Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Pancakes & Other Stuff

SP took some vacation days this week, so he's off between Christmas and New Year's Day. This is quite nice. We had all sorts of plans for 'at home' time (him in the basement playing his new XBox games) and 'going on dates' time. However, as Whitney at I Run I Sweat commented, at the holidays you spend so much time with family and friends that when it's all over you're left thinking, hey, I didn't get any time for myself. That is certainly the case for us.

After spending Christmas Eve, Christmas, and Saturday morning with SP's family, we spent Saturday afternoon with some of my friends who were in town. I hadn't seen C and her husband in nearly 2 years (they live in VA) and SP had never met them. C, L (who lives in Pittsburgh), and I have been friends since middle school, so we've known each other a long time.

It was a very nice visit with C & her husband as well as L and her husband and kids. We ordered pizza & hoagies from Juliano's for dinner. I will never, ever get pizza from them again, especially not sausage pizza. As if the Ya Fei Chinese food on Christmas Eve didn't upset my stomach enough, the sausage pizza pushed it over the edge. Since Sunday afternoon I've been experiencing extremely painful cramping and stomach distress. I am almost, but not quite, ready to go to the ER. It was so painful Sunday night that I couldn't sleep in bed. I ended up sleeping in the recliner in the living room. It was the first night SP and I have slept apart since moving in together 1.5 years ago. I've been taking a lot of over the counter medicine, but it's not helping much.

Back to the Juliano's pizza: the sausage was piled on way, way too much and wasn't that tasty. The mushrooms looked like canned mushrooms, not fresh. Pizza Milano's sausage and mushrooms are way better, and their crust, too. Sorry, no photos of the offending pizza.

Sunday, SP went to Smokey Bones to meet some friends from college who were in town. He ate smoked turkey and to his surprise really enjoyed it. Sunday afternoon I sat on the couch with stomach pain and we read and watched the Steelers. We both had library books due Monday and Tuesday, so we did a lot of reading on Sunday & Monday!

Monday we spent the day dealing with getting our car repaired (from when SP got rear-ended before Thanksgiving). What a pain -- the insurance people 'forgot' to set up the rental car, then Enterprise didn't have any cars available because of the holiday weekend, one wasn't available until nearly 3 pm at which point the body shop & SP decided to just move the repair until Tuesday, and now we have some crappy Hyundai that neither of us likes. We can't wait to have our 11-year old Civic back.

SP also spent a lot of Monday trying to fix a computer for a friend of ours. Yesterday, finally, we got to have a 'date' -- we went to see Sherlock Holmes in the afternoon. It was fun! The story wasn't as silly stupid as reviews had led me to expect. Definitely a fun movie. We really like our new theater (Cinemark Robinson) and I feel compelled to again mention that the teenagers working there are not moody and surly but friendly, nice, helpful, and talkative! Just like the new Giant Eagle employees we've encountered!

Today marks the beginning of a 3 day visit from SP's sister who lives in eastern PA, so we find ourselves again busy with family. Then it'll be the weekend, filled with lots of chores (2 weeks of laundry!), errands/shopping, and cooking for the work week, which starts again on Monday!!! Yikes!!!So this morning, after snoozing in late, SP made himself comfort food - pancakes. I passed since my stomach is still unhappy. Here's his made-up recipe (he wanted to use up some stuff, like the buttermilk):

  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • blueberries

He was very happy with these. He heated some of the leftover ham from Christmas to eat with his pancakes. They smelled really good, but I stuck to my yogurt.

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