Feed a cold, starve a fever. Or, was it starve a cold, feed a fever? Doesn’t matter. There’s not enough oxygen getting to my brain today for that answer to be clear. However, I have found that the perfect medication for my particular problem is a hefty dose of nasal spray followed by two Jolly Ranchers (green apple and watermelon) and a Hershey’s chocolate miniature (dark chocolate is best). Use nasal spray once every 10-12 hours, but, apply the candy liberally until you no longer care that you can’t breathe. 🙂
11:30 p.m. and miserable June 25, 2008
It’s late. I’ve taken NyQuil. Watched a movie (Grease) and still can’t sleep. I feel awful and I can’t breathe. My head feels like it’s concrete and my throat is a mess. Summertime colds are, by far, the worst kind.
It was bound to happen. Whenever I need to sing for a wedding or a funeral my body rebels. As if singing for funerals isn’t stressful enough, I have to challenge myself to do it with a stuffy nose and a sore throat. Not to mention my ears are a bit stuffy, too, so I’ll probably be flat.
What else does one do when it’s past the point that normal people who work for a living should be up? There’s nothing good on TV. I have nearly 400 channels and I still can’t find anything interesting to watch. Sad, isn’t it?
Likely none of this will make sense when you read it. Blame it on the fact that I’m probably oxygen deprived because I can’t breathe through all this congestion. Not being completely lucid is another byproduct of a summer cold.
Here’s hoping that by tomorrow morning the worst will have passed and I’ll be back to my normal, somewhat witty and always corny self. I think I’ll try going to bed again…good night!
Falling off the wagon and finding a soft landing June 20, 2008
The truth is, that lovely and healthy new lifestyle I embraced earlier in the year has taken a beating in the past couple of months. I mentioned earlier that I’d fallen off the wagon. I’ve eaten fast food, pizza, lots of BBQ and all sorts of desserts that I know are the kiss of death. (Although I wasn’t nearly as bad as my friend Jason who nearly launched himself into a chocolate coma with “Gotta Have It” size ice cream concoction at Cold Stone Creamery a couple of weeks ago.)
Yesterday I had to face the music and I got back on the scales. I closed my eyes, got my courage up and…
You’ve got to be kidding…I’d better try that again.
I closed my eyes, got my courage up and…
What’s wrong with this bathroom scale? We just bought the stupid thing. THIS CAN’T BE RIGHT?
After all the sinning and cheating and unhealthy food, I find that I weigh less now than I did when I was being really, really good. I have to have the strangest metabolism known to mankind. I don’t know why this is the case, but, if that’s the news, I’ll take it!
I had to celebrate. It was absolutely necessary. Pizza from Arris’ for dinner. Mmmmm, yummy! 🙂
Another humorous quote from a meeting this week… June 19, 2008
“I couldn’t keep my cow on the road. I kept over correcting.”
Challenge: Can you guess what was being discussed in this meeting?
Stone of Sisyphus June 17, 2008
At long last, after many years of waiting and rumors, one of my favorite bands finally released the album Stone of Sisyphus. I’m listening to the tracks on Rhapsody as I write. I expect I’ll listen to the album several times today to get my Chicago “fix.”
For a middle-aged woman who used to listen to this band in high school, it’s a rare treat to enjoy the nostalgic feel of a new release that feels like an old friend. Glad all the legal wrangling is over and we can all enjoy a compilation of some of Chicago’s edgier music.
Last daughter given away… June 15, 2008
June 14 at 5 p.m., another daughter walked down the aisle with her dad. She was wearing a beautiful gown, pearls from her father and a happy smile on her face. After dealing with rain and thunderstorms all week, the day of the wedding was clear, sunny and beautiful.
This is the one and only photo I managed to grab during the entire day. Although I put my camera in my bag, I was busy upon my arrival at the church doing little odds and ends to try and be helpful. Mainly, I was the person in charge of safety pins and holding our grandson Seth. We got to be very good buddies over the past two days and in years to come I’ll remind him that he spent a very important moment in his parents’ life sitting with Grammy and spitting.
Yes, spitting. I carried Seth as I walked down the aisle to be seated. Normally a very calm and quiet little guy, he decided to be heard during the ceremony. Not only heard, but, the life of the party. He smiled, he laughed and when the minister asked “Do you take this woman?”, little Seth blew raspberries. It was a Kodak moment, to be sure.
The flower girls managed to make it down the aisle without incident and we all heaved a sigh of relief. Hallelujah! However, a memorable moment from this ceremony was what happened at the altar. While the bride and groom were busy saying their “I do’s”, Aidan and Jill managed to busy themselves finding a basket of chocolate candy stowed behind the pulpit. Rings were exchanged as Aidan stuffed Reese’s peanut butter cups in her mouth. Another memory that will get funnier as the years go by.
Three children married in less than 18 months. Wow! Hard to believe, isn’t it? Now we’re down to two boys. The girls have all been married off and the fatherly duties of walking them down the aisle, giving them away and dancing father-daughter dances has been completed. It was a good day and we wish Heather and Kreg all the best as they start their lives together.
Humorous things heard in meetings recently June 12, 2008
Every once in awhile as I sit in meetings, a random common catches my attention and I have to write it down. It has absolutely nothing to do with work or the purpose of the meeting, mind you, it’s just one of those strange little parts of a conversation that just stick in your head. Like a jingle from a commercial you just can’t get rid of. A couple of recent statements were worth sharing with you:
- “People who have rats should not criticize people who have hamsters.”
- “I had to play the trombone because my lips were too thin to play the trumpet.”
This begs the question: What interesting things have you heard in meetings recently? I challenge anyone to beat my rats and hamsters quote!