A Fishy Start To A Pre-Birthday Weekend!

It is now Saturday afternoon and I’m starting to feel a bit better.  Let me tell you about last night.

Yeah. Last night I wasn’t feeling too well!

Ok—so Friday evening is one of my favorite times during the week.  As much as I love and enjoy my job, there is something so relaxing and chill about leaving on Friday for home—especially in the nicer weather.

Yesterday was no different.  After a great day at the office, I welcomed the still-warm “after-five-o’clock” sunshine.  Earlier in the day, Bonaparte sent me a message asking if I wanted anything from Wegmans.  Since I’m watching what I eat—even though I’ll let loose on the weekends, I asked for 8 ounces of Monkfish.  Monkfish is my favorite fish ever and on Weight Watchers Freestyle, it is a bonus of Zero Points.

In fact, when we are in the South of France at where the Mediterranean Sea meets land, I have Monkfish, which is known as Lotte, several times a week.

My guess from the way this guy is dressed, that this isn’t the French Riviera!! However, that Monkfish looks fresh and delicious!

The fish caught from the Mediterranean is so spanking fresh AF that there is no scent in the apartment and the taste is heavenly.

There is a special place in my heart and stomach for this guy.  He may not be the most attractive species in the sea, but he sure tastes good going down!

You know where this is going—don’t you?

Now—mind you, Bonaparte passed on the fish because the only fish he will eat is Tilapia. OK?  He had a pork chop.

Our aperitifs were made with glee because we enjoyed them out on the deck—it was the first aperitif on the deck for 2018!  We also decided to have dinner outside to enjoy this glorious evening while it was still warm.

Tchin Tchinny Tchin Tninnny Tchin Tchin Tcheroo.  A Kir Royal is so yummy and so good for you!

The first red flag, so to speak, was that the fish was packaged in a Styrofoam tray covered with cling wrap. Though no fault of my husband’s, I got the impression that the fish may not have been to fresh.  The second red flag was when I unwrapped the fish the scent of “dirtylady” wafted the air.


Image result for smelly lady

I said more than “Oh Mercy”!!!

Still, I love Monkfish so much that I figured by poaching this filet in white wine, water and herbs would nonetheless bring back the freshness. The fish ended up tasting fine so I thought I was in the clear.

Until about three in the morning.  I woke up with horrible gas pains—you know, the ones that start off in your chest and hurt your back until the gas makes the journey downwards to your belly and intestines!

stomach ache GIF

My tummy was burning up with gas like a petro-filled car about to explode!

Without elaborating—let me just say anything I ate for the past seven days came out in full force—it still hurts when I sit.  Okay???

Everything was not coming up roses or hearts!  In fact nothing was coming UP!!

And now, I am ravenously hungry.  I ate a banana, of which gives me heartburn but I don’t care because I need the potassium.

Zero-point food that is rich in potassium–so why then, do bananas give me heartburn?

I’m drinking water too because this evening I shall feast upon a great meal at our favorite restaurant—Spring Mill Café of which I will report back tomorrow!

Image result for spring mill cafe

I’m so hungry that other diners need to be aware that I could possibly enter the restaurant and grab something off their plate before I sit down to order!

A new mani-pedi, along with a face wax also made me feel much better for tonight’s date night.

No makeup except for a bit of Chapstick and mascara which I have taken off to prepare for this evening!

My pre-pedicured feet.  Some stop to smell the roses. I stop to smell the new mulch!

The nails are all did up in OPI’s “Big Apple Red” The only color I use!

I washed my Isla wig for the first time. She’s hanging upside down for now until she dries!

I gave her a good soak..

AFTER I uncombed her with the wide-toothed comb that Chippy snacked on!

Is it the evil eye or a teeny weeny tittie?  Neither–it’s a shower curtain hook..

that my wig is drying upside down on!

Let it also be known that I am going to enjoy dinner to the fullest tonight.  I will throw caution to the wind and not count points.

I’ll also be figuring out which wig to wear tonight!  The Frenchman likes dark hair and he’s paying so………………I dunno. I think I’ll wear Violet, middle row left!  From top, L to R:  Modern Motif by Gabor,  April by Bobbi Boss, Violet by Estetica Designs, Joy by Model Model, Swami by Freetress Equal and Jamison by Estetica Designs!

And as a reward, I’ll go to my Weight Watcher’s meeting on Monday without the weekly weigh-in.  I won’t put myself through the stress on my birthday!

Have a great weekend and I’ll let you know all about dinner tomorrow!

That fish made me think of this bizarre song from the 1980’s–in which Bill Mumy, the childhood TV star was part of the due that sang this gem!

About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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32 Responses to A Fishy Start To A Pre-Birthday Weekend!

  1. Debe says:

    Oh to have nice weather…we are under winter blizzard and all!!!

    Oh have fun tonite!!!! Coconut water will bring you back!!!!

    You look awesone you look so fresh and ready to party!


  2. Jane Billman says:

    I can relate to your stomach issues I had identical “issues “ on a flight home from Denver two weeks ago. I thought I was going to explode….. waiting outside in the wind waiting for my Uber home was the high point of my day. After researching a cure for this horrible gas…..Yoghurt with probiotics did the trick! Enjoy dinner tonight!!

