Friday, February 11, 2022

Dumb me

 One of my biggest nagging concerns is that when I take that covid test the day before I go to the airport, I am going to test positive. I know it is silly. I guess that I'm not going to believe that this trip is actually happening until I am on a plane far out over the Atlantic. Even then, it seems like it can all derail because some yay-hoo decides that s/he's not going to wear a mask and just what is anyone going to do about it anyway?

Anyway, I've been not really inclined to go anywhere unless I have to. I don't want to tempt the fates. Today, I had a couple of errands to run. There was no avoiding it. I woke up with a headache, nothing big, but annoying. Some mornings, I can nip that in the bud just by having my morning cup of coffee. This morning it did not work. 

I got myself out of the house and did my two errands, and then got myself back home. I tried to keep myself busy, but that darn little headache thing just hung around. I fixed myself a black bean salad for lunch and decided that after I ate, I would take a couple aspirin. Cara popped up on messenger, and so we visited a bit. In between messages, I grabbed a bottle of aspirin from the bathroom and returned to the conversation. We were talking about Rochester castle. She has an appointment very near to it, and wondered if I'd be averse to going off on my own. 

Hell's to the no, I wouldn't mind. I read about the castle in between messages, and when we were done, I gathered up my cup and bowl and headed for the kitchen to wash a few dishes. 

But I still had that minor headache thing, and even worse, I was so very tired. Exhausted. I got this sinking feeling that I was coming down with something. 

'Great', I thought, and after fighting the tired, after a half hour I just gave up. I sat down on the couch and watched an episode of Midsomer Murders, a rerun, but it just seemed like too much effort to find something else. I really hoped that whatever I was coming down with was short lived. 

I got through the afternoon, and I had to walk to the school to meet William. The wind was really picking up, and it really did make me feel a bit more energetic. Not a lot, but enough to get me and one boy home. We cooked supper while he chattered away. 

Long story short, I made it through the evening. I even managed to watch Nick Baumgartner and Lindsey Jacobellis take the gold. It really felt like the tiredness was resolving, which made me feel a bit more optimistic.

When we were getting ready for bed, I was a bit shocked to see the unmade bed.  I always make the bed. "That's embarrassing," I said to Tim. "I really don't know what my problem is today."

I went into the bathroom and got my teeth brushed and decided to take a couple PM aspirins for that stinking little headache, but I couldn't find the bottle. My excedrine was there. The Tylenol was there. No PM aspirin. 

A sudden flash of insight led me to the computer. There it was. Being in the middle of a gab session with Cara, daydreaming about castles and trips, I'd taken two PM aspirin. I was exhausted because I'd drugged myself. 

Some days, I am just not the brightest crayon in the box. 


  1. Hope you are better this morning, or what ever time it is in your corner of the world. Just relax and stop thinking about the worst scenario that could happen.

  2. I hope it soon passes and you are back to normal. Perhaps it is just a stress related headache? (In the week or so prior to a longhaul trip I always had "tummy troubles") 😏

  3. Hope you are feeling better by now. And that it's just stressing a bit about the forthcoming trip...sending a virtual hug and a Bon Voyage x

  4. What a twist! That wasn’t the ending I was expecting.

  5. Sometimes it is a victory just to make it through, and you were clear-headed enough to to remember where you push the aspirins. That is actually a feat, which is different than Midsomer’s many fetes

  6. I often take tablets when I'm talking and ask if I took them.

  7. We have ventless gas heaters in two rooms. It's been cold and it is likely that running them for longer periods of time are giving me the bothersome little headache. When it warms up, it won't be a problem.

    I had to laugh at my own foolishness though. Honestly, I can plumb the very depths of stupid sometimes. It will always be when I am doing something in a hurry.

  8. Oh, well thank goodness that's all it was! I think it's natural to feel a little anxiety about flying, particularly in these crazy times.

    By the way, I think your link goes to the wrong place. A Warren County plat map?

  9. Hello Debby!

    I wanted to address something you said on Weaver's blog:

    Debby said...
    PS: if a child is not taught morals at home, school will be of little help.

    You know, that used to be the old way of thinking but not anymore. Children spend, on average, less than 15 minutes per day in face-to-face contact with their parents. It's even worse with some kids, due to cell phones & computers. If the kids aren't on their devices, their parents are! The people they spend the most time with is their peers (who know NO more than they do!) and also their teachers in school. If those teachers don't teach them morals, values, honesty, and all the rest.... they're simply NOT going to learn those things. As is evident with the condition of our society today. ~Andrea xoxo

  10. I guess that we will have to agree to disagree. We cannot fault the over burdened school with teaching our children every life skill. That needs to come from the home. I understand what you are saying, but my response to that is that it is the parent abdicating their responsibility.

    I believe strongly that there are people who consider themselves very moral and upright people. There are a lot of these people that I don't want anywhere around children. You'll find a lot of these folks in church every Sunday. The school needs rules. The children need to be expected to abide by them. That's as far as 'morality' can be taught, IMHO.

    It is the parent's responsibility. Not all parents will step up to the plate unfortunately.

  11. Thanks though, for bringing your discussion to the source. I applaud that.

  12. I couldn't agree more Debby (regarding parents vs. school teaching morals). Good teachers might end up having a good influence, but that responsibility can't fall to them. If parents are allowing an average of 15 minutes per day face-to-face time, and allowing too much screen time, well, that's on them.


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