April 18, 2010

Friday's Randomness on Sunday

It's been a busy weekend. I pulled an 18 hour shift with Boy Scouts this weekend with my boys' Troops big fundraiser. It was fantastic, but I'm still not recovered.

I didn't post my Friday Random Thoughts and decided they'd be Random Sunday instead.

I wore regular shorts and a T-shirt to assist in the set up for our Fundraiser (a clambake and BBQ), but realized as I am one of the few women who man the check out, I needed to be in the Troop Class B's.

Which is fine... except one of my boys swiped my Class B tshirt. I suspect my 2nd son confiscated it when he grew into my size. That left me wondering where I was going to find a CLEAN Class B.

I found one, but realized I need to buy my own... again... and write in black sharpie 'MOM' on the tag.

I refuse to buy a Class A uniform. Men look fine in it, but women have no waist and their butts look big. I don't need help in highlighting any negative attributes to my body.


I look like I have the measles. My face is a mess. This happens every time in the Spring, April timeframe, and I've taken to blaming it on Easter Candy.

My eldest thinks it looks like I had the chicken pox and scratched it. He keeps saying to me, "MOM! Quit touching it!", but it makes me insane.

I girlfriend was kind enough to send me a link to some facial products she thinks may help and with the extra hours I'm working, I'm taking some of the cash and investing it in a product that may help.

Honestly? I ATE ONE Lindt chocolate Sheep. ONE. A sheep! BAAH! ONE!


Tiny chocolate sheep and I get frickin' measle face.


That leads me to... I think men get the short end of the stick when it comes to before and after bed.

At least my man did.

He wakes up pretty much looking like he did when he went to bed, except for the pillow face and pokey hair.

Me? I can put on make up, do my hair, look all nice (even cover the measle face), but dang, when I wake up? I look like hell.

I'm surprised he doesn't run away screaming some mornings.

It's bad.


I saw a billboard on our interstate the other day for "The Aggressive Attorney".


What does that mean? Doesn't that sound like, "Call us? We're the a$$holes?"

Who would admit to being a limp fish attorney? No one. Don't we all assume they're ALL aggressive (true or not) so if someone has to highlight their aggressiveness as a bonus, I think that kind of puts them in the category of A$$holery.

For what it's worth...

I have to wonder what marketing department told them that was a good idea. "Hey, you're an ambulance chaser, make sure you tell them you're agressive too!"


I was at work the other day, Bones was home, and he called me to ask how to work our coffee maker.

Seems he was 'craving coffee'.

I don't let my kids drink coffee. He may occassionally finish mine, but I don't drink it that often either.

So what's up with that? "Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, more than ANYTHING in the world... I need a cup of coffee!"

Made me want to ask, "Are you needing a cig with that too?"

Good Grief.


Did y'all see the Parade magazine with all the salaries folks make? I always read that one. I find it fascinating.

Here's my mental rundown:

Front page, there listed is a marijuana provider. 1) That is a REAL Legit job? (In Oregon it is, evidently), 2) She only makes 17K a year in such a job. I don't know... but I think they make a lot more doing the same job illegally... and they don't pay taxes either. It must be the altruistic side of people doing it for 'medical' *cough* 'conditions' *cough* that make them stay on the right side of the law. 3) Who grows her stuff? And so many more questions...

Whereas I get the 26 year old modern dancer making 26K a year, it doesn't feel right that the food bank coordinator makes even less than that.

Who the hell is Snooki Polizzi and how in the hell does she live on $2200 a year? She still lives at home, right? Why did she get counted? I lived at home with Mom and Dad while in college, working in the Math Lab at the University or waiting tables and I don't think the piddly money I brought in would be worth it for Parade Magazine to report. What a joke. They need to leave people off like "Snooki". BTW, who goes by a name like that? Is she a stripper? She needs to get a better name if she wants to make better cash.

Did you know the CEO of Facebook is 25? Holy crap.

If you make humidors, you can make 28K a year.

There is a chick that makes 25 MILLION DOLLARS... SKIING!

They still have switchboard operators in Erie, PA. I suspect that job has changed from what I'm envisioning. I have the whole 'Hold Please...' as some woman moves long cords with plugs from one hole to another.


My son has his first sinus infection and it's due to allergies. I've never had a sinus infection in my life, so I've been living it through him.

He had his nose scoped, and he's on drugs, and he has to do this irrigation thing and then a nose mist. I kept my mouth shut.

My husband told me the routine my eldest would have to do every night and I said, "I heard this sinus irrigation thing is akin to waterboarding. Blech."

So my son came out after the first time and he said, 'Mom, seriously, who thinks of this stuff? I mean, it is nasty. First the nose scope, which, OK, I get that, although it would be nice if they could come up with a scope that is smaller, because it FEELS huge and you JUST KNOW it's going into your brain, although it's only going an inch, but then, this nose irrigation. Dang. Mom, it's NASTY. You read it and it says on the package that some of it may come out your mouth, but most will come out your other nostril, but it's not true. Like ALL of it came out my mouth..."

