12 Oct 2007

Just In Case You Were Wondering

If you see a snail on the other side of a puddle, do not jump into the puddle. I know you're dying to, but you really shouldn't.

"Why?" you ask.

Benjamin will tell you that the snail has worms in it that come out as it moves through a puddle, and if you subsequently jump into said puddle, the worms may work their way through your shoe sole and bore into your foot. They will then crawl all the way up to you heart or brain. AND...if the worms stay there for long enough, you might die!

His source for this was National Geographic.

I'm thinking he may have missed a few things, but why take chances. Starting right now, I will never again jump into a puddle following a snail!

Still not sure about puddles that appear snail-free.


In other news, we had a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner last night.

Improvisation was the name of the game, since, this being Norway, there's no pre-cooked turkey, fresh turkey or even frozen turkey to be found. Anywhere! There is also no Stove-Top anything, cranberry sauce or Reynold's plastic oven bags.

So here's what we ended up with:

Three chickens
Saucisses (mini sausages - huge hit with the boys)
Roasted potato wedges (would have loved mash, but was voted down)
Homemade celery, onion and sage stuffing (which I have to admit was fantabulous)
Cranberry jelly
Brussels sprouts, carrots and green beans

...not your traditional Thanksgiving dinner - but everyone loved it! Or if they didn't, they pretended really hard, because most of the food was gone.

And to finish it off - pumpkin pie being unavailable - we opted for crepes with chocolate mousse. Mmmm...delicious!

Thanks for all your well wishes. They were greatly appreciated.


Cyn said...

MMMmmmmm.... I'm hungry already and it's only 8:25 a.m. I'm glad your dinner was a success.

I had to LOL about the snail / worm story. 6thGrader's science teacher has been appealing to the grossness-factor in telling stories about strange ailments including bugs that will bore into your body and if they happen to get in your head, you have to shave your head and put some meat on it so when the bug comes out for air, it will go into the meat. I don't know much about it, but 6thGrader was simulataneously grossed out and interested.

Family Adventure said...

Hi Cyn!
Maybe National Geographic is trying the same tactic? Hey, if it gets them interested, I suppose it is worth a try, right? :)

Hae Yung said...

You could learn alot from Benjamin. He's always very willing to pass on his knowledge. He makes everything more interesting.

Glad to hear about the dinner. You are very good at improvising. I have seen it first hand. I can't wait to see how much cooking you will be doing once you return to TO. I just can't believe how much cooking you are doing. Becoming Martha?!

gmcountrymama said...

Second...YUM!(roasted potatoes and mini sausages)
Glad it all worked out well.

Who She She said...

Dinner sounds great. Now I'm hungry.

The worms, um, not so much. Since it happens to be raining today, I'll take this opportunity to begin puddle avoidance.

Victoria said...

Great - now I'm going to have to start avoiding puddles! Since we're in a deep drought, it won't be difficult! =)

Your meal sounds wonderful!!

Rimarama said...

Wow, that meal sounds delish! Were you just kidding about not being a cook?

I tend to stay away from snails as a general rule, and your warning is just re-affirming my conviction that snails are too close to the slug family to be lovable.

Kellan Rhodes said...

I love the whole snail theory - I'm definately stepping in no puddles where there are snails anywhere around!

Karen MEG said...

I knew there was a good reason for avoiding puddles, snails or no snails, all these years.
And a very yummy T-giving dinner Norwegian style. Especially the dessert - crepes - ahhhh!!!

suburbancorrespondent said...

Homemade stuffing is always better than that stuff that comes from a box.

Thanks for sharing the snail/puddle theory. I'll put that on my list of things to worry about. Yuck!