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    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2005 edited
    Ung. For the past week, I've felt like I'm starting to get a cold. Mind you, it hasn't developed into a full blown cold, it just feels like I'm going to get one. I wake up in the morning with a sore throat and a stuffed up nose, but usually by the time I finish showering, it's almost completely cleared up. I feel fine for most of the day, and then towards the end of the day, I start to get a little stuffed up and I get that scratchy "You're going to get a sore throat tomorrow" feeling in the back of my throat.

    At this point, I've started coughing, but not much. And I'm not stuffed up at all right now, which is weird.

    I've also started taking some over the counter drugs, but that usually doesn't help much. I've always been a fan of gargling with salt-water, which seems to work much better than you'd expect for avoiding sore throats. For all I know, this is what's kept my cold from turning the corner into full-blown avian-flu/monkey-sars.

    Anywho, haven't been around much because I've been lazy and apathetic lately. I haven't been reading much either, which is troublesome, but I should get over it eventually. Work has been extremely busy lately (retail + internet = fun!) but my team has finally been completed (I had to hire two new people) so the upcoming work is looking more and more doable. Score.

    Not much else going on. Getting ready for Christmas. I've resolved to do most of my shopping via the internet this year, which basically means I've got to get a move on. However, I've made some good progress pretty quickly, assuming the packages arrive on time (which should be fine considering that we're 3 weeks away). It's actually pretty cool, because I think it's easier to find gift ideas online than by walking around in a mall...

    Anyway, that's all for now. As you might guess from my new blogging initiative (see other post), I'm going to try and be around more often here...

    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2005
    Wow, I'm almost exactly opposite from you.

    I always try gargling with salt water, but I don't think it's ever worked.

    And I haven't bought anything online for other people (I did buy some ornaments and a shawl online for myself).

    I was having a little bit of a hard time figuring out what exactly to get some people until I walked around in a store for an hour. I had to start writing all of the stuff down so I didn't forget it. I have a horrible memory, plus I don't like looking for stuff online. I like the ease of buying online but not the sitting-in-one-spot-and-looking-at-the-monitor-forever thing.

    Now I'm trying to decide if I should get Charles a new shelf stereo system or not. I know it's not something he's dying to have. He'd be perfectly happy with two new games, but those are things he'll buy for himself anyway, eventually. I guess I really want to surprise him, and I don't think he'd ever expect a new stereo. Plus, the one he has is breaking down.

    What should I look for in a stereo? How many watts? Which brands? Etc?

    I hope you don't get really sick tallman.
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2005
    I, too, have been assaulted by sore throat. I've never tried the salt water thing. I seem to have caught it this weekend while in Palm Springs, which is okay because even though I felt like hell yesterday, all the drunken debauchery the weekend held more than makes up for a day of pain.

    As well, I've also been behind on everything, but I did seem to have carpal tunnel syndrome a couple weeks ago (there was a space of about 2 weeks where personal projects had me on a computer almost all of my waking hours - not so good, that), so I think that's a valid excuse for not running through the usual photoshop/web programming gauntlet. I was worried I would have to put my hands in splints and stuff but I just took it easy on all the computer stuff and it more or less went away after about a week of minimal-to-no computer use, although that unnerving (no pun intended) tingly feeling does come back if I spend too much time on a computer at once. It did freak me out though, to be reading a description of carpal tunnel syndrome, and have the description EXACTLY match what I was feeling.

    Spence, if you decide you really like buying stereos, I could also use a new one. :)
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2005
    Ugh. I'm coming down sick. It's all your fault, tallman. You and all of my coworkers who have been sick recently.

    I have a tree full of stereos. They're not quite ripe yet though. If I send you one, you'll have to leave it on your windowsill for a while.