See that cute little girl sneezing with a pile of tissues. If you took out the cute and little girl part and inserted annoyed, chocolate-eating, mid-aged freakazoid, the picture would look exactly like I did last week!
Captain Cavedweller and I went to a book signing the weekend before last. The morning we were ready to leave, I woke up sick. With a cold. No big deal.
Until I woke up really sick the morning of the book signing, five hours from home and on the schedule for an eight-hour event.
Being the great guy that he is, Captain Cavedweller washed his hands 49 times, ran across the street from the hotel to Wally-world and got me a box of tissues and a three month supply of cold medicine.
Doped up, we headed off to the book signing.
The day was somewhat of a blur for me – as is the trip home and most of last week.
But I did learn a few things:
1. When doped up on cold meds, you may be inclined to do things you would not normally do when all your mental faculties are functioning properly.
2. You really can smile until your cheeks hurt.
3. It is nearly impossible for someone prone to sneezing when they are sick to not sneeze.
4. There really is a huge difference in the softness of some tissues.
5. Apparently some illnesses can greatly alter your ability to taste.
6. Saltine crackers left opened in a drawer at the office for goodness only knows how long will taste like varnish when you are in the midst of a wicked cold.
7. The taste of varnished crackers will linger in your mouth for approximately two and a half days, until you burn your taste buds off with a cup of tea that is way too hot.
8. You can really hear yourself think when your ears are so plugged no outside sound will penetrate.
9. After you’ve lost the ability to think, taste and hear, it only stands to reason smell will be next to go.
10. There is nothing pretty about an annoyed, chocolate-eating, mid-aged freakazoid with a bad cold.
She Who is Glad to be On the Mend