Monday, November 30, 2009

In Which I Get Confused

Early last week, I tweaked my back. I don't know how I did it, all I knew was that it hurt pretty badly. The ribs in my back are apparently prone to getting twisted (who knew that could even happen?) as this has happened more than a couple times, so I have on hand some pretty heavy duty pain killers and muscle relaxers. It's one of those injuries that just works itself out over a couple of days, and the only way to get through it is with those medications.

Of course, like anyone who takes narcotics for pain, I got a little loopier than normal one evening. I had supplemented the Tramadol I had taken with a few Tylenol, and I was feeling pretty loosey-goosey. The Boss was home from work, and was in the living room watching something on TV, and I was finishing up my shift in my office. The two rooms share a wall.

I was minding my own business, listening to the murmuring of the TV through the wall, when I heard sirens. Sirens are pretty commonplace now that we live near the city, but this was loud. It sounded like it was coming from the next room. My narcotic-addled brain thought, obviously, that it was coming from the TV.

"Hey," I called out, leaning back in my chair.

"What?" she replied, a touch annoyed at being distracted.

"Are you watching COPS?"

A pause.

"No, you know I hate that show! Why would I voluntarily watch COPS?" she asked.

"Well," I stammered, "I heard the sirens on the TV and thought that the only show it'd be on would be COPS."

There was a longer pause this time.

"Mike?" she said gently.


"Those sirens are in real life, honey. Coming from outside."

"Oh," I said, dejected. "Never mind, then."

They sure sounded real.


Happy Monday, folks.

PS. I finished the NaNoWriMo challenge a full two days early! Final word count is 50,144. The story is far from finished, and will probably take another 25,000 to 35,000 words (at least) to wrap up. I'm taking the month of December off to let the story percolate, and I'll resume work on it in January. Thanks to all who encouraged me!


mumma boo said...

Congrats on finishing NaNoWriMo! Quite impressive! Hope your back feels better soon, and don't be too embarrassed by the siren confusion. Enjoy the loopiness. ;)

alntv said...

I hate it when I'm jolted back to reality like that...

JennyMac said...

Too much COPS is bad for the brain. LOL.

And big congrats on finishing early and ahead of word count!

Jenn(ifer) said...

HaHa!! I call those "blonde moments".

dsmcaron said...

Congratulations on finishing NaNoWriMo!

Moonspun said...

At least she called you honey! :-)

Melanie's Randomness said...

Oh I do that stuff all the time. When I'm in a car & the song suddenly has sirens that I don't realize are coming from the song I'll look around all confused like, "where is it?? Where are the cops???". hehe.

Congrats on NaNoWriMo!! =)

Aunt Becky said...

Dude. I am always loopy because I am stupid. Your wife is nicer than my husband.

Aunt Juicebox said...

I get that way when I've had too many Dayquil.

Mommakin said...

Drugs, man...

Congrats on NoNoWriMo!

Maggie May said...


Lola said...

Congrats on the writing, and I hope your back is better soon. We wouldn't want you stumbling around hearing voices of children playing at a daycare ;)

Sandy said...

Paul and the dogs often think our doorbell is ringing when it's actually on TV. Don't have to be drugged to make that mistake, of course, two of them are nearly deaf. I'll let you guess which ones.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Congrats on NaNoMo. I was going to do it, had great thoughts in October, but struggled the whole month of November with even a blog entry.

Loved the Cops theory - btw, once your wife told you the sirens were real, did you look down at your shirt to see if you were wearing one (if you watch the show you'd understand this comment).

City Girl said...

Found you at Peach Tart - congrats on finishing NaNoWriMo! I took a stab at it for the first time this year, and failed miserably. I had no plan.

You. Rock. :o)

Badass Geek said...

Mumma Boo: Thank you!

Alntv: Me, too.

JennyMac: Even a little COPS is bad.

Jenn(ifer): Then I am in trouble. I'm not blonde!

Dsmcaron: Thank you!

Moonspun: She's sweet like that.

Melanie's Randomness: I do that, too. Helps me to slow down.

Aunt Becky: I'm loopy often, too.

Aunt Juicebox: Dayquil is FUN.

Mommakin: Thank you!

Maggie May: Thanks!

Lola: No, we wouldn't want that at all.

Sandy: I'm guilty of that. We don't even have a doorbell.

Little Ms Blogger: I didn't check, but I did make sure that my narcotics were hidden.

City Girl: Thank you kindly! Having a plan is the only way I made it through.

carissajade said...

Congrats on finishing!! And I did the opposite one time... thought the sirens on the tv were in real life... I literally crawled on the floor to the window so the cops wouldn't see me...

Rebecca Knight said...

YAY!! Congrats on owning NaNoWriMo in the face :D!

(Also, your wife sounds cool. LOL.)

The Peach Tart said...

Congratulations on the writing challenge. Quite impressive.

LucyCooper said...

Congrats on the writing challenge BAG.

And if your wife does not sneer, she's a keeper.

for the love of pictures said...

Congratulations on completing the NaNoWriMo challenge! That's pretty huge - especially finishing the 50K+ early :)

Chibi Jeebs said...

Congrats again! :)

I put my back out twice in the past week; I'm contemplating making an appointment with my chiropractor, but I've gone tad conspiracy theorist and am convinced HE did this to me.

Now, where did I put my heating pad?

Nej said...

They sounded real, so of course they were coming from the TV. The logic is sound. :-)

Congrats in the 50K!!!

Amy said...

Loosey-Goosey??!!! Ahhh, You kill me Badass!!

BeautifulWreck said...

I hear stuff crashing on the television all the time but think at first its the kids tearing the place down!

Congrats on the 50,000 words!

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