Top Ten for Biz and Tony

Despite the reason why I was going to Virginia to celebrate my Uncle’s life, I had such a great time at my Aunt’s house hanging out with family, cooking and relaxing.

Before I left I asked Tony if he wanted me to make him any casseroles or anything for when I was gone, and he said “here’s an idea – how about I figure out what to eat right before I want to eat it!”  I guess he gets a bit sick of my meal planning. Open-mouthed smile

My travel yesterday sucked ass.  I flew United.  My first flight was supposed to leave at 2:50 through Charlotte, and then arrive in Milwaukee at 5:06.  Tony was going to pick me up and we were going to find a place to eat in Milwaukee before heading home.

No such luck.  My first plane was delayed, so I wouldn’t make my connection, and the next flight wouldn’t get me to Milwaukee until midnight!  So I scored and got a direct flight from Chicago that would leave at 4:47 and get me into Chicago at 5:30 – nice!

Except the flight kept getting delayed by 30 minutes, then another 30 minutes.  We didn’t end up taking off until 7:30, and we stayed on the runway at Chicago for nearly 25 minutes waiting for a gate, so by the time Tony got me and we got home, it was nearly 10:00 p.m. (or really 11:00 eastern time).  So I am tired this morning!

In any event, here are some Top 10 Things that happened to me and Tony the last 5 days.

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1.   I survived all my flights!  The flight coming home was REALLY bumpy.  The woman next to me was scared too, but she had her husband rubbing her arm telling her it would be okay.  I just closed my eyes.

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2.    One morning I may have made bacon.  Then cut up some potatoes and used the bacon fat to cook the bacon.  Then maybe scrambled eggs in more bacon fat.  It is the south after all!

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3.  Survived the hot east coast weather.  While the weather broke here a couple days ago, they will still have temps in the 100’s today.

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4.  While this plate of food doesn’t look very special, I marinated the pork in a basil, garlic and olive oil marinade and made a zucchini gratin that I didn’t think would work out, but was delicious.  I also made jalapeno corn bread and my Mom, who doesn’t even like corn bread loved it!  I will make these recipes again soon so I can share the recipes.

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5.  It was a wonderful memorial service for my Uncle.  I met his brother Preston for the first time and his wife.  I also saw Dave’s son (who we call Little Dave) whom I haven’t seen since I lived in Virginia in 1989.  We are the same age, but he just got married a few years ago and has a beautiful 2 year old daughter named Josie.  I was also able to see pictures of my Uncle without facial hair!  He even had a professor who taught my uncle in the 70’s attend the memorial!  You can read his obituary here – such an accomplished life!  (thanks Tony for telling me I didn’t have the link up!) 😀

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6.  I enjoyed spending time with my cousins son Jamar.  He’s just about to turn 2.  One morning I got up with him so his mom could sleep in.  I put him in a comfy chair, put a blanket on him and turned on cartoons.  I said “I am going to make a pot of coffee and then I’ll fix you something to eat.  Do you like bagels with butter and jelly?”  Why I thought he would respond to me when he doesn’t quite talk yet, is beyond me – it’s been a while since I’ve been around little kids!  Every time I took the camera out though he would come by me and say “cheese!”

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7.  It was nice to spend a string of days with my Momma too.  She’s been so busy lately at home, it was nice to just relax, read the paper on the deck every morning while drinking coffee and just talking.  See the dress I am wearing?  I tried it on with no bra, um turns out that because of the way the straps are, my genie bra was showing way too much, so being klassy like I am, I just took it off! Open-mouthed smile

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8.  I got to see my cousin Pam.  She is really the first woman I looked up to.  When I was probably in middle school, she and her boyfriend (now husband) stayed at our house overnight.  They were back packing across the country and I thought that was the coolest thing ever.  Plus I was an avid letter writer back then, and she always found the time to write me back – I wish I still had those letters!  She is a breast cancer survivor, however, its come back – you can see Pam’s spotlight on cancer in this article.  I love you Pam!  I also got to see my Great Aunt, who is my God Mother – aged 82 and going strong!

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9.  Bill’s BBQ.  Hands down the best BBQ I have ever had.  It’s a minced pork sandwich with a vinegar slaw with coleslaw.  I was so excited to eat it I didn’t get a good picture of it, but if you are ever in the Richmond area, you must get a pork bbq and a limeade!

