TWD: Burnt Sugar Ice Cream and a Crazy, Messed Up Week

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

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This has been one crazy, messed up week!  Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin. But, if there ever was a week where I could have used some of Dorie’s sinfully creamy and delicious Burnt Sugar Ice Cream, this was it!

If you read my Lemon Linguine post, then you already know that we just got a brand new puppy.  Bella is a sweet little Golden Retriever puppy and she is absolutely beautiful, as her name suggests. I’m totally smitten with her, but I’d forgotten just how much work caring for a new puppy involves.  It’s like having a new baby and a toddler all rolled up into one.  They have very little control over their bodily functions and they get into everything. Except with babies, you can slap a diaper on them, pop them in a playpen, and they’re good to go.  Bella is a very good little girl, but I’ve worn a path to my front door taking her in and out to potty a gazillion times every day.  Plus, have you ever noticed that with puppies (and babies), there is no direct correlation between what goes in and what comes out. There is definitely a lot more of what comes out! Not very appetizing fare for a food blog, I know.  Just keeping it real. The rest of the time, I run around the house after her, pulling an assortment of inappropriate “chew toys” out of her mouth and trying to keep her from nibbling on a) the furniture; b) my Oriental rugs; and c) my shoes! Suffice it to say that this “up and down” and “in and out” situation is definitely not an ideal work environment!

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Inconvenient as it may be, the Bella situation wasn’t really even the crazy, messed up part of my week.  That revolting development occurred last Tuesday evening.   I was out in my front yard trying to coax Bella to “get on with it”, when Mini SGCC came flying out of the house with my purse, yelling something about being late for a choir practice that I didn’t even know she had.   The three of us jumped into the car and took off.  Luckily, I had Bella’s pet carrier in the back seat.  Unluckily, my cell phone wasn’t in my purse. You will understand the significance of this later.

Mini SGCC’s school is less than two miles from our house.  It’s less than a five minute drive with no traffic.  Bella and I were on our way home after dropping off the kid, and I was stopped in the right lane, waiting to make a right turn.  I was diligently waiting for the oncoming traffic to pass before I did.  It was broad daylight.  All of a sudden, my car was jolted out into the middle of a busy six lane road and my head slammed into the steering wheel.  I literally didn’t know what hit me!  I scrambled to get the car back over into the right lane before I was roadkill.  As I tried to collect myself, there was a tapping on my car window.  It was the guy that hit me. 

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The first thing I did was check to make sure the puppy was okay.  She was a little scared, but otherwise fine (thank God!).  My shock quickly turned into anger and I launched.  I started screaming at the guy, using words I didn’t even realize I knew!   You know what he said?  He said that didn’t see me.  DIDN’T SEE ME!?!?  HE WAS DRIVING A HUGE A$$ COMMERCIAL VAN AND HE DIDN’T F*#%ING SEE ME? He could have seen halfway to Texas from the driver’s seat of that van!  Plus, I was driving a big, German sedan. I wasn’t exactly hard to spot!

I reached into my purse for my cell phone to call the police, and…..it wasn’t there.  Remember, I said this would become significant.  Well, Mr. “I Didn’t See You Because I Was On My Way to the Fish Market to Buy Some Clams for Dinner and Wasn’t Paying Attention” didn’t have a cell phone either.  So, there we were – standing in the middle of US 41 – with not a cell phone between us.  He walked one way to find a pay phone, and I trudged the other other way, with the puppy in my arms, to find a shop where I could call for help.

Here’s where it gets a little dicey.  I’m usually pretty calm in a crisis.  However, this time I was really shaken up.  And, Mr. SGCC was out of town and wouldn’t be home for three more days.  I was disoriented and my head was beginning to throb.  I couldn’t even think of someone to call.  The clerk in the store was very sweet, though.  Or, maybe he’s a sucker for cute little puppies.  Anyway, when he saw how my fingers were shaking as I tried to dial the phone, he did it for me.  I called my brother (the chiropractor) and he came to help.

