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Story of a Sick Housewife

Hey folks! I am typing as fast as my pain pills will allow. Which actually isn’t going too hot, because when I read it sober it reads as if my 4 year old niece wrote it. Anyways look out for Part II of the installment tomorrow. In the meantime check out this piece of mess!!!

Looking Happy Doing My Walking Rounds!

Looking Happy Doing My Walking Rounds!

I had to black out the boob-age area due to lack of undergarments. I wanted to keep the site rated PG! If you want to see the R-rated photo send me a personal message and maybe I’ll send it to you. Its lots of laughs!


UPDATE: So my husband saw that I put this picture on the site and reacted with ” UGGHHH….. (silence)” So I just want to clarify I was not just creepily looking at the floor for fun and yes I realize what I look like in this photo. My sister told me to look sick as she took it and this is what she got from me. ha.

xoxo Keighley


August 8, 2009 - 1:11 pm

Sonia - YIKES! So sorry you have been so sick. Anxious to hear the rest of the story. Hope you are on the mend!

August 8, 2009 - 11:44 pm

Krystal - Oh Keighley, what would I do without you?! That picture is priceless. Get better soon!!

PART 1: Story of a Sick Housewife

(BEWARE: this post is full of drama)

                I have beaten the odds. I have stared death in the face. I have seen the light. This is how I feel after this past weekend. Actually those three little sentences aren’t dramatic enough  to describe how I feel. (hysterical much?) I am not fully recovered, but I am on the mend. In the meantime, I have these amazing little things called Vicodin that make me feel real good. It is 11:45 pm right now, and about thirty minutes ago I took 2 of these lovelies.

                 The only reasons I’m posting about this experience is because 1.)My sister plastered a post on the blog saying I was sick 2.)My mom has mentioned on the blog I would do this. 3.) I am on drugs and 4.) There are some funny moments that may make you chuckle.

                I am actually quite embarrassed by the words of encouragement and love left via facebook, phones, texts, and blog. I was hoping this ordeal would pass with only my mom and siblings knowing but, my wish did not come true. Anyways, for all of you that have been so sweet and given more attention then needed to my cause… Thank you.  (A Cause??? Well a 1 day stint in the hospital)

 How It Began:   Michael and I had planned a quick getaway to Scottsdale for some much needed R&R. We were actually suppose to go up to Flagstaff to stay at my dads’ house but, due to some unfortunate events, quickly changed destinations. We were both beyond thrilled because we booked a couple days at the Hotel Valley Ho.  Have you seen it? Well check it out.

The Ho!

The Ho!

Amazing right??? So after Michael had finished work on Saturday we headed to the Ho. When we got there I quickly realized the place was even better than the pictures. Not only was a DJ playing some great tunes, but there were loads of hideous drunk people acting insane. (I love people watching!) Michael and I were giddy and were positive things couldn’t get better… Oh was I wrong.  As I pulled the key-card out of the scanner and opened the door to our suite, my knees became weak, and a choir of angels starting singing. Because there standing in the middle of our room was a glorious, white, porcelain, free-standing, hunk of TUB. (We all know about my obsession)



There. Are. No. Words.

       Excuse my drooling and abnormal excitement… it was a great tub. So anyways, after opening & shutting every nook and cranny in our room and flipping through the TV channels we decided to go EAT! There is plenty I could write about, but I will sum it up for you. The rest of the night consisted of Mahi Mahi, watching singles and not so single people flirt at the Hotel Bar, sitting on a patio drinking Diet Cokes, trying to spy on some girls Sweet 16 party, and lots of laughter. It was PERFECT! At one point Michael told me that this was one of the best nights he had in months. (This makes me feel even more crappy for getting sick) Around 10pm we headed back to our room and immediately I started feeling sick. I didn’t want to ruin the night so I decided I would take a bath, order a movie, and go to sleep. My poor husband is dragged to the doctors or Urgent Care monthly because of me so I was damned and determined to get through the night. After 3 Advil’s, 2 baths, and 100 exclamations of “Its Just Cramps” to Michael I finally fell asleep around midnight. 

