Friday, December 23, 2011

Spider Season

We're having a particularly dry and cold winter here in Marin this year. It's cold enough that I expect to see snow flurries every now and then. But, as I said, it's also dry.

One of the best parts of a cold winter - and yes, I'm fully aware there are much colder places, but this is not one of them - is that the spiders hide away. I like being relaxed and knowing a spider is not going to jump out at me at anytime. I can let my guard down at this time of year.

Except that I've seen three spiders in the last two-days. My husband and I were in bed either about to sleep or having just woken up and I saw a spider dangling inches from his head. Inches! What was that critter thinking it was going to do? (Besides getting smashed as soon as I saw it and panicked.)

Then, I was wrapping presents on the floor of my bedroom and I saw another spider hanging out on the floorboard, trying to invisible, I'm sure. I almost let that one be, except I thought it might take advantage of me and grow large and startling.

Last night, I was printing some stuff and I was looking at the blank paper when I saw a spider crawl towards me. Just then, the printer sucked up another page and the spider got sucked in along with it. I didn't see it again.

Does this mean we've begun Spider Season? I hope not, but all signs point in that direction.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Cookies? Cereal? What's the Diff?

I got hungry this afternoon. As it turns out, I skipped lunch, unless you can call eating a yogurt cup lunch. And that second cup of coffee, that wasn't exactly filling either. Around 3:00 PM, in fact right before writing this, I finally had something to eat.

I'm kind of an idiot in the kitchen. It's not by place to be my Best Self, if you know what I mean. I was foraging around in the cupboards when I settled upon the one thing that I love and that never lets me down: a bowl of cereal. Does anyone else do this?

Next, I went to my computer to read something because I like to eat and read. I came across this on the NY Times site. It's an article about how corrupt our world is. My world. My cereal! Fortunately, I don't eat any of that crap, I eat different crap, but still...

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

My Massive Headache

Since I started getting these massive three-day headaches a few years back, I've been reluctant to call them migraines. It always seemed to me that migraines were just awful and debilitating to the friends who experienced them. Surely, if I could manage my day-to-day this couldn't be an actual migraine, right? They kept that name, however, for lack of a better more appropriate one.

Well, yesterday, my Day Two headache was massive. I couldn't even talk because it required too much brain work. I holed up in my bedroom and slept as much as I could considering I have two kids. I looked forward to my Day Three because I can usually medicate this one away to a certain extent and get back to living. Only it hurts still.

A lot.

I'm back in bed and waiting for the time to come when the pain will be gone. I'm thinking about all the things that need to get done and how I can't do them. And how this hurts so much I feel nauseated. I'm waiting...