Saturday, December 02, 2006

Busier than a one-legged man in an ass kicking contest this weekend.

I finally baked the Christmas cake - about three weeks behind schedule. I shall have to double up on the brandy applications to make up for lost time.

I did post my recipe for Rhubarb Crunch over at Food Porn.

Tomorrow I need to put on my teutanic helmet and get my German cards written. My German relatives are always so gracious about my fractured attempts at communication, but I think they must secretly snort into their sauerkraut when they read my letters.

I'm totally embarrassed to tell you about my latest injuy because I am not normally such as klutz, but I poked a hole through my thumb nail today when I slammed the dishwasher door on my thumb. It hurts like hell, but at least the hole in the nail will allow the hematoma to drain properly.

Pass the Advil and the brandy.


Karen said...

Between the nail hole and the gangrenous thumb, you're falling apart Barbara!

mellowlee said...

Ouch oh dear God! That brought tears to my eyes Barb!! Stop being so mean to yourself! That Christmas cake sounds goood!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I know, Karen! I'm a wreck - time to just put me down, I think.

I'm such a klutz, Mel. Thanks for your sympathies. I actually think the mail is starting to heal a bit already, so all is good.
Next Christmas, you'll have to come over and I'll bake one too.

Allison said...

Busier than a one-legged man in an ass kicking contest this weekend
Barb, you always make me laugh :)

Hope you're able to get all your cards organized. I'm sure your relatives appreciate the gesture, even if it is fractured. I took German in highschool, don't really remember a lick of it tough.

Hope your nail heals. I haven't fallen over is quite some time (ok maybe once today), I must be passing my klutz tendencies onto you ;)

mellowlee said...

I remember a few things from grade 8 german. hmmm "Gute nacht damen und herren" Is that right? Probably spelled wrong. I bet you are laughing your ass off right now aren't you? Oh well *sigh* I tried. My german teacher is probably spinning around in his grave heeheee! Oh, I am so there for Christmas cake next year Barb YAY

kees said...

Yum, sauerkraut. Love that stuff. Reminds me, I should write my Christmas cards to my Canadian relatives!

And ouch - a hole in the thumb nail? Ewww. Not jealous of that one at all. Nasty.

Karen said...

One year of University German and all I remember is "Entschuldigun" or something like that.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

They actually do appreciate the effort, Allison, at least my elderly aunts do. To my cousins I write in English - huge relief for me (and them as well I'm sure).
I guess falling over is even more dangerous than trapping your digits in things, so I wish you a fall-free day and I will try not to do more damage to myself either.

You took German in Grade 8, Mel? My French is about at the same level as your German. I took German via correspondance course in high school and then again as one option course in university. I'm pretty awful at it, but I can manage Christmas letters.
We really should start baking those Christmas cakes mid November, so mark your calendar.

I actually like sauerkraut as well, Kees, but frankly like the Polish version that Jerry's mom makes better. It's called kapusta and it's sauerkraut cooked for hours until it is reduced down to a very intense flavour.
It concerns me that you don't like the idea of my latest injury. I have a feeling this nasty will be more trouble than I thought.

That is one of the handiest German words to know, though, Karen. I used it all the time in Germany and people kept giggling at my tripping over it, which would cause me to excuse myself even more. It's a vicious cycle.

Dale said...

More booze, less work around the house I say.

Mehr Schnäpse, weniger Arbeit um das Haus, das ich sage.

I have no idea what Babelfish did there but I'm pretending I know German. I'm not sure if my Grampie would approve or not.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Babelfish actually did a pretty decent job of translating that, Dale. The sentence structure is all wonky, but you can get the meaning of it. And a very laudable sentiment as well!

Deb said...

"Busier than a one-legged man in an ass kicking contest this weekend." That is about the funniest thing I've heard...I wish I knew how to put "quotes" on my sidebar, for that would definitely be my quote of the year. Still laughing/picturing.

Ben said...

Gotta make that Rhubarb dish Barbara. It sounds delicious.

You're a busy bee starting to make all the preparations for christmas.

All this work for one bloody day huh ?

bah humbug.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Quote of the year? Wow, Deb - that would be an honour. I just wish I remembered where I stole that quote from in the first place.

That is my favourite rhubarb dish, Ben, and I love rhubarb.
Funny to hear you say bah humbug! I would not have pictured you as the humbug type, although we certainly all have those moments.

Rositta said...

As long as your German is better than their English, your good. My relatives chuckle too over my German but I no longer obsess about it. :-)

Barbara said...

So you do check it with babelfish... I do that for french when I'm not sure.
Sorry to hear about your self inflicted wound Barbara B.
The cake sound like it's going to be good.
Take care of yourself, you want to be in one piece for the holidays...
My neice wants to learn German maybe you can give lessons.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Amongst my cousins, their English is far better than my German, Rositta, but with the older generation, my German wins.

I do use Babel Fish on occasion, Barbara W. Actually today I just used it for the first time in a year and they've really improved it. The sentence structure is far better than it used to be - it actually makes sense.
I think your niece would do better to learn German from a) someone who can actually speak it decently, and b) someone who can teach.

phlegmfatale said...

EEk! I think you need to be wearing a few inches of foam rubber on both your thumbs, darling.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's not even a bad idea, Phlegmfatale. I really should be wearing some right now.

Will said...

Pass the advil and the brandy sounds like something our buddy Skinner would say. Did he say that and I've just simply forgotten? or are you two just on the same wavelength?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hahaha Will. You know, I don't know if Mike ever said anything exactly like that, but now I am a little frightened, being on the same wavelength as Mike Skinner and all! At least it wasn't Pete Doherty.