Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Happy New Year??????

I failed to follow through with a timely New Year’s post… Unfortunately, I find myself living in the House of Flues… Craig was struck down on Christmas day (did I mention that Christmas dinner consisted of Chinese takeout?). He remained that way until Saturday…just in time for me to take my turn…I had succumbed Friday evening. Although, when I went to stock up for my Flupalooza Weekend, I did find out that a 750 ml (about 26 ounces) bottle of EJ brandy at $5.99 is more potent and costs less than two 10 ounce bottles of Nyquil at $3.99 each, but best of all… the brandy can be purchased at the local Rite Aid along with cans of chicken soup, Kleenex, cough drops, decongestant and Tylenol…how convenient! Time to get my party on....


Flupalooza Supplies


Come Monday, we felt a bit better and tried to salvage our New Year’s celebration…which had to take place at the wine bar since Craig had to work. Too much, too soon for Monday brought on the second half of my flu…bronchitis and a cough. YEAH! Then Craig came down with the stomach flu sometime in the wee hours of Wednesday morning and we remained in a state of illness for the next two days. Whoever was less sick than the other played nurse…however, at times we had found it difficult to determine just who that was…

Finally, I couldn’t take it any longer. Not only did I find out that I have in fact seen every episode of Forensic Files, but my brain had turned to mush from a week long marathon of America’s Next Top Model (ANTM). Was anyone aware that Tyra Banks is the anti-christ?? I resorted to ANTM after re-watching the last two seasons of Weeds and the first season of Californication. (Damn you, WGA strike!) The final nail in the coffin was the police raid and 5150 hold of Britney Spears on Thursday night, interrupting all broadcasts and forcing the Iowa caucus to retreat to the backseat in the news. I was afraid that if I remained bedridden armed with a TV remote for even one more day, I wouldn’t be able to string a comprehensive sentence together…and I was slowly dying of ennui. So, I decided to return to work on Friday.

It was a small return, but I felt it would be easier to settle back in when I knew that I was off for the next three days. However, I picked the day that the “Perfect Storm” hit the area. 65-70 mph winds with cold,face-stinging rain. Driving into work that morning was apocalyptic as my car was pummeled with debris…the streets were mostly deserted as the majority of people had the good sense to stay home. 60 year old trees were knocked down like toothpicks. At one point the airport grounded all flights, some highways were closed due to the inability of big rigs to remain upright causing pile up after pile up, thousands of people lost power (and as of this post, many are still in the dark), light-rail lost power and left passengers stranded to fend for themselves and rain pelted the area so hard that we had flash floods throughout the valley. I live in a part of California that isn’t known for extreme weather…excessive dry heat I can do, near hurricane winds, soooo not my thing. Yeah, good idea Michelle…perfect day to return. The powers that be allowed us to leave work early so we could navigate our way home while we still had daylight. Driving through my neighborhood was eerie and somewhat sad. Dogs were running wild and scared after their fences were knocked down. I tried in vain to get two of them in my car, but they were so freaked out that they just took off down the street. What a way to end the week...


Jerry checking out the storm





The storm's aftermath....


And Jerry Lee added to my continued pain and suffering by shredding his mother's Victoria's Secret socks she received for Christmas...



Jerry's sock fettish aftermath...

So, today is Wednesday and we are still coughing and sniffling but we are almost back to 100 percent thanks to Chinese takeout, EJ brandy, Forensic Files, Britney Spears, America’s Next Top Model, The Winter Storm of 2008 and Jerry Lee. Looks to be an interesting year…






9 comments:

buffalodickdy said...

Heckofa storm you had! Does your dog freak out as bad as mine during storms? Glad to hear drugs and booze are doing their magic!

Sornie said...

That uprooted tree in reminiscent of a typical summer storm 'round these parts. And I hope I remember that tip that brandy is cheaper than cough syrup. Even if I'm not sick, still good advice.

buffalodickdy said...

Late P.S.- Looks like the dog was tryin' to help- One of those sox look like really weird but warm pair of crotchless panties.. Heehoohoo...:)

Michelle Ann said...

Buffalo-that storm was wicked. I know that back east that would just be a little rain and wind, but in sunny Cal, it was epic. The dogs never freaked out because they were inside by the fireplace...spoiled little darlings!

Sornie-the brandy hot toddies were soooo much better than a shot of Nyquil. We just wanted to pass out and forget that we were sick...it worked.

Buffalo-interesting...we could market fleece crotchless panties to eskimos... :)

Joe said...

I was in SoCal last week, so I saw a lot of the coverage of the storms. Glad you survived (socks aside).

I noticed that the brandy was conspicuously absent from the supplies picture. I hope that's because it was empty by that point.

Tanya Kristine said...

i'd be PISSED about those socks..kody, in fact, had MINE in his mouth this a.m. but that's just to get a rise outta me...i love him. even if he did chew them.

pinknest said...

wow! crazy. well, hope you're feeling better. as for those socks...

Carrie™ said...

Wow! My New Year's seems downright dull compared to what you had. I think I'll take dull. After seeing that tree and even worse - the sock!! VS is damn expensive Jerry Lee! I hope you & Craig are feeling better now.

doggybloggy said...

are you better yet?