Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Murphy's Law Strikes Again

You know how when you have important activities and events coming up and you think, "Gee, I hope I don't get sick! Wouldn't it be awful to give my parents anniversary speech with a cold sore the size of a beach ball on my upper lip?" And then you wake up with a cold sore the size of a beach ball?

Tomorrow I'm recording a podcast with the lovely Jessica Brody, founder of Free Book Friday and author of the bestselling The Fidelity Files, and yesterday I thought, "Gee, wouldn't it suck to record the interview if I had a cold?"

Well, guess who woke up with swollen glands and a cold today! Stuffy nose and sore throat included, no charge. My best friend is right: if you put negative energy out into the universe, you exponentially increase your odds of attracting the very same crapstorm you were trying to avoid. Also, don't burn sage near the curtains.

So here's the plan: I'm going to wallow in zinc lozenges, crushed raw garlic and herbal teas in an attempt to dodge most of the viral bullet. Doesn't that sound fun? And only two months after the last one...I have the AMC Pacer of immune systems.

Other random thoughts: did anyone else notice that the latest UPS commercial airing on TV uses a song by...The Postal Service?

The automatic soap and towel dispensers in public bathrooms are meant to reduce waste and 'be green.' But do they use so much electricity that they cancel out the 'save a tree' angle?

If I never hear the word "fundamental" again, I can die a happy woman.

Two nights ago J was kind of shaking my head, in a goofy spoof-wrestling attempt to freak the dog out. Want to know the first memory to tumble out afterwards? A scene from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

My least favorite words are moist and period. My favorite word is effervescent. My mom's favorite word is bittersweet, and my sister's favorite word is plum. Is it weird that I still remember that? Is it weird that we even have these kinds of conversations? Does your family?


  1. Oh bummer! Hope you feel better. Good luck tomorrow!

  2. my least favorite word is "moist", too.

    two of my favorite words are "moxie" and "gig".

    feel better!

  3. My new favorite is parenthetically. Fun to say! Meaningless! If you say it under your breath it sounds like the clicking language from The Gods Must Be Crazy.

    Good luck with that cold. Try a Neti Pot.

  4. My least favorite word is "panties." My most favorite is "eclectic."

    Good luck tomorrow!

  5. dude, moist and period in the same sentence?!?!?!


  6. OMG...My sister's friend hates the word "moist" and cringes when she hears it. We will sometimes try to use it when out to dinner.

    I had never heard of anyone else hating that word and that she was a bit crazy. Now I discovered others that do as well.

    I love the word "quandary". Love how it is pronounced and its meaning.

  7. There's a metaphysical expression: "That which we fear the most will automatically appear."

  8. Maybe I can find a "voice effect" in my audio software that will counteract the stuffiness! :) least favorite words, the three "P"s...pocketbook, panties and...oh wait, I don't think I can write the third one here.

  9. I HATE the word moist, too!

    Also, you have my sympathies about the plague. I have had it for the better part of 2 weeks now, and my GOD! It's got TEETH or something the way it's hanging on!

    Feel better soon. And at least you don't have your period. ;)

  10. First, feel better!

    Second, my favorite word is eclectic. It's just so fun to say! I hate the word moist, too. Yuck.

  11. Jess--hope you're feeling better soon.

    And can't wait for the podcast, stuffy or not. :)

  12. yes, my family has those kinds of conversations too! : ) My dad's favorite words are 2 towns in Illinois: Skokie and Mundelein. Get him started on this thread, and he'll just keep repeating them all goofily.

    One of my favorite words is "smitten".

  13. I don't like the word "placenta". My daughter loves the word 'random'.

    I hope you feel better!

  14. on the public restroom hand dryers, I don't know if they are truly greener than paper, but studies have shown that they are actually less hygenic than paper. Very few people take the time to completely dry their hands. And germs like nothing better than warm, damp areas like the door handle.

    My pet peeve about public restrooms is much like the hotdog to hotdog bun ratio. It drives me crazy to walk into a restroom with 4 or more stalls and only one or two dryers. At least with paper towels you can step aside while you dry your hands and not create a bottleneck.

  15. My least favorite word is "at the end of the day." I know it's really 6 words but you didn't ask for our least favorite phrase.