54 In Life

Can You Believe Me


Dear friends, I apparently need to have all of my senses closely scrutinized by a physician because yesterday I ate this cheese. The fact that the wrapper {which is usually shrink wrapped around the cheese} was about to explode with fermented gases apparently eluded my hands and my eyes. I proceeded to remove the cheese from the wrapper and eat it. I did notice it didn’t taste quite right, so I rationalized with myself that the cheese tasted so bad because first I ate pineapple. So, I went about my merry way eating very rotten cheese. Finally, half way through I kept thinking, this is bad, this doesn’t really taste good at all. Then I looked at the rest of the cheese sticks and smelled the one I was eating…. clearly they were ALL very ROTTEN. I called Justin he said, “Drink some Diet Coke”. No problem there… Diet Coke makes everything better. It worked, Diet Coke saved me from the rotten cheese. So if you ever eat anything very rotten, just chase it with some Diet Coke.

If you come here to be inspired by something, hopefully this will inspire you to closely inspect your cheese before ingesting it and always keep Diet Coke on hand.

Happy Friday… and watch those cheese sticks! They said they were good before 12/09… what a fib!

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  • Joy
    September 25, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    I just found your blog and and enjoy it, I have been reading the archives and it cracks me up because I have a little “Rover” too!

    And the cheese? Bless your heart!! I can’t believe the date is so off!

  • Mag
    September 25, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    EEwwww! I had to grab a coke just reading this. Glad you didn’t get sick!!

  • Tonia
    September 25, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Something similar happened last week when I purchased some organic applesauce from a grocery store that is not my regular. A few days later I found the individual applesauces tucked behind something else in the fridge. Later my son told me that the applesauce was awful and admitted to hiding it. When I took a closer look at the applesauce it had an expiration date of 05/09. I felt so bad. Luckily he didn’t get an upset stomach. 🙂 Love your blog! Read it all the time.

  • Ashley
    September 25, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    OMGoodness!! Bless your heart! So glad you didn’t get sick! Don’t feel too bad…..I ate multiple ants today 🙁 let’s just say their not still in my tummy 🙂

  • Jennifer
    September 25, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Just goes to show you how distracted we mums are! Take the rest of the package back! I’ve done that many a time when things are rotten before the “best before” date and have never had a problem getting a refund/exchange. That is ridiculous – no reason to throw good money away as well as almost getting sick. Thank goodness your husband knows about the medicinal powers of Diet Coke 😉

  • Stephanie
    September 25, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Oh my gosh! I am so sorry but I was laughing out loud standning here checking your blog instead of working on dinner. I hope you know that your suffering brought a much needed giggle to my day!!

    We have a worse cheese story.

    My 3 yr old daughter, who sounds similar to your rover, loves mozzarella cheese. That being said we had an unexplainable awful smell comming from our bedroom. Cleaned and cleaned and it was still awful. Everytime I sat down to nurse the baby in our rocker I could hardly stand it. Well my husband found a whole package of cheese hidden under the rocker. It was swollen and leaking nasty juice…oh yeah! Disgusting. Appearently she tried to open it and hid it under our rocker and then promptly forgot. We had to take out the area rug and wash it…but at least I didnt eat it!! 😉

    Thanks for sharing your life with us!

  • Dianne
    September 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    I am so glad you didn’t get sick. I think Diet Coke makes everything better…especially my mood!!!

  • rebecca
    September 25, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    love reading your blog..i tend to not comment on anyone’s blog because im usually reading fast while multitasking laundry, dinner, cleaning, etc…but i just had to comment..i laughed really hard reading your post and just had to let you know you made my day!

    get your money back on the cheese and use it on some diet coke!

  • beki
    September 25, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    OMG, that’s so funny! I’m amazed that you’re not sick!!

  • Mandy
    September 25, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Oh my! I am sorry but I am really laughing….I hate that for you but I am glad you aren’t sick, are you??? Yes, Diet Coke does make all things better in Mommy land! Have a good weekend! Mandy

  • Brittan
    September 25, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Oh No!! I am glad that you are ok and that nobody got sick! Have a wonderful weekend:)

  • your cool friend Cheryl
    September 25, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Glad you didn’t get sick!

