Things that indicate I'm getting better:
  1. My eye sockets don't hurt.
  2. The sitting up to lying down ratio is more socially acceptable.
  3. No alternating feelings of being broiled alive & having shivering goosebumps.
  4. Taking a shower & brushing my teeth don't seem quite so daunting.
  5. I care deeply that instead of looking like this when I'm ill:

Unplucked eyebrows, yes. Pretty nightgown & flawless complexion? No.

...I look more like this:

Except I'm lying down, and not smiling. Plus my hair is shorter.


thirteen saptastic songs for your valentine

My 13 faves from the "lovey dovey stuff" playlist on my iPod:

  • This Boy ~ The Beatles (I totally wanted This Boy, to save me from That Boy who only made me cry.)

~Diana Ross & Lionel Richie (I used to have the 45 rpm and would listen to it daily. And cry.)
  • I Will Always Love You ~ Dolly Parton (More crying)
  • Wonderful Tonight ~ Eric Clapton (Rockers singing love songs? *sob*)
  • I Only Want to Be With You ~ Dusty Springfield (I love that I could actually sing along to this; if only I could dance like her.)
  • ___________________________

    One of us is crazy...See more at Thursday 13


    could i possibly be any more vanilla?

    This is an assignment I gave my creative writing students this week. My only real intention was to get them to think figuratively - come up with unusual comparisons that tell something about a character (in this case, themselves). As individual statements, they seem innocuous & amusing. When read all at once? It's armchair psychoanalysis. Some of the patterns that emerged with kids were such dead-on personality profiles, I felt a little guilty for revealing them so. I think everyone owes me $95 for my hour of assessment.

    Feel free to call this a meme (or whatever you prefer that doesn't sound so weird) and probe the depths of your own psyche. Zenmomma did a post like this, too (something in the air?) with variations and a song.

    If I were a shoe, I'd be a shiny penny loafer.
    If I were a city, I'd be London.
    If I were a season, I'd be fall.
    If I were a car, I'd be a Volvo.
    If I were a vegetable, I'd be a carrot.
    If I were a fruit, I'd be a strawberry.
    If I were a color, I'd be plum.
    If I were furniture, I'd be a loveseat.
    If I were a song, I'd be something sappy. Or a show tune (but from a tragedy).
    If I were a country, I'd be England.
    If I were a beverage, I'd be black tea.
    If I were clothing, I'd be a cardigan sweater.
    If I were weather, I'd be sunny & mild.
    If I were an animal, I'd be a koala.
    If I were a dessert, I'd be apple crisp.
    If I were a plant, I'd be a hydrangea.
    If I were a word, I'd be practical.