      At 1:15 am I was rudely awakened by a pain I can only describe as a Machete being stabbed into my chest cavity, 110 degree fever, and a bear claw slashing away at my intestines. Waking up feeling like this I decided the best form of action was to stumble into the toilet room. As I sat down on the toilet fully clothed, a f-ing DEMON took over my body. Within 30 seconds I knew something was very wrong. It was so wrong that I fell off the toilet, and started loosing conscienceness. This was when the thought that I was dying seriously went through my mind. I was so sure I was a goner that my main objective was to wake up Michael so I could say goodbye. YES, I WAS THAT DRAMATIC! I WAS PLANNING MY FAREWELL TO MY HUSBAND! So in what I believed was going to be the last few seconds of my life on earth, I began to crawl…

The end to part 1. I’m drugged, tired, and my grammer stinks….

xoxoxo Keighley

August 6, 2009 - 1:16 pm

Liz Coffey - Oh Keighly, you’re killing me. This is like seeing a great movie( Die hard) and you can’t wait to hear in your case what Mel is going to do next! The suspense is keighlying me! Come on finish the story!

August 6, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Lara Stowell - This is awesome (sorry). Please post the rest. ASAP!

August 7, 2009 - 6:30 pm

thebellalife - I am writing as fast as my pain pills allow. Thanks for reading


August 8, 2009 - 2:28 pm

Liz Coffey - I’m sorry I didn’t realize you were really in such pain. I hope you’re on the mend soon! Until then I’ll have to read my Nancy Drews! LOl

August 8, 2009 - 11:50 pm

thebellalife - Liz- I was in horrible pain until the morphine. After I got to the hospital I promise I wasn’t so dramatic and hysterical. As you can tell, I don’t do well in tense situations.


August 9, 2009 - 10:35 am

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August 6, 2009 - 8:35 am

margauxhf - I adore the Zinke Design dress. The shape is so natural and lovely. I also love the color!

August 6, 2009 - 8:45 am

thebellalife - Hi Margauxhf-

I hope all is well! I’m am in total aggreement. LOVE this dress. It yells “Hollywood Glam”. ;)


August 6, 2009 - 4:59 pm

Cece - Ok love the black & blue living area! Maybe I am just projecting! I feel black & blue so I love black & blue? Is that possible? Just new mommy tireness!!! I know tiredness is not a word in any world other than mine!!! Loves to Carla!

Rigatoni with Eggplant Puree

About a year ago, my Sister-In-Law introduced me to this DELICIOUS pasta recipe on (courtesy of Giada De Laurentis).  (I know Giada can be kind of annoying on her show but, I’m willing to admit, she knows how to make a mean pasta dish).  One of the best things about this recipe is that it is EASY.  You basically throw the vegetables into the oven, roast them, puree them and voila - PASTA SAUCE

Rigatoni with Eggplant Puree


Makes 4 to 6 servings


  • 1 medium eggplant, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, whole
  • (sometimes I add 1/2 of a white onion {cut into large cubes}  for extra flavor)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts (if you don’t have pine nuts, or don’t like pine nuts – leave them out. It will be just as tasty)
  • 1 pound rigatoni pasta
  • 1/4 cup torn fresh mint leaves (if you don’t have fresh mint leaves, no worries. You could always try a 1-2 Tablespoons of fresh Italian Parsley or fresh Basil)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl combine the eggplant, cherry tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes (this is where I add the onion).

Spread the vegetables out in an even layer on the baking sheet. Roast in the oven until the vegetables are tender and the eggplant is golden, about 35 minutes.

While the vegetables are roasting, place the pine nuts in a small baking dish. Place in the oven on the rack below the vegetables. Roast until golden, about 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and reserve.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta into a large bowl and reserve 1 1/2 cups of the cooking liquid.

Transfer the roasted vegetables to a food processor. Add the torn mint leaves and extra-virgin olive oil. Puree the vegetables.

Transfer the pureed vegetables to the bowl with the pasta and add the Parmesan. Stir to combine, adding the pasta cooking liquid 1/2 cup at a time until the pasta is saucy. Sprinkle the pine nuts over the top and serve.

Serve with a small salad, fresh french bread and dipping sauce. ENJOY!