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I  gave up about 300 entries back on my friend's list; sorry.  I hope you all had a manageable Thanksgiving, or at least that the emotional damage from insane relatives is something you can laugh at later.

Alternatively, you might have had a lovely time.  Me, I got a cold.  Still have it.

I don't get respiratory infections very often (like maybe once every three years or so), so I have no idea how to handle being a giant coughing ball of snot, but I have discovered that cold pills make me anxious and slightly depressed (probably an interaction with my normal meds).  Still, colds don't last forever, and if that's all I have to complain about, I'm not really in the running for World's Biggest Martyr, am I?

Jamestown was remarkably good; I got none of the idiocy I sometimes get, and everyone was very engaged in the idea of learning about history.  I didn't have to work as hard as usual, since Bob was doing the Governor's house with me, and he took over when I started losing my voice.  He is the bestest[tm], and very good with kids.  The table looked extra spiff, and I have given the fort a hand-hemmed tablecloth I made last year specifically for use there.  

The new costume person is great fun (and reminds me in a good way of my brother), and he and I and Cindy have been talking about how to do the bed in the G house, as well as furnishing the house with silver/pewter goods for display, cushions, table carpet, all kinds of stuff.  We had a funny conversation about how I adore doing research for J'town because when I contact museums, I get an immediate positive reaction, and Cindy said she always felt weird doing that, because she thought they wouldn't care.  To the contrary - museums love it when other museums contact them - it's grant-funding gold to be able to mention that - and I encouraged her to play it up (since she is in charge of both Jamestown and Yorktown, now).  Heck, I'm just a lowly assistant, and I get treated nice.  :)

We stopped by the farm to drop off a couple of things, and I was extremely pissed off to find thousands of ladybugs clustered all over our sitting room windows - they're getting in through the untrimmed doors.  So we spent Saturday morning vacuuming up the bastards, and checking all the nooks and crannies where they had accumulated.  They even clustered all over the French doors we haven't put up yet.  Once the trim is on, they won't have as many entry points, but I'm sure we'll have to do some mopping up of stragglers in December when we go down again.

Speaking of December, it's nearly here, and that means it's almost my birthday.  This Thursday, Bob and I will be  amusing ourselves at the Arundel Mills Dave and Buster's (I still have my gold card) from 7:30pm (ish) to whenever we get tired (as I don't work on Fridays, and Friday and Saturday night are crowded).  Anyone who wants to join us is welcome.  

I am thinking about going dancing on Friday night, but I'll have to see who's available.  And Bob is taking me antique shopping on Saturday.  I am such a birthday hog.  :)


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Nov. 27th, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC)
Happy impending Birthday! Make sure you hit the pool tables there! I hope you morph back out of "giant coughing ball of snot" by then! :-)
Nov. 27th, 2007 12:48 pm (UTC)
Coldezze (sp?)! It's just zinc cough drops but it helps get rid of the cold/bug/virus quickly. They also have bubble gum with zinc. :-)
I have a similar problem with most cold meds. For me, however, it's just stupid alleriges. Actually, the feeling of anxiety/hyperness from the "night time" over the counter medication is fairly frequent. I think it happens in about 10% of the population but I may not be remembering correctly.
Anyways, Coldezze is just zinc and might make you dizzy if you take too much of it. That's about the only side effect I've ever noticed.
Nov. 27th, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
I'm such a wuss, I can't take anything that doesn't taste good to me, and that stuff tastes like ass (I'm *such* a joy when I'm sick, I can tell you!). Liquid stuff is out of the question, even things like Theraflu that other people think tastes good, and because of past issues, I can't swallow big pills.

Nope, I just suffer and whine a lot. :) I've thought about Zicam, but there are a small number of people who experience complete anosmia (loss of smell) after using it. While it would be nice not to be so sensitive to perfume, I have to admit that I actually quite like my sense of smell.

I am a *complete* asshole when I'm sick. :P
Nov. 27th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
Take pill, chomp into small sizes. Insert pill bits into nice, squishy (frozen) strawberry (or random squishy fruit) and pop into mouth. Squeeze it against the roof of your mouth as if you were savouring it and swallow. Pill go bye-bye, throat not climb up past lips to punish you.

Or so it works for my family when we just can't swallow the dang things. And it's an excuse to eat strawberries out of season. :)
Nov. 27th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
And if you lose your sense of smell, your sense of taste will also be adversely affected.
Nov. 27th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
I can't take the big pills either. (Aka, I'm not much better when I'm sick) The bubble gum coldezze isn't that bad unless you chew it too long and then it tastes terrible. Yes, it's for kids but as we all know, the kids stuff tastes a heck of a lot better.

