I bought these amazing organic Columbia Gorge juice drinks. They have nothing but fruit and vegetables. Also at 3.99 a bottle for 2 servings it cost about the same as juicing drinks myself. I needed one day off from juicing. Juicing is a lot of labor. Especially with my juicer I have to take the whole machine apart and clean each piece every use. I am dreaming of a Vitamix. Maybe Santa will buy me one.
So I took my two drinks and drove to Brigham and Women’s hospital to meet with my bariatric Doctor who I haven’t seen in about 3 years. Have you driven to the Longwood hospital district lately? I drove from Franklin to Longwood Ave in about 45 minutes. Then I drove 20 minutes to drive two tenths of a mile to Francis St. and another 5 to inch by the closed parking garages. You know I hate to be late so I had a cushion of 30 minutes that was shaved down to 5. I pulled into the last garage to find that that garage is only for Valet parking. Valet? Like as in “Careful boys I just had the Porsche waxed.” I was so late I handed the guy the keys to my filthy mommy wagon and ran into the hospital. I jogged in to the lobby almost knocking down a sea of people with canes, and in wheelchairs waiting for departure.
I find the office and get to the desk at 11:35. Then I sit for over an hour. I was prepared. First I went into the bathroom and did my morning makeup and fixed my hair (Alice has been having a hard time getting to school no time for both of us to get ready). Then once I was looking like a member of the nonzombie race anymore I went to the waiting room and commenced with my newest addiction. Angry Birds, I hate trends, but my kids begged me to download this stupid game on my ipod and I love it. In case you don’t know the point of the game is to use a sling shot to shoot your birds into structures hiding and killing little pig faces. This game is ridiculous sometimes the little pigs have helmets on, or there are TNT boxes you can explode. Addicting as crack if you don’t play please don’t start. Unless you have an hour or so to be brain dead. I was so obsessed with smashing the little critters that the hour went by in a flash.
I was in and out of the doctor’s exam room in 10 minutes. She took all of the saline out of the lap band and wants me to come back in 2 weeks. The bad news is that she told me that the damage that the vomiting caused to my esophagus might take a few months to heal. I am going to take it easy for a long time. There are no T-bone steaks in my future.
I get home and am thrilled to finally eat my cauliflower soup. I heat it up and take a spoon full of what tastes like spicy raw garlic. I love garlic. I have never in my life even thought that any dish could have too much garlic. Then I recalled that this was Whole Foods garlic. I guess the garlic I buy at the regular supermarket is old and mild? This garlic burned my mouth. I added water to the soup, then chicken broth. Still GARLIC! I went to the freezer desperately looking for frozen cauliflower. Nope. Then I had a great idea I’d make tomato and cauliflower soup. I had canned all of those tomatoes last week. I tossed in a jar of crushed tomatoes and mixed it all up. The soup had this beautiful pink color. I pictured creamy tomato bisque with garlic. I put the soup in a mug and took a spoonful of what tasted exactly like vomit.
I MADE VOMIT SOUP! I was so excited to eat hot food. I cleaned up the debacle then ran off to get the kids, then took Alice to the dentist, then back to school for Dylan’s forgotten homework, then finally back home at 6:00 to make their dinner. For me I baked a small acorn and butternut squash. This is my plan. Juice for breakfast and lunch steamed or baked vegetables for dinner. I must tell you that I was pretty hungry as my dinner wasn’t ready until 6:30.
I ate half of each squash with just a hint of salt and pepper. They were amazing, sweet, and full of flavor. Has my palate changed? I’m not sure why this meal was so delicious and satisfying; maybe because I was hungry, or maybe because they were fresh organic locally grown products? Usually I will eat dinner and in half an hour be grazing in the kitchen then after the kids would go to bed I would eat all night long. Being satisfied after eating is new for me. Then at night I drank Sleepy Time tea.
If all of this wasn’t happening to me I wouldn’t believe it was possible.