I am in the early stages of a cold. I think I've been fighting it off for the past week, but last night my final defenses fell and the virus defeated me. It's amazing how quickly that happens; one second you're feeling as normal as someone like me ever feels (which is to say, what the heck is normal, anyway?), and the next second you start sneezing and your nose is running like a faucet and suddenly your throat is hurting and it takes a few minutes to convince yourself that this is not just a really, REALLY bad allergy attack, but your stupid body waving the white flag and surrendering to the enemy hordes. So you go digging through the basket of miscellaneous leftover blister packs of over the counter drugs and miraculously find four doses of Tylenol Cold medicine - enough to get you through the night and into the next afternoon, but the next afternoon you feel all foggy, like you're locked in the bathroom after a hot shower and there's so much steam in the room you can't see anything clearly and it's getting so uncomfortably hot you can't think clearly and you just smeared lotion all over your body and you can't turn the damn doorknob to get out.
So here I sit, aimlessly poking around on the internet when I need to go out and buy more cold medicine... and maybe some applesauce... and a banana. Here is what I have learned in my foggy aimlessness:
- The dress is blue with black lace, but it's also available in ivory, pink and red - all with black lace. No white and gold, no blue and brown, just a lot of people screwing around with the color saturation in the photo.
- Ostriches are strange beasts. Very not normal (whatever normal is). I like that.
- Interstates should be shut down when they become snowy and icy, no matter what part of the country.
- FREE THE LLAMAS!!!
- While the world mourns Leonard Nimoy, my heart is with the friends and family of an old farmer in Pennsylvania whom I never met except through photos and stories.
- My aunt has rallied from her deathbed once again. I hope someday I'm as tough as those Daniel sisters.
That's enough learning for one day. I'm going to eat the last of the corn and hominy chowder my friend dropped off the other night, and maybe one of the butter cookies with raspberry jam I baked yesterday, and curl up on the couch with J.R.R. Tolkien. The fellowship is broken and evil is afoot in Middle Earth. I'm trying to take my time and read the books slowly this time; a foggy brain actually makes that easier, so I've got that going for me, which is nice. I should probably make a quick trip to Walgreen's for more cold medicine at some point, which is not nice, but necessary. Bleh.