Other than that, Tylonel and hot orange tea with extra honey in it are pretty good for a cold. And orange tea smell great. :-)
Nov. 27th, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
This Thursday
Drink something fruity and silly with lots of umbrellas in it for me, will you? And then salute yourself (backwards, I guess, if it's coming from me). That's my b-day then too only we're attending a Pennsic Camping Meeting for the barony. E-yup. And my husband scheduled it - the fink! :)
Nov. 27th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
I hope you feel better quickly, and that this is the worst of it for the winter.
Jamestown sounds like it was a great weekend for you! You are so right, museums need to work together more, getting a letter or call from another one totally makes my week.
Nov. 27th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
You too? We are having a bug invasion! Normally we get some stink bugs in the attic, but nothing to worry about. This past week we've had flies, box elder beetles, and the dogs (who are all dosed monthly with flea preventative) have brought in fleas. The vet says it's because it got cold suddenly after a warm autumn and the bugs are looking for a place to hide.

But ICK!!!

(Hope you feel better soon too.)
Nov. 27th, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
OH, it was like the beginning of a horror movie... first I saw the few (about 50 or so) who had clustered in the corner of the bedroom, so I walked out into the sitting room and...

Holy crap. >:(
Nov. 27th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
Heh. It's my theory that ladybugs live in an extradimensional space and blink in and out of existence, right through the freaking walls of our house!

Yeah, we have them too. yee hah
Nov. 27th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
I took pictures. We can compare notes.

At least in the new house the smell will be aired out pretty quickly - in the old house, they were piling up in the walls. When Bob opened the shop vac, they were still alive and crawling... the smell was ghastly.
Nov. 27th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah...they're not ladybugs. If they smell, and come in the hosue in the winter, they're japanese beetles. You know, the ones that are systematically destroying the maple trees up in out part of the world.

You only wish you ladybugs - they are predators, and help keep the other populations in check.

The worst thing about japanese beetles - most spiders can't kill them. The giganto-normous praying mantises living in our flower beds can and do, but they also keep the hornets under control, so we leave them alone, and make sure not to disturb thier egg pods.

Nov. 27th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
Nope, they're really ladybugs (ladybirds in England, causing me some confusion when I was first imported to the US). They eat aphids, they do cool stuff in the garden, but they don't belong in my house. The reason they smell is that they put out a foul-smelling substance when disturbed to put off predators. Unfortunately, they are a bit free and easy with the stuff - I had one fall in my drink once, and it ruined my screwdriver. :)

Pretty much all the ladybugs on the east coast are asian - they're imported because they are so good at snorking down plant bugs like aphids - but they are beneficial for the garden (just not for my house, but they hibernate in warm spaces over the winter).

They're cute, and range in colour from a pale orange to a gorgeous cherry red, but... not inside. I look forward to having aphid-free roses, though - I never had an aphid problem with any of the roses I planted down there - just Japanese beetles.

Nov. 27th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
Nope, they're ladybugs all right.

Never had a Japanese beetle try and get in the house.... I think that would call for some significant escalation. I hate those things.
Nov. 27th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
Feel better soon. I had never heard that about the Zicam... weird, I love the stuff.
Nov. 27th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
I'll raise a cup of Moroccan Mint in your general direction and send good tea vibes. Tea cures every ill (right now, I'm smothering myself in it to ease away the back twinges... it's HELL being a woman sometimes!).

And I am insanely jealous. Ages ago, my proto-bro took me to the Dave & Buster's outside Atlanta. Had a marvelous time! Why can't they bring one to Arkansas? Geez.
Nov. 27th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
My favorite coldbuster is Gluhwien. Lots of cinnamon and cloves, sweet and hot. The spices clear up the congestion, the heat and honey are good for your throat and if you drink enough you'll go to sleep and not feel a thing!


Nov. 27th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)

A friend of mine used to make this insane punch at University - a pint of honey, a gallon or so of strong tea, Five Alive (2 cartons), then a bottle each of dark rum, vodka, and light rum. The honey made it smooth, the tea stopped you from realizing you were getting drunk, and those foolish enough to drink too much woke up the next morning with very little recollection of the night before. I didn't like alcohol that much back then, so only drank a glass of the stuff, and it got me high as a kite. Other people were found asleep on the roof.

Ah, college days (this would be Cambridge, 1988). Imagine my amusement when I saw that Esquire magazine was touting something very similar as a "holiday punch" in this month's issue (They called it a "real man's punch", or some such retarded thing). I think they left out/substituted something else for the citrus, but my friend claimed it was the orange/pineapple juice that stopped you from having a hangover the next morning. All I know is that people didn't throw up too much, so he must have been onto something. :)

I *loved* Five Alive back then - I'd blow my miniscule budget on cartons of that and books.

Edited at 2007-11-27 06:15 pm (UTC)
Nov. 27th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
According to my husband, you get a week for your birthday. Technically you aren't a birthday hog, you still have a couple of more days to milk it! He refers to it as WEEK!! and goes around squealing WEEK!! anytime birthdays are mentioned. I must say it's awfully nice to have a week when it's YOUR birthday!

Ladybugs in the house are good luck. You're going to have on helluva good year apparently.
Nov. 27th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
well according to Val, since it's your birthday week, you can be denied nothing, so have fun and feel better.
Nov. 28th, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)
If you are a fan of scotch, one once, heated to almost boiling, inhale fumes, drink shot when cooled enough to do so without burning your tongue. Clears up sinuses like crazy. Feel better.
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