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A Christmas Tradition I Hate.


 

Christmas came and went this year and for the most part, it was a success! I loved having my mom here for her 36 hour layover. She came stocked with American goodies, fashion magazines, wine and her contagious laugh. As predicted, she sang the Jefferson's theme song when she saw how well our apartment building is maintained, we danced to Dominick the Donkey and The Waitresses, and in true tradition of my mother on the streets of Paris, she managed to annoy passengers of the metro; including (but not limited to) the man across from her who covered his ears to protect her Long Island accent from permeating into his soul.

I guess he didn't appreciate my mom's announcement that the posters advertising Liza Minnelli's upcoming concert in the metro looks like Angela from the nail salon's daughter. Every time we passed the poster (there are a ton up), she would point and say, "Look! Angela's daughta! It's Angela's daughta!"

Or Judy Garland's, but hey, small details, I guess...

One tradition that I forget rears its ugly head every holiday is my annual bout with the stomach flu. Almost every year, it's been something. At an impromptu post-Christmas sleepover with Kitty in 1992, it was the attack of the garlic knots. The delivery boy, instead of sending us six, he sent us 6 orders, and the only logical thing for two 12 years to do was to keep on eating. Poor Kitty was forced to hang out out with my brother and watch a Chicago Bulls game while I slept on the floor of the bathroom. 2004 blessed me with the "who told you to eat duck after being a vegetarian for 5 years" catastrophe. That was a mess as duck isn't the lightest of meats. And of course, 2009, the famous dinner where I announced to MF's family that I'm allergic to..., was the foie gras overload. I didn't realize how heavy it was...until the next day.

I eat fairly light during the year that when the holidays roll around, I let myself indulge forgetting the dire consequences of ignoring my sensitive stomach. The last few days have been spent watching our feast, well..come back up. It's been just awful.

The culprit? A thick lobster bisque that just didn't agree with me, bringing the entire cornucopia of our holiday treats with him on this journey to pure hell.

I'm so disappointed. This really is not the week to be bed bound. The week between Christmas and New Year's is always so busy for everyone! I have my mother coming back in tomorrow, Aurel's family coming into tonight from their London trip to show us pictures and have dinner that I won't even be able to look at, Christmas dinner part 2 is on Saturday out in Fontainebleau....and I'm meeting my very first reader Duchesse in two hours and to be honest, I look just awful. Pale, skinny and sunken eyes from sleepless nights doesn't really go with my whole Italian girl in Paris look. I skipped on Heroin chic in the 90s.

I don't know how I'm going swing it, but I'm going to have to. It's not often that I have such incredible people in Paris at the same time and I simply have to get out of this apartment! Good thing I have good make-up, powerful American toothpaste, a scarf over my mouth in the event that I'm contagious, and a good attitude.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and that you didn't make the unfortunate mistake of over stuffing your face like I did!

Now off to meet the Duchesse....

32 comments:

  1. Oh dear! Fortunately (or unfortunately) I have a bit of a cast-iron stomach, but you have my sympathies! (I won't hear a bad word about duck though, mmmm.) Hope you feel better soon and can enjoy your guests.

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    1. Thanks Gwan! I feel better now! : )

      You're so lucky to have a tough tummy. I've ALWAYS had problems and it gets played out sometimes.

      My system has grown used to duck and I love it (in small portions) now. Picking duck as the first meat to introduce my system to after eating tofu, sprouts and rice for 5 years wasn't exactly the best choice.

      HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! Can't wait to hear you're doing tonight!

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    2. Well, come to think of it, I do have a strong stomach in terms of getting sick, but I also have a really sensitive gag reflex. So e.g. make me clean up something slimy out of the bottom of the fridge and I will be retching. So a girl can't have everything!

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  2. Oh sweary words! I also had a falling out with Christmas dinner (same reason I suspect!) however it only lasted 12 hours. I have cleaned myself into agony already though, and I only started yesterday evening! Hope things start perking up for you soon and you enjoy the rest of your week :o)

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    1. How blasphemous that there is one Christmas tradition that I hate! Hahaha! Yeah, this "tradition" can go out with ironic Christmas sweater parties (I hate those parties because I think all sweaters are pretty).

      I hope you're feeling better as well and that you enjoy a rockin' new year's eve! : ) Cheers!

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  3. It's funny how we know the culprit--your lobster bisque, mine (way back in the 1990s) was Chinese soup with mushrooms and shrimp. Maybe you need to do Mary Kay's cleanse, I forget what it was called. Or Immodium. And do you have Gatorade in France? Works like a charm.

    Feel better soon--there's champagne to be drunk.

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    1. It is funny how we know, isn't it? I think we run through all of the foods we ate in the last 24 hours and the one that makes you really sick from just thinking about it, usually is the culprit. So will you never eat Chinese mushroom/shrimp soup again?

      My mom came back into town yesterday and brought me a gallon of lemon-lime Gatorade to keep in the house. That and Ginger Ale were the two things that I wanted when I was sick but had to settle for tonic water.

      Thanks JTB! Tonight is NYE! Woo Hoo! We have a few bottles of champagne in the fridge and champagne glasses....in the cupboard. ; )

      Happy New Year.

