Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bon voyage

I've been busier than a one-armed paper hanger at work the last 2 days, and tonight I'm leaving for Atlanta, so I wanted to post something fast before I enter the last frantic stage of packing and getting ready when I get home from work.  I'm looking forward to the trip, but the hours between now and getting on the plan promise to be dizzying. 

I've decided to check one bag for $20, because I'm taking a bunch of #2 son's stuff he left home this summer and I don't feel like doing the ultimate schlep of bulging carry on luggage, purse and a bag with enough magazines and books to keep me in written words for the next year.  I always take tons of reading material plus some knitting, whenever I go away, knowing full well that I won't read much of anything, nor will I knit.  But you never know.  Girlfriend doesn't want to risk being bored!  Actually my flight doesn't get into Atlanta until 9:30 which is past my bedtime, so I may actually have a little nappy on the plane.

My eating has been pretty okay this week, but my exercise has been less than lastweek.  My plan is to do some airport power walking once I check my bag to burn some calories and earn some Hot 100 points!  Once in Atlanta I'll definitely be able to get in some good walking each day unless I simply slack.  This week I won't weigh in on Friday because the thought of weighing in on an unfamiliar scale (at my brother-in-law's house) fills me with fear and trepidation.  I will do the rest of the Friday update and have to wait until the 29th for the next scale verdict.  Just as well, probably. 

I wanted to tell you all about making my apple cake on Sunday for one of the parties I had to attend.  I got up early and began peeling and cutting up the 5 large apples required in the recipe.  I'd gotten all of one apple cut up and just started the 2nd when I literally sliced the knife deep into my right thumb - almost a quarter inch.  It makes my stomach flinch now just to think about immediately started POURING blood (thankfully not into the apples!) so I elevated it and put pressure on it.  Do you know that it was 2 1/2 hours before it finally stopped bleeding?  I help it up higher than my heart, applied ice and gobs of pressure, all of which rendered me entirely incapable of continuing the apple cutting, much less mixing the rest of the ingredients for the cake.  So hubby and son assumed the various roles - son cutting up the remaining apples and hubby mixing the rest of the stuff, with me breathing down his neck to make sure he didn't goof something up.  (Hubby is NOT a kitchen elf in any sense of the word, EXCEPT for making good salads.)
Above is a picture of the cake with the glaze/icing on it.  Tastes better than this looks!  I promise to post the recipe soon as several people asked for it.  Warning - it is in no way "lite", low fat or low cal.  It is, however...AWESOME.  The chopped up things you see are the fresh apples.

My thumb is still bandaged and sore, and oozes a little blood when I use it for anything more than balancing the rest of my hand!  Good heavens - what a dumb thing to do, and how much I inconvenienced myself!  It doesn't hurt anymore and is definitely getting better, but still a force to contend with.  Tami of Nutmeg Notebook posted pictures of her bruised toe from a clumsy move and asked what the last clumsy thing her readers recalled doing?  This is mine, Tami!  Pretty dumb, huh?

Well - I'm off to finish packing and getting to the airport for my "workout".  I'll be checking in while in Atlanta and of course am having dinner on Friday evening with Tammy!  Can't wait!  Take care everyone.  


  1. I don't care if the recipe is low whatever... as you know I'm a firm believer in moderation so my recipes are all over the place.

    Have fun on your trip!

  2. The cake looks really good ! And can you actually still take knitting needles on a plane ? I thought with all the modern day security concerns knitting needles fell into the "deadly weapon" category and are forbidden.

  3. Ouch!! I pack a lot of snacks when I travel. And always two books. What if I start one and don't like it?! Gotta be prepared:) Have a good trip.

  4. That cake looks amazing, so if it tastes better than it looks, well...I am DROOLING! Love caramel and apples!

    Sorry about your thumb - that makes MY stomach flinch reading about it...I hate getting cut. Ouchies. Hope it is feeling better.

    Have a fun, safe trip - and heck no, I wouldn't weigh in on a strange scale! Enjoy yourself and have fun meeting Tammy!

  5. Sorry to hear about your thumb! I hate being cut.

    Take care on your trip -- good luck getting some power walking (and Hot 100 points) in!

  6. OH, I hate when I do stuff like that. I'm prone to self-injury! I sliced a tendon in my thumb making potato salad once.

    Enjoy your trip! Walk, walk, walk, Atlanta.

  7. Hey Leslie at least we are in good company! I hate it when I do things like that!

    Have a great trip!

  8. I did a similar thing to my finger and it wouldn't heal until I bought some butterfly bandages and pushed the opening together. The cake looks delish.

  9. Have a great time in Atlanta!!!

  10. The cake looks delicious. But I already had a big ice-cream today.