Monday, October 19, 2009

Sometimes you just want to throw in the towel

My weekend at my sister's house. I brought my 'friends on a stick'. It is a joke that started when people couldn't make the pre-reunion party and the reunion, and other various events. I brought all those involved in the 'on-a-stick' program with me! We had way too much fun and spent two days hung over. At 43, I should really know better by now!
Drama Queen passed her driver's test this morning. Let me tell you what dread I had handing her the keys so she could go to school. I did laugh when she called and asked which gas she was suppose to put in the car!

This is what she did when I was at my sister's house. Apparently alongside learning how to make meth on the computer, you can also learn how to pierce your own ears. Sometimes you just shake your head and hope you don't have to call the doctor for a penicillin shot.

Here is my take on Chicken Parmesan.
Tami's Italian Chicken Bake
Boneless chicken breasts, however many you need to feed your family
Poultry seasoning
Salt and pepper
Spaghetti sauce
Shredded cheese, amount up to you
Rinse and pat dry the chicken breasts. Sprinkle with poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Brown in a skillet on all sides. Place chicken in a baking dish to accommodate the amount of chicken you have. Spoon spaghetti sauce over the top of each breast and pour rest in pan. Top with shredded cheese. I used some Mozzarella and a Co-Jack blend. Bake at 350 degrees F. until chicken is cooked through and cheese has melted. I think mine baked about half an hour. Serve over your favorite pasta. I had a pic of the pasta, but can't find it now. We used a penne.
The Dude liked it, but was picturing the chicken cut up in cubes, tossed with the sauce, top the noodles and cheese and baked. I will try that next time.
On a personal note, when I returned from my weekend drunkenness party at my sister's house my husband had received a phone call from his parents. Three years ago his father had eye cancer and they had to take his eye. He goes in for scans every year to make sure everything is okay. Last year he had a little melanoma removed from his face. When he had his scan last week, they found the melanoma has returned and is on his lungs and liver. It is inoperable and will have him do a regimen of a chemo pill. At this time we don't know what stage it is in or how fast this type of cancer spreads, but his eye cancer doc said that it could be 9 months to a year. We knew that with our parents aging this was on the horizon, but you never expect it. He has always been pretty healthy and very active. He will be 85 this winter. I can't even tell you how my hubby is dealing with it because he is very quiet on a normal day. He was pretty matter-of-fact when he told me and I just couldn't get a read on him. We have only lost grandparents in our 21 years together, so this will be a whole new area to tackle. Sometimes you just want to throw in the towel and say 'why us again' but we will get back on that horse and say 'what do we do next'.
We love you Howie and will be standing by your side whatever happens.


Leslie said... family will be in my thoughts. I am sure he has lived a full 85 years and has some wonderful stories to tell.
I have a friend who has 6 months with lung cancer and we are trying to get in as much time as possible with him. Cancer is such a awful disease!
On a lighter note...
ahhhh yes..I often look up on All Recipes for the best recipe for meth!!! LOL

noble pig said...

I'm so sorry! I hate cancer, it's terrible.

Now that pin throught the ear, I had to look away!

Dawn said...

oh honey I'm sorry. all this stuff happens at the same time, in batches. so sorry sweetheart.

Donna-FFW said...

I am beyond sorry to hear of your news. There are no words. My hubbys dad is going through it also, colon cancer and lung. It is hard, be strong, he'll need you.
Email if you need to chat.

If I was closer Id have gone on the drunk weekend with ya.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Sounds like one wild weekend...I guess we never grown up (good thing)

Prayers for your father-in-law! I am so sorry. I hope he will react very positively to the new treatment!

Stay Cozy, Carrie

Katherine Aucoin said...

Tami, I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

your chicken parm looks so wonderful and cheesy and your daughter with the safety pin in her ear...don't they just love to yank our chains!

Bob said...

Sorry to hear about your father in law, hope everything works out well.

If I were you I would be glad your girl only pierced her ears. I have a buddy who went through a piercing phase, he got upwards of 30 of them. ;)

Debbie said...

So sorry to hear about your father in law. It's so hard as we get older....we seem to get a whole new set of problems to deal with. I always thought that the teenage years would be the worst but as I get older I doubt that....Your chicken looks very good and I visit your blog often and enjoy it!

Wandering Coyote said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your FIL...

As for the home a highly pierced person (I have 13), I have to say that the home piercings are NOT worth it...Yes you save some bucks, but the risks are high...

A Year on the Grill said...

I was about to comment on how lucky you are to have a daughter that even knows there is a gas tank in a car... then got to the home slice and dice job, complete with diaper pin... You poor thing...

Of course good thoughts for your father in law. Silence is a man thing, one evening it will all come out.