Tuesday, October 4, 2011

In Which Connor's Brain Misfires Some More And I Work On A Letter

Connor had four more seizures today-- three of them a minute or longer-- which means he's probably back on a seizure cycle.  After seizure number three he spent most of the rest of the afternoon curled up next to me on the couch, drifting out of sleep, with one of his little hands clenched tight around my finger just to make sure I was there. 

Somehow he manages to be adorable and to break my heart, all at the same time.

While he dozed, I used my free hand and the hunt and peck method to type out the first few paragraphs of our next letter to Ellen.  I talked about the weather here, about how school has started up and what the schools are like here, about fall holidays and the celebration at one of our local farms, at the high point of which we get to shoot pumpkins out of a cannon.  I'm having a hard time figuring out how to finish up the last paragraph, but I'm hoping to wrap things up tomorrow and get it sent off for translation.  It will hopefully go a little faster if I have two hands to type.

The little guy is out of school for the rest of the week due to in-service days, so I'm hoping we'll be able to go out and pick up a couple of pie pumpkins at one of the local patches, depending on how he's feeling.  I was thinking about how fun it will be to make Ellen a pumpkin pie for the first time, and now I find myself craving the delectable stuff. 

Not that it will be the first time she's tried pumpkin of course-- they can actually grow them year-round in Thailand-- but they usually prepare them very differently from the way we do in America.  They pickle them and serve them with a spicy dipping sauce, stir fry them, serve them cubed in vegetable soup and seafood curry, and cook them with coconut milk as a dessert.  With pumpkins in abundance here I may have to try out some of the Thai recipes-- some of them sound pretty tasty, and it would be great to be able to find a way to incorporate a Thai dish or two into our Thanksgiving dinner!



Julia said...

Okay, clearly my absence and lack of anti-seizure chants has produced the inevitable result, and I apologize. [Hey hey, ho ho, the seizure train has got to go...] I'll get on that straight away. I'm sorry about the latest uptick. I've got a friend who makes a fabulous curry pumpkin soup. Perfect cold weather food. Here's hoping Connor feels much better soon, and you regain full use of your limbs for typing and other purposes. [No more seizures, but lots of books, no more Saddy Sadkin looks... ? No? Okay, I'll work on it. I can't think of anything that rhymes with chocolate, though.]

Simply, Sarah said...

Pumpkin soup is so yummy! I had that when I visited Japan years ago.

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