So, coronavirus…

Found this on Facebook and I think every #spoonie out there can relate!

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Why Does Everything Sound Better in French? 

Even having a migraine, with all of its painful and ugly connotations, sounds romantic in French. According to one of my favorite books, Words in a French Life: Lessons in Love and Language From the South of France, by Kristin Espinasse (an American married to a Frenchman and living in Provence), to have a migraine in French is avoir la tête comme une citrouille. Literally translated into English, this means “to have a pumpkin head,” which is amusingly descriptive of a migraine. If, that is, someone is pounding violently upon the pumpkin that is one’s head.

However, I did discover another tip in the same chapter. The chapter is called is Citrouille and is about Espinasse’s rather hilarious attempt to celebrate Halloween American-style with her bewildered French neighbors. Next time vous avez la tête comme une citrouille, simply scream at your pumpkin head “Allez-vous-en!” (get out of here!) Scream as loud as you can with someone whacking at your pumpkin head with a hammer, anyway.

I apologize for my lousy French grammar, by the way. Should mon la tête comme une citrouille ever va-t-en laisse-moi tranquille (go away and leave me alone), I hope to brush up on my college French.

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you know you have fibromyalgia when…

 This list comes courtesy of the Fibromyalgia Network. I was thrilled to find this–it totally captures most of my days lately!!! If you have fibro too, see if you can relate!! (It also explains why I have so sorely neglected you, my poor little blog…)


 You Know You Have Fibro When…

  • your 80-year-old mother phones to tell you she has already done her shopping, washing, daily emails, and been to the post office, but you’re still trying to get washed and dressed!
  • you get lost in your own house (and it’s only a small three-bed semi).
  • you wake up in the middle of the might and grab a Hershey’s kiss on the way back from the bathroom and wake up with chocolate all over the pillow… more than once.
  • you ask your son if his brother is out of the dishwasher yet! (Meant to say shower.)
  • you’re making peanut butter cookies and just put the jar of peanut butter in the oven to bake.
  • you use hair spray on your armpits and spray deodorant in your hair.
  • you stop at a stop sign and wait for it to turn green.
  • you find the Christmas presents you hid two years ago.
  • you go get something from the fridge, leave your phone in the fridge and try to answer the ice cream pop when you hear something ring.
  • you take the cordless phone and point it at the TV, and are so frustrated you cannot get your afternoon soap.
  • you sit politely waiting at the pharmacy but they’ve already given you your purchases and have gone back to their other jobs.

 

fiona, doggie supermodel










Meet, once again, Fiona, center of the universe and sweet, cuddly, soft little furball who owns our family of three. You will notice that, occasionally, she graciously lets George and me pose with her. (We haven’t figured out yet how to break the news that we are planning to adopt to her.)

a house divided no more

Last week we were a house divided, with me rooting for the Red Sox, Fiona cheering on the Cubs, and George pulling for the Phillies. While we are all, first and foremost fans of our beloved Twins, I am a Red Sox fan after spending my college years in Boston, George worked at a TV station in Philly for a while which I guess explains his strange (in my opinion) prediliction for the Phillies, while Fiona falls into the Cubs camp because her nickname is “Miss Wiggly Field.” (Although all three of us have a soft spot for the Cubs.)

So a household crisis was narrowly averted last week by the losses of both the Cubs and the Phillies in postseason play. What if the Cubs had played the Phillies in the NLCS? Or even worse, what if the Cubs or Phillies had played the Red Sox in the World Series? Now we are all safely cheering on the BoSox. YAY BOSTON!!!!!

Fiona sadly contemplates the Cubs’ postseason record

here he goes again

Another from Wonkette, under the heading: GOP SECRET WEAPON STRIKES AGAIN

Imagine you’re a Top Democrat Strategist looking at this week’s numbers: 13 House races are leaning Dem, along with a half-dozen Senate seats. Republicans are imploding from a seemingly endless supply of lurid scandals, the ceaseless horror of Iraq and a whole lot of depressing intangibles like the housing crash. Not only are the independents and libertarians and swing voters going Dem, but a million or two hardcore Bushbots are likely to stay home because they’re so depressed. What would you do with John Kerry?

Lock him in a cage and throw away the fucking key.

Instead, Kerry is doing useless things like attending rallies in California for Phil Angelides, who doesn’t have a chance in hell of kicking Arnold Schwarzenegger out of the governor’s mansion. Worse, Kerry is saying things into microphones. Things like this: “You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

The conservative faithful is roused. Tony Snow has a whole script prepared for today’s spoon-fed question about how John Kerry thinks the troops are morons, talk radio and blogs show the only enthusiasm they’ve managed in a month …. It’s like the White House is paying Kerry to be out in public screwing things up.

Wait a minute!

Kerry and G.O.P. Spar Over Iraq Remarks [New York Times]

Congressional Countdown [Washington Post]

And Kerry wants to run for president again in ’08!! Apparently he enjoyed blowing it in ’04 so much he wants to do it again this year. How nice of him to spread his joy to ’06.

I have already decided that the many curse words which fell from my mouth when I first heard this story are NOT a sin, under the circumstances, so I don’t need to confess them.

the truth is stranger than fiction

Boo! - WonketteA Halloween Story

Remember the lawyer up in Maine who busted out the George W. Bush drunk-driving arrest records right before the 2000 election? Well, he was arrested today for standing on the side of the highway dressed in a rubber Bin Laden mask, waving a plastic gun and a sign promoting a Taxpayer Bill of Rights on next week’s ballot. UPDATE: You know, because if Osama is campaigning for something on your local ballot, chances are it’s not that great for Americans.

Thomas J. Connolly is a bigwig defense attorney in Maine and ran as he Democrat candidate for governor eight years ago. He apparently likes to dress up in costumes and pull weird stunts along the interstate.

Connolly’s wife says he’s “marvelously eccentric.” And now he’s got a misdemeanor charge for whatever the hell law you break in such situations.

Police arrest man dressed as Bin Laden [Portland Press]

(From yesterday’s Wonkette)

21st Century Zen

Here is a nifty list I stole from a blog I recently discovered, Sacred Ordinary, that I simply HAD to use because it fits my mood (crabbier than hell, that is) today perfectly. It also happens to contain some very useful advice.

21st Century Zen

1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me,for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either, just pretty much leave me the hell alone.

2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken car and no cell phone.

3. It’s always darkest before dawn. So if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.

4. Don’t be irreplaceable. If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.

5. Always remember that you’re unique. Just like everyone else.

6. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

7.. If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.

8. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes.That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.

9. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.

10. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

11. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

12. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

13. Some days you’re the bug and some days you’re the windshield.

14. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

15. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.

16. A closed mouth gathers no foot.

17. Duct tape is like ‘The Force.’ It has a light side and a dark side,and it holds the universe together.

18. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.

19. Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are moving.

20. Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.

21. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

22. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

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