    Diet Coke as the ultimate medicine reminds me of the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding and the dad that claimed Windex was the cure all!

  • Ashley h.
    September 25, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    hahaha that is terrible but funny at the same time! Thanks for sharing the pic of the cheese stick.. too funny!

  • Emma
    September 25, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Glad you survived it. Thank goodness for ‘medicinal use only’ Diet Coke!

    In Australia the date is written the other way around which would mean it expired on 12th September. Looks like it did! Ugh!

  • Meredith
    September 25, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I drove by your house today. It looks great!!!

  • Jenna
    September 25, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    LOL!!!! I’m sorry…But the way you wrote this is too funny! But, blech, yuck, eww…rotten cheese…I guess that Diet Coke is a miracle drug, huh?

  • Becky
    September 25, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    you gotta tell me why the diet coke? and everything tastes weird after eating pineapple. is it the acid?

  • Keri R.
    September 25, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Wow Darby! Now string cheese is totally grossing me out! I am picky about cheese anyways but this just totally is too much!

    🙂 Im glad you had Diet Coke to make it better!

  • CC
    September 25, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    You sweet thing! I’m glad you didn’t get sick. I must confess….this post did make me smile. I think I’ve done something similar on my own! 🙂

  • Elizabeth K
    September 25, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    I think I want to throw up a little now! Hopefully the diet coke did its job and you have not gotten sick.

    ps…you don’t have a cousin on Project Runway, do you? One of the models on that show looks like she could be related.

  • MaryBeth
    September 25, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Why does the diet coke make it better? Would diet dr pepper work? MB

  • Elizabeth
    September 25, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    ohhhh this made me laugh!

  • julia
    September 25, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    hmmm…I always found regular Coke to cure everything…

  • amy norris
    September 26, 2009 at 12:30 am

    darby…i was having a stinker of a day (considering it is now 12:30 am and i am still up and sending emails and sewing and such) it is almost a stinker of a day and a half…but this is the laugh that i needed. i am glad you are okay, but i just needed this small bit of humor. 🙂

  • Anne
    September 26, 2009 at 7:42 am

    I had to laugh because I can imagine you a little nervous after realizing you just ate rotten cheese…and Justin all calm and cool…”Drink Diet Coke”…haha he reminds me of me!

  • Carrie
    September 26, 2009 at 7:53 am

    I always say, there is nothing in life that a Coke and some M&M’s can’t fix. I guess if you make it a Diet, it’ll cancel out the M&M’s, right?

  • jade
    September 26, 2009 at 8:21 am

    ooooh.. stinky cheese!

  • carey
    September 26, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Darby, You don’t know me but I am inspired by your site often. Just so you know, and to make you feel better. We have had the same cheese issue here. It was a terrible experience. Maybe we should notify the company? Thanks for sharing real life info. BTW- what type of embroidery machine do you own?

  • Amy
    September 26, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Darby have you tried the Diet Coke with Lime? Total heaven!!!

  • Rachel at Pencil Shavings
    September 26, 2009 at 10:43 am

    I am cracking up – I love it that he told you to go drink a DC! Hilarious!

  • Kathy
    September 26, 2009 at 11:53 am

    You are so funny! Stinky cheese…I believe there is a really cute children’s book by that title.

  • Toni
    September 26, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Well… I just ALMOST did the same thing. I just opened a block of cheese and while cutting a piece off I looked down to see mold growing all over the end… YUCK! Good thing I did not take a bite because I do not have any diet coke around!

  • Victoria
    September 26, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Love this one! I would totally do something like that – and I do love Diet coke, it really does fix everything.
    Love your Blog.

  • Stephanie
    September 26, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Haha–maybe it was labeled with the dates swapped around–date then month–like they do in Europe? That would’ve had it going bad on the 12th of this month, which would explain its condition! (Though if that’s the brand I think it is, it’s decidedly American, and I don’t know why on earth they would do that!)

