Friday, February 5, 2010

In Which I Rewind

My allergy situation, to say the least, isn't improving. I woke up yesterday with some severe lip swelling and pretty bad hives in a couple places. It's clear that something else is going on that isn't being controlled by my normal regimen of medications like I previously thought. I got a chance to see my allergist yesterday, and while he suspects he has an idea as to what I have going on, I'll have to wait through the weekend for the results from some recent blood-work to come in.

I don't want to speculate here what he thinks I may have until the results come back, because I just don't want to stir anything up further in my mind. I'm having a hard enough time pushing all the worry and the obsessive thoughts to the back of my mind as it is. To give you some idea as to what I have to look forward to, the prospects aren't the greatest. The possibilities range from life-changing to potentially life-shortening.

I'm not a religious person by any means, but if I may be so bold as to ask for your thoughts or prayers to whatever God you pray to, I would greatly appreciate it. I'll be sure to fill you in as I come across any definitive information.

As for something positive to end the week, I don't have it in me for something new. Instead, here's a re-post of a favorite post of mine from a couple months ago...


This past weekend, The Boss and I went up to my parents house. We had promised them a game night a couple months ago, and were finally making good on our promise. We arrived in the middle of the afternoon with the plans to stay the night after watching the Patriots game (don't even get me started on the outcome of the game. It's still a sore subject).

After we played a few rounds of Uno and before dinner was to be cooked, my mother decided to make some muffins for breakfast the next morning. She is a master baker after all, and often takes any excuse she can get to bake something. She has been on this kick lately of trying out new recipes, and I thought nothing of it until the muffins came out of the oven. They smelled good, but different than I expected them to. I wandered into the kitchen to investigate.

"Something smells good," I commented.

My mother set a tray of muffins on the counter. They were a light golden brown and speckled with what appeared to be cinnamon.


"Yeah," I said. "What kind of muffins are they?"

"They're donut muffins," she said, as if such a thing was commonplace. I had never heard of donut muffins.

"Really?" Perhaps I sounded a little too excited. The prospect of a donut-muffin hybrid was exciting, though.

"Yeah, they're supposed to have the consistency and flavor of a plain donut. It's a new recipe."

"Interesting! I'll have to try one when they cool down a bit."

"They're awesome," my dad chimed in as he entered the room. "They taste just like a donut."

The kitchen fell silent for a moment, and my mother worked to remove the muffins from the tray and put them on a cooling rack. They really did smell wonderful, more like a donut than a muffin.

"So is 'Donut Muffins' their official name?" I asked.

"No, we like to call them Muffnuts," my dad said. There was pure innocence in his voice.

"Yeah, Dunkin' Muffnuts," my mother added.

It was all I could do to not burst out laughing. I bit my lower lip and stared at the floor for a while. The name itself is funny enough, but what really sealed it is the fact that my parents have no idea what they're saying. Their complete and utter innocence about it just makes it hilarious. The Boss and I laughed pretty hard over it later that evening, giggling in the dark as we tried to go to sleep.

It's like when a little kid swears or performs a rude gesture in public. It's funny because they have no idea what it means or what they are doing. Like the time my 93-year-old great-grandmother talked in length about how she spent the afternoon petting the neighborhood pussy, mentioning how scruffy and smelly it was. "Pussy" to her meant cat, of course, but that word has an entirely new meaning in this day and age.

I just hope my parents don't share that name with the general public or try to market them for their business with that name. I'd hate to have to be the one to break it to them what their clever name really denotes in today's generation.

And for the record, yes, I tried one. Muffnuts are fucking tasty.


Have a good weekend, everyone.


Susan Erickson said...

like I said before...get a neti pot

Nej said...

Hang in there. Sending all my good thoughts your way!!!!!!

TechnoBabe said...

Sounds like you will have lab results quickly. You are in hubby and my thoughts for sure. Hugs.

Jenn(ifer) said...

Thinking of you!!

Mrs Soup said...

You are in my prayers even more now. :(

A piece of news said...

Hang in there!

Kael Hunt said...

Best wishes to you.

Mystern said...

While I'm not a religious person by any stretch of the imagination, I do believe in the universe, and I'll be projecting my energies out there for you, knowing things will work out.

Joann Mannix said...

Prayers going out for you. The Netti Pot does work wonders.

Coach J said...

Best of luck, man. Keep thinking positively.

Belle said...

I swear we have muffnuts at our school, are they a muffin? Are they a donut? Nobody knows.
Pretty tasty though. XD

Amy said...

Will definitely keep you in my thoughts and prayers Mike. Try not to let the worry consume you. Hope you and the boss have a calm and relaxing weekend!

Chibi Jeebs said...

You got it, dude. *squishy hugs*

Moonspun said...

Oh my friend. I always think good thought for you...but I'll double my quota this weekend. I LOVE the muffnuts post!

Melissa said...

(((big hugs))) and lots of thoughts. Try not to worry or look up diagnoses on the Internet.

You are our big muffunut...

Aunt Becky said...

Well fucking shit, you big muffnut. Feel better.

Maureen said...

Fingers crossed for ya here BAG... hoping for the bestest of news.

LucyCooper said...

I agree with Melissa- no Doctor Google for you. Funny movies and a good scream into a pillow is what I'm recommending. Keep us posted friend.

Nyx said...

oh muffnuts...

feel better hon! i'm crossing all crossable appendages for ya!

Mad Woman said...

I love that muffnuts story! So hilarious.

Hope you get good news and definitely no life shortening news. I'll keep you in my thoughts.

Badass Geek said...

Susan Erickson: A neti pot wouldn't help. I have allergy symptoms, but a swab of my sinuses showed no actual allergies in my sinuses.

Nej: Thanks.

TechnoBabe: Thank you.

Jenn(ifer): Thanks!

Mrs Soup: I appreciate it.

A Piece Of News: I'm trying to.

Kael Hunt: Thanks.

Mystern: Thanks, dude.

Joann Mannix: I'm sure it does. It just wouldn't be effective for what I have currently.

Coach J: I'm trying my hardest to.

Belle: They are pretty damn tasty.

Amy: We'll sure as heck try!

Chibi Jeebs: Thanks! =)

Moonspun: Thank you very much.

Melissa: I've done some research, but tried not to apply it to myself at all.

Aunt Becky: I hope to soon.

Maureen: Thank you.

LucyCooper: Funny movies are on the agenda for this weekend for sure.

Nyx: Thank you!

Mad Woman: Thanks.

Aunt Juicebox said...

Ugh, stupid allergies!! I think you can handle life changing, so I vote for that as worst case scenario.

Feral Female said...

Good thoughs are coming your way Geek!

Notes From the Grove said...

Oh. my. god. There is so much going on here, I can't even wrap my mind around it! LOL!

MUFFNUTS?!?!?! It's freaking GENIUS!

Sandy said...

We're just going to have to put you in a bubble. Seriously, dude, I hope you get some answers soon!

Lola said...

WTF, man? I take a blog break, and you fall apart on me. Unacceptable ;) Hoping you get good news and you feel better soon.

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Amber Page Writes said...

That post was just as funny the second time around.

I'm sorry you're having health issues - and you do have my prayers, for what they're worth. I hope you get only good news...

elzimmy said...

I would pay money to hear my mom say the word 'muffnut' - I'm going to have to start calling people has a ring to it.

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