Those of my readers who follow my Twitter and Facebook streams know what I'm talking about. But I held off in writing this post until I could do it with a bit of distance and after some healing. I swear I'm not usually a drama queen. Just sit back and listen.
It all started when my neighbor saw me arrive home in my new Malibu last Saturday and ran down the street to chat. (btw don't forget if you're in TX to visit the Girlfriend Getaway site and vote for me...pretty please?) So my friend announced that a few of the neighbors had decided to host a block party cocktail throwdown the following night. My neighborhood kind of rocks like that. One neighbor was making mojitos, another had a killer margarita recipe. It was set to be a contest of sorts, so I needed something better than the usual Captain and Coke. So I threw out a Tweet and instantly had dozens of great suggestions.
The one I decided to try was suggested by Elz but it was Karen Walrond's (otherwise known as Chookooloonks) Trinidadian rum punch recipe. She warned it was dangerous, but I don't think she meant what happened to me. It's basically lime juice, simple syrup and golden rum, so I thought I could handle that. Karen specifically says you need to use fresh squeezed lime juice to make it correctly, 2 cups worth, so I bought about a dozen and a half limes and started squeezing. By hand. Because I don't have a juicer. Yeah that kind of sucked. My hands are small and not that strong...after a few limes I realized what a workout this was going to be. I kept dropping limes into the juice and having to fish them back out. My hands, my clothes, my utensils...everything was sweet and sticky with juice. But I finished the recipe, along with buffalo chicken dip and a tray of Tex Mex Chicken melts and headed outside to our party in the cul-de-sac.
Now the swelling is down but my hands are still darkly pigmented, a side effect that may last up to a year according to what I've read. And at the moment they look dried up and leathery with cracks where the blisters were. It's kinda gross. But the rum punch? Yummy :)