Wow, what a day!!
Yesterday afternoon, Kurt had found an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet in Fall River, Mass., and thinking that it was larger than the one here in our own town, he convinced me to try it. Not having anything better to do on Christmas Eve, we headed out.
The buffet turned out to be the same size as the one here, but the food wasn’t as good. No matter — we decided to head to the mall just to check it out. It made the trip to Massachusetts worth it, especially when we found some good deals on clothes for Grace.
Last night, however, Kurt started to feel ill. Not one to let it slow him, he still got really excited to give me my “big” gift for Christmas — a cookbooklet dating from 1896, called The Enterprising Housekeeper. I was so excited and thrilled!! I read it from cover to cover as we sat on the couch together.
As we were getting ready to go to bed around 1am, Kurt started feeling worse and worse. I started getting really worried about him. Off and on all night he would wake up to try to find a more comfortable position in which to sleep. His stomach was really hurting him, and he kept waking up to go to the restroom. Of course, I kept waking up too, hoping I could ease his pain somewhat. But there was nothing I could do. I felt so helpless.
After quite a sleepless night, we finally rolled out of bed at 9am. We opened all our presents after getting dressed, and Santa was quite good to us. Kurt got speakers for his Zune (like an iPod, but made by Microsoft), as well as a case for it. Grace got a zillion toys, of course, and a digital camera from her “auntie” Caroline. She’s taken so many photos of various body parts of ours. It’s a good thing she doesn’t have her own Flickr account!!
Among other things, I got a bendable tripod for my camera which will wrap around just about anything, like a fence or a pole. I even used it tonight to take a photo of the three of us at dinner! I wrapped the tripod around a chair back. It worked like a charm too! My sister got me a reprint of the 1896 edition of the Fannie Farmer cookbook. I think the reprint is from the 1940s, though I can’t be sure. It’s not dated. [EDIT: I just looked it up online, and this reprint dates from 1973.]
By this time, I felt like I had a touch of what Kurt’s got, and neither of us had any energy. We managed to get Grace down for a nap (and she even slept!), and Kurt and I were couch bums for much of the afternoon.
Finally I got up enough energy to make my dinner. I got this recipe for a Boned Stuffed Turkey Breast out of Parade Magazine (the thing that comes in the Sunday paper), and it sounded really good. I had to de-bone the turkey breast I bought, which was intimidating, but I managed to do well enough. Then I laid a stuffing of spinach, bacon (it was supposed to be ham, but I mis-read the recipe), and golden raisins on the breast and tied it up with twine. Halfway through the roasting time, I added potatoes to the pan so they could roast too.
To round out the meal, I made homemade muffin-style biscuits, zucchini & yellow squash, and homemade gravy. It was all really good — but no one had much of an appetite. I had one slice of the stuffed turkey with some potatoes and two biscuits, and I was done. Kurt had a little more, but nothing like he can normally eat. Grace barely ate either. Kurt and I didn’t have anything to eat all day, and all Grace had eaten was some oatmeal for breakfast.
So I don’t know what’s wrong with us. Hopefully it’ll pass quickly.
But now our Christmas is over and done with. We don’t really do a huge production, which makes for a much happier momma (me!). And besides, as long as you’re with your family and people you love, that’s what Christmas all about!
I sure hope each and every one of you had a happy and enjoyable Christmas. (Photos can be seen HERE if you’re interested.)