    I will have to keep your hubby’s Diet Coke cure-all in mind. Do you think it works like Windex? (I’m going out on a limb and assuming you have seen “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”)

  • Melise
    September 26, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    HA! I read this other blog with the tag line “I had a mind once, now I have kids” …haha. This made me think of that! Blame it on the kids I say! 🙂

  • Katie
    September 26, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    My mom has always said that Diet coke and an Advil will cure anything 🙂

  • Beth
    September 26, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    I love your blog and I am laughing – with you – I’ve been there. I’m stocking up on Diet Coke.

  • Jo
    September 26, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    I am still laughing! I will be sure to keep diet coke on hand from here on out!

  • Julie Wolfe
    September 27, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Darby, how funny and horrifying! I do hope you called the manufacturer with the bag in hand to complain about it not lasting as long as it was supposed to! They will surely send you coupons for some free cheese:)

  • Kelly
    September 27, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Diet Coke does fix everything…. I totaly agree. But that’s some nasty cheese 🙂

  • hs
    September 27, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    I feed those to my kids all the time. I hope I haven’t been feeding them rotten cheese. ita about diet coke. I couldn’t live without it.
    Have a good week!

  • Hillary @ The Other Mama
    September 27, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Ummm… I have done the same thing with bread. I kept thinking it smelled like nail polish remover- even after toasted- but I wanted some toast, so I ate it ALL. And the next day the rest of the loaf was like a science experiment in the pantry. So I think it’s just penicillin, right? Yes. That’s what I told myself.
    Hilarious about the Diet Coke!!

  • Bon
    September 28, 2009 at 7:28 am

    HAHA that’s nasty Darby! The story gave me the heebie jeebies about cheese 😉

    Just FYI (not to be a pain, but just because I like you and care), watch the aspartame in the Diet pops. I’ve heard it likes to accumulate in our bodies. But then again, that goes for a lot of things we all eat & drink.. so…!

    Happy Monday 🙂

  • Lyndsey
    September 28, 2009 at 9:31 am

    I just found your blog a week or two ago. I knew I was meant to continue reading when I saw this post. Best advice ever…”So if you ever eat anything very rotten, just chase it with some Diet Coke.”

  • Terri
    September 28, 2009 at 11:54 am

    My grandpa was a pharmacist and he swore by Coke as a cure all for almost everything!

  • blue hydrangea
    September 28, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    O.K. Darby, I keep thinking about you every time I eat a cheese stick!! and you better believe I am giving it a good look before I bite in!! thanks for the laughs!! And I knew diet Coke could cure anything!!

  • kate
    September 28, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Oh no! That is simply the worst. I think I would have literally lost it. Will have to do some thorough checking of all our cheese sticks from here on out! So glad Diet Coke worked!

  • claire
    September 28, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    It has been a few days…fess up…did you spend the weekend on the potty?!!!!!

  • Granny Smith Green
    September 28, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    That is way too funny! I’m so glad you didn’t get a stomach ache or worse! The puffiness of the package alone makes me cringe! Best of luck to your digestive system!

  • dvd-rw
    September 29, 2009 at 1:04 am

    I have facing the same problme last month when i bough a apple from general store and put it in fridge but after one week the apples are looking not so fresh so i was avoiding to eat them.

  • Sara
    September 29, 2009 at 9:03 am

    I can’t stop laughing. I am sure my co-workers think I am crazy!! Diet Coke is my miracle drug and I am so happy to know that someone else thinks the same.

    I am a huge fan of you and your sister’s blog! Joy Jonas is my sister-in-law and I am friend’s with the Galloway girls. Just wanted to let you know that I am following along! Thanks for writing such a great blog!

    Sara Jonas

  • lilikindsli
    September 30, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    NXN1Uj I want to say – thank you for this!

  • heather
    October 2, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    That made me laugh out loud! Thank You!!

  • Sarah
    October 6, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    It’s true…a “DC” is the universal cure-all, especially if it is from a fountain 🙂