This month, I will have another birthday. I’ve been getting loads of mailings from places. They’re in nice, brightly colored envelopes. Some of them even look like cards! And they usually have printed on the outside:

A Birthday Gift For You!

I open it, to find a coupon for $5 off a $20 purchase, or $10 off a $75 purchase!

What the ever-lovin’ hell?

Call me bitchy, but those are not gifts, those are coupons. A gift is $5 toward merchandise worth $5 or less. A gift is an ornament or a gift card for a pair of socks. A coupon for something I wasn’t going to spend money on anyway is NOT a gift, it’s a ploy to get me in the store to spend more than I ever wanted or planned, or a way for me to *think* the company is wishing me well when all it’s doing is trying to make more money.

They can keep those birthday wishes. And stop killing the trees they’re printing those “gifts” on while they’re at it.

* In case you can’t tell, I am in a BAD mood. >:( And as predicted, my sore throat is back, full force. I’ve given up on getting better, of ever being okay, on everything.

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In Sickness and In Health

One hard thing about being in a long-distance relationship is when one of us gets sick, and the other can’t be there. I was sooo sick Sunday night, and yesterday, and I felt so alone and I felt like crying because no one was there to hold me or rub my back. I can’t wait until I don’t have to be alone when I am sick anymore. And I can’t wait until I can take care of him as well.

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Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

I went to the doctor on Thursday, because having a sore throat for two months is not fun, no matter what some deranged person might lead you to believe.

So, there was the sore throat, the headaches, the coughs. I got put on an antibiotic, which I started taking Thursday night. By Friday night, I was already experiencing side effects, but they were mild enough that I soldiered on. By Sunday night, I was doubly sick, shaking, weak, sweating, and exhausted. The sore throat and the coughing had subsided a bit, but now I’m dealing with something that is much worse.

So I’ve decided to stop with the antibiotics. Which means the sore throat and coughing will likely come back. However, I can go to work with a sore throat and while coughing. I cannot while vomiting, shaking, sweating, and worn out from the whole thing. And I cannot afford to take another unpaid day off from work.

It’s annoying. People there are so quick to tell people to go home when they’re sick, not even realizing that some of us don’t get the unlimited sick time that they do. The only reason I stayed home the past two days was because I was scared to drive, feeling as weak as I was.

So whether or not I’ll ever get better for good remains to be seen, but at least I won’t be living in the bathroom anymore. For now, at least.

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Today For You, Tomorrow For Me (Pictures)

To be honest, I don’t feel a heck of a lot like writing, but I’m going to babble on a bit until the generic Nyquil kicks in and hopefully puts me to sleep.

I’ve been non-stop sick for the past six or seven weeks and today, my throat feels like it’s on fire. My ears are burning too. And I’m having periodic coughing fits, especially when I lie down. This started (again) Sunday night, so it’s been a week—way too long for a sore throat. I have to clench my hands when I swallow, it hurts so badly. I went to Urgent Care a few weeks ago, got a z-pack, but I don’t think it worked because I vomited up the dosage the first night. Plus, the doctor MAY have taken five minutes to look at me, so I doubt his diagnosis was correct. I am going to have to suck it up and go out to Stonecreek after all, I think, even though it’ll kill my gas mileage for the week and I’ll have to take some unpaid time off of work. I’m thinking it’ll be worth it so I can stop feeling so sick. ‘Cause on top of all that, I’m battling a migraine.

YAY Leaves!

Still, sick or not, I had a wonderful time in Atlanta with Adam’s family. I flew in Monday night (November 19th), and stayed until yesterday. Nice, long, relaxing vacation. And I do feel very relaxed and at home at the Selzer’s. While there, I got to spend lots of quality time with the family, eat good food, and celebrate Thanksmas. Because most of us kids can’t make it to Atlanta for Christmas, Adam’s mom combined Thanksgiving and Christmas into one really fun holiday. I got spoiled. Rotten. And…not only did Adam and I get our first ornament together, but I also got my very own stocking with my name embroidered on it. :)

Here’s the ornament:
Our First Ornament

Among the gifts I received:

– An electric throw, which I am using now. This will totally help me save on energy costs this winter.
– Rent DVD
– Woody Woodpecker DVD
– Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo (and lots of other books)
– A cute tee-shirt that says “Life is Simple. Eat. Sleep. Read.” PERFECT!
– A cute hoodie with the snowman from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Under him it says “Ice Cold.” Again, perfect.
– Monkey Pajamas:
Monkey Pajama Girls!

It was very beautiful there. The fall colors were at the tail end of their peak, and most days, the weather was very nice. Check out the photos:

Thanksmas 2007

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Between the Nyquil that is still wearing off, the fact that I had to pee every 45 minutes, and Aidan wetting the bed this morning, I didn’t get a lot of sleep.

I feel lousy.

But getting a hug and kiss from Aidan is a big help. :)

So is rereading a really good Erma Bombeck book.

(Originally published at Anywhere Is…)

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