Monday, December 3, 2012


Why is it a cold, which really is the most unimportant of diseases, makes you feel so crappy?

My throat started hurting Saturday night, and now it's at the ticklish stage. My nose is stuffed up, so I'm breathing through my mouth, which makes me cough.

And my eyes hurt. This is a problem because I was planning on watching TV tonight. At  7 PM, if I read the schedule correctly, they're showing the U Conn women's basketball team, and then at 8, there's 2 hours of The Voice (Melanie is my favorite, although I'll be shocked if she wins).

The Voice I can watch with my eyes closed, but I think that would have a negative impact of my enjoyment of the basketball game.

Now I know you're thinking, have some chicken soup. And I would if I could, but I, author of Life As We Knew It, the inspiration of preppers throughout the land, don't keep chicken soup in the house, and when I went grocery shopping on  Friday, I didn't know I was going to be sick starting Saturday night. I haven't gotten dressed since, which is quite the statement, because my old agency always sends out checks on Friday, which means they come on Monday, and even though there's no reason to think they sent me a check on Friday, I have a Pavlovian response to Mondays. So I must be ding dang close to death's door not to get dressed and get my mail today, a Monday.

The only good thing about colds is they don't kill you and they go away. Of course, I don't know how long it's going to take for this one to go away, and I have a dinner date with Todd Strasser scheduled for tomorrow night and that may just get cancelled. Given my complete lack of a social life, the irony of this is not lost on me.

Remember my resolution not to complain so much?  That doesn't count when you have a cold. It just doesn't. I bet even St. Rose of Lima kvetched when she had a cold.

And rumor has it, she made one heck of a matzoh ball!


Anonymous said...

I have no chicken soup for you, but I am making a big pot of chili. You're welcome to share with us. Sorry to hear you are feeling poorly. Hope this is over quickly and you're sprinting to the mailbox soon!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Thank you Anonymous.

My guess is chili won't cure me (but it sure would taste good)!

Anonymous said...

Aww. I'm sorry, your not feeling well. Oh, and with Alex? How come his last name is Morales?? There was talk about him being Christian that, that had something to do with it. Is this true? Or was it just a name you liked? Oh and I like the name Francis Patrick Xavier Mulrooney Morales! Its uh different for sure C:
-Fabiola C: oh and hope you feel better! I know Zookie wishes you the best! Hrrrrr! (He's a dragon in another book series I love!)

Fear Death By Water said...

That stuff the makes hand sanitizer work so well? .... alcohol

That stuff in rum? Oh Yeah! ALCOHOL!

Apply it internally my friend ... chase that cold away (or at least make you forget any cold-related unpleasantness).

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Good evening Fabiola C. and Fear Death By Water.

Alex's last name is Morales because I like the name. I also like the play on words- Moral, Morales.

And sadly, Fear Death, I don't drink. I'll have to distract myself from my pain and suffering some other way!

Anonymous said...

Sorry about your cold. I've been getting over what's become universally known as The Creeping Crud -- which nobody seems to have completely recovered from, ever. Neti pots, generic Ester C, cough syrup, cough drops, generic Chloroseptic -- that's the list of all the things that have gotten me the closest to being normal this year.

And speaking of Alex -- maybe next time, if they have a boy, they could compromise and name him Horton.

My prove-I'm-not-a-robot word is "usnasi". If there is a Book Five, maybe you can make up a definition -- it sounds like it should be a technical term.

Anonymous Santa Fe

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hack hack wheeze wheeze hello Anonymous Santa Fe.

Yes, my cold has moved to a whole new level.

I woke up at 6 AM with all kinds of ambitious plans, taking a shower, changing the sheets, throwing out the garbage (a zillion used tissues) and getting the mail.

Now I'm thinking I'll just go back to bed!

Anonymous said...

I hate colds. I always seem to get them. At least you aren't here in Missouri, the flu is going around. Luckily I haven't gotten but one of those in twenty years. (knock on wood) Hope you feel better soon

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Thank you jessiemc82-

I've made it to the coughing and hacking stage, which means I'm on the road to recovery.

Besides, I have to get well. I have to take my mother to Dr. Hearing Aid's office tomorrow afternoon!

Librarian K said...

I think I had the same cold as you last week. Must be the Connecticut cold. Bad news, it lasts about a week. I went to Stop and Shop and bought some Sudafed for the stuffiness. Did you know that you have to give your name, address, license number and then sign for it? For $4 worth? Guess I won't be stocking up on Sudafed for the apocalypse.

Feel better! Eat spicy food, clears out your sinuses for a few minutes at least :)

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Miss Gardiner-

Things are progessing along nicely.

I've been taking 6 month expired Dayquill, which may not be doing anything good for me, but it hasn't killed me either.

Except for a near constant desire to sleep, I seem to be doing much better.

Now the trick is to stay awake while I take my mother to Dr. Hearing Aid. Fortunately, it's not a long drive!