The summer cold is much better, but not completely gone, mainly because I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in six nights. Why, you ask? Well, my husband was out of town for the past week while Wito and I were left here to drown in our snot. Of course, I couldn’t tell you this because I’m filled with paranoia self-destroya about announcing to the internet that I’m all by myself, PLEASE COME KILL ME.

(Also, I think it’s important to point out that while I was dying over here, he was in the midst of a furnishings installation at one of his client’s homes in a swanky resort town, sipping pinot noir and marveling at the majestic beauty of the mountains.)

(For six days.)

(While I died.)

So, yes, AS USUAL, within thirty minutes of dropping D off at the airport last Tuesday, Wito was covered in phlegm. (Why is that the case, people? WHY??? 3 out of the 4 times he has left town, Wito has come down with an uber illness! GAH.)

However, my positive attitude was steadfast. Wito’s cold was not going to put a hamper on our time alone! I put him down for a nap, hopped on the Wii Fit for a rousing round of Super Hula, and within 15 minutes, felt that familiar raw tingling in my throat.

That was 2:45 on Tuesday. Game over.

Since that time, my nights and days have been filled with frequent wakings (Wito) and frequent tantrums (me). That second child we were thinking about attempting? After this week of horrible sleep? Maybe we should push that out a leeetle further, honey.

And the best part? Right as Wito started feeling better and sleeping through the night, my cough started and I hacked my damn brains out all night.

(The complaining! How do I stop it?)

The bright side! D is back, the babysitter watched Wito while D and I had a nice lunch at a fab restaurant with the ocean breeze blowing through my horribly tangled hair, and I’m feeling much better. I think I need to be a Lady Who Lunches. You know, just in case you were wondering. I can’t even remember the last time I had lunch without worrying about Wito being messy/bored/not eating/too loud. I’m sick of the parental shifts, where one parent scarfs down food while the other walks around with the child. DOWN WITH THE SHIFTS! JOIN THE REVOLUTION!

I think I would be an excellent LWL, and I must admit, the one Cadillac margarita I had before my meal was the perfect cocktail to give me that tingly buzz while the sun warmed my raw nose. (Of course, the Alka Seltzer Cold Medicine gelcap I took beforehand might have played a mild part in the buzzing…honest mistake, I swear.)

Now, if I could quit blowing my nose every 32 seconds, my life would be heavenly.

(I bought a Neti Pot. I’m scared to use it. More on that later.)

Good night to all.

  1. tricia

    July 1, 2008 at 8:24 am

    I **love** the neti pot!! good advice posted above, to go easy on the saline mix. You’ve gotta get used to it otherwise it burns terribly.

    It’s really amazing how much gunk it cleans out. I found the whole process rather refreshing after having my head feel like a huge wad of cotton for days. But I DID make sure the bathroom door was locked! Not the kind of thing you wanna do with any witnesses around!!

  2. Nate

    July 1, 2008 at 8:27 am

    I think a Neti Pot would be just the thing for me, as I suffer horribly from allergies and have been told it would help me enormously, but it absolutely terrifies me. When I first saw the videos of it online I thought it was a joke. Let us know how it goes; in other words, PLEASE BE OUR GUINEA PIG.


  3. Jennifer

    July 1, 2008 at 10:15 am

    The Neti Pot is EVIL!!!! How about trying breathe right strips? It’s a sacrifice of vanity for the pleasure of breathing.

  4. Gretchen

    July 1, 2008 at 10:44 am

    The concept totally freaks me out, and I’m almost embarrassed to admit it since I’m SO not a granola, but I LOVE my neti pot. Don’t use it all the time, but every once in awhile, it is just the only thing that works. Now don’t tell anyone I said that…

  5. The Over-Thinker

    July 1, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Summer colds SUCK. Now, ladies who lunch with the accoutrement of margarita chased cold medication are freaking awesome.

    Where do I apply to be one of these Ladies Who Lunch?

  6. diane

    July 1, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Ooh, go for the neti pot. It is worth the ooky feeling.

  7. sunny

    July 1, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    I liked the neti pot link because it brought up a video of natalie dee’s husband drew, and that dude is awesome

  8. katie

    July 1, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    I love lunching! Especially with drinks!!

    First, on second child, you MUST get pregnant while Wito is still napping. So that during your first trimester you can nap too. It makes it all bearable!

    On the Neti, I was very frightened when I bought mine. Just make sure that the water tastes like your tears before you do it. It is kind of gross, but good in the end.

  9. Kaili

    July 1, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Neti pots scare me too. I think I might drowned!

    I am also paranoid about telling anyone in internet land what we do in current time. Haha!

    Poor little Wito (and you!). He misses his Daddy, then gets a cold. Poor dude.

    I also understand the whole want to add another child thought, but then am slammed backwards once anything throws us off our game. Like getting sick, or anything that involves MORE effort than usual.

    Wii Hula? Fun!

  10. annie

    July 1, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    How many takes did they have to do before the neti pot lady could demonstrate it without laughing?

    With a toddler and a newborn at home, I find myself wondering if I will ever “lunch” again. sigh…

  11. Jen

    July 1, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    argh, I feel your pain. Maggie finally slept through the night last night for the first time in almost 2 weeks. She had a nasty cold/sore throat combo, and as it turns out, was also cutting ALL FOUR MOLARS at once. So yeah. Plenty of 3am tantrums all around, Mommy and baby. However, my husband was here with us, so for THAT you totally deserve a cookie.

  12. Abi

    July 1, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Long time lurker… first time poster…

    I had a neti pot years ago and it was a pain to use! It was awkward, to say the least. I use THIS instead.

    It is SOOO much easier to use and not nearly as scary as the neti pot. If you haven’t already used it, return that sucker and get the Neil Med sinus rinse!

  13. Mandi

    July 1, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    I totally thought I was the only one who did the one-parent-scarfs-while-the-other-walks-around-with-toddler thing! I always see these happy little families with calm children sitting quietly in their highchairs, and I wonder what I did to deserve THE MOST ACTIVE kid on the planet. I’m NOT ALONE! Thank you, Whoorl!

  14. NOLADawn

    July 1, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Another lurker chiming in… I L-O-V-E my Neti pot…. I totally agree about the saline thing. I use way less than suggested. I have chronic sinus issues (who knew in New Orleans anyone could have sinus crap? ;) ) and I use mine frequently to alleviate the crud.

    Hope you feel better!

  15. am'ti b

    July 1, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    leelee is a huge fan of the neti pot, it is the only thing that works for her congestion besides hard drugs!
    i can’t believe you stayed behind i would have found some way to go…………. glad you got a day out with your man.