago Gerhard hurt his knee and was on crutches. A few weeks later he was walking again just fine. I was surprised at how fast he bounced back. Not long after that, he and his wife were vacationing in Panama.

Gerhard also always had a smile on his face and a good word to say. Jeremy and I were in a supper club at church with him and his wife and a couple other couples last year. When it was his turn to host, he showed us all his beautiful gardens and the new trees he planted. I was again amazed at how active he was and all the work he could do. I hope I'm like that when I'm 89! He also told us some pretty funny stories during supper club. I won't repeat them here, but trust me, they're a riot.

So it's with sad hearts we say goodbye to Gerhard, even if we can't be there Wednesday for his memorial service. When we got the news of his passing, we paused for a moment, but then we started telling stories about him and our time with him. Things that reminded us of him. He definitely lived a full life worth remembering.