Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Back, But Not Quite Here

Some souvenirs from trips are fun: postcards; fudge; novelty T-shirts.

Some souvenirs -- not so much.

I've just gotten up after an afternoon in bed while unseen viral gremlins worked my intestines into macrame. Ouch. Sore throat and fever too. I begged off work; came home, got into my nightgown, microwaved my flaxseed neck pillow to serve double duty as a heating pad, and hunkered down in bed with the Mark Powell book I've been trying to finish before my next lay ministry retreat. (For some reason I felt compelled to pair abdominal cramps with Serious Theological Reading.)

Fellow Traveler -- who is just getting over the feverish, sore-throaty bug -- came by with sympathy (at a distance, as the song says) and fruit-juice popsicles, then backed quickly out the door.

First my camera broke. Then I came home to find that in my absence the resident deer herd had stripped every one of my carefully nurtured container tomato plants down to nubbins -- even ate all the little green tomatoes. Then I found that the voice mail function on my cheapazoid dollar-store Terrorist Special cell phone isn't working -- every time I try to access my voice mail I wind up talking to a cranky directory assistance operator. Now my immune system is temporarily shot. And as I'm typing, I'm feeling the heat generated by the battery in my Dell computer, and wondering if and when that machine's gonna blow.

I did have a really lovely vacation, though.

11 comments:

chartreuseova said...

Oh my, not a good day.

I think I just saw a melted Dell computer due to overheating battery on the news, not a pretty picture so I hope you are not working with it on your lap.

Here's hoping tomorrow brings a reprieve from the nasty bug.

revabi said...

Welcome back, and hope you are feeling better soon.

Trish said...

Hey, I hope you feel better soon. I myself have a bit of a sore throat, but I think it's from yelling "Woohoo!" many times as I jumped out of a plane at 10,000 feet yesterday.... Who knows? Anyway, lemon is a natural antiseptic... Maybe some nice honey-lemon tea would help?

Quotidian Grace said...

That is SO not fair!

Feel better soon and keep an eye on that Dell...

Inheritor of Heaven said...

It's an amazing thing when a person can be in the midst of all that (and a smoking Dell computer besides) and still be so darn funny! Thanks for the smile and hope you feel better soon.

Tom in Ontario said...

I got back Sunday after 2 weeks away. Nothing terrible greeted me on my return. I'm starting to get back into my regular routine. But I want to be away again. Oh man do I want to be on vacation some more. I'm only going to be 40 this October so retirement is a good way off but I could do retirement really well.

Get better soon.

Shalom

LutheranChik said...

Lime popsicles, plus egg drop soup and jasmine tea from the local Chinese place, seemed to do the trick, at least for awhile...but I'm falling into that late afternoon slump. I had to come to work today because it was a "meeting" day, but...I'm going to bed as soon as I get home.

LutheranChik said...

Lime popsicles, plus egg drop soup and jasmine tea from the local Chinese place, seemed to do the trick, at least for awhile...but I'm falling into that late afternoon slump. I had to come to work today because it was a "meeting" day, but...I'm going to bed as soon as I get home.

Rainbow Pastor said...

LC, what a bummer. Slurp that soup and sleep...

Beth said...

Take care of your self, LC

St. Inuksuk said...

Welcome Home! Hope you're feeling better real soon. Drink lots of fluids.
Remember our Peace amid the storm.