Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Thank you so much for the wonderful comments you left after my last post.  I'm feeling much better now.  I still have a little congestion in my ears, but other than that I'm pretty well recovered.   Hopefully, I've said my final farewell to the "Swine".

I wanted to post a new blog today, but I'm busy catching up on all the household tasks I neglected while I was sick.  Instead, I'm bringing back a post from February, 2009.  I hope you enjoy it.  It still makes me laugh.  I'll be back soon with a new post.

You Can't Do That

It's been a while since I've shared a stupid story with you. I have so many that's it's hard to choose, but I think something food related would be a good one for today.

This happened a little more than 16 years ago and I was pregnant with my son at the time. My parents took Mr. Willoughby and I out to dinner at a buffet style restaurant. This was toward the end of my pregnancy so I was pretty big and standing or walking for any length of time was incredibly tiring.

I went up to the buffet and put some side dishes on my plate, but when I got to the meats, the fish was gone. I wasn't interested in any other meat, I just wanted some fish so I went back to the table and sat down. A few minutes later a server was refilling some of the bins in the meat area so I went to check and see if the fish had been replenished. It hadn't so I sat back down. Again, we saw someone come out with bins of food, so my husband asked if I would like him to get me some fish. I said no, I'd do it myself. I went back to the meat area to find there was still no fish so I asked the guy who was at the carving station if they were going to bring any more out. He said yes, it should only be a minute if I wanted to wait. So that's what I did.

I was standing next to the empty fish bin waiting when a man came up behind me. I told him I was waiting for the fish and he could go around me. For some reason he seemed angry at this. He told me I had to move on and that waiting wasn't allowed. Again, I told him he could go around me, I was going to wait. This angered him to the point that he started to complain about me to other customers who were getting their food. "She's holding up the line. There's no fish but she's going to wait and hold up the line." Say what? I told him twice he could go around me. It got kind of ugly from there, and we were having a pretty heated argument. I may have even pushed up the sleeves on my maternity sweater. Other people around the buffet hurried back to their tables and away from us; the short bald man and pregnant woman who were arguing about fish.

Before we came to blows (I'm sure I could have taken him), a server brought out a full bin of fish. For just a moment I considered taking not just a few pieces, but the entire bin and heading back to my table. I could even see myself reaching past the sneeze guard, prying the pan out of the steam table and running (waddling) through the restaurant while laughing maniacally. If I hadn't thought it would be too hot for me to lift I probably would have. Instead, I took a few pieces and went back to my table. My husband and my parents hadn't even noticed what had been going on. While I was telling them about it, the man returned to his table on the other side of the dining room. He was obviously telling his family what had taken place because he was pointing at me. My husband was ready to go ask the guy to step outside, but I didn't want him to. I was all hopped up on watered down Coke, soggy steam table vegetables and 8 months worth of pregnancy hormones. I could take care of this guy myself.

I unwedged myself from the table and waddled over to his table. "I hope you choke on your food!" I said. He was speechless. I think I made my point. Oh, and the fish? It was okay, but I've had better.

Originally posted February 20, 2009



Purple Flowers said...

Thanks. Your story made me laugh! I was picturing a pregnant lady being hungry, and having just about enough of a very annoying man!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

very cute story...made me laugh too..

glad you're back and feeling better..

more later,dear one

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

thanks for sharing the idea of the big glass jar....

i have a 4 year old neice and i am going to do that with idea....i love teaching kids about nature..nothing better..

take care


ChristineM said...

I remember that post! The nerve of some people...don't mess with pregnant women!!!

Nice to see you back and feeling better!

Life Laugh Latte said... funny! I could picture the whole thing. Cracked me up. I will avoid conflict 9 out of 10 times, but pregnancy just brought out the she-devil in me. I had strong words once at about 4 months pregnant with the drive thru guy at McD when I ordered a burger at 10am. It for whatever reason was the only food I could stomach. They weren't serving lunch yet, and clearly it wasn't his fault, but I was mad! Holly

5thsister said...

Even funny in reruns! Glad you're on the mend. Hoping the ears are "opening" up on you.

kys said...

What kind of fool messes with a pregnant lady??

Glad you're feeling better!!

Holly said...

So glad to see you back and feeling better. What a ridiculous man...good story though!

Lissaloo said...

lol, that is hilarious! Good for you, you just don't mess with a pregnant woman, they will take you out!! :) Glad to here you are recovering :)

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

150 privet! I LOVE privet..thanks for the good thoughts...hopefully the trees will be o.k.

more later, dear friend,

Graceful said...

Oh my gosh, I can't help myself. I'm laughing out loud over this one! You got me at the point where you want to reach under the sneeze guard and haul away the entire fish bin. Too funny.

Thanks for bringing a smile to my evening - -and so glad to hear you are back on your feet again!

Matty said...

How funny. Some people just have to be trouble makers, down-in-the-mouth, negative naysayers. I can just imagine this preggo lady running with the fish bin.

Joanna Jenkins said...

OMG! That is hysterical Willoughby! That's teach him not to mess with a pregnant lady on the hunt for fish!

Glad you're feeling better.

sanjeet said...

They weren't serving lunch yet, and clearly it wasn't his fault, but I was mad! Holly

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Betty said...

This story made me laugh!
Glad you're feeling better!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

What a great idea about drying the treasures from the walks..I am doing it...would be fun to frame them with the date....

thanks for this, my friend

have a wonderful weekend

more later,

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

I actually just spit out a mouthful of coffee laughing at this...thanks!