The Boys are Back!

by Cate on September 5, 2005

The Tranquil Weekend is over and the happy chaos is back in the house. Nicholas had a great time at the shore, capped off by falling out of bed in the morning. Ooops! No worries, he’s ok.

I had every intention of being a good wife and making The Husband Osso Bucco for a belated dinner tonight. I found a recipe to use, and went to the grocery store and bought the necessary veal shanks. This afternoon, I went into the kitchen to start dinner, since it takes about 2 hours to cook and put the veal shanks into the pot, all the while thinking about how much I dislike veal. Within just a few minutes, I started getting these horrible shooting stomach pains, enough that I was doubled over and seriously considering a run to the hospital. They lasted about an hour, and luckily went away. I can’t for the life of me figure out where they came from, but during them, was mentally making notes to cancel all my plans for the week if they didn’t dissipate.

We had lunch from Quiznos … I suppose something I had (the sub?) could have upset my stomach, but I’ve never had such sharp pains before. From a psychological standpoint, I wonder if my feelings about veal brought on the whole scenario. I never really knew how veal “came to be” until a few years ago, when a former co-worker “enlightened” me. Now obviously any animal ending up on someone’s dinner plate doesn’t have a happy story, but for some reason, veal affected me differently, and ever since then, I don’t eat it and don’t cook it. Needless to say, Osso Bucco did not end up on our dinner plates tonight. While I was lying down upstairs, The Husband got rid of all the veal evidence and we ended up getting take-out. I’m much better now, but still have slight twinges. Very strange.

We’re celebrating The Husband’s birthday with my family tomorrow, with our big meal at lunch time. I’m in charge of bringing appetizers and dessert. I’m going to go with a traditional Italian Antipasto for appetizer, and as long as I get my act together in the morning, I’m going to make Gooey Butter Cakes for dessert, one of The Husband’s favorites. Shhh, don’t tell.

This being Cat Blogging Weekend, I tried in vain to get my usual cute pictures of Callie or Luke, but Eli and Bella shouted discrimination, pushed the cats aside and posed for their own pictures. Who am I to argue? You can view the rest of the cat round-up over on Clare’s site, Eat Stuff.

It’s going to be a BUSY, BUSY week, so make sure to stick around and see how it unfolds. Until then…


Bella at the Helm


Eli Bringing Up the Rear

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Clare Eats September 5, 2005 at 3:27 am

Eli and Bella are gorgeous :)

The white sweetnicks is much better! I can read it !

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violet September 5, 2005 at 5:11 am

love those doggies. look at those toungues!

the reason for the sharp stomach pains? my vote goes to quiznos.

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Catesa September 5, 2005 at 9:03 am

beautiful Berner Sennen Dogs! im jealous ;)

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angelika September 5, 2005 at 4:02 pm

Hi ! Gino insists that we should finally start a dog round-up, too many cats here one the blogs ! ;-((
I like your pictures – of course, Gino had another swimming adventure yesterday. I hope you are feeling better, have a nice family get-together tomorrow ! Best regards, angelika + gino

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joey September 5, 2005 at 5:09 pm

Hope you are feeling better! I got a mild case of food poisoning once (bad mussel) and it was horrible. On another note I just made Osso Buco for my friend’s housewarming and I use beef instead of veal (veal is not very convenient to find and quite expensive here)…maybe that’ll be better for you? It still tastes good :-)

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Cate September 6, 2005 at 2:23 am

Thanks, Clare! We might have to start a Weekend Dog Blogging just to even things up? ;)

Violet – yeah, they’re pretty massive, aren’t they? I thought about Quiznos – who knows? I just hate when you can’t figure out the cause, because then you don’t know what not to do next time.

Catesa – thanks for visiting. If you ever want to adopt a Berner, I know of a great rescue group. :)

Angelika – I agree. Might be time for a Dog Blogging Weekend. ;)

Joey – thanks, feeling better today. Beef Osso Bucco sounds delicious. Can you e-mail me the recipe?

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joey September 7, 2005 at 2:00 am

Hi Sweetnicks! Sure! I’ll email you the recipe and I’ll be posting on my blog as well soon… :-)

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Catesa September 7, 2005 at 5:45 pm

well thank you Sweetnicks, i do love dogs and Berner’s are no exception with their giant fluffy fabulous personalities but im really a German Shepard Dog girl at heart :)

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Cate September 8, 2005 at 2:29 am

Catesa, growing up with a German Shepherd, I know exactly where you’re coming from… another great dog.

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