Monday, October 29, 2012


Wow. I didn't mean to be gone so long!

My mom and dad were here (yay!). They spoiled me rotten for a week and then we went down to my cousin's wedding in Sacramento together. Beautiful wedding and I got to see all my cousins and meet some long-lost relatives for the first time.

It was fun, but I came home sick.

I've never been sick on a plane before, but on my flight from Portland I thought I was going to lose my dinner. I was holding the barf bag and trying to keep my screaming toddler from squirming off my lap as we landed.

No barf happened, but I think the experience cured me of my Dr. Pepper habit. At least temporarily.

See, we were at the wedding. And then there was dancing. I definitely did not drink enough water after dancing and over-eating and everything else that happens during wedding festivities.

Crazy times out on the dance floor! -- my aunt Linda
The next day I traveled all day and drank two big cups of Dr. Pepper. I spent my 4-hour Portland layover at my other aunt's house and she bought me a lovely dinner, but also bought me more Dr. Pepper. I tried to drink it because she'd been so kind to buy it for me, but even the smell of it made me sick.

And then the near-barf on the plane happened. The flights were so turbulent that the flight attendants didn't come down the aisles with carts of drinks, so there was no way to get water.

I got off the plane, passed the toddler to my husband, and collapsed, panting,  "WHERE'S THE WATER FOUNTAIN." But, as I'm sure you know, water fountains are not too good for dehydration unless you attach a hose and sit there slurping for an hour. I laid the seat back in our car and slept the whole drive home.

The next day, it came time for my ritual Dr. Pepper-while-writing and ... I couldn't stand the thought of it.

It's been green tea around here this week. Which has been good because I've had a bad cold and a case of the blahs.

I wonder if I'm cured of my Dr. Pepper habit for good. We'll see....

I hope all of you on the east coast are safe and sound! Stay warm and dry, everyone. Now to visit some blogs. I've missed you all!


  1. Hi Amy - hope the happy memories override the Dr Pepper ones! Feeling grotty on a plane is the pits .. but at least you survived and you're hydrated now ...

    So pleased you had such a lovely time - those times are special ..

    Cheers Hilary

  2. So glad you had a wonderful time with your family! Flying with a queasy stomach on a plane is not fun. Bluck. Thankfully you survived that without too much mess. :) Love your pictures.

  3. Oh poor you Amy, I can just imagine being so sick on a plane and trying to control a toddler too!
    I've a couple of foods/drinks that I can't take any longer, following a bout of sickness with such foods. The brain works in mysterious ways, and I'll be very interested to see if you've abandoned your Dr. Pepper. Just hope your writing remains intact.

  4. Hope your cold clears. My pink eye is clearing just in time for Sandy's wrath. Never a dull moment, eh?
    ~ Wendy

  5. Well, maybe you found one good thing about the whole situation. That is, if you you really want to get rid of the Dr. P addiction. Dr. Pepper is my 2nd favorite pop, behind Coke, by the way.

  6. Oh, I know about paying the price for overindulgence. I think tea is much better tasting any day. I hope you stick to it :)

    So happy you had a great time and congratulations to the newlyweds!

  7. I've never been a Dr. Pepper fan, and now I'm glad of that!

  8. Glad you had fun and sorry you were sick. I've been sick on a plane from Mexico to the US before and it wasn't fun. Humiliating, uncomfortable, disgusting and unforgettable.

  9. Welcome back! And that sick feeling? It's cured me of many of my favorites. Most recently is quiche. Sad sigh. Before that it was apple cinnamon muffins. That was YEARS ago and I still can't eat them.

    But glad you had a great time with your parents!

  10. Oooh, quitting cold turkey, but actually feeling better doing so? Sadly, now I want a dr pepper.

  11. Well that's not a fun way to end a trip. But, glad you are home safe, literally and blog-wise! :-)

    My husband had to stop his caffinated soda habbit b/c he would get headaches when he didn't drink it over the weekend!

  12. Glad you had fun with your parents but I'm sorry it ended with you being sick. Is being cured of Dr. Pepper a good thing? If so, congratulations! Green tea for everyone!

  13. Why didn't I know that water fountains aren't good for dehydration? I do now! Hope you're feeling better Amy!

  14. Ugh - I know just how you felt. SO glad you didn't toss your dinner! And glad you're back from what sounds like an otherwise great trip.