Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday Fricassee

It's been a crazy, less-than-fun week, culminating in my dropping an entire, fresh-off-the-stove pot of noodles last night.  That's right -- gobs of curly noodles and nearly-boiling water, everywhere.  It's by the grace of God that I didn't get burned.

Seriously, I'm not sure how I emerged unscathed.  My dress was soaking wet--I felt the water burn my legs.  But I'm fine.  Not a mark.

Of course, I stood there bawling until my husband came running to see what the huge noise and cries of terror were all about.  (Poor guy.  He had visions of me, lying unconscious on the kitchen floor.  Because, yanno, I have a history.  Like passing out on the toilet from dehydration.  And breaking three ribs via a fall down the garage stairs.  Both of those emergencies landed me in an ambulance.  Oh, what a girl will do for attention!)

So he was relieved to discover that I was, indeed, conscious (though not coherent).  He swept in with a broom and a calm demeanor, and cleaned up the noodle/water eruption while I went upstairs to change.   By the time I returned, the kitchen looked normal again.

I owe him one.

The Noodle Event pretty much sums up my week--as a writer and as a human.  "Explosion" says it all.

Pressing on, though!  Because, isn't that what I always preach?  It's the only thing to do.  I tell you to do it, and I do it myself.  So if your week has had its own Noodle Event--press on!

Besides, we've got a BAKER'S DOZEN to be excited about!  Almost everything is in order behind the scenes, and we'll be starting our logline critique sessions VERY SOON!  So keep working on your logline, keep polishing your first page, keep spreading the word to your writerly friends and colleagues.  If you have ANY QUESTIONS about the Baker's Dozen, today's your day for free answers!  Post your questions below, and I'll do my best to keep up with them.

(I also think you should cast votes as to whether or not I should stay out of the kitchen FOREVER.  I mean, the Noodle Event presents a strong case, don't you think?  Mr. A should be able to fend for himself.  And I'll salads from the Whole Foods salad bar.  Right?  RIGHT??)



  1. You did NOT...

    Leave eggs boiling on the stove until the water boiled off and they exploded.
    Set a dish towel on fire.
    Declare you'd never seen a grease fire so you were going to experiment with different meals until you *had* seen one.
    Declared cooking exhausted you after boiling hot dogs, therefore you couldn't possibly do any other work tonight.

    ...and yet, my sister is still allowed in the kitchen.

    I think you're good.

  2. So glad you're okay!

  3. Glad you're ok.

    If it makes you feel any better, this morning we woke up to an empty driveway. Called the cops to report our car (and its three child carseats) stolen. Only later did we figure out husband had driven to the grocery store the night before and WALKED HOME!

    It's been that kind of a week, I guess. Hope next week is a better one.

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  5. Reading between the lines, I'd say you're hoping we vote for banning you from the kitchen! ;)

    You got a good hubby. He cleaned everything up after have (probably) a mini-coronary. Or maybe he is getting use to it?

    Glad to hear you avoided injury.

  6. LOL Southpaw -- sadly, I think he HAS gotten used to it!

    K Callard -- Am I allowed to laugh? LOL! You poor thing. That SO sounds like something that would happen to me!

  7. dude. Glad to hear you're okay!
    The only Baker's Dozen question I had was when we'd have some logline crits, but very soon is good enough for me!
    have a great weekend!

  8. Mr. A might be thrilled to be spared more disaster clean-ups. I'd work that angle, if I were you. The Whole Foods salad bar has you covered.

    Can't wait for Baker's Dozen! Revising diligently, with the help of new crit partners. Have cobbled together an amazing logline thanks to winning the logline crit with Leah Petersen, a truly generous YA Sci-Fi MSFV success story.

  9. Glad that you weren't burnt! I've been having one of those weeks, too - appendicitis, a killer migraine and now a broken toe. I hope that this is burning off any bad karma I might have piled up.

    I am really curious about Baker's Dozen. Is there an entry fee? Does it function like a SA Contest?

  10. Aw, that's no fun! All that hard work went to the ground. Glad to hear your alright, though;) I don't think this means you should stay out of the kitchen. You just need to be more careful. I'm an uber clutz, in fact I come from a long line of them, but that doesn't keep me out of the kitchen. Besides, I'm sure Mr. A loves your cooking:) Hope next week turns out better for you! xoxo

  11. By all means, if you have a Whole Paycheck, err, Whole Foods nearby there is no need to cook again. Ever. I think there's a Superior Court ruling on that somewhere...
    Glad only your domestic goddess skill set suffered in the Great Spaghetti Fiasco of 2013. Have a great weekend ;)

  12. I know the feeling. Except I was so burned I couldn't wear pants for weeks. I'd say it's a good excuse as any to start searching for a personal chef.

  13. Well, I haven't tipped boiling noodles on myself yet. Though a few years back, Mum accidentally drained the pasta onto my foot... (hey, I was yabbering and distracting her. The pot was heavy.) My foot swelled up into the most amazing balloon, and I don't think I screamed that loud since. Noodles. You gotta love them, but they're really quite deadly.

  14. The water machine at my office can pour out hot water instantly. One day when I was filling my mug, a drop of hot water hit my hand and I moved it stupidly, getting hot water all over my arm. It was so painful, I was astonished that no blisters developed and it did not feel burned afterward.

  15. Forgive me but this Aussie sees the pun.

    Remember the song? Yankee Doodle Dandy?

    If you insert the appropriate, and you can chorus your husband's rescue efforts like the hero he was in rescuing the damsel in noodle distress.


    Zara Penney

  16. Glad you weren't harmed in the making of those noodles (other than your pride). And what an awesome hubby you have in Mr. A!

    I don't vote for you to be banned from the kitchen because I'm not banned from the kitchen so I don't think anyone else should be either. Misery loves company and all that. ;-)

    Seriously though, I've been burned by boiling water (I've spilled it on myself while trying to drain noodles). It wasn't serious enough to blister, and, like you, my clothing protected me for the most part.

    I think there must be some sort of deep noodle conspiracy going on since it seems there have been several people injured from boiling noodles. ;-)

  17. Glad you're OK! If it makes you feel better I once put a pizza stone on the stove top and then tried to make a pot of tea...but turned on the wrong burner (the one the pizza stone was sitting on) and a few minutes later it literally exploded, the pieces of which burned our floor (which is till burned to this day). The kitchen can be a tricky place. Hang in there!

  18. I'm thinking The Noodle Event would make a great title.