  3. Arabella says:

    I am happy you are feeling better to enjoy your birthday meal with Your Frenchman, can’t wait to read of your adventure and see the pictures. Happy Birthday most Beautiful Catherine.

    • Catherine says:

      Thank you so much Arabella!! I’m thinking about steak and bread and pate right now! When I go off a diet for the night–I go off it!! XOXOXOXO!!!!

  4. Fiona says:

    Oh no poor you, how awful. You do make me laugh with your ‘dirtylady’ and that quote about soiling the air….hilarious.
    We’ve had sun here today also, not quite alfresco aperos weather though. Have a fabulous time tonight, btw you look lovely barefaced.

    • Catherine says:

      Hey Fiona! I don’t mince words! The fish really stunk!!! LOL!! Our sun is going away tomorrow. we are expecting rain!!!!!!!!!!!XOXOXOXOXO

  5. The Lakewoman says:

    Happiest of birthdays….enjoy your dinner…such a pleasure.
    Always keep pepto bismal in your cupboard.
    Joyeux Anniversaire…..pmd

    • Catherine says:

      Lakey. I’m more of an Alka SeltZer person! That pink stuff–looking at it makes me gag!! Thank you for the Birthday wishes!!!!!!!!!!! XOXOXOXOXO!!!

  6. cgcopy says:

    Happy, happy birthday, Catherine — celebrate and enjoy! 🎉🎈🍷🎂

  7. Momcat says:

    Yeah that ‘dirty lady’ comment and the ‘oh mercy, who soiled the air?’ Nearly did me in:) with part of my bowel now MIA you have my full sympathy re:gas and other fun and fascinating human plumbing issues. You are right to eat the bananas and rehydrate ASAP. In the world of medicine we call it ‘explosive diarrhea’ which usually goes hand in hand with ‘projectile vomiting’ ….lucky you dodged THAT bullet;) Enjoy your dinner tonight, you deserve it and Happy (early) Birthday..Sixty-three and sex-y!!

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks Momcat!!! Ugh. I’m still suffering from heartburn. Wine gives me god-awful heartburn–I even burped in one of the youtube videos I made today. I just could not help myself. I think I would much prefer projectile vomiting because it may taste just as good coming back up as it did going down! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  8. Juliet says:

    Hope you are feeling much better hon. I love monkfish and most other fish – grouper is another absolute fave so I am with you. Have an absolute fabulous birthday and you are looking gorgeous in all those wigs

  9. Kewlm0m says:

    Cathe, you are looking gorgeous, as always! Wishing you a very happy (early) birthday, and many happy returns! Enjoy a delicious birthday dinner with your handsome hubby!

  10. Anne says:

    Happy Birthday! Love Anne.

  11. Oh no, so sorry about the bad stomach ache- hopefully tonight’s date night dinner will be perfect! Happy Birthday sweet lady- btw the middle left wig will always be my favorite <3

  12. tammy says:

    You might want to research escolar (nicknamed the ex-lax fish) Apparently it is cheap and gets subbed alot for other fish. I had something similar happen after eating what was suppose to be sea bass. Now I’m afraid to order any white fish when I go out.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Tammy. OMG. Naturally, after your comment I HAD to research this escolar and found it to also be butterfish. I alo found out it is banned in some countries and in others comes with a warning. But in the USA there is no ban nor is there a warning–in fact, I read that ERic Ripert loves to use the fish on his tasting menu. That is not nice!!!!! XOXOXOXOXO!!!!

  13. Amelia says:

    Happy happy birthday to you dear Catherine! Have a wonderful celebration dinner tonight with Bonaparte. Hope you’re feeling much better. Yikes! Fish is sweet when it’s fresh but when it goes off…man, it stinks! Bad bad store for selling bad fish which made you sick. Feet and hands look gorgeous, love the red polish. You’ll look beautiful in any one of your wigs except for the wet one hanging upside down from the shower curtain rail…:) 🙂 XOXOXO Amelia

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Amelia! Thank you my dear!!! Ugh. Bad fish is just so awful because it really wreaks havoc on your innards! LOL!!! I love my red nails–my trademark, so to speak. That wet wig turned out to look great! I’ll post a pic!! XOXOXOXO!!!!

  14. That literally stinks about the fish – pun intended! My best friend and I always say there’s a silver lining whenever you get stomach issues that keep you in the bathroom all night – weight loss! We have a sick sense of humor so whenever one of us gets a stomach virus we call the other and ask if they want to come over and use the same glass to transfer germs, lol!
    Hope you have a wonderful birthday! I love all of your wigs!!!

    • Catherine says:

      Kellyann. Your sense of humor is right up my alley. That weight loss thought was in my head after every trip to my throne!!! XOXOXOXOXO!!!!

  15. vavashagwell says:

    Happy Birthday!!! Glad you made a recovery just in time! (sounded painful!)

  16. Carolyn says:

    Happy Birthday, Cathe. And, many more!

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