Thank God the deputy that came to investigate the accident was also very nice.  I was such a mess that I spilled the contents of my glove compartment all over the car and couldn’t even find my registration and insurance card.  He was able to get all of the information he needed from his computer.  Did I mention that my head was throbbing?

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While the deputy was writing up the accident report, I finally mustered up the courage to take a look at the damage to my car.  Trust me, you don’t wanna know.  It was pretty bad.  The whole rear was bashed in and the bumper was in pieces.  The trunk wouldn’t close either.  I was beginning to feel as though I’d been hit in the head with a sledgehammer.

In the end, the other driver was cited for careless driving and I was in the clear, but carless.  Ugh!  While I am very thankful that neither Bella nor I were seriously hurt, I’m very upset about my car.  It wasn’t a new car. In fact, it was over ten years old.  I probably needed a new car anyway, but here’s the thing.  That car belonged to my dad – and he loved it.  I have many memories of the two of us tooling around together in it – going out to lunch, Christmas shopping or whatever.  Every time I got behind the wheel, I felt a little bit closer to him. I drove my daughter to her first day of kindergarten and her first day of high school in that car. I dropped her off at her first school dance in it.  The value of that is something that you just can’t measure on any “blue book” chart or insurance company valuation table.  So, now it’s gone, and so is a little piece of me.  Yes, it’s been a crazy, messed up week over here at Chez SGCC. Did I mention that my head hurts?  My heart does too.

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So, now as I wait for the lump on my head to go down, my black eye to heal and the various bumps and bruises to fade, I don’t feel too much like baking.  The fact that this week’s TWD assignment didn’t require it is a blessing.  I could handle ice cream.  Especially a fabulous ice cream like this one!

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My thanks go out to Becky at Project Domestication for choosing this week’s recipe.  If you’d like to try it for yourself, the recipe can be found HERE.  As always, check out the TWD blogroll to see lots more versions of Burnt Sugar Ice Cream.

50 responses to TWD: Burnt Sugar Ice Cream and a Crazy, Messed Up Week

  1. On May 04, 2010 at 2:21pm, Jessica @ How Sweet said...

    Thank goodness you are ok! Just reading that scared me. I’m so sorry about the car.

  2. On May 04, 2010 at 2:25pm, Margaret said...

    Oh!! Dear!! I am so glad you and Bella are okay. Getting hit from behind is absolutely the worse because you don’t see it coming. He deserved every word he heard from you!!!!! Hope you aren’t too sore and your head is okay, too.

    The ice cream looks lovely with the little pastry (cant think of what they are called….)

    • On May 04, 2010 at 6:56pm, Susan said...

      I think they are called Pirouline. :)

  3. On May 04, 2010 at 2:27pm, Haley W. said...

    Why does it seem that every time I read your blog you are getting hurt in one way or another? I think when I first “met” you, you had your leg in a cast! Poor SGCC. I’m glad you are ok!

    • On May 04, 2010 at 6:57pm, Susan said...

      I don’t know. I do have a lot more mishaps these days. Maybe, blogging is hazardous to my health. ;)

  4. On May 04, 2010 at 2:30pm, momgateway said...

    So sorry you had to go through all this hassle, hope things settle down soon. The important thing is you’re safe and that’s a blessing for sure in midst of all this chaos…

  5. On May 04, 2010 at 2:30pm, Theresa said...

    Wow, that really is a bad week! I’m glad you weren’t seriously injured, although it does sound like you were banged up pretty good. Get some rest and take care of yourself… or as much as you can with a puppy around anyway :) The ice cream looks fantastic, and perfect for the 90 degree temps we’ve been having already!

