When Good News turns to a Bad Day

So its been quite a while since I have posted and for good reason. I entered a contest a while back but almost completely forgot about it because of how work has been lately. When I got home last Friday there was a call from Nordicware but it was past 5pm. So I called back but knew that I probably wouldn't get a call back until Monday but that didn't stop me from freaking out about the possibilities. So while at work on Monday I was anxiously awaiting the phone call. And it was the news I was hoping for I was the finalist for the Thanksgiving Bundt Cake. You can check out the list of the winners here. So that means my first trip to San Francisco and my first competition. So that is very exciting.

Onto the unfortunate bad news is that I ended up in the hospital on Monday night and then back again on Tuesday night until Friday. So it appears I have a colon infection due to stress and was set off by something I ate. Oh yea and Im 26 with ulcers in my colon. So that meant 2 hardcore antibiotics through my IV and I have to take them for another 8 days in pill form. So Im starting to feel better and I just want to be in top shape for the competition.

And if anyone has any tips for what to do in San Francisco for a few days or for dinner plans I have never been there before.


  1. Congratulations and get well soon. I can't imagine being in the hospital for that many days straight in pain. Good to know you're feeling a bit better. And congratulations on the competition. I'm sure you'll be great!
    I went to San Fran for the first time last year and loved it. I did all the touristy things, which are cheesy, but it's nice to get an understanding of the city. Plus, if you do a tour bus, you can't get on and get off all day.
    As for food, you really can't go wrong anywhere. I know that's a broad statement, but depending on what you like to eat, you can find it there.

  2. Oh Katie! First of all, get well soon!

    Congratulations on your contest. You get better so you can enjoy yourself!

  3. First and most importantly..take care of yourself! I hope you are feeling better!
    And congrats on your win!!
    That is soooo very awesome. I have never been to San Fran so I cant give you any tips..other than to enjoy yourself!!

  4. Congrats! How absolutely exciting! And I'm so sorry on the illness, that is rough!

    Michael Mina's for dinner...perfection.

  5. Katie, congratulations. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you. I won't tell you to take care of yourself because you already know that. But if the infection comes from stress, please remind yourself that life is too short to be spent on health issues. Calm yourself and know that yur foodie friends are behind you all the way. Feel better sweetie.

  6. well congrats on being a finalist! and i hope you get well soon :)

  7. congratulations and i'm sorry--i hope you're back up to par soon. :)

  8. Congratulations on the competition and more importantly good luck! I hope you get well soon, if ever there was a reason to take it really easy this is it!

  9. Hi,
    How exciting!! Congrats on making it as a finalist. Good luck to you on winning it all. Hope you post all about it!

    Sorry, to learn that you've been under the weather. Hope you are feeling 100% soon!

  10. Hey, beautiful, congratulations! I'll be rooting for you all the way from here!

    And I hope you get better soon, Katie.


  11. Congrats--kind of? Seriously, that is terrible, how frustrating. I hope you feel better by the time you leave. And good luck--so exciting!!

  12. Congrats on the competition. I hope you get better soon!

  13. Katie, Congratulations on the contest and feel better soon - my husband too has an IT job - VP of IT for a large Japanese bank - he is stressed and sick all the time - he had 13 polyps removed and is due for another colonscopy - take care of yourself and good luck.

  14. take care my dear!
    as for this post, white chocolate + apricots sounds like a delicious combination :)

  15. Yay! Bundts Across America! I fanaticized about entering, just because of the fabulous name, and the chance to go home again. Congratulations! You MUST go to the Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building (Saturday, 8-2). Don’t eat breakfast first! It is phenomenal. While you’re at the Ferry Building, stop by Cowgirl Creamery and try some of their Mt. Tam, Red Hawk or St. Pat. The best you’ll ever have. Also worth a stop while at the Ferry Bldg: Hog Island Oyster Co., Far West Fungi and Taylor’s Refresher (for an ahi burger with ginger wasabi mayo). After you check Michael Mina off of your list, go to a little place called Olea (1494 California St.). Gabriel Amaya, the chef, does amazing things, and is a lovely human being, as well. You’ll need to have a pastry or three at Citizen Cake. And you MUST ride a cable car – I don’t care what anyone says. Stand on the outside and feel reckless and very, very full. Have a great trip (can you tell where I left my heart?)


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