I always bring a thermal cup of coffee with me to work. Because I was busy the minute I walked in, the coffee got cold, so I took it to the microwave and heated it up. Took it out and as I was putting the lid back on, for some reason, it tipped. And unfortunately, it tipped on my right hand and wrist.
The pain was so incredible it was making me clench my teeth. I went and showed it to a paramedic and he told me to take some ibuprofen to help the pain and try to keep it under cool water every time it started to burn. He also said if it blistered I should go to the ER. I left the office and ran to the pharmacy to get ibuprofen and also bought a burn cream - that did absolutely nothing to help it. But after a few hours of running it under cold water every couple of minutes and taking 800 mg of ibuprofen the pain subsided. So, I figured first degree burn. But when I got up Saturday morning, there were tiny little blisters all over my hand. Some of them have gone away but my wrist area is pretty swollen. I have a feeling that's going to be discolored for a while to come.
When I got home Friday night, Mr. Helen was so concerned about my burn he told me just to put my feet up and relax. But he had also decided that the celebrations should last the weekend.
I was happy to oblige (the burn thing was quite stressful) and I hadn't watched Downton Abbey yet so I changed into my comfy clothes began to watch that.. As I was relaxing, he brought a TV tray up to the living room and next thing I knew I had a nice appetizer plate and a glass of champagne.
It made me a little verklempt because honestly, I love champagne and that's the first time he's ever spontaneously bought me any! He also heated up a Quiche Lorraine that he'd bought and made a nice salad. Friday ended up being pretty good after that bad start.
Saturday Little Helen came in with the plan to celebrate my birthday and do some wedding stuff. They arrived around 12:30 and since we all needed a bit of lunch, we decided to go to the Cabin Fever Chowder Festival. It's a fundraiser for a local food bank, held at Old Mystic Village which is a shopping area where all the buildings look like a little village. You get 12 tickets for $10 and each ticket gets you a 2-3 oz. portion of chowder. We had a blast going in and out of the shops sampling chowders, some of which were quite unique... Sweet Potato and Shrimp, Corn and Chicken, Oyster - so many. Then we got to vote for our favorite. We split our votes with Little Helen and her fiance voting for a classic creamy New England Clam chowder and Mr. Helen and I voting for a Surf and Turf chowder that had lobster and bits of steak and vegetables in a creamy tomato base. We were laughing at the end because we figured we'd each eaten about 24 oz. of chowder! On the way out of the village we stopped at a coffee place that sources everything locally and I got a peppermint mocha. I took a photo of the design for you Lori!
After going back home for a few hours, we headed out again for dinner at The Engine Room. Though they have a few other things, their specialty is gourmet burgers and handcut french fries, again all locally sourced. If you click on that link you can see the menu... we had such a hard time deciding what to get, we got too much lol! For appetizers we tried the Avocado Half, the fried chicken on a biscuit and the cornmeal dusted oysters (not me, I don't eat those). Then I chose the Smoked Pork Burger. So, so yummy! I ended up cutting the burger in half and had leftovers. But we will definitely go back, the food was delicious. Little Helen gave me gift card to Sephora and a gorgeous scarf.
Sunday morning, we had plans for all of us to go to brunch along with some friends but the snowstorm coming in meant Little Helen had to leave early. Bummer! (And even leaving early it took her an extra 1 1/2 hours to get home.) We went anyway because Mr. Helen normally works Sunday and can't go to brunch. The big photo is the Open Face Smoked Turkey Eggs Benedict (that was mine!), at the bottom, left to right: Fresh Raspberry French Toast, Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, Lobster Omelette, plus a couple of shots of the buffet. As good as the food was, it was just a great time being with good friends!