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10.  My Aunt Martha.  She wouldn’t let me take a picture of her, but she is about the strongest woman I know.  Sometimes its just as hard to be the care taker as it is to be sick.  She took the best care of her husband with strength and devotion.  She said a couple months ago, he started coughing really bad at night.  She went to go see how he was doing and said “are you alright??”  He said “no, I am hungry, can you make me a pizza?”  So at 2 in the morning my Aunt stuck a frozen pizza in the oven.  I know she will miss my Uncle desperately once the family goes back to their jobs and lives and live without her husband will now become her new normal.  Thanks for everything this weekend Aunt Martha – I love you!

Tony

  1. Didn’t make one single pot of coffee while I was gone.
  2. Never ran the dishwasher, because he always cleans his dishes when he is through and puts them away.
  3. Cooked a steak in the toaster oven.  Never thought you could do that!
  4. Probably watched every John Wayne movie to the end if he was flipping channels and one came on.
  5. Didn’t watch 1 minute of any food related show while I was gone.
  6. Sat outside and listened to podcasts while smoking a cigar with a glass of whiskey on the rocks – I bet he did this most nights.
  7. Only ran the central air in order to keep the dog alive – if it weren’t for the dog, I am sure he would have been just fine without it!
  8. Never planned a single meal – he winged it and turns out you can do that!
  9. Confident his meal consisted solely of a protein, meaning no side dish or veggies or fruit on the side.
  10. While he survived 5 days without me, he texted me Sunday morning “I miss making you inedible breakfasts.”  He always makes me spicy eggs on Sunday mornings!
  11. forgot to add another one!  Tony got my car washed and vacuumed and filled up the gas for me to get me going this week.  Thanks honey! 😀

So all in all, it was a great weekend.  Lots of tears, but lots of laughter too – it doesn’t get any better than that.  Oh wait – except it does!   My brother called us on Thursday morning.  He had a PET body scan the week before to see how the chemo treatments were going.  My mom took the call and went outside on the deck.  We all knew what the call was about.

My Mom walked in crying so hard.  All she could say was “It’s Charlie.”  We all immediately start to cry and then she realizes that she forgot to preface it with “it’s good news!”  The scan showed only one small lesion on his spleen, which is not active, which means it’s working!

Charlie posted this on Facebook.

This is what “stage four lymphoma to complete remission in four chemo treatments flat” looks like. Can you see how much lighter my feet look?

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So when one life ends, another life is saved!

I have no idea what I am going to eat since I didn’t grocery shop – should be interesting to see what I can make out of what’s left in our fridge.  You don’t think work would mind if I brought a beer for lunch do you?  Seems like that’s about all I have in my fridge now! Open-mouthed smile

Have a great day – what was the highlight of your 4th of July??

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31 thoughts on “Top Ten for Biz and Tony

  1. Awesome, glad you made it back Biz, and had a great time. Great news about your brother!

  2. “I miss your inedible breakfasts” made me laugh! And those children are adorable. Tell Charlie congrats–remission in 4 chemo treatments is remarkable!

  3. I flew through the crazy storms too- so feel you on the turbulence. Good times flying- bahhh! Glad you enjoyed your family time- even happier the chemo is working- whooooooooop! Missed your posts!

  4. AWESOME news for your brother!!!!

  5. I’m glad you made it back okay and that your brother is doing well!

    We had quite the busy weekend ourselves.

  6. I’m terrified of flying – glad you got home okay! The highlight of my 4th was having the day off! lol

  7. findingradiance

    Great news about Charlie! Sounds like a good trip and the family time was special, which is what counts.

  8. Great post Biz! I’m so happy to hear the news about your brother.

    The highlight of my 4th of July was spending a relaxing quiet day with my husband, son, favorite aunt (it was her birthday) and my grandmother. It was a different sort of 4th for us, but we all agreed change is good!

    Glad you’re back safely. Hope you have a good Monday!!

  9. Glad you made it there and back in one piece!

    And aaaahhh Bill’s! My mom is from Richmond, and we always went to Bill’s when we visited her family!

