We had a good, if germ-filled, Thanksgiving holiday with Mike’s family. My mother in law had a stomach virus, then my niece came down with a bad cold. I spent the majority of our first day there curled up in a tiny ball with my hands over my face, mentally willing all germs to stay the eff away from me. So far, my mental powers have worked and I’ve not gotten sick.
Our second day in the Bay took us into the city of San Francisco. I hadn’t been there since May, and I found myself automatically driving toward Jackie’s apartment. Mike had to gently redirect me back on-course. It was hard being in San Francisco without her, especially on the day that we’d normally be spending together. We went past tons of places that held memories, and I was constantly interrupting Mike and Annie to tell them the story that went with whatever landmark we were at. They didn’t seem to mind.
We took Annie to Union Square and showed her the big Christmas tree and ice rink outside of Macy’s.
Then we took her to the top floor of Macy’s just so she could ride the escalators back down. The girl loves escalators.
We eventually made our way to Ghirardelli Square, where Annie ran around on the waterfront before we met Mike’s sister, her husband, and our nephews for dinner.
You can’t go to Ghirardelli Square without going to the shop and getting something full of sugar.
Annie lucked out, I was supposed to share that sundae with her but felt too nauseated.
The next day was Thanksgiving, and since my mother in law had been sick the rest of us took over preparing the food. Mike and I were in charge of the turkey and I’m not going to lie, it was freaking delicious.
I am confident this greatness can never be replicated, so I hereby relinquish all turkey-making duties.
We flew home on Friday afternoon, and unfortunately, Annie’s mental powers are not as strong as mine because she threw up late Friday night and has been sick with a high fever ever since. This illness has been a bit different from ones in the past because it actually has knocked her down a bit. Don’t get me wrong – when she’s feeling good (when the tylenol kicks in) she wants to play or decorate for Christmas. But the rest of the time she’s asking to snuggle, or telling us she wants to take a nap. YES. She is actually ASKING to take a nap. I’m hoping she’ll be on the mend soon, and I’m also hoping I don’t get whatever bug this is. I haven’t been curled up in a ball against the germs this time – when my little sickie asks for cuddles from mama, she gets them, germs be damned.
I got the stomach bug too. It hit me Saturday night and was awful. At 4am, after the umpteeth time throwing up, I would have sold my soul for some Zolfran. I’m still feeling weak and wonky. Hope Annie feels better soon!
Becky C says:
Aww…I hope Annie is better soon and you don’t get it!! I need one of those sundaes! Question: Is that turkey roasted upside down!? I’ve never thought to do that! Does it allow the juices to run down to the breast meat, making it stay juicier!? I have an extra turkey that didn’t thaw in time for Thanksgiving…I think I’ll try it this way!
YES! It IS upside down! When we picked it up at Whole Foods (already brined, sooooo the way to go) the guy said to cook it upside down. So we tried it, and it was delicious! I think it was juicy for the reasons you mentioned. If you make it this way let me know how it turns out, okay?
Heather, all of the photos are great…. but I love the one of you and Annie on the bench. It’s very very cute!
I hope Annie feels better soon and that you don’t get it!
I totally feel you on the turkey thing. The *one* year I did Thanksgiving at my house I made the best turkey I’ve ever eaten. I never wanted to make another turkey after that.
I can’t imagine how hard it was driving thru SF past all of your memory landmarks. *hugs* to you for making it with grace
Stomach bugs are the worst! I hope Annie feels better soon and that your powers to ward it off work. I was thinking of you and Jackie! Over Thanksgiving. Holidays can be difficult for so many reasons but being without your loved ones has to be the hardest – especially the first year. Sending you hope and hugs. Take care.
Susan A says:
My son had the same thing the week before Thanksgiving week. It was really weird to see him want to sleep so much and turn down the Wii and TV. It lasted four days. I never got it, but I was a fanatic about washing my hands and disinfecting every counter, sink, table, remote, changed towels in all the bathrooms. And there was diarrhea. I must have washed out a dozen pairs on underwear and two sets of sheets before I pulled out the old pull-ups. Duh.
Good luck. Hope Annie feels better soon and doesn’t take you down. Poor Mike is another story…if he is anything like my husband, he will be next. Totally unavoidable even though he doesn’t do any of the caregiving when my son is sick.
Hope Annie feels better soon!
Stephanie Precourt says:
Oh I hope you are feeling better. Annie is seriously the cutest.
My sister made our turkey this year, and it was amazing! Her secret? Butter the bird, cook for about an hour, let it sit for an hour, then finish cooking. It made the skin really crispy and kept the meat inside really juicy.
Hope Annie is feeling better soon!!
Glad you all had a good Thankgiving and that turkey looks delicious.
There is definitely something going around in these parts as well. High fever, nausea and runny noses.
Try to squeeze in a little Culturelle into Annie’s sippy cup if you can and it might help her tummy feel better quicker.
Hugs to you all!
I know so many people who were sick over Thanksgiving. I’m so sorry.
I just have to say, Annie is cute as all get out — but that hair of hers is just amazingly beautiful. I want to steal it. LOVE.