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In which I am sick

This morning I got up to go to the gym like a good little girl. My throat was scratchy. I wandered the house a little aimlessly and talked myself into going back to bed.

Apparently while we are no longer the Cat Super Highway to the window, Cairo just likes to walk on me. I know he loves me, but GOD. I finally got back to sleep and I had a dream where I don't remember how it started, but I remember I was working on an adaptation of Disney's The Little Mermaid from Eric's POV (ala Gregory Maquire). Mom was with me somewhere and she took off in my car (which was actually Barb's Taurus, but in the dream it was mine), and she told me we were trading. Her car was a perfectly good one, although I put a dent in the roof trying to move it away from the rock cliff where it was parked and I was sitting. But I finally got it moved and I figured out how to start it (the ignition was on the left rather than the right of the steering column), then started to drive.

As I was driving, it occurred to me I was going to be late for work, since it was nearly 8:45 (my start time). I thought I should just call in sick, but then for some reason I thought to myself, "Hey, I'm dreaming." (That never happens in my dreams.) So I tried to figure out the dream landscape and figured out I was driving through Taos and/or Santa Fe because of the pueblo-shaped brown buildings, but then I drove past the Tovrea Castle (a familiar feature to Phoenix drivers), only it was much larger - it still looked like the Castle from the end, but as I came around it had many towers and windows and balconies and such. So I tell myself again I'm dreaming, and wake myself up. It is in fact nearly 8:45 and I guess I should call in sick because I still didn't feel very good, and then Barb really woke me up, telling me it was quarter to seven.

So I still felt crappy but I dragged myself out of bed and went to work and made it on time and everything. Now my throat still hurts and I have a surface cough, the annoying kind that hasn't settled anywhere and I'm not really bad sick, but I have that "I don't want to eat but I'm hungry" vying with "I'm starving, everything sounds good." All that's wrong is a little sore throat which feels better with a cough drop, but once drop is gone, annoying ache is back. Phoo. So it's all the "should I call in sick tomorrow, or not?" thing.

I want soup.

The real tragedy is I can actually almost see the Eric story, but I can't imagine what kind of hoops one would have to leap through to license a Disney character for original fiction (it wouldn't work going by the original fairytale, of course, since it didn't end quite the same way...).

I don't remember who I snagged this icon from. If you know the author, let me know so I can credit accordingly. It works because Cairo has three times unbuckled his new collar since I bought it Saturday.


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Mar. 21st, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
I don't remember who I snagged this icon from. If you know the author, let me know so I can credit accordingly. It works because Cairo has three times unbuckled his new collar since I bought it Saturday.

I love that icon!!

Zoë managed to get out of her first collar within about three days of moving in with us... we STILL haven't found it. She's only gotten out of her second collar once, and we're pretty sure it was completely by accident. We suspect she was scratching at her neck with her hind claws and happened to snag it in just the perfect way to get it to unbuckle.

The first collar was the sort designed to pop open if it catches on anything (to prevent accidental choking), the second just has some elastic that creates a lot of give during such situations (which, given the way cats think, seems to be a much better design).

As for your scratchy throat... have you ever tried Airborne? I pimp that stuff to whoever will listen, because so far, it seems pretty effective.

Of course, it may just be a matter of "See this rock? I've been carrying it for the past 30 years and have never once had trouble with vampires! Obviously, it's an excellent vampire repellent!" But both Rackham and I have been using the stuff for about the last five months and have managed to dodge all the colds going around at his office and at church, which is pretty much a record for us.
Mar. 21st, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
Cairo's first collar was a leather one, since our other cats had good, sturdy, leather collars. He managed to get his jaw hooked under it and we had to cut it off him so he could close his mouth. We managed to train him to a sturdy nylon one, but recently he managed to unbuckle it and I guessed it was because he's actually grown large enough that it was a little too small. I bought him one that's a little longer, but it's also nylon, and he had it unbuckled in a few hours. I've put it back on him twice, but both times he's managed to get it off again.

I may go back to leather, since he seems to have stopped licking his jaw under them...

I've never tried Airborne. I'll have to see if I can find it. I'm always willing to try! :-)
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