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No more whining in 2006!

I have nothing to say but I didn’t want you all to think I was still splashing around in my vat of self-pity. Thanks to you, I am now toweling myself off and wondering why I ever got in there in the first place. Thank you so much for your comments and emails. God, you people are nice.

The reason I have nothing to say is that my head is completely filled with fluids. The child sneezed in my face one too many times (as if once is not too many). I am entertaining myself by taking my temperature and trying to figure out what foods don’t taste like cardboard. So far, the answer is none.

Henry is all better and likes to tell me about his all-betterness as he jumps up and down on my head.

So: my brain is drowning, and my nose fell off a few minutes ago from over-blowing. More later, if I survive the night.

Reader Comments (32)

i'm sorry about your nose. have you tried eating chili paste or wasabi yet?
January 3, 2006 | Unregistered Commentermeretyping
ew, wasabi. bleh. how about chocolate? now, if chocolate tastes like cardboard you are in serious trouble.

hope you feel better soon.
January 3, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterSarcomical
look, just don't sneeze on me. i cannot abide getting sick again. if i do i am going to retire to my bed chamber and speak with no one until i am well again and yes, this means my children, stay out!
January 3, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterhonestyrain
Sudafed! Sudafed! Sudafed! It is the only thing saving me from totally turning into a ball of phlegm right now.

I hope we all feel better soon. Someone burn some sage in here.
January 3, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterEm
It really, really is worth it to get the tissues with the lotion in them. Really.
January 3, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDebl
I carry a lip balm when I have a cold and rub it on my nose after each time I blow. It totally prevents chapping. Good luck.
January 3, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJuliaR
okay, i just had to check in and say i totally relate to the last post and to this one considering we just went through sickness and holiday chocolate mania during which my son demanded i look look look look and then why are you LOOKING AT ME? and all the while i catch glimpses of my tiny office and my little desk and my lonely computer next to my fledgling book, glimpses, fleeting, mocking. 5 hours of writing time! yes yes! how nice! come closer and so i can poke you in the eye! i'll take one solid hour every day, just give me one every day that is mine, really all mine. i NEED much more, but i'll start with that.
January 3, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterkyra
slap some aquaphor on the chapped nose. and maybe on the top of your head so when henry jumps on it he'll slip'n'slide right off you in a gooey, lubey mess.
January 3, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterjolie
Just do what Ernie did with Bert in Sesame Street -- stick the nose right back on, and move along. (Actually, Ernie's the one that took the nose OFF, to put on a sculpture of Bert, but my version is much more relevant -- don't you think?)
January 3, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Worst food when conjested: mexican

Sour cream, refried beans, gooey cheese? All taste no texture- yuck.

January 3, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterclickmom
Eh, noses are overrated anyway. You didn't really need it.
January 3, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterNothing But Bonfires
Don't forget that we all get down now and then. We come here because we like you and care about you, not because we expect you to be more than human and never have a bad day. Or two. Just be yourself; good, bad, and/or ugly. We wouldn't settle for anything less.

About the nose: If it's stuffy at night, try Afrin. It works!

And Happy New Year!
January 3, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAndie D.
Glad you stopped whining, LOL! That's the worst part about the preschool petri dish--they get it, they came home and fester, infect you as you care for them, and just about the time you finish incubating and succumb, they're all better and ready talk incessantly when your sinuses are throbbing audibly and you feel like one more "LOOKMOMMYMOMMYLOOKMOMMYWATCHTHIS" will cause your eyes to blow out of your head.
January 3, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMFA Mama
Ugh, I hate the colds, and it's always slightly more annoying to have a child jumping up and down on your head in the process. Have you tried Airborne yet? I know you already have the cold but it works wonders for at least shortening the symptom time.

Happy New Year!
January 3, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterKristen
thank God you people understand the LOOKMOMMYMOMMYMOMMYNOWLOOKLOOKLOOKGOAWAY!ISAIDGOAWAY. i thought it was just me with the bipolar child.
January 3, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterkristin
Apparently if you're sick, you're meant to eat a whole onion. I can't remember if I heard that somewhere or if I made it up. Either way, it can't hurt to try, you can't taste it anyway
January 3, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJem
Zicam. It worked wonders. I have not been able to fight off a cold since Tacy was born, but Zicam did it.

And I know that vicious circle of which you spoke in your previous post. I hoped that by leaving New York I would escape it; no dice. That circle exists everywhere, I'm convinced.

I'm glad you are feeling better - sometimes a good wallow is all it really takes.
January 3, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
I have been having a torrid little affair with theraflu this winter. So warm and mediciney... And since my son sneezed into my yawning mouth this morning i think it might be time to stock up again. Do feel better soon!
January 3, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterLetterB
My advice? A nose shunt. That is all.
January 3, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterwordgirl
Hot mustard clear the tubes in no time!
January 4, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterCrazyForHer
Thai food - it saves me on a most regular basis whence the naso-pharyngal flow starteth.

My absolutest favoritemost Thai restaurant of all time is TukTuk on Smith St in Brooklyn. Be warned, their hot&spicy level is truly hot&spicy. I recommend the Tom Yam or the Tom Ka Gai for coldness.
January 4, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterZiggy-san
TheraFlu is amazing. I'm convinced it possesses some kind of artificial intelligence that makes you feel better than it really should.

I think we have the same illness. Soup with hot sauce is keeping me going.
January 4, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterArabella
Good gravy - I'd be whining too if MY nose fell off!

Here's to a better 2006 for you. Never fear, I am sure your loyal Finslippy Following will keep tuning in.
January 4, 2006 | Unregistered Commentercagey
Pho! Pho is the only food (soup) which will make your headsnots feel less concrete and one of the flavours in the pho might just break through to the tastebuds - lime, royal basil, ginger or the hot cock sauce that you really should add with the lime and the basil. Nothing thick or pastey or too chewey, just brothy goodness.
January 4, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterLoLo
we play the 'stick your tongue out' game and yesterday when we were playing it, she looked like she was squinchy her eyes up but really she was gathering steam for a snot missile and she shot saliva and snot directly into my mouth and eyes.

the grossness alone almost killed me.

glad your swimming went well and is over. back to work!
January 4, 2006 | Unregistered Commenternita

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