Monday, January 2, 2012

The Saga of the Slimy Oysters

(Before I get to today’s post, I’d like to take a minute to wish my most wonderful husband a happy thirtieth anniversary.  No one knows me better, understands me better, or loves me better. I’m so thankful for the past three decades of marriage to this truly amazing man.)

When we went to Charlotte for Christmas, Steve got the handy dandy idea of taking along some fresh scallops and oysters. I mean what’s the sense of residing by the sea if you can’t share its bounty with those you love?

I was fine with the scallops.  They’re actually pretty good wrapped in bacon and cooked on the grill.  But oozy oysters in a shell?  Ick.  I figured as long as those nasty creatures stayed at least one hundred feet from my person at all times, we could coexist in a fairly peaceable manner.

And so we arrived in Charlotte and the Oyster/Scallop Hors D’oeuvres Extravaganza Preceding the Christmas Feast began.

christmas in charlotte 031

 

Nathan absolutely loved the scallops but wasn’t too keen about the thought of eating a steamed oyster.  However, when I offered to give him $5 to try one, he didn’t even blink.  Cash-strapped newlyweds are all about earning a little extra moola.

christmas in charlotte 034

Vernie required no bribe at all; she just sat right down, got the oyster arranged on a cracker and munched it on down.  (And may I just say that she has the most beautiful skin.  Can you believe she’s a great grandma?)

christmas in charlotte 043

Steve’s younger brother, Jeff, was in fine form during the extravaganza, doing the Heeby Jeeby Dance as a way of poking fun at those of us who were sitting on the sidelines, shuddering with horror at the very thought of eating oily oysters.  (If you didn’t know, the Heeby Jeeby Dance involves sticking both arms out and waving them around while turning in a circle.  Jeff got lots of practice at it.)

christmas in charlotte 052

The Smith Men (Steve’s dad, two brothers, and Nathan) continued to enjoy their seafood mini buffet.christmas in charlotte 059

christmas in charlotte 088

Everyone was having a great time and everything was going along just swimmingly when suddenly, inexplicably, the mood changed.

Things turned ugly. 

Eyes turned toward . . . me. 

“Me?” I squeaked pitifully?  “You want me to eat an oyster?  I think NOT!” 

christmas in charlotte 068

I took a few steps back  from the proceedings so that the alien nasty oysters couldn’t crawl out of their slippery shells and start stalking me around the deck.  I was absolutely appalled at the thought of putting any slimy gray creature from the sea into my mouth.

christmas in charlotte 069

However.  Some arm twisting proceeded to commence and after trying to say no seventeen different ways, the situation eventually degenerated to the horrific point where a little oyster fella perched himself on a cracker and headed my way.

christmas in charlotte 071

I cannot believe I am smiling at the oyster; I should have been screaming and gagging.

b1

From that point on, it was not a happy sight.  I am sparing you the worst of the faces I made, but I’m sure you can tell by the ones I’ve included that the whole experience was ranked right up there with childbirth in the Enjoyment Department. (That white thing is a napkin that Steve gallantly applied to my person before the trauma began.)

christmas in charlotte 080

christmas in charlotte 083

christmas in charlotte 081

christmas in charlotte 082

In closing, I would love to say that a good time was had by all; however, the oysters and I would have to respectfully disagree.

christmas in charlotte 104

(All photos by Meagan Smith)

Comments

Rachel said, “Just love these pictures...  I can't help but wonder what the temperature is in your house. It seems like Nathan is usually wearing shorts and a t-shirt when he is home...yet Meagan is in a sweat shirt and the rest of you are somewhere in between. lol”

Rachel, that is a very good question.  I truly think that if Nathan lived on an iceberg in the arctic, he would still choose to put on his t-shirt and basketball shorts.   So I guess you should get your hints as to our house’s temp from our clothes—NOT his!  (And we keep it at about 71 degrees.)

Lizz wrote, “Sue G, your post (comment) brought tears to my eyes! Favorite parts "and especially for the miracle of the Life about Whom we celebrate this season" and "What I like about LOVE is that it can't be bought...but it sure can be returned!!!!" I love the last one so so much! I'm going to use it as much as possible! Wishing you many more Christmases!”

Lizz, I just love it when people use this forum to build other people up.  And if anyone deserves a compliment on writing, it would be our friend, Sue.  Thanks for drawing attention to yet another one of her wonderfully penned comments.

BloggerKaren said,  “Off topic: I would like to share Sarah's story with this family (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prayers-for-Adler-Shelbourne/333068460055780), but wanted to check with you first. I would love to give them some hope for their little Adler.”

Karen, we would love for you to share Sarah’s story. Giving hope is what it’s all about!  

18 Had Something To Say (Just click here!):

Anonymous said...

