Feb. 4th, 2007

I would potentially kill for a good night's sleep.
The last several days, I keep forgetting to put my bag of ricola (highest menthol content of the available cough drops) in my purse. So, I now have 5 bags of ricola because I keep needing to buy them. It's a crap shoot going out in public - I know when I'm healthy I am not particularly thrilled to be standing next to someone who sounds like thet're coughing up their lungs. Now I am that person.

Signs you haven't slept well: I tried to open my apartment door with my remote car unlocker thing as I was coming down the hall.

I wish I was kidding.
From [livejournal.com profile] senatorsfan.

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
Not that I'm aware of. My mom discovered my name when a girl working at the travel agent her and my father frequented (now there's an institution from the stone age) was named Shauna. My middle name is my mom's maiden name.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
Tuesday night. A lot.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
Depends on my mood and what I'm writing.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LUNCH MEAT?
No lunch meat for me.

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
Eeek. Definitely not.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Interesting question. And I can honestly say . . . I don't know. I'm not sure I could put up with myself, which makes the people who do put up with me saints.

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
Yep.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Yep.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Probably . . . not. I'm just not into those kind of thrils.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CEREAL?
Lately it's been Life Vanilla Yogurt Crunch.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
I don't usually wear shoes with laces, most of them - aside from my new favorite boots - are slip ons.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
Physically, definitely not. I have periods of mental and emotional strength, with the occasional periods of mental and emotional weakness.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ICE CREAM?
Soft serve, which Seattle has yet to discover. Otherwise, Ben & Jerry's Phish Food.

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Their face and/body language.

15. RED OR PINK?
Ew. Pink. So red.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
Hm. My chronic cough. :) Any my isecurity and occasional cowardice.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
Mom.

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO POST THIS?
If they want to.

19. WHAT COLOUR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Dark blue jeans, no shoes.

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
A giant bowl of shells with Newman's Own vodka sauce.

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
The Last Kiss soundtrack.

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOUR WOULD YOU BE?
Blue, since 70% of the time that's the color I'm wearing. Otherwise, some sleepy color . . .

23. FAVOURITE SMELLS?
Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, lilac.

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
My mom - I had to basically hang up on her in the middle of a coughing fit.

25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO POSTED THIS?
I only know her via LJ, but yes. :)

27. FAVOURITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Mmm . . . don't watch many sports.

28. HAIR COLOUR?
Red/brown. (Naturally dark blonde/brown.)

29. EYE COLOUR?
Blue.

30. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
Yep - as long as I've had adequate sleep the night before. Sleepy eyes reject contacts.

31. FAVOURITE FOOD?
Thai.

32. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
I've never been a huge scary movie fan.

33. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
Notes on a Scandel. Yesterday. Cate Blanchett is gorgeous . . .

34. WHAT COLOUR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
Blue. Light blue.

35. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Summer, please.

36. HUGS OR KISSES?
They both have their place.

37. FAVOURITE DESSERT?
Tiramisu, closely followed by a good vanilla bean creme brulee.

38. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
Hm . . .

39. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
Sam. I can't remember the last time I saw him do a meme.

40. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING?
The Persian Boy, by Mary Renault. (Yeah, yeah - it's not on my reading lists.)

41. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
No mousepad.

42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT?
Um . . . I have no recollection of watching TV. I think I watched an episode of Firefly off DVD.

43. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SOUND?
I love hearing my cats purr. I love the sound of rainstorms, but don't like being in them.

44. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
Beatles, but I do love the Rolling Stones.

45. WHAT IS THE FURTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Italy.

46. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
Not that I can think of.

47. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Schenectady, NY.

48. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK?
Anyone. :)

49. ARE YOU A FOLDER OR A SCRUNCHER?
Usually a folder.

50. WHERE IN THE WORLD DO YOU WANT TO GO THE MOST?
Alaska. More of Europe.
This is something most of you are not likely to give a damn about, but I have to say - I hate how lawyers write. (Sorry, if there are any of you here.) Most of my complaints aside, I loathe the endnote style. I don't want to flip back and forth for the important information (which, when a lawyer is writing an academic article in my experience, is so often to be found in the fricken hundreds of endnotes because they're never quite certain what the important information is). This is doubly annoying when, more often than not, the damned case information is buried back there! Shouldn't we care about case name, maybe even a docket number, and not have to flip to the back of the damned book to find every single one? Endnotes placed at the end of each individual chapter (I'm currently complaining about an edited volume) are more manageable. But placing all notes for every chapter in one section at the back of the book really . . . bugs the hell out of me.

Not that anyone asked, of course. But I don't care.
You would be amazed at some of the crap I've found while doing online research on chronic coughs (it's me, I have to) . . .

I plan to call my doctor's medical assistant tomorrow and plead for something else. Apparently one can overdose on dextromethorphan (I'm sure it's much more than even I have in my apartment - and that's quite a lot) and it's obviously not working for me anyways. I've even doubled the dose they suggest on the back. No dice. And since that's the only available over the counter cough suppressant . . . I need something else. Because if I don't get sleep soon, things aren't going to go well. For myself or anyone who interacts with me.

Then I've found all of these natural, home remedies.
Onion syrup? Um, ew.
A paste of almonds, butter, and sugar? May taste good but . . . eh?
Tea with honey: no shit. Try again.
Chocolate - I'm suspicious, but I'm willing to bank on research done in London on only 10 people simply because it's chocolate. And I'll take another excuse to eat it.
Stop smoking - oh wait, I don't.
However, I will be buying grapes, cayenne pepper, and ginger tomorrow . . . I'm desperate, and they can't hurt.


EDIT: Oh, and, not surprisingly, buying new underwear did not alleviate my cough. But I had to at least give it a try this afternoon.

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