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I'm still sick, but it seems to have hit a consistent level of discomfort so I'm hopeful it'll clear out in time for camping this weekend. I'd been pushing lots of water over the weekend to stay hydrated but I had a little stomach issue this morning. (An off smell from trash day turned my stomach.) Now I want to drink something like milk that won't be too bad on the return trip. What's easy on a sore throat?

I let my crankiness simmer over yesterday when some kids kept knocking on my door. They weren't standing where I could see them through the peephole and didn't answer when I rasped "Who is it?", so I ignored them.

Eventually I got sick of the knocking and answered the door to two early teenaged boys with a basketball asking if [boy's name] was home. I grumpily said "No one by that name lives here. If you mean that annoying kid that stomps around like an elephant, he lives upstairs."

I'm less annoyed than usual with those neighbors since I finally have proof they're responsible for the trash stowed under the stairs. It started the weekend they moved in and they've done it almost every week since. I've left two polite notes on their door informing them that trash outside between pickup days is a lease violation and can be taken over to the dumpster a few buildings over with a map on the note, but they're either clueless or willfully stupid.

I'm now voting for the latter since their latest trash under the stairs included two pizza boxes and Domino's prints the delivery name and address on their labels. The Sea Hag now has a name! (We call her the Sea Hag because she looks like a cross between an after photo from Faces of Meth and a badly-tanned leather hide. People, sunscreen is your friend.)

If I get much crankier, I'll start calling the tow company that services our complex. Many of our neighbors don't understand that an empty covered space that is not their assigned space is not an open invitation to park there.


Local news channels have been showing clips from the "Too-friendly wild deer chases Bend [Oregon] middle school runner during race" story. I am unsure why this is newsworthy because I think the kid shouldn't have posed with a deer in the first place. I never cease to be amazed that people think wild animals are okay to get up close and friendly with because they're so cute.

Don't get me started on the times I've seen tourists stick a bag of potato chips out their car window to feed the bighorn sheep on the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. They may be begging, but they need high-protein vegetation to help them survive through the winter.


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Oct. 24th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
aha! proof!
so, now you can take that to the management. :D

i like soft serve ice cream for sore throats. or the breakfast floaty type softserve/orange juice thing from sonic. and tea, of course. hot, with honey.

hope you feel better soon, sweetie.
Oct. 24th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
I plan to take my proof to the management.

The Sunrise Smoothie from Sonic is DELICIOUS! I get that every time I go there. (:

Vogon picked up a flavor sampler of Carnation Instant Breakfast so I can maximize the nutrition I'm getting from the milk I've been drinking and I'm going to try solid food again today.

I want to go camping this weekend so badly, I'll will this cold away if I have to!
Oct. 24th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
i can see you standing in front of a mirror, saying in a spooky voice, cooooooold, scoot! get outta here! beat it! scraaaaam!

the closest sonic is about a 20 minute drive. there's no place to eat close by. the big news, they're actually building a micky dee's a few blocks away! in one way, yay, in another, darn, the city is growing up around us.

i have a real love/hate relationship with food when i'm sick. love it so, hate the whole 'makes me hurt a lot' thing. there are days i get so pained i won't eat anything. that's not really good for me. but i'm well now! and going through an apple kick. love me some crispy apples! or couldn't you tell? honeycrisp...those are about 3 bucks a lb and worth it.
Oct. 25th, 2006 01:42 am (UTC)
I love the idea of willing my cold away with self-talk! I was actually going to up my vitamin C intake (we have it powdered, which is palatable in water with a bit of lemon juice and some honey) and maybe push some zinc since I have it in a nasal gel spray that's way less gross to me than the oral tablets.

So, um, I won't tell you how close my two closest Sonic locations are... just that one of them is a great place to park and watch the air traffic. Especially if you check the air museum's calendar and go on a day when one of the museum pieces is on its way in or out for an airshow. I saw their "M*A*S*H" helicopter a few weeks ago on the way home from the post office!

I love heirloom apples myself, but I'm not picky -- we scored a ton of cheap apples at Wal-Mart for a song and canned 'em all with simple syrup and spices for "instant" homemade pie filling during the winter. Mmm!
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