Saturday, March 13, 2010

It's never a good sign when I wake up sneezing.  I'm definitely in the midst of the caffeine withdrawal headaches, and after three hours of sneezing almost nonstop this morning, I caved and took an Aleve-D Cold and Sinus.  I did take it with a glass of milk, though, so I'm hoping that will lower its negative effects on my stomach.  I'm still sneezing, but it's starting to slow down, and I think the milk did help. 

Sassy's been pretty understanding this morning.  She's stayed quiet and drowsy, not aggravating me too much about playing or wanting to go outside.  I think she can tell I'm not feeling so great.  I love this girl.

I did find out that I will be teaching a second class this summer--I just won't find out which one until after spring break.  Whatever the case, it's a relief to have that answer.

I"m getting excited about painting my walls.  I've got the paint.  Now, I'm just waiting for a good weekend that my cousins can come out and help me out.

Well, this is about the limit to my ability to be coherent today.  The nose-burning is getting distracting.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

[For Your Own Safety, Steer Clear!]

Well, I finished posting midterms this morning around 2:00 a.m.  I, obviously, did not sleep much last night, and I will say that the grade stats are a bit of a downer this semester.  Then again, so are the attendance rates.  Well, it's over, and now, it's time to counsel students on how not to, well, flunk.  Good times all around.

In other news, I've got an ulcer.  Yup, seriously.  No, not doctor-diagnosed, but based on what I've read, my symptoms match tit for tat all across the board, and since they've been around longer than three days, I'm prety sure it's not heartburn sitting just below my sternum.  I'm trying some homeopathic/holistic remedies first, hoping to avoid nutty health bills.  I stopped by an herbal store this afternoon and picked up some Aloe Vera Plus solution (meant for internal digestion) and ginger tea, both of which are supposed to help digestion and ulcers.  It's a little early to tell, but at this point, after the second dose and at the start of the first cup of ginger tea, I'm not having the pain or gnawing feeling that was pushing me to overeat for the past week or two. 

One thing is going to be hard about this, though: no caffeine or pain relievers until the ulcer is gone.  These next two weeks are going to be hellish with the withdrawal symptoms I will undoubtedly endure.  I've done the cold-turkey thing before, and it was not a pretty sight.  In fact, I'm starting to get the first wave, as I haven't had any caffeine since noon-ish, and my head is starting to ache.

My apologies if you're forced to be in my presence during this time period.

In the end, though, I know it will be healthier.  I'll probably lose a few pounds and have more energy after the addiction is out of my system.  It's just that time between then and now that's going to be epic.  Oh well. 

Well, I have some list-updating to do before bed, and tomorrow an early class, so I'm calling it quits for now.  Good night, all!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

[A Wee Reminder]

I haven't forgotten you, dear blog readers.  Unfortunately, I find myself in the midst of the throes of midterm grading time topped off with one of the worst colds I've had in years (I even had a fever Friday! 101 degrees!  That doesn't happen outside of surgeries for me!), and it's an ordeal, to say the least.

However, after Thursday, I should be back in the saddle again, much more balanced and caught up, so just hang tight.

I also wanted to remind my beloved readers that I do have a literary blog in which I'm working* on a novel.  If you want to be a reader/critiquer and watch a masterpiece** unfold, drop me an email, and I'll send you a reader invitation.  It is private, just in case my ideas are actually any good, so no one tries to rip me off. :)  So far, I've only got two or three readers, and I'd love to have some more--especially fellow scribblers. 

Okay, back to grammar grading.  It's alternately painful and encouraging, depending on whether or not the student has actually followed directions.

*I'm actually temporarily on hiatus, until I can get a few more details about the semester ironed out, but I've been doing some mental writing, so I should have something new soon.
**Read this word with the appropriate level of irony, please.