  6. On May 04, 2010 at 2:34pm, MeLissa said...

    I am so glad that you are okay and that your brother is a chiropractor. I am wiping tears away right now. I am so sorry for the loss of your car…so many memories. I am a very sentimental person and I can empathize with the pain of losing something that was so precious to you. *Hugs*

  7. On May 04, 2010 at 2:36pm, Valerie @ City|Life|Eats said...

    Oh no! I am so glad you and the puppy are ok, but I am so sorry it’s been such a bad week. Hugs.

    (PS this is Valerie, formerly from City Girl Lifestyle – decided to change my blog name – looong story, but funny enough I should email you the whole story :))

  8. On May 04, 2010 at 2:48pm, tia said...

    aww… she looks like such a sweetheart! simply ADORABLE.

  9. On May 04, 2010 at 2:48pm, Rosa said...

    Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that! Poor you…

    That ice cream looks lovely! I bet it tasted divinely soothing!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  10. On May 04, 2010 at 2:57pm, Rebecca said...

    I have been reading your blog for a while, but I wanted to comment and say that I am glad to hear everyone is ok but I am sorry about the car. It does seem that car accidents happen at the most inconvenient times. I once got hit in the parking lot of the orthopedist after taking my 18 month old with a broken leg to get a cast and my husband was out of town. And I was parked, so I feel your rage! I also really enjoyed this ice cream and feel it has many restorative powers. Hang in there.

    • On May 04, 2010 at 6:59pm, Susan said...

      Oh no! That must have been awful! Why don’t people just watch where they’re going!

  11. On May 04, 2010 at 3:01pm, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    *BIG HUGS* Sorry that happened to you. Sounds like no fun at all. I’ve had my share of car crashes, but have had the good forture to never be hurt. Hope that bump and that black eye subside soon. Man what a stupid driver that hit you! Maybe he was lying about not having a phone because he didn’t want to admit he was talking on his phone while driving!

    Your comment about the messes dogs and kids make reminds me of a cartoon I saw a few years ago. It was titled something like, “What they should tell you in parenting class.” Two parents are looking at drawing of a baby with numbers around it’s eyes, ears, mouth, nose, and nether regions. The parents are exclaiming, “You mean stuff goes in ONE hole and COMES OUT of NINE holes?

    Enjoy your delicious looking ice cream. Hope you ate every last bite that you made.

    • On May 04, 2010 at 7:00pm, Susan said...

      I was wondering the same thing, Rachel. He claimed he didn’t have a phone, but if he didn’t, then what was he looking at instead of the road ahead?

  12. On May 04, 2010 at 3:08pm, Rachelle said...

    After this week you deserve a much bigger bowl of that yummy ice cream! ((hugs))

  13. On May 04, 2010 at 3:10pm, stephanie said...

    oh, man. i’m so sorry that you had to go thorugh this! thank god that you and the pup are not seriously injured, and that Mini SGCC was DROPPED OFF and not in the car when this accident happened. And I’m sorry about your car and the memories. I always get emotionally attached to my cars and the memories associated with them, so I know your pain. :(
    Hopefully something really fantastic will happen to you very soon to even out with the stinkiness you’ve had to go through!

  14. On May 04, 2010 at 3:15pm, Cristine said...

    Oh no! So sorry to hear about your car, but I’m glad you and your puppy are okay!

    Your ice cream looks so creamy and delicious!

  15. On May 04, 2010 at 3:25pm, cherie said...

    O MY GOSH!

    Sigh

    I”m so sorry about that meaningful car but so glad Dad was watching out for you and Bella!

    Good luck with the puppy thing – I’ve done several lab puppies and several kids . . . for a few months the puppy is WAY harder!

    Then it’s MUCH easier – the kids stay hard :)

    But both are fun – and together they’re a hoot!

    Glad you’re ok!

    • On May 04, 2010 at 7:02pm, Susan said...

      So true. Mini SGCC is 16, and it is much harder now than when she was little!

