Sunday, September 17, 2006

Young Love and Viri

Well, it’s official – J has a girlfriend, K has a homecoming date, and I have their cold.

That sneaky little virus that turned K and J into a pair of honking geese has finally taken up residence in my nose and throat despite the precautions I have taken. Poop. And, whereas the younger members of the household shake this stuff off in a couple of days, I will pay a harder and longer lasting penance I am sure. Oh well, complaining never got me very far before, and it won’t this time either. It just makes me cranky.

I was hoping to go up to Duluth this week for a short visit, but I will have to rethink that. It all depends on how I feel. One thing I do not want to do is share this with anyone. We’ll see.

I am taking Zicam to try to mitigate the effects and duration of this. Zicam is an over the counter product praised by a family member and so I will continue to use it in the hopes that it will rain on the little virus’s (or is that viri?) parade and allow me to function.

Now, back the breaking headlines.

A mysterious young man came knocking on our door yesterday and presented K with an ice bucket filled with ice and containing a bottle of hot sauce, hot candies, and a couple of other things. This is the new way of asking someone out on a fancy date and a pretty mild production considering what I have heard of others doing.

Now there will be a flurry of shopping (dress, etc.), phoning (working everything out with the other girls), and finally, hair, flowers, and primping. Unfortunately for me, homecoming will happen in two weeks when I am on the tail end of my next chemo run and feeling like whale poop. I guess she’ll have to have fun without me.

And speaking of phones, there is heavy competition for our suddenly inadequate land line as J has developed a heavy jones for a certain young lady and needs to hear her dulcet tones for hours on end. There have been instances of near fratricide as other members of the family demanded access to the phone.

K, of course, does have a cell phone, but is apparently smacked up against the limit of minutes she gets without having to pay a bounty – and it’s only the middle of the month. Hmmmm. What to do, what to do?

Well, it’s time for me to go and ponder the menu and shopping list for the week. I didn’t do so well at that last week so I am trying to make amends. I suddenly feel the need for homemade soup and other comfort food. The weather has turned and all of my hibernating instincts are kicking in. Later.


Blogger Cheesy said...

HA.. I do not miss those days of the never ending phone jabber! lol...If you need some good soup recipes let me know! The kids call me the most humble goddess of the kitchen... and probably the soup natzi behind my back? Have you ever tried the Zinc spray up the nose? I find it works wonders at relieving some of the symptoms kiddo! Good luck and rest up.. get well.

3:53 PM, September 17, 2006  
Blogger lime said...

LOL, it doesn't sound like autumn at your house given the level of 'twitterpation' occuring among the younguns! sounds like spring for sure.

you need to tell us if that zicam stuff works. we are passing a cold around our house too.

6:51 PM, September 17, 2006  
Blogger Tiffanie said...

I have been having trouble posting comments, I may have already asked you this...

Did I gather from your last love letter post that there is a new person in your life?

10:03 AM, September 20, 2006  
Blogger Phaedrous said...

There is indeed a new person in my life. What it will turn into is unknown, but she has certainly brought some sunshine to a dark place. When it feels appropriate, I will write more about this.


11:09 AM, September 20, 2006  
Blogger Beth said...

Hope he remembers to bring her flowers. Girls are suckers for those.

But not roses. Roses are too over done. Tell him to try lilies instead.

2:03 PM, September 20, 2006  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Soup, soup beautiful soup


3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 medium onions, peeled & cut in slices
1 whole leek, washed & cut in slices
4 cloves garlic
4 stalks celery
1 fennel bulb, sliced
4 carrots
2 cups vegetable stock
tomatoes with juice
cannellini beans
red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 zucchini
fresh basil
salt, of course, and pepper

Sauté onions, garlic, fennel, leeks, etc. Add tomatoes and juice, etc. Cook this soup for an entire day. Write a poem. Call your lover. Bake bread. Make a list of wishes and throw it into a live volcano. Garnish with snipped fresh fennel fronds and grated Reggiano parmesan cheese if you are lucky enough to have it. Share this soup with your friends if you are lucky enough to have them.


2:09 PM, September 21, 2006  
Blogger Phaedrous said...


Thanks for the flower tip, I will pass it on.


That looks like a great soup recipe and I will give it a shot.

For both of you, I tried clicking on your name links and got an error message. It is probably related to the beta blogger that I am using. Just wanted to let you know.


8:41 PM, September 21, 2006  
Blogger Cheesy said...

How is the cold shaping up anyhow kiddo?? Doing well I hope!

9:06 PM, September 21, 2006  

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