I totally understand your aversion to oysters. The thought of eating those slimy things...blech! It looks like everyone had a really good time watching you try to eat it, though. Good for you for bringing out such joy in everyone! Oh, the sacrifices mothers/wives make. Haha!

Gayle in AL

Lesley said...

Steve's expressions while you were sampling the oyster are the best part!
I admire your bravery. That would be the day I'd put one of those slippery suckers in my mouth :) I was all I could do to try a steamed clam!

Anonymous said...

Oysters are awful!!! I love scallops though. When I was much younger I used to babysit an elderly lady. She made oyster stew from canned oysters. I had to choke down every single bite I ate. Must have been the worst thing I ever tasted. Have not touch once since and doubt I ever will again.

The faces you made were priceless.

Cindy from Sonoma

lifebythecreek said...

Oooh, you folks are crazy! Good, fresh oysters have a fresh brine taste; "perched" on a saltine with a splash of Tabasco, they are divine! LOVE good scallops, too.. yum, yum, yum! And Happy Anniversary, Becky and Steve... don't forget to do the Spring Chicken dance!

Jessica said...

Happy Anniversary!
I hope Steve sees how lucky he is to have a wife who still loves him after the whole oyster thing :-)

Ann Martin said...

Meagan did a great job with the pictures. I do not like slimy oysters--only fried hard. I can eat them in oyster stew if they are cut up in little pieces.

Kristina said...

1. Happy Anniversary, Steve and Becky! What a great example of marriage your children have to look to as they make their own ways through life.

2. The oyster debacle was hysterical.. I love oysters (particularly raw ones) so I can't relate to your horror but the pictures were highly entertaining!

3. The word 'Arctic' should be capitalized, particularly when being used as a noun although convention is changing and it is now usually capitalized at all times. I generally don't point such things out because it makes people mad, but I know your affinity for language and writing and thought you might be one of the few humans who prefers to be told!

Lizz said...

This post was so funny! I'm sorry but it was! Of course if I was the one being forced against my ever loving will to eat one of those nasty things I. WOULD. NOT. DO. IT!!!! EVER! Of maybe for a lot of money but it would be over $100 for sure! GROSS!!!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY AGAIN!

Anonymous said...

Aww I just love all kind of sea food :)
But this post was so funny. Now you have tried a new thing.

Guerrina said...

I tried an oyster-on-the-half-shell...once....they taste just as bad when raw, Becky. I'm with you 100%! Now steamers, shrimp and scallops are a different story!

Shijun Lin said...

shijun 4.20 4
louis vuitton purses
michael kors uk
michael kors uk
coach factory
chanel no 5
marc jacobs outlet
burberry outlet
michael kors
replica watches
michael kors handbags
abercrombie
cheap toms
hollister outlet
louis vuitton
burberry bags
michael kors uk
oakley sunglasses
abercrombie & fitch
ray ban sunglasses
mont blanc legend
jordan 11 columbia
white timberland boots
mont blanc pen
louis vuitton handbags
oakley frogskins
coach outlet store online
kobe 8
pandora charms
chanel handbags
jordan 11 snakeskin
mulberry outlet
ray ban sunglasses
chi hair strighteners
cheap lebron james shoes
michael kors outlet online
michael kors outlet sale
christian louboutin
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors watches
abercrombie outlet

Shijun Lin said...

shijun 4.20 4
louis vuitton purses
michael kors uk
michael kors uk
coach factory
chanel no 5
marc jacobs outlet
burberry outlet
michael kors
replica watches
michael kors handbags
abercrombie
cheap toms
hollister outlet
louis vuitton
burberry bags
michael kors uk
oakley sunglasses
abercrombie & fitch
ray ban sunglasses
mont blanc legend
jordan 11 columbia
white timberland boots
mont blanc pen
louis vuitton handbags
oakley frogskins
coach outlet store online
kobe 8
pandora charms
chanel handbags
jordan 11 snakeskin
mulberry outlet
ray ban sunglasses
chi hair strighteners
cheap lebron james shoes
michael kors outlet online
michael kors outlet sale
christian louboutin
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors watches
abercrombie outlet

Shijun Lin said...

shijun 4.20 9
abercrombie
louis vuitton outlet
cheap toms
lebron 12
michael kors outlet
nike running shoes
louis vuitton outlet stores
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors outlet online
micahel kors outlet
louis vuitton outlet
new jordans
chanel purses
micahel kors outlet
louis vuitton handbags
michael kors handbags
lv handbags
juicy couture handbags
kids lebron james shoes
michael kors outlet online sale
louis vuitton
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors outlet
ray ban sungalsses
ray ban outlet
hollister co
hollister outlet
louis vuitton outlet
ray ban outlet
jordan retro 5
louis vuitton handbags
michael kors outlet
abercrombie
louboutin
michael kors bags
marc jacobs perfume
coach outlet canada
ralph lauren uk
hollister
oakley sunglasses

huanglin said...