  10. Great news about your brother. I just loved seeing all your pictures and hearing about your trip. Loved your lists too 🙂 Glad hubby survived without you 🙂

  11. Wonderful news about Charlie. I’ll go over and leave him a comment–he loves comments! I’m so sorry beautiful Virginia was so beastly hot when you were here. It’s calmed down a lot today–mid 80s, bearable humidity. Funny about cooking with bacon fat. I remember my Tennessee grandmother ALWAYS had a can of bacon fat near the stove top. No wonder those southern beans tasted so good–about half a cup of bacon fat to season the cooking water!

  12. Glad that you had safe travels, Biz! What great news about your brother…wonderful!

    I need that jalapeno cornbread recipe….sounds delicious!

    • Next time I make it I will add the chopped pickled jalapeno into the batter as the recipe called for, but I left it out for the wimps who can’t handle the jalapeno heat – and I only put sliced jalapenos on half of it. I’ll have the recipe up later this week. It only bakes for 20 minutes!

  13. Glenn always fills up my gas tank for me and I love it. Cooking steak in the toaster oven? I never would think to do that either.

  14. Glad you’re back safe and sound. All that bacon fat talk just makes me hungry…lol! Excellent news about Charlie…yay! We had a small party with food and fireworks on Saturday night, it was a great time.

  15. At this point in my life, I find flying to be so unnecessarily complicated but some seem to like it. Ugh. My husband never uses the dishwasher either and kind of thinks I’m silly to do so. To each his own. 🙂

  16. This made me smile. It’s amazing what good comes with the sad. So glad you got awesome news about your brother. You were in VA, not too far from me in NC! If you haven’t already, you should try NC BBQ – you’d love it! 🙂

    The highlight of my 4th was getting to take a nap with my 3 1/2 year old. I work FT, and to have the day off and get to spend it with her, along with the parade that morning? Fantastic! 🙂

    • Hi Ricki Sorry, I changed the post! Thanks so much for all the inirsping/super yummy recipes. Now my tasters are bugging me for more cookies!Hi Jennifer,I would do buckwheat, quinoa or garfava start with 1/4 cup or so, grind it with the nuts, and then add flour until the cookies are cookie-ish consistency. It seems to be a very forgiving recipe. Please let me know how it goes!

  17. Great news! I’m so happy to hear about your brother! 🙂 I’m glad that you had a great time in VA. We spent the 4th at our friends’ daughter’s 1st birthday party. It was pretty fun.

  18. Glad you had such a nice weekend and great news about your brother!! I love it how your list is detailed and Tony’s is bullets. Classic! Can’t wait to try your cornbread once it’s ready for prime time :)!

  19. So sorry for your loss, Biz.
    Power outages were pretty bad around Virginia for the past week. Fortunately we were not affected by the storm.
    But Tony….Tony, Tony, Tony….not a single pot of coffee? Just HOW does one survive without it? (Don’t tell me StarBucks in right down the street!)

  20. Good to hear you had a fun time with your family, it’s so important to make a sad time into a great memory.
    Just laughed my butt off (I wish!) reading this post though, you and Tony are so funny……… love it!
    Such great news about Charlie, you all needed to hear that! 🙂 ( It made me tear up) Have a good week Biz!

  21. When you told us you were off, I had to stop myself from saying “Have fun!” b/c that’s just not kosher when you’re going to mourn the loss of a loved one, but I had a feeling you would enjoy your time there with family and I’m glad you did. ❤ Glad you are home safe, too. Tony's list cracked me up! And so happy about your brother!!

  22. I’m glad you got home safe Biz and that your trip was so great for you even the event was sad.

    Seems to me Tony had a great time too.

    And fantastic news about Charlie.

  23. Such a great post of all your goings on. You did have a nice time after all, even though it was sad. Always good to see family. Good news about your brother too! Gald you are home safe and sound. I have been entertaining a lot! Almost every other night for the last 10 days. It has all been fun but I am tired. But good news, Daelyn has taken to being a very good little helper and loves to clean up. Remind you of someone? Your own Hannah! Happy Tuesday Lady!

  24. I’m glad you had a good time with your family, under the circumstances. And i love the list format of this post! Tony is too funny, and your typical guy. Haha!

  25. Catching up in my reader backwards. What awesome news about Charlie!!!!!

  26. […] grandfather was from Eastern Carolina, so I am partial to the vinegar barbecue like they serve at Bill’s Barbecue in Richmond, VA.  I’ve made it over the years, but my Aunt Martha still makes the best […]

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