The Hot Potato Incident

Did you make it through the holidays okay? I’ve been enjoying all of the updates on Facebook and Instagram and replying when I can to blog posts. From the looks of it, everyone had a pretty good Christmas.

Our Christmas was very nice. We started off with that trip to Disneyland which put me in just the right mood. I needed it. Christmas Eve at the in-laws was very mellow and laid back and Christmas dinner at the 94th Aero Squadron was perfect.

We even managed to see Saving Mr. Banks and if you know anything about me, you know how I detest the movie experience these days. Cell phones and talking drive me nuts and sure enough, a group of teens almost ruined the entire thing until MY teen went over and told them to shut the heck up! That’s right! On Christmas, my teen told those girls off. Surprisingly, they left! Everyone was thrilled. Merry Christmas moviegoers.

By the way, the movie was very good. A little sad, but good.

The only thing that has plagued me since Christmas Eve is the damned hot potato I ate. With the lupus and the food allergies and all, my esophagus is a mess already but a bite of hot potato, that was as hot as say…lava, burned the hell out of my throat and my throat has been swollen ever since. If it wasn’t better by today, I was going to go to the ENT but it seems to be a little better today. Oddly enough, the only thing that distracted me from the pain was cleaning.


So, I have been cleaning. I organized by bookshelves although from this pic, it sure looks as if I am not finished with them. They were horrendous before. I cleaned out drawers and cupboards and tackled The Girl’s room. What a mess! I cleaned out the garage and went shopping for food. I’m set, at least for a few days.

Now that all that pesky stuff is out of the way, my focus is reading. I asked everyone on Facebook if I should take a break or start another book and they told me to start another. Unfortunately, the one I chose was all over the place but a quick read. Now I am wondering what to pick up next. Probably the book my book club is reading right now, Canada by Richard Ford.

Are you reading right now, or just catching up on TV shows and movies? Did you have a nice Christmas? What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? WE are staying in but The Teen is going to a dance at the church. I am perfectly happy with my cozy couch and a good movie.

25 thoughts on “The Hot Potato Incident”

  1. We had a great Christmas and are still busy with the store and company so I’m not reading much of anything. I’m not complaining though! We will stay in for New Year’s Eve as well.

    1. The weather in California has been warm but windy. This type of weather makes me want to visit the beach. Maybe a drive this weekend is in order.


  2. I just started The Humans by Matt Haig and am enjoying it, after not much time to be reading during the run-up to Christmas. I’m on vacation now, and we had some more plans to get together with family while the kids are home until Sunday, but one child came home with a cold and now a second one seems to be sick today, so we may be too contagious to be visiting with. Glad your throat is recovering from the hot potato!

    1. I hope the kids feel better soon. My son is still coughing but seems to be almost 100% now.


  3. I had high hopes to reorganize and clean out the junk-spaces in the house – maybe next week… Got to finish The Goldfinch first! 😀
    Happy New Year

  4. I haven’t had much time to read either with my visitors but i have had time to watch a few movies — After Earth and Despicable Me 2 — but we had a great holiday with family and Anna’s family over for Christmas. I am just looking forward to this weekend, which just started for me!

    I love that your teen told them to be quiet! I hope your throat feels much better soon.

  5. p.s. we had a different hot potato experience in our house with Wiggles’ new game — hot potato, which is really a stuffed Mr. Potato and a song that ends and you get points for still holding it rather than being out of the game. It was fun.

  6. I haven’t even thought as far ahead as New Year’s Eve. I am thinking a nice quiet evening at home sounds just fine. I have read some great books over this break – and am totally recommending Help for the Haunted by John Searles. I hardly ever watch tv, but did watch a documentary on Netflix and might even get around to a few more things before I have to return to work. I’m hoping your hot potato incident is a one time event and your recovery is fast!

