Monday, January 31, 2011
My best friend when I'm feeling like this is good old Vicks VapoRub. Is there anything better in the entire world? I think not.
I perused the internet this weekend looking for home remedies and came across one that swears if you slather Vicks on your feet at night and then put on socks, it will stop you from coughing. I am not ashamed to admit I tried this....I was desperate...and my family was starting to look at me like they might stuff a pillow over my face if I didn't stop the coughing madness...and either it worked, or the other home remedy...a tbsp of Vodka mixed with a tbsp of honey...worked.
Either way, the combo of Vicks slathered feet and my vodka/honey shooter stopped me from coughing long enough to at least get to sleep.
But I digress...back to my "Ode to Vicks". Not only do those soothing, medicated vapors help relieve coughing and congestion (I sound like a commercial here, don't I?), but the mere smell brings back so many childhood memories.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Sorry I haven't been around much. Apparently, I've gone into hybernation mode with this nasty cold weather. I know you Yankees won't have much sympathy for me, whining about temps in the 50's, or even 30's, but I just can't stand it.
If it's below 70 degrees, it's winter to me.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Yep, that's right...after months of lusting, I finally bit the bullet and bought a Kindle. I hemmed and hawed, agonized over the many choices (Kindle, Nook, Sony, iPad, which size, blah, blah, blah), should I wait for a Kindle color. Finally, after playing with Meg's (DD#1) Kindle for a few weeks, I was hooked. Still, I procrastinated. I gingerly perused the Amazon website....placed it in my cart...finger hovering over the purchase button... press...press...no...close tab. I did this for days and then one day...I did it...I hit the "one click purchase" button and it was done. Two days later, I was in reading Heaven.
I love the feeling of a book in my hands, and thought that would be the thing I'd miss most, but I gotta tell you, I ain't missing that one little bit. I bought the "Official Kindle" cover shown below (got the snazzy apple green) and once you slip the Kindle in there, it opens up just like a book and you get that same feeling.
The weather was so nice over the weekend, I was able to take it outside, slip into a lounge chair and test out the nonglare factor....man does it work. It was bright and sunny, and it felt just like I was reading ink on paper...no glare at all.
Now I just need to pace myself, or nothing will get done...no laundry, no cooking, no work....I've had it for less than 4 days and am on my second book...easy does it old girl.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Isn't that a cute little pot? Almost looks like you could rub it and have a genie pop out and grant your every wish. Or maybe you could put flowers in it and use it as a centerpiece. Uh no....not quite....you see, this little ceramic miracle is what I use each and every morning to flush my sinuses. That's right....flush my sinuses. I'll give you a minute to compose yourself.
It's called a Neti pot and it could become your best friend.
I suffer from year round sinus and allergy issues, and can't take sinus meds. So every morning, I heat up a cup of distilled water, add 1/4 tsp of Kosher salt, pour it in this baby and proceed to tilting my head and pouring it into my nostril. It goes in one nostril, and out the other. Really, calm down...it's not nearly as bad as it sounds. I thought about making a video to show y'all (and believe me, there are plenty of them on youtube), but I somehow didn't think y'all would appreciate seeing me cleanse my sinus cavities. You can thank me later.
It's not a miracle fix. I still suffer, but I guess not as much; and I can definitely say I haven't had nearly as many colds since I started using this over 6 years ago. Guess the daily flushing helps keep those pesky little germs from getting in there and taking root.
It's that time of year when everyone seems to be suffering. You might want to give the old Neti pot a try.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Is this the most riduculous thing you've ever seen? I mean seriously, PAJAMA JEANS! What is this world coming to? Another step in the steep slope of American decline "Pajamas to live in. Jeans to sleep in"....seriously? Have we gotten so lazy that we can't change into clothes once we wake up and want to leave the house? No, don't answer that question. I've been to WalMart....I see what passes for clothes these days. And while I'm on this subject, this new phenomenon will certainly lead to quite a few good "People of WalMart" pictures....use your imagination here...imagine the endless possibilities.
I'm pretty sure Jerry Seinfeld summed this up best in his conversation with George as it related to sweatpants...the same holds true for Pajama Jeans in my humble opinion.
"Again with the sweatpants?"
"What? I'm comfortable."
"You know the message you're sending out to the world with these sweatpants? You're telling the world, 'I give up. I can't compete in normal society. I'm miserable, so I might as well be comfortable.'"
- Jerry and George, in "The Pilot"