Wednesday, October 22, 2008

In Which I Am Congested

I have a cold.

I started with a sore throat late in the day on Monday, and has since progressed into a lovely combination of nasal and chest congestion, fever, and post-nasal drip. I haven't slept more than six hours in the past two nights, I'm breathing through my mouth because my nose is clogged, and I honestly don't intend on showering today.

Because of my sore throat and the pain that I have when speaking, I called in sick to work today. I haven't called out of a full shift in over a year. While I'm glad I don't have to spend 10 hours talking on the phone today, it's not like I'm going to enjoy this extra day off. I mean, how can one possibly enjoy hacking up phlegm and breathing like James Gandolfini?


Today is the last day to submit entries for my Contest. If you plan on participating, make sure you e-mail me your submissions by midnight tonight. To be fair, any entries timestamped after midnight will not qualify. I've had some really great submissions, so The Boss will have her work cut out for herself in choosing a winner. As promised, a winner will be announced by this coming Friday, the 24th.


Heather has tagged me for a meme of sorts. Since I find these things really intruiging, I'll jump on the bandwagon and play along. Here are six of my Favorite Things:
  1. Board Games - As a kid, my family and I would often gather 'round the table to play a game together. We played Monopoly the most often, and the memories I have of playing games with my family are among the best that I have. Despite the fact that just about every game night ended with someone (the loser, often myself) complaining about the rules not being fair.
  2. Car Trips - There is not much else in this world that I enjoy more than going for a ride in the car. To me, the ultimate feeling of freedom is driving with the windows down and the music blaring, driving with no particular destination, driving just to get away from where you were and to get to wherever you are going.
  3. Grilling - I love to cook food on the grill, no matter what time of year. Nothing tastes better than a burger or an Italian sausage cooked on the grill. It is strictly a summertime tradition for most, but I love to break out the grill in the middle of winter and enjoy a meal cooked outside to help break the cabin fever.
  4. Movies That Make You Think - I am a lover of just about any genre of movie, but I especially enjoy movies that make you think. Whether it's having to piece together clues to figure out who the bad guy is, or a movie that challenges you to think and talk about your opinions on certain things, I like a movie that demands something of the viewer.
  5. Ice Water - As someone who is incessantly thirsty, I love me some ice water. Even in the winter time after coming inside from clearing the driveway, I'll gulp down a glass of ice water before I'll consider hot chocolate. It also helps calm me down when I'm feeling stressed.
  6. Music - I am a lifetime band geek. In highschool, being in the band was my life. In college, a bulk of my socializing was done within the music department. I enjoy playing music, listening to music, writing music, discussing music, criticizing music... Anything. I feel as if I understand music more than I understand myself at times.


This is about all I have the brain function for today. My mind is kind of cloudy from all the cold medications I've taken, and despite vigorous attempts at clearing my sinuses, they remain more blocked than a human test subject at an Ex-Lax factory.

And again, make your contest submissions by midnight tonight!


Sus said...

HA! I thought I was the only one who was driven crazy by Tony Soprano's breathing! Ugh, it is so irritating and disgusting...and yet so perfect for that role.

Cape Cod Gal said...

I LOVE grilling. Big K and I grill year-round. I remember last year I was grilling veggies in a snowstorm. I really wanted those veggies and no blizzard was gonna change my mind.

Kat said...

Oh I knew there was a reason I liked you!! You are a fellow band geek! I was a flute jokes needed thank you very much.

Lola said...

So sorry about the cold, man. I feel your pain. Feel better!

We grill in the winter, too, except last year the grill got buried in icy snow. My stove has a grill built in, which tastes good, but it's a bitch to clean.

I love car trips, too. Oh, and I'll send in a photo before midnight, probably seconds before. I wasn't going to enter, but what the hell, I need a new T-shirt.

Badass Geek said...

Sus: It's perfect for his role, but makes me want to stab my ears otherwise.

Cape Cod Gal: Grilling in the winter means you are from New England.

Kat: Jokes? About flute players? I don't know any of those.

Lola: We didn't grill much last winter 'cause of the snow, too. Here's hoping for a less-snowy winter.

X said...

James Gandolfini! LOL. It always bugged me that no one addressed the fact this man breathed like Jabba the freakin' Hut.

I'm totally with you on the board games, driving trips and movies. Totally with you.

scatterbrain said...

Aargh! Keep away you germ-ridden sniffy man! Seriously, wishing you better soon. Sounds like the 'flu if you had a temperature.

In Africa we grilled over wood and coal all the time -called it a braaivleis or barbecue.

Uh-oh! Now you've got me craving flamed steak - But British drizzly rain isn't conducive to grilling.

scatterbrain said...

P.S. Good luck with the judging Boss - I'm looking forward to seeing the other entries.

Heather said...

It was an award too, Badass. =)

Hey do you ever put a little salt in your ice water? I love salted ice, I don't know why.

I hope you feel better soon. I usually have good results from the Zicam line of products to lessen the symptoms.

Moonspun said...

My midterm got in the way of my submission...but I can't wait to see everyone else's!
I love your list of favorites. I am always sad when we put the grill away...
Lil moonspun has gotten really into Monopoly, which I find amusing as she's got no real concept of money yet since she is only 8.

Badass Geek said...

SWAX: He must have a respiratory problem or something.

Scatterbrain: Yeah, I'm thinking its the flu, too. As far as the contest goes, The Boss has her work cut out for herself.

Heather: It was an award? Guess I missed that part. I only use salted water to help get rid of canker sores. I've tried the Zicam dissolve tablets, haven't seen much result from them, though.

Moonspun: I'm sorry you couldn't make a submission. There were some really great ones... It'll be tough to chooe a winner.

Sarah said...

RE: Board games - check out Mexican Train. My grandma taught it to me, and it is freaking awesome. We taught it to all our friends and now we have Mexican Train night all the time.

RE: Movies that make you think - did you see "Gone Baby Gone"? That movie basically made me question all of my values.

RE: Music - Amen brother.

Jen W said...

Sometimes you just need a no shower day.

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