... and about that time... I wanted to vomit.

He continued, "And Mom, it tastes like SALT!"

Me: Dude, that's because it's a SALINE SOLUTION.

Ringo: Well, someone needs to invent something with a better taste because it's just nasty.

Blech. I'm thinking that would be even nastier, to taste something that was supposed to taste like chocolate, but ran through your sinuses?

I had to share that with y'all. I couldn't be the only one left with the visual tonight.


Posted by Boudicca at April 18, 2010 08:56 PM

It's been awhile since I have commented, but couldnt let this go by. I was just checking into this product tonight since all of us are fighting sinus infections due to FLs lovely extended allergy season this year. Sick of going to the doctors and taking amoxicillin. Guess I would rather do that, than the netipot....LOL.

Posted by: Cindy at April 18, 2010 10:53 PM

after sinus surgery I had to 'wash' out each side with at least ONE cup of saline mixture... using a bulb (the one you sucked snot out of your kids nose when they were young). Talk about gross. The kids liked watching it though.

Posted by: vwbug at April 19, 2010 04:49 AM

If the sinus rinse is getting into his mouth, he's not doing it right. Tell him to tilt his head slightly to the L or R. Put the sinus rinse into the upper nostril and squeeze (or pour, if it's a neti pot). Breathe normally. Do NOT hold your breath. If he does it in the shower, it's not as awkward or messy.

But he's right, it's nasty what comes out. But is it any nastier when it's up in your sinuses. Blech. I'd rather have it out of there. I rinse my sinuses daily.

Posted by: Jerry in Indiana at April 19, 2010 08:44 AM

"Snooki" was on a reality TV show on MTV, "Jersey Shore". One small step from being a stripper.. maybe once she finishes her 15 minutes on TV.

Posted by: Brian at April 19, 2010 09:06 AM

I do the sinus irrigation all the time. If you buying stuff I have the recipe that is much cheaper, given to me by my allergist.

1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp kosher or sea salt
1 c warm water

Can do twice/day but no more.

If he is using a bulb, the bulb should point at the very top of the head before squeezing, he maybe pointing it towards the back of his head, hence it coming out his mouth.

And yes, it's nastier then 3 hells and very messy. Easier to do in the shower.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at April 19, 2010 09:18 AM

It must be my reading comprehension, breezing through the blogs at lunch, but I read "I am one of the few women who man the check out" as "I am one of the few women who ... men ... check out". Got it right on the second reading.

Regarding irrigation ... I have never used the "neti pot" things. My allergist prescribed an appliance that one could attach to a Water Pik(R) and then pump a pint of saline through my nose. I still have it. The appliance was a special piece of durable medical equipment and made it easy to focus the stream into the correct part of the nose.

I never had the irrigation run down the back of my throat unless I tried to stand up (rather than lean over the sink) while forcing the solution into my nose.

Using saline nasal spray and staying away from the acid based and really acid based (afrin) nasal sprays helps a whole lot. There is an Rx spray that does the job if used on a daily basis (Flo-nase, or its generic equivalent), but it must be used daily to open the sinus. The problem with the acid based spray is that the sinus rebounds a few hours after being sprayed and closes more than they were before being sprayed.

The (afrin) type sprays can be used once or twice, but then you have to be off of it for two weeks to a month. So that is best used in an emergency situation.

The common saline spray are now available in drug store house brands (or bulk at Sams or Costco) so you don't have to pay extra to get the "Ocean" brand. I have been using OTC saline sprays ever since our pediatrician advised us to use them for our children. I haven't looked back since.

Posted by: The Thomas at April 19, 2010 12:05 PM

Regarding the income of a marijuana provider: it is somewhat legal here in California. There is a dispensary just down the block from me. I was considering buying the building at one point, so we discussed income statements, etc. They were bringing in $6000/month....profit. It was just a small consortium, about 4 people running it.

I don't know what business in like in Oregon, but in California it is a huge biz. In Venice alone, there are sometimes up to two or three dispensaries in one block. If it was taxed and regulated, California would not have any financial issues. And most of the dispensaries are totally for that.

Posted by: DogsDontPurr at April 19, 2010 08:01 PM

I did the Water Pik/saline irrigation thing after my nasal surgery 8 years ago. It was great, once you got used to the horrifying feeling of having saline solution squirted into your head. And, yes, it comes out the mouth if you do it right. (I would always use sterile, boiled water to mix up my saline.)

Working in a Math Lab is no way to get rich. You'll make way more by working in a Meth Lab.

Posted by: Elisson at April 19, 2010 09:43 PM

One time, I snorted a slug up my nose and had to deluge it out with salt water; Ringo has no sympathy from me.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at April 20, 2010 01:06 AM

To fill in a point that Ellison missed, one of the reasons to boil the water is to free the chlorine that was added to the water.

Chlorine + Water is a major irritant.

Posted by: The Thomas at April 20, 2010 09:05 AM