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Topic: Thanksgiving Mishaps

Forum: Coping with Holidays, Special Days and Anniversaries — Holidays and special days, like birthdays and anniversaries, can be filled with complex emotions. Are they a time to celebrate or are they extra difficult? Share your feelings and experiences here.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2014 04:10PM - edited Nov 26, 2014 04:13PM by exbrnxgrl

exbrnxgrl wrote:

Well, the big day is almost here. Many of you, like me, are shopping cooking , cleaning and generally getting ready. Over the years, in my household, we have had some huge turkey day mishaps. It's almost become a running joke, "What do you think will happen this year?"

Here are some of our greatest hits or should I say misses:

- For several years in a row, my ex insisted on putting large quantities of potato peelings down the garbage disposal. Each time, this resulted in an expensive Thanksgiving day call to the plumber. He continued to repeat the same mistake and blame the disposal.

- Turkeys that refused to cook all the way through. Darn, those things take forever to defrost!

- Epic oven fail the year I was recovering from bmx. Ugh! Everyone was getting terribly upset and kept looking to me for guidance. Yes, it was my oven, but i had no idea how to fix it!

- So far today...I have a beloved rolling pin that was purchased in India. I was getting ready to roll out my pie crust and could not find it. The only thing I could find was a tiny little wooden one that came with a junior baking kit given to my dd long ago. I was just about to use it when I remembered my good rolling pin had been used to roll out fondant a few weeks ago, and had been stored with the cake decorating items. Thank goodness I won't have to fly to India to replace the rolling pin! Then, I was grating cinnamon for the pie filling, I grated my finger nail on the rasp. It didn't hurt, but I carefully had to pick out finger nail and deep red nail polish shavings from the filling. Sounds gross but my hands and nails were quite clean, though I suspect some of you won't want to eat pie at my house:)

Despite all of this we don't let anything ruin the holiday, and we laugh when we look back on it. What funny stories do you have?

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Nov 20, 2017 02:01PM - edited Nov 20, 2017 02:08PM by SpecialK

OK, here goes. The Thanksgiving itself was non-eventful, but I have a related tale. This was in the mid-90's, my husband was active duty military and we were living in southeastern Virginia. It was cold out and I had a turtleneck on under a V-necked sweatshirt, sweatpants, and Birkenstocks with socks on - tres glam! This was the Monday evening after Thanksgiving and I was finishing up cooking the leftover turkey carcass, making stock for turkey soup. It was about 9pm, and I decided to strain the hot stock through a colander into a storage container, let it cool, put it in the fridge and be done for the night. Bad idea. My DH was upstairs studying for a test, my 5 and 6 year-old were asleep. As I poured the hot stock - with the fat floating on top, out of the tall pot with little handles, it spilled over the edge and burned my hand. Like an idiot I let go because I was so surprised and more spilled, and ran onto the floor. I slipped backwards and fell on the floor, totally let go of the stock pot, and ended up with a couple of gallons of hot stock soaked up by my sweats and in the hollows of the Birkenstocks, which were being held on by wet socks. There were random turkey parts and a lake of stock on the floor, I was on my hands and knees scrambling around trying to pull off my sweatshirt. I started screaming, DH ran downstairs thinking I was being attacked, arrived in the kitchen, where it took him a minute to figure out what was happening. In one swift chivalrous move, he closed the kitchen blind and pulled the stock soaked sweatshirt off of me, I ran upstairs and got in a cold shower. DH called a friend to stay with our kids, and bundled me into the car to the military hospital ER. I had deep 2nd degree burns over 25% of my body - my hand took the worst, followed by my chest and torso, left leg and foot. They iced me for a while, assessed, and then sedated me and dressed the burns. DH took me home at about 3am, and like the saint he is, washed turkey bits out of my hair because I was getting sick at the smell, and cleaned up the kitchen. I spent the next month (between Thanksgiving and Christmas - no, I wasn't busy at all...) having my hand debrided and re-dressed, not being able to drive my stick-shift car, or use my gauze wrapped right hand, which looked like a club. Needless to say, I have an aversion to large pots of boiling anything, and I never make turkey soup after Thanksgiving anymore!

This photo was taken a couple of weeks later at a squadron holiday party, I’m hiding my bandaged arm behind DH.


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Nov 20, 2017 02:55PM exbrnxgrl wrote:

Well, that is quite a story! You and your husband look so lovely and happy in the photo. Glad to see you could still smile and I completely understand your aversion to large boiling pots of anything! Here's hoping that you and your family have a safe, happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

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Nov 20, 2017 03:18PM - edited Nov 20, 2017 03:20PM by SpecialK

Thanks - it was a bit scary at the time, but it is funny now! It was shocking to me how fast I lost control of the situation! I hope you have a wonderful T-Giv day as well! We are celebrating with long-time military friends who were at that same assignment with us - funny, right? We also look YOUNG in that photo, lol! The 90's hair made me laugh! Another funny thing about that photo is that I could only wear that particular dress because the shoes that went with it were the only ones that fit around the foot bandage. My DH was on the party committee so he went to the party early and another one of the squadron wives came to pick me up since I couldn't drive. She was wearing the very same dress, ha!

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