So, it turns out the Big Yam gave me the hand, foot, and mouth disease. NOT to be confused with foot and mouth disease, which is what cows and other cloven-hoofed animals get (so like, goats and horses and Tim Curry in Legend). This has been a lesson in poor parenting. Last week the Big Yam was waking up crying in the middle of the night so we brought him into our bed for a bunch of what we call "Sleep Away Camp" and I was kind of stressing because I thought he was just getting into the habit of it and didn't want to sleep in his own bed. THEN he got this weird speckly rash on his butt. THEN he had pretty bad cold symptoms (cough and runny nose) and he probably had a fever but we didn't check because we're the worst. THEN he complained about having a "boo boo mouth" but I totally told him he was faking.
BEST MAMA EVER. LOL! So the worst. On Friday, when I discovered I had FIVE cankers in my mouth, I naturally assumed that I had mouth cancer and hypochondriac me was already tearing up thinking of the Dotytron raising the Big Yam alone and how I was going to control their lives from heaven or hell. Then I realized I'd had a stressful week (I had a job interview on Tuesday for a job I REALLY REALLY REALLY want but so does like, everyone in Canada and will most likely not get, meaning this will be my 3rd consecutive failed job interview) so that was probably it, but I was still like, that's kind cray because I usually handle stress well. I also started getting weird blisters on my feet so I was like, "I should stop wearing stockings and kicks." Anyway, I dragged Dr. Rei EVERYWHERE on Friday during lunch looking for Listerine to gargle with which burned the hell out of my mouth and gave me temporary relief.
Then on Friday night we had S & P over for dinner and suddenly I got these pin-prick blisters on the palms of my hands and more blisters on my feet so I started freaking out. I went to the walk-in clinic that my doctor's office holds for patients (by the way: super hooray for the Family Health Team model, province of Ontario!) and the doctor was like, 100% hand foot and mouth. By the way, at this point, my tongue is like 30% ulcerated and I'm in constant pain and talk like I'm brushing my teeth all the time. The good news is: the virus clears up by itself in about a week. The bad news is: there's not a lot they can give you for the fact that your mouth is on fire. She told me about this juju Doctor's Book of Home Remedies bulls**t that consists of rinsing your mouth with equal parts Benadryl and milk of magnesia but that barely works.
In summary, my kid had hand, foot, and mouth and we did the following:
a) ignored him
b) told him he was faking
c) stressed about how we were going to "wean" him off of his only source of comfort (Sleep Away Camp)
d) sent him to daycare
BEST! Apparently only kids and babies get this virus but occasionally it makes the jump to immune compromised adult humans (so in addition to not getting the job, the stress from the interview gave me s**t mouth, great).
I spent the weekend starting The Vampire Diaries which is pretty bad but also good because it features the signature teenaged Karl-Lagerfeld plot bait that is "the-bad-guy-who-falls-in-love-with-the-heroine-and-is-somewhat-but-not-fully-reformed-of-his-sexy-brooding-misunderstood-badness" (see: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars, EVERY HARLEQUIN ROMANCE EVER).
Then on Sunday we went to Canadian Tire to pick up Christmas lights for the front of Lil' Ugmo and I basically had a melt down and LEFT before paying to sit in the car in fulminating, sullen, tear-filled silence while the Dotytron paid for the purchases with the Big Yam. Here is the context: EVERY YEAR the Dotytron complains about how we don't have a plan for our lights and how he doesn't like them. Every year, I've put them up. So this year I was like, let's do it up proper. We go, and the Dotytron did this thing that he does where he gets all weird and super-unhappy about shopping for anything that's not a pick-up for his Tele or like, vintage records, and was all abdicating responsibility for the decision-making and I got super-frustrated and then gave up and had a meltdown which resulted in: leaving the Big Yam and the Dotytron in line to pay for our purchases to sit in stony silence in the car, followed by tears and lots of f-bombs at the house. IT WAS CLASSIC HOLIDAY SEASON ME. BUT ALSO CLASSIC HOLIDAY SEASON DOTYTRON. Because I'm the one dealing with both families and making sure that people get presents and making sure that things get made for his family's various holiday potlucks and also getting stuff for the Big Yam and making sure that he gets a special holiday. So yeah. All the equality stuff I was rhapsodizing about in the previous post goes out the windows during the holidays through a combination of: being a psycho, lack of delegating, lack of communication, and internalized martyrdom. Anyway, in order to mitigate that stuff I'm going to put him in charge of contributing something for the Doty family Christmas. And otherwise delegate stuff out so that I'm not the only one responsible for the MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS. I hate myself for even talking about that right now.
Related: I find it weird when grown adults get amped about presents. I just can't wrap my head around it. It's so not me. I'm of the school where if you want something, you go out and get it your own damn self. I guess there is the case to be made for stuff that you want but will never get for yourself? But I dunno...all the things I want, I'll get. The notable exception being: one of these head massager thingies
which totally feel amazing and that I totally want but can never justify getting for some reason. Although last Friday while I was dragging Dr. Rei around everywhere, she was like, "It's $5. TREAT YO' SELF." So I did. See how simple that process was? I get that it's one thing when someone sees something in some Moroccan bazaar that is PERFECT for that other person and that other person is never going to be there to get it themselves and so they buy it as a present. I totally get that. Or when it's motivated by you seeing something thoughtful and going and grabbing it in the moment. I just don't like the whole, birthday and Xmas need to produce manufactured pressure. I just took a look at my own list of "stuff I want" and yup, I plan on getting all that stuff someday. I'm trying to think of what I would want someone to secretly surprise me with and I can't think of a single g-d thing. What can I say, I'm a self-reliant, endlessly practical person.
I served P & S this gorgeous pork & poblano stew from the slow cooker - we destroyed it. I served it with salsas, corn chips, and shredded cabbage. There was supposed to be avocado too, but stupid Chinatown bargain basement avocadoes were mad bargain basement.
For dessert: coconut tres leches.
Saturday night's dinner was similarly divine (though it doesn't look like much). Turkey tetrazzini - turkey and egg noodles and mushrooms with leftover gravy-jumped bechamel and leftover brussels sprouts folded in, baked with a crispy panko topping. Casserole love!
Served with bacon roasted carrots and parsnips.
Last night's dinner was inspired by April Bloomfield's cookbook, A Girl and Her Pig. I made us ribeye with chimichurri, roasted broccoli with lemon & garlic, duck fat roasted potatoes (!!!!!) and sautéed mushrooms.
Tonight I get to dine with SMckay!