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  4. Aww feel better! I had an awful stomach bug too on Xmas night and didn't sleep a WINK. Horrible! Drink lots of water!!! xoxoxo

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  5. Aww feel better! I had an awful stomach bug too on Xmas night and didn't sleep a WINK. Horrible! Drink lots of water!!! xoxoxo

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    1. Thanks Cara! How irritating is it that you can't sleep when you have the stomach flu! I was exhausted but was too busy running to the bathroom to get any decent shut-eye! I'm glad you're feeling better...now let's celebrate the new year tonight Champagne Diet style!

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  6. So sad you were sick again darling... feel better soon and enjoy the rest of your week! x

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    1. It was so annoying, but it's gone now! Thank you and enjoy Florida! So jealous!! xo.

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  7. Oh poor thing. How awful! Hopefully you'll be better by the new year?

    If Duchess is anything like me, I don't think she will mind joining you for crackers and plain tea, if that's all you can stomach.

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    1. Hi Usha! Thanks! I'm better (for now) and am looking forward to a small new year's even dinner tonight.

      Meeting the Duchesse was just lovely. We chatted over tonic water and dry baguette for me and tea for her. I was really craving Ginger Ale but the cafe didn't have it. I'm not sure if I have ever even seen it here in Paris...

      Thanks for dropping a note! Happy New Year!

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  8. Ooh have fun with Duchesse and take care of yourself! I have the flu -- blah! I'm often sick during or right after Christmas as well. I spent almost have of the Xmas dinner passed out on the couch. I'm have stomach problems myself and trying to figure out the culprits.. I must be allergic to something...

    Be well! x

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    1. Thanks Dana. Yeah, it wasn't fun but it has since passed. I'm due for a nice cleanse starting the 2nd.

      You're sick too? What the heck is going on? Feel better! I hope your New Years isn't spent passed out on the couch! : )

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  9. Boo! Hope you are feeling better soon!

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  10. I was disgustingly sick Christmas Eve night and Christmas and then again yesterday. It was no no fun. I'm still unsure of what caused it (and how I had a day's break between), so I'm scared it's not completely over. Feel better! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Aww feel better too! Being sick during the holidays is just awful because you want to enjoy food that you wouldn't normally eat and drink that extra glass of wine, but it's no fun if you can't taste it or worse, it comes back up.

      I hope by now everything has passed for you and that you have a fantastic New Year's! Will this be your first holiday with your boyfriend? :)

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    2. I'm feeling much better now. On the upside, I probably didn't gain any weight over the holidays, because a lot of it didn't stay down or I didn't even eat it!

      And yes, this is our first holiday together. It's been great so far. We're headed to a NYE party in a few.

      Hope you're feeling better!

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  11. As Joseph said and I was thinking the same ... Mary Kay's cleanse would probably go well now, as it sounds like a rebellion of the gall bladder. Eating light most of the time versus high fat once per year causes the gall bladder to get very anti-social. Feel better soon ...

    PS. It's PhytoSun's AromaDigest http://www.outandaboutinparis.com/2012/11/day-four-of-20-day-cure.html

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    1. Thank you so much for including the link Priscilla! I will definitely pick some of this up for my new year's cleanse. Lord knows I need it!

      Thank you for your comment and happy new year!!

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  12. Sorry you are feeling awful....hope your visit with the duchesse went well....happy new year kid!

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  13. Sorry you are feeling awful....hope your visit with the duchesse went well....happy new year kid!

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    1. Thanks Debbie! Meeting the Duchesse was fantastic! It was nice to get to know more about her and hear about her experiences. We really had a lovely afternoon.

      Happy New Year to you too!

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  14. Oh no...what's going on?
    My whole family got sick from (again)the furious cold germs from the kids. My poor daughter got it the night before leaving and had to fly over 5 hours with a miserable cold. I thought I was safe until last night. And on top of the cold I had to go to the emergency room this morning for a nasty wound on my leg that got infected.
    On antibiotics for a whole week...no more drinking for me. First time welcoming a new year without champagne and may need small surgery on Sunday if my wound doesn't get better!
    :-(
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Oy vey! tis the season to be merry, but also, tis the season to catch every germ there is out there!

      Flying sick is the worst! All of the pressure as well as the additional germs that get passed around the cabin definitely prolongs the life of a cold. I hope your daughter is recovered by now.

      I'm so sorry to hear about your leg. Cheers to the New Years with something sparkling and save the real stuff for next week (or when you are able to). It will give you something to look forward to after the new year while we're all detoxing. : )

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  15. I'm sure you still looked gorgeous even a la Heroin chic, but I do hope your tummy is feeling better :)

    And just to let you know, I think "covered his ears to protect her Long Island accent from permeating into his soul" is one of the best lines I've read in a blog post ever. x.

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    1. Thanks Sara Louise. Stomach flus are never fun but they do tend to have a short life span. I woke up the morning after as if nothing had hapened.

      Hahahah the guy on the metro was being so dramatic. My mom said "Well isn't that rude? I don't cover my ears on the air train at JFK when I hear other languages!" This didn't help much. Hahaha.

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  16. Hope you are better soon, Ella. Lots of stuff going around
    here over the channel including an epidemic of Norovirus.

    There is New year to celebrate girl!

    Love Denise

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    1. Thanks Denise! It has passed but wow was that not fun! I hope you haven't picked up anything.

      Now that I'm back in the loop, I need to jump over to your blog to see how your Paris trip went!! Can't wait to read! Thanks for your comment. :)

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