Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday Evening Miscellanea

Still hacking. Still not sure the cure is worth the disease (darn Mucinex). I slept pretty well last night but then apparently needed a two hour nap this morning too. I am just now starting to feel human again, just in time for the nighttime coughing to start. But tonight I will. Not. Give. In. No meds other than cough drops or it will be dangerous for me to drive to work. And lord knows we don't need any negative factors other than my own insanity to affect my driving.

Dr. M was awesome today. I sat groggily up on the futon this morning & announced that I needed to do some laundry (this is true – all my work pants were dirty – it's like after three days off I decided I would never have to go to work again). He told me to go back to sleep & then he did my laundry. And then later in the day when I still looked fairly confused about life he went to get groceries. I did bestir myself to vacuum & mop while he was gone.

I just realized that I haven't taken a picture today – excuse me while I grab the camera…

There – I took a picture of our Christmas tree. I may have mentioned before that I suggested that we leave it up until March. It's not in the way. It makes me smile. So there!

I'm in the midst of reading another free book on my kindle. It's a mystery/romance. And one of the characters is supposed to be speaking in a Texas dialect. It's VERY distracting, but mostly because she keeps saying "ya'll" to the main character. I'm sure I've ranted on here before about this, but in my world "ya'll" is a contraction of "you all" and is not used to address just one person – unless you know that they have multiple personalities. I know that in other areas of the country "ya'll" is used differently. But oh my heavens I can hardly stand to read it that way. (I'm taking deep breaths to calm myself down again). I know I'll finish the book because I want to know what the mystery is, but it's slow going.

While I battled the effects of cold meds today, other people celebrated the life of a man who was a force for change in the world. A complicated man, and a dynamic one. He could have used that charisma for other pursuits, ones that would most likely have not gotten him killed. But instead he took that burden and raised it over his head & flung it out into the world to shatter at the feet of complacent America. 

…when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!" Martin Luther King, Jr.


  1. Oh gosh, sorry you have been sick. The cold/flu going around is really nasty.

    Do you know about the cough cure that involves Tiger Balm or some other eucalyptus based salve (Vicks Vapo Rub)? You apply it to the souls of your feet, put on socks and go to bed. The moms on Capitol Hill SWEAR that the coughing stops over night.

    Feel better SOON!

  2. Goodness, it sounds like you caught my cold. It does go away... eventually.

  3. I hope you get better soon too!

  4. :-(
    I hope you feel better soon!!! I'm feeling pretty good! I've got an appointment tomorrow with my good friend to go to the laundry mat because she needs to wash her comforter and she freaks out going there... heheh I love that woman!
    I honestly have not done ANYTHING in the last couple days... so... I haven't taken any pictures :-( Dangit! Oh well... I will try to recreate my daughters empty bedroom tomorrow... hehe... she spent the weekend with her friend.

  5. The author must be a Yankee?? Who says Y'all to ONE person?

  6. Feel better!

    I highly recommend equal parts honey, fresh lemon juice and really good bourbon. Watch out for the hallucinations.

  7. That annoys me too my friend. I mean, if you are going to TRY and be Southern, at least get the language correct!

    Hope you feel much better soon. What a hubby you have!

  8. Hope "y'all" are feeling better soon :)

    Sorry I couldn't resist!


  9. Glad you're on the mend, and that you are well tended. Sending prayers that you rise above the mucinex and the inappropriate use of y'alls and conquer that book!

    Our Christmas tree is still up, too.

  10. Hope you have rounded the bend. I totally agree that the meds for this crud are awful. I've taken to using only Robitussin, saline nasal spray and a humidifier.

    I also have a pet peeve when dialect doesn't ring true. I've actually stopped reading because I couldn't take another mistake.

  11. Yeah, I hate when non-Texans write Texans into their stories. they always get it wrong!

  12. Best cough syrup: equal parts honey and vodka (my friend initially instructed me to use whiskey but -- TOOOOO strong! and cough syrup you cannot take is obviously worthless, so she said vodka works just as well...and she's right!). This works better for me than any amount of over-the-counter or even prescription cough syrup. Well, except for the stuff that has codeine in it and that just knocks me out so I don't know if I'm coughing or not.

    Anyway, I usually mix 3 Tablespoons of each and that's enough for a day or three, depending on the cough. Take 1 teaspoon as needed (I've taken it every hour when the cough is really bad).

    Praying for a speedy recovery!

  13. Hope you're feeling better. Good on Dr. M. There's nothing like a good husband.

  14. Dear The Bug,
    The last part of this post brought almost tears to my eyes. Free at last.
    It's a goal.

    I hate a cold, and I hate a cold med. Get well soon, lovey!
    Ann T.


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