We moved to Tulsa a year and a half ago - December 2006. For the first year, we were all sick. Usually more than one of us at a time, and not pansy little colds either. We were on more antibiotics in our first year here than our entire family had been in the previous 15 years. I was grateful for the antibiotics, really, even though I usually steer clear of the things. I'd had this wicked recurring ear ache since 2000 and the antibiotic knocked it out.
Then at Christmas I noticed that no one was sick. One year of sick and it was over. Except for Little Guy, who really isn't sick, just always stuffy and snoring and congested. Allergy meds do nothing. The tonsils are coming out. But we've all been well for months. Until today.
Last night, really. My eyes, nose and throat itched. I knew exactly what it was and blocked off my calendar for the rest of the week. Sure enough, I'm deep into a cold today. Yay! My annual cold.
So what have I done with my day, you ask? Did I sleep? Rest? No. I spent half the morning ironing, since I love to iron. Then attended a volunteer luncheon at school. Cafeteria food will not cure the common cold, in case your mother ever tried to pull that one over on you as a kid. The afternoon, though - ahhh. That's where it gets interesting.
Remember awhile back I insisted I'd be dismantling my photo albums and scanning the photos? Which one of you has done this? Tell me. Because I'm coming through my computer to grab you by the lapels and shake you for not warning me. None of your, "Oh, I'm sorry. Did I not mention how much work that would be?" from you, missy. Come 'ere, let me smack you hard.
I thought, "What a nice, relaxing (here my ill brain goes blank so I'll say) thing to do while I'm sick!" The Hunny showed me how to scan pictures last night and it seemed simple. All I had to do was take the photo out, scan and put it back, right? I'd forgotten all about my plan to organize everything. So today I scanned one little photo booklet - the kind the grocery stores assembled from one roll of film? Film? That's the stuff that went into those old fashioned cameras that your grandmother used when she was a child. Scanning those 24 pictures only took about half an hour. Then I had to make folders for the different photo categories I thought I might have and drop the photos into the appropriate folder. After naming each photo.
All of that just took too much energy from my poor sick body. I stepped away from the computer, grabbed half a shelf of photo albums, scoured my closet for used gift bags and began emptying the albums, sorting them into gift bags. So far I have the Early Flea bag, the Pre-Flea bag, the Newlywed bag, the First Florida House bag, the Second Florida House bag and the Friends and Family box. And about half of the albums emptied. Once the albums are empty I'll have to sort the bags into more specific piles - times and events and such - then start scanning, before putting them all back into albums. Eliminating the duplicates will be fun, too. I plan to make albums for the kids with those.
So you'll excuse me if I take some NyQuil and hit the sack a little early?
Until I write again ...