    1. Today is the first day since the potato incident that my throat feels somewhat normal. I was worried that I’d have to be scoped. My MIL’s crock-pot is one of those really, really old ones that get so darn hot. I was laughing with food in my mouth, which is never good but man I sure didn’t expect to lose all the skin in my throat.

      For New Year’s Eve, I would love to order Chinese take-out and watch a Big Bang marathon. LOL. They are always eating take-out on the show and it always makes me hungry.


  7. Sorry to hear of the hot potato incident. Glad it is getting better. I hope you enjoy CANADA. I loved it. I’m reading THE INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd. It took some getting into. But now I’m flying through the pages. So many books, so little time. I’ve worked more than usual through the holidays. Books are selling like crazy again.

  8. I’m reading 1Q84 at the moment by Murakami. It was the book I coveted most this Christmas and I was given it! It’s really difficult to put down. I went to sleep last night still thinking about it and wanting to stay up and truck along.

    I’ve also got We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo to finish at some point. It’s good so far too.

    I’m sorry to hear about your throat. I hope you and it get better. That’s one thing I loathe is burning any part of my mouth/throat with hot food. It makes eating and drinking unpleasant.

    New Years should be quiet and uneventful. Your comment above about a Big Bang marathon sounds awesome. I’m thinking a Sherlock or Downton Abbey marathon myself.

    Again, feel better!

    1. 1Q84 was a very special read for me. I loved it but it was on the quiet side. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it


  9. We had a good Christmas but generally I am a mess. Too much cooking and now I’m like a huge lump. I’ve been cleaning and shopping and golfing and not reading one damn bit. Sorry about the hot potato. I do that to my mouth with pizza. Tonight we are going to see American Hustle.

    1. I haven’t been cooking anything complicated lately. Steaks, burgers and tonight pasta but what I really want is a slew of appetizers. I want to munch for not eat full meals lately.


  10. Loved Christmas and the day after…reading Enon…which I love…going out to dinner on NYE…then home to jammies and TV…

  11. Your Christmas sounded great. So sorry about the throat incident though…ouch. I haven’t been doing much reading, just kind of vegging the last 2 days. BTW…I LOVED Canada when I read it so hope you enjoy the experience as well.

  12. Sorry to took pain to get you on that cleaning jag but, damn, you got a lot done! I’m pushing through with a couple more books before the end of the year. Hopefully I enjoy them more than the one I just finished! I would love to stay in on NYE but I’ll probably be overruled. Since we will almost certainly end up going to a bowl game party, I’d like to have the night before to veg!

  13. Good to hear Christmas was nice – the laid back times are usually the best I find. I hope you enjoy Canada, I didn’t love it but I think I’m in the minority on that one!

  14. Sounds like you had a lovely holiday, well deserved. Sorry to hear about the throat burn, that sounds painful. I deal with cankersores when I consume too much sugar, they can last weeks – so painful that I rinse with a tsp of vodka to kill the germs. yep, you read that right.

    I am off until Jan 2, since Dec 10. I have spend time writing posts, refreshed the blog (I actually bought a template on Etsy, easy peazy).

  15. We plan on staying in for New Year’s as well! It’s so fun and relaxing to just chill with the kids, play some games, read, etc. Reading has been minimal the last week because we have had my mom in town. She leaves today, which means I need to get everything back to normal and that means more reading … the perks and downsides to the holidays!

    I hope you are feeling better today and that you have a wonderful New Year’s at home! 🙂

    1. As I get older, I find that the simple things please me the most Staying in, munching on homemade popcorn while watching a movie at home. Being out in the chaos of the holidays, and it’s still going on with all of the sales and all, is just not my thing. My kids seem to not like it anymore either which is great but they can’t be in for too long without pulling their hair out. I wouldn’t mind a trip to the beach. The weather has been so lovely.


  16. I just finished listening to ME BEFORE YOU and boy, was that an amazing book? The synopsis, the sappy prologue and the cover just don’t do it justice.

    1. That is what’s kept me from the book. The cover. I will give it a try at some point.


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