michael kors bag
louis vuitton outlet stores
christian louboutin
oakley sunglasses outlet
beats solo
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton
abercrombie
ray ban glasses
michael kors handbags
toms shoes
michael kors
coach factory outlet
prada shoes
louis vuitton outlet
adidas outlet
coach
cheap toms
burberry outlet online
jordan pas cher homme
jordan 11 gamma blue
mont blanc pens
michael kors
ralph lauren outlet
tods outlet
longchamp outlet
ray ban sunglasses
michael kors purse
burberry outlet
timberland boots
jordan 11 low
louis vuitton outlet
oakley sunglasses outlet
ray bans
marc jacobs handbags
coach factory outlet
prescription sunglasses
fitflops clearance
coach outlet store online
hollister co
caihuanglin20150630

huanglin said...

pandora jewelry
michael kors outlet online
abercrombie kids
toms outlet
tory burch outlet
timberland boots
kate spade handbags
christian louboutin sale
jordan 11
fitflop footwear
michael kors
coach outlet stores
air jordan pas cher
michael kors outlet
air max 90
rolex watches outlet
hollister kids
louis vuitton outlet
juicy couture
replica watches
true religion jeans
coach outlet
louis vuitton handbags
gucci shoes
lebron james basketball shoes
christian louboutin sale
celine outlet
coach factory outlet online
concords 11
coach outlet store online
christian louboutin shoes
polo ralph lauren
christian louboutin
longchamp handbags
hollister
michael kors outlet
michael kors outlet online sale
christian louboutin
cheap air max
michael kors outlet online
caihuanglin20150630

Jianxiang Huang said...

0716
spurs jersey
phil mcconkey jersey,odell beckham jr jersey,michael strahan jersey,chris snee jersey,larry donnell jersey,peyton hillis jersey,carl banks jersey,lawrence taylor jersey,phil mcconkey jersey,justin tuck jersey,michael boley jersey,chase blackburn jersey
lebron shoes
russell westbrook jersey
los angeles lakers jerseys
michael kors bags
hermes belt
nike air max uk
heat jersey
mulberry uk
tommy hilfiger outlet store
robert griffin jersey,joe theismann jersey,andre roberts jersey,sonny jurgensen jersey,art monk jersey,bashaud breeland jersey,barry cofield jersey,perry riley jersey,e.j. biggers jersey,duke ihenacho jersey,josh morgan jersey
manchester united jersey
ravens jerseys
stuart weitzman outlet
the north face
cheap evening dresses
oakley sunglasses canada
tory burch outlet
barcelona jersey
dwyane wade jersey
soccer jerseys,cheap soccer jerseys,cheap soccer jerseys for sale,soccer jersey,usa soccer jersey,football jerseys
nike roshe run
stuart weitzman boots
air jordan shoes
wedding dresses
canada goose jackets
derrick rose jersey
juicy couture outlet online
nike air max

chenxin said...

20150725 chenxin
michael kors outlet online
chanel handbags
tory burch outlet
longchamp outlet
toms shoes outlet
ralph lauren uk
tory burch shoes
coach outlet online
chanel outlet
ralph lauren outlet
ray ban sunglass
jordan pas cher
prada outlet
cheap jordans
michael kors outlet
gucci
replica watches
gucci outlet
ray ban sunglasses
ray ban sunglasses
nike air max
air max shoes
michael kors bag
oakley sunglasses
coach outlet online
michael kors outlet online
longchamp pas cher
michael kors uk
louis vuitton pas cher
cheap beats headphones
ralph lauren
ray ban uk
kate spade
toms shoes
mont blanc pen
burberry handbags
gucci outlet
louis vuitton
nike tn pas cher
jordan uk

Wenhao Guo said...

michael kors factory outlet, http://www.michaelkorsfactoryoutletonline.com
ugg boots
louis vuitton handbags
michael kors outlet
chanel outlet
oakley sunglasses wholesale, http://www.oakleysunglasseswholesale.in.net
cheap soccer jerseys
moncler coats
kansas city chiefs jerseys
puma shoes
air jordan shoes
true religion jeans, http://www.truereligionjeanscanada.com
cheap nba jerseys, http://www.nbajerseys.us.com
michael kors outlet, http://www.michaelkorsoutletcanada.in.net
koby bryant shoes
cheap wedding dresses
ray ban
thomas sabo uk
prada handbags
cheap oakley sunglasses
boston celtics jersey
michael kors outlet
polo lacoste pas cher
new balance 574
true religion jeans, http://www.truereligionjeansoutlet.com
hollister uk
louis vuitton outlet
coach factory outlet
polo ralph lauren outlet
fitflop shoes
hermes outlet
kate spade outlet
oakley sunglasses
links of london uk
canada goose outlet
achang0810