February 9, 2010

Now That is Romanctic

I have always been a home body. Not that I don't enjoy going out once in a while or trying out something new and exciting, but for the most part, I am happiest at home in the normal routine of life. Boring, I know. But that is what it is.

When Allen and I were dating, most of our actual dates consisted of watching football, renting a video, playing cards or sharing a tub of Ben and Jerry's ice cream. One evening, I decided I was going to wow him with a home cooked meal. When I was at the market picking up my ingredients, I came across a new seasoning for Pasta. I always like to experiment with my cooking so I tossed it in my buggy and happily headed home.

I always, and still do, find it exciting to set a table and light the candles and put out a special meal for my sweet man. I remember singing and dancing around my yellow kitchen as I made everything just right.

Everything was going along sweetly as we enjoyed our dinner, conversation and being together. Until, all of a sudden I had this little itchy spot near my ear. Which spread to a bigger itchy spot as I began to turn red and my face and throat started swelling.

I knew what was happening immediately. I had this reaction to clams, oysters and other seafood before. The confusing part was that I hadn't eaten anything even remotely close to seafood. We decided to act and ask questions later. I knew Benadryl was the answer and the quicker the better.

I lived WAY OUT in the country and the only store nearby closed early. He did get there in time and I got a few doses in me. Then we started poking around to figure out what the source was. If you have any experience with allergies than you know that is important when you have a severe reaction.

I was at a loss until I remembered that seasoning. I dug the package out of the waste basket and sure enough if the very last ingredient was not clam powder. Who has ever even heard of such a thing???

Well, our evening turned out romantic all right. We popped in the video we had rented, and once all that Benadryl started working, I promptly fell dead asleep on the couch. Not only did I miss the whole movie, I don't even know what movie we watched. In fact, I don't even remember hearing Allen get up and leave.

And yet, somehow we still ended up married. We always laughed at that story as the first of many not quite so romantic date nights. But we never laughed so hard as we did a few years ago. We went to see the movie Hitch on one of our dates. For those who have seen the movie, you will know right what I am getting at. When we came to the scene when they are at the cooking class and he starts turning red, Allen and I knew exactly what was going to happen.

We started laughing like crazy and I am sure the other people in the theater thought there was something wrong with us. In between our laughing we said if only they had to make a run for Benadryl and he passes out on the couch. Which, as it turns out, is exactly what happened next.

I don't know what is funnier, that is happened to us, or that it obviously has happened to enough people to make it into a movie. But there you have it folks... True Story Tuesday.



  1. Precious story....of TRUE love! Thanks for sharing. Hope you guys are doing well. Stay warm and have fun in the snow.
    Hugs, andrea

  2. Oh what a story!!!!! Very scary but I'm glad it's something you can laugh at now =D Before my husband and I married I burned up his truck and he gave me a concussion. Things just don't always go as planned do they. I'm glad you made it past that date, obviously a LOT has gone RIGHT since then! You are a beautiful couple and amazing family!

  3. I never even knew they made such a thing? Clam powder?! I am glad you were able to get your Benadryl. I can recall a date with my hubby before we were married to urgent care because he had got stung by a bee and is allergic. He had to get his shot in the butt! I still like to tease him about it to this day of course it's usually after he is going on and on about how he isn't allergic to bees!

  4. How funny Kat...funny enough to make it too the movies. You two are such a sweet couple...as for being a home-body...that's me too.

  5. I'm glad you can laugh about it now. I bet it was kind of scary at the time.

  6. That is too funny! I would've loved to have been in the theater to hear that kind of laughing! :-D

  7. OMGoodness!! Part of me is laughing while the other part is saying, "Aww.....Poor Kat!"

    I too, am a homebody. I am happy and content to be a wife, mother, and keeper-of-the-home.

    When we actually DO, get to go out for a date, it's either Uncle Buck's for corn fritters or Wal-Mart. I know, I know.....how ROMANTICAL is thatt? lol


  8. Wow, how scary is that..but thankfully the store was still open and you are fine. Benadryl is a drug I can't take. 25 mg of that and I am out for the count for 2 whole days if not more. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I'm sorry. It's not nice to guffaw at other people's allergic reactions... but golly you told that one funny!

    And I vaguely remembered the scene in Hitch and then I totally remembered matching your own story! I would have been dying in there theater!

    Glad your little adventure didn't put a damper on finding your true love. And I'll be sure to check for clam powder on the label if you come for supper :)

    Thanks for linking up - can't wait to hear more stories!