  16. On May 04, 2010 at 3:48pm, Tracey@Tangled Noodle said...

    Oh, Susan! I’m so sorry to hear about these events but so glad that you’re okay (notwithstanding a black eye). I can completely relate to everything, both puppy travails and being hit by a careless driver (mine ran a red light). It’s too bad that you lost such a special vehicle but the memories, at least, you get to carry with you.

    In the meantime, I certainly hope you treated yourself to an extra scoop of this fabulous ice cream! I’m planning to break out my ice cream maker soon and this will have to be my first batch. 8-)

  17. On May 04, 2010 at 4:12pm, Lindsey said...

    What a terrible turn of events for you! Glad to hear that you and the adorable puppy are ok, though losing your car really is horrible. I am sure things will turn around.

    Thanks for yet another great recipe, I always look forward to reading your blog so much every time you update!

  18. On May 04, 2010 at 4:17pm, sarah said...

    sorry for your awful week! i also drive a technically valueless car, but know about the sentimental side of it!

    your icecream looks great and i hope things get better!

  19. On May 04, 2010 at 4:48pm, Kathy - Panini Happy said...

    I’m *so* sorry this happened to you! And very glad that you and the puppy weren’t hurt. What a scary ordeal. Here’s hoping for a happier next week :-)

  20. On May 04, 2010 at 4:49pm, Katrina said...

    Sheesh, and I complained about my week and not having internet for 5 days! Glad you’re ok. Sorry about your car. I totally understand that.
    Go have some more ice cream. Or pack some on your head. ;)

  21. On May 04, 2010 at 5:20pm, andrea said...

    I am sooooo sorry about your crazy, messed up week! OMG!! You’ve been through the ringer with your accident!! Sad about your auto memories, too bad it couldn’t be repaired :-(
    Girl, I remember our puppy days back when we got our 1st pug puppy. You’re so right, it’s just like having a newborn baby! So much work! But it’s totally worth it of course :-) Your pup-baby is adorable!
    That ice cream looks delish!

  22. On May 04, 2010 at 5:27pm, cmb said...

    two words for the chewing problem: hot sauce. just a little dab on furniture and shoes was a permanent deterrent for our puppy.

    • On May 04, 2010 at 7:11pm, Susan said...

      That’s a great idea. Thanks! :lol:

    • On May 05, 2010 at 2:52pm, andrea said...

      also, water bottle! our last puppy was a chewer and we couldn’t get him to stop chewing on the furniture. someone at work mentioned using a water bottle, set on the “stream” setting, warn him, then spray him.
      He HATES it. It only took a couple times and he was all “I”m cool, what furniture”? LOL! Now, we can just say “water bottle” and he runs to his spot and sits. Worked like a charm for us!

  23. On May 04, 2010 at 5:45pm, Ciaochowlinda said...

    OMG – How could you even think of making ice cream after what you’ve been through. I’m sorry about the car but it’s such a good thing you and Bella are ok and that mini SGCC wasn’t involved too. Just think of it this way – a shopping opportunity for a major purchase.

  24. On May 04, 2010 at 7:12pm, SMITH BITES said...

    To hell with the ice cream Susan – THANK HEAVENS YOU & BELLA ARE OK! Words would have flown out of my mouth too – and then some! Now that I’ve calmed down, the ice cream does look good! BIG HUGS!

  25. On May 04, 2010 at 7:14pm, Susan said...

    Thank you all so much for all of the hugs and good wishes! Bella and I truly appreciate it. I’m feeling a lot better now, although the black eye is still pretty unflattering. :roll:

  26. On May 04, 2010 at 7:21pm, cindy harris said...

    Wow. I am so sorry, hope you heal quickly and puppy behaves! Ice cream does help.

  27. On May 04, 2010 at 7:22pm, Joanne said...

    I am SO SORRY to hear this but thank god you guys are okay! I hate careless drivers. “I didn’t see you” by which he means he was daydreaming about what he was going to eat for dinner that night. Arrgh.

