due to the curiosity of my many readers (sarcasm inserted here), i thought i would further explain the whole "full english breakfast" thing. i tasted my first english breakfast in all of its glory while at a quaint bed and breakfast in edinburgh, scotland in 2002. we had a weekend break from school, so i spent that time with school friends trudging up and down princes st. taking in all that we could in that short amount of time. for some reason, that breakfast has always stood out in my mind as a highlight of my trip. during the visit we took to scotland and england in the spring of 2006, josh and i heartily enjoyed sharing the full english breakfast experience with his folks. that was the first time i sampled blood pudding (also called black pudding) and didn't much care for it. upon returning to north america, josh's dad often reminisced about the delcious breakfast and decided that we should attempt to re-create it in our own home. brad (josh's dad) knows of a wondeful british shoppe that carries many authentic british delicacies (for a steep price, of course). he purchased the necessary items to make a meal as close to the real thing as possible. namely: bangers (sausage), fried mushrooms (ew), beans on toast (we tried to fry the bread like they do in the uk, but it didn't work out too well), blood sausage, eggs, and bacon, which is more like canadian bacon than american bacon. we didn't bother with the cooked tomatoes, since none of us really care for them. josh cooked up the whole meal for his folks and gramps, and it was DELICIOUS! i'm not really a fan of the blood pudding, probably because i know what's in it. here's a definition from wikipedia:
Black pudding or less often blood pudding is a sausage made by cooking blood with a filler until it is thick enough to congeal when cooled. The term blood sausage (first attested in 1868) is a North American term that may be a translation from German "Blutwurst". Blood sausage has become a useful term for similar blood-based solid foods around the world.
Pig or cattle blood is most often used; sheep and goat blood are used to a lesser extent. Blood from poultry, horses and other animals are used more rarely. Typical fillers include meat, fat, suet, bread, sweet potato, barley and oatmeal.
we ended up with tons of blood pudding left over (big surprise), so if anyone would like to try some, just come on over! i think we just may have to start a new thanksgiving day tradition of eating a full english breakfast, since we don't celebrate thanksgiving until the saturday after anyhow.
thank you so much for your prayers for tristan. he still has his shrieking episodes, but they don't last nearly as long and his night wakings are less frequent as well. i did some reasearch on night terrors, and found out that if you wake the child up during a night terror, he will have a much more difficult time calming down. that would explain why it took him an hour and a half for him to stop crying the first night. i'm not positive if he is suffering from night terrors, but it it seems as if a lot of what is described is the same as what he is doing. he's also come down with a nasty cold, so is all around more weepy (and drippy) than normal, so i hope that once it clears up, he'll be back to sleeping through the night again.
other than that, i'm STILL unpacking (feeling as if it will never be done) and also beginning to get into the christmas spirit. i'm excited to experience tristan's first christmas, though i know he won't have much of a clue about unwrapping presents and all of that. i'm also super excited that my mom just booked her ticked to fly down here for tristan's first birthday on january 1st. she is arriving on the 31st, so will be able to stay with him while josh and i get to ring in the new year together! last year we didn't go out for new years since i was beyond sick, with no idea that i'd be popping a baby out the next day! wow, i can't believe my baby nearly isn't a baby anymore. it will be wondeful to spend a week with my mom, i can hardly wait!
here's a question i have for everyone who has kids: what do you do about the christmas tree? we want to get a small one this year, but aren't sure how to keep tristan away from it. any genius ideas?