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Mother’s Day

9 May

We had a very busy week last week.

Avi fell off a couch while we were playing at the hospital for Ryan’s therapy on the 29th of April. After a couple days of it still hurting her, we made an appointment last Wednesday. Three x-rays later (first one was blurry and one of the left side to compare) we discover that she has a cracked collar bone. No wonder she would whimper when it had pressure placed in the right spot. She did NOT like getting her picture taken by the x-ray machine. Two lolli pops, a nursing session and 3 stickers later, she was exhausted. We got home and slept through the whole night.

Then Friday, she went to the day care at the hospital while Ryan did his therapy and I went to get her half an hour early so we could go get her tested. Ryan has Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency which may have been the reason for his carotid artery dissections (that caused his stroke). (And if you want to get really depressed, following links from that and Google searches to all the things that can occur…)  So we had to draw blood from a 2 year old. Anyone that has had to go through this (or worse) with your child, I feel for you. The pain and fear and just overwhelming everything is heartbreaking. She yelled “scawy!” when she saw the needle. She screamed during the prep and really did not like the rubber band around her arm. The worst part for me? When they had the needle in and she just kept going “OW! OW! OW!” and looking at like I had betrayed her.

She did so good though. Got a sucker after that (thank goodness for Dum Dums!) and as we walked out, kept showing everyone her arm and the sucker. She is a trooper for sure!  They’ll be testing her for all types of the alpha-1 deficiency, so we can have a better idea of what to look for. I am trying not to think about it….


She still has a bruise on her arm, but is fine if you don’t mention it. The cracked collar bone seems to be healing well too, only have had a couple pain moments.

Saturday was busy busy! Got a call on Friday to see if I could attend a hiring seminar for Apple on Saturday, so got up early to go do that. I should hear sometime this week…would be nice to have something steady already lined up when I get “let go” from my current job. I’ve also been busy with The Photog’s Helper, meeting some AMAZING women photographers that are so talented and helping them grow their businesses. It’s been such a wonderful outlet for me. Hoping too to be able to announce my biggest news soon.

We went over to my MIL’s house for a birthday party for Ryan. A long trip but delicious BBQ chicken was had by all!  Avi had a blast too and it was nice to spend time with family, even if Ryan was exhausted at the end of the day. He was so tired that he thought about staying home instead of going to my parent’s for a Mother’s Day feast.

The next morning we all woke up lazily, stretching and snuggling in bed, listening to the rain outside. Ryan stayed in bed, playing his Pokemon game for several hours while Avi watched Aladdin and I got some work done. It was so nice to be able to work without a distraction and even took some time to play mindless Facebook games without feeling guilty.

Ryan called me into the room at one point to wish me a Happy Mother’s Day. He had forgotten until then, but remembered on his own. It was so wonderful.  We walked over to my brother’s apartment to all troop to my parent’s house. Delicious hamburgers, deviled eggs and two glasses of Oak Knoll Niagra wine equals a lovely afternoon. We hung out under the heater watching the rain fall while the burgers cooked.

So now, the week has started again. Who knows what this week has in store for us….

The Gross Part – How to Fillet

16 Nov

I’ve just recently begun to enjoy eating fish.  I went through a long faze where anything fishy just was disgusting.  Didn’t want to eat it, touch it, smell it, look at it.  You couldn’t catch me in a sushi restaurant, let alone eat it.

I’ve slowly begun to get past that.  I still will only eat certain items, but I’m okay in a restaurant that serves strictly fish.  Clam Chowder is delicious, as is most salmon, as long as it is cooked.  I still can’t handle eating sushi or sashimi, but someday….someday.

What this also means is that I was able to watch my husband and dad fillet the fish they caught last weekend without wanting to vomit.  In fact, I got up close and personal with the fish.  And the camera.  Possibly too close.

So here is a warning.  These pictures may be too graphic for some.  So if you don’t want to see some fish blood (no guts…guts were already taken out…) go ahead and click out.

You can always visit my favorite Aunt Becky.  Or the fabulous Dallas Ann.  Or go play with a Farm.

This is your last chance.

A Dad and His Fish, Part 2

My dad, as he lifts the fish.  He’s probably going to be mad that I posted this picture…but I love it.  It shows just how heavy the fish is, when you lift it from a different angle.

A Dad and His Fish

This ones better.

Filleting a Fish 01

First, you cut off the head.  Having it talk to your baby is not a necessary step…but entertaining nonetheless.

Filleting a Fish 02

Then off comes the tail.

Filleting a Fish 03

Once the tail is off, you want to start separating the two big pieces.

Filleting a Fish 04

This is the part that can get messy….as long as it’s cut, you are successful…don’t know how in the world the Iron Chefs can do it in like, 5 seconds.  It took the two of them about 10 minutes to do this.

Filleting a Fish 05

But eventually it is separated.  Keeping the skin on it keeps it together better.  You want to make sure to carefully clean off the bits and pieces before you freeze it.

Filleting a Fish 06

It’s a messy messy job….

Filleting a Fish 07

As gross as it is, there is still a quiet beauty about it.

Don’t worry, I won’t be watching anyone butcher a deer anytime soon…

Can’t wait to try out the recipes you guys shared!