    At least the ice cream was delicious. There’s some saving grace in that.

  28. On May 04, 2010 at 7:30pm, nicole said...

    Oh I’m so sorry to hear about your accident! At least you and Bella are relatively okay. Good luck with your headache!
    It stinks that you have to part with your father’s car but at least there is some fun new car shopping involved.

  29. On May 04, 2010 at 8:09pm, Bethany said...

    Long time lurker, first time commenter — I’m SO glad you guys weren’t hurt. Why can’t people just WATCH THE ROAD??? I can imagine the shock and then the sadness you felt when you saw your dad’s car like that :-( yuck! I recommend eating more ice cream, hugging your puppy… and then taking her outside to pee again… hehe

  30. On May 04, 2010 at 8:13pm, Wei-Wei said...

    Oh, my goodness! I’m so sorry about the accident! I’m glad you guys are okay, though. That guy is an a$$!

    I’m sorry about your van, too. :( It really sucks that sometimes old memories and treasured things can be destroyed so quickly… :( I hope you feel better soon! :)

    Wei-Wei

  31. On May 04, 2010 at 9:04pm, Jodie said...

    I’m so sorry your week was awful! That puppy is ADORABLE, though. And you deserve more than ice cream!

  32. On May 04, 2010 at 10:41pm, Jules said...

    Oh no! Glad that all will heal. I’m sure the ice cream helped. Hugs!

  33. On May 05, 2010 at 12:09am, 5 Star Foodie said...

    Oh, my goodness, I’m so sorry that you had to go through all that! I’m glad you’re ok. The ice cream is sure to make you feel better and that cute little puppy too.

  34. On May 05, 2010 at 3:45am, bellini valli said...

    That is terrible to hear Susan. It really has not been a good week for you. I am certainly glad to hear you are both doing fine. I would take solice in the kitchen too and what better way to relax and get back to a happy place than with some ice cream.

  35. On May 05, 2010 at 6:36am, grace said...

    my goodness, susan! when it rains, it pours, right? i’m glad you (and the adorable poopy pup) weren’t too seriously injured!

  36. On May 05, 2010 at 8:23am, shelly (cookies and cups) said...

    wow!! glad to hear you’re ok…hope they can fix the car? is it totaled?
    ice cream can fix a world of problems, can’t it?! Even if it doesn’t solve the problem, it is definitely a good temporary fix!
    the puppy is so stinkin’ cute too!

  37. On May 05, 2010 at 2:17pm, dani said...

    hope things are getting better!

  38. On May 06, 2010 at 12:25am, Marie said...

    So sorry Susan, that’s scary! Did you go to the hospital to get checked out? Thank goodness mini sgcc wasn’t with you either, otherwise I got a feeling that guy would have heard a heck of alot more from you!
    Good luck with Bella, my daughter recently got a new pup, and everyday she called and told me what was destroyed. It’s alot of work in the beginning, but it does get better.

  39. On May 06, 2010 at 11:45am, Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) said...

    Oh my! Thank god you are okay! This is why I’m nervous driving!! The ice cream sure seems like a good cure though!

  40. On May 07, 2010 at 2:34am, Cherine said...

    I just came across your blog and I am lovin it!! You have wonderful recipes and shots here!!!

  41. On May 11, 2010 at 1:49pm, Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen said...

    Oh my goodness, Susan! I am glad to hear that both you and Bella were alright in the end – car accidents can be so scary! *hugs*

  42. On May 12, 2010 at 7:12pm, Zibi said...

    So glad you and Bella are ok. Luckily little SGCC was not in the car too.

    We were hit by someone who wasn’t watch where they were going recently too. Just a block from our home. Our dog Spark was in the back and barked up a storm, when the other driver got out of their vehicle. Luckily Spark and the two us were fine too, but it’s scary to know how many inattentive drivers are out there.

    You totally deserve that ice cream Susan!

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