Thursday, December 29, 2011

Kick-Your-Butt Allergies, Or, How To Imitate Sneezy

Happy Thursday All,

Is it really Thursday already? Gosh, time flies when you're sick. Or slows down, depending on who you are. That's right. I've been sick. Allergies laid me up in bed with my computer and Christmas gifts in the form of DVDs of Seasons 5, 6, and 7 (final) of Sabrina The Teenage Witch. Good news--I got through all the episodes (I just have to watch the TV movie special feature on the last disc of the final season). The bad news? Didn't get a lot done in the way of writing, reading, or pretty much anything else.

For the most part I've finally quit imitating Sneezy the Dwarf (from Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs) and I found that turning off the heat during the day has kept some of the problems from flaring. Namely, my eye finally stopped tearing and my nose quit running and I started feeling a little better. I've got some medicine and a nasal spray and I'm doing better than I was, but I'll tell you what...I hate allergies. Fortunately I've got ways of getting steam if I need to open up my sinuses, and a Vaporizer that runs at night (complete with a little green light on top--how nifty is that? Oh jeez, you can tell I've been sick, I'm thinking lights on vaporizers are cool. I really do need to get back to writing and reading and getting out of the house!)

Good news, however, (and yes there is definitely some) is that being MIA (or rather, sick with kick-your-butt allergies) gave me a chance to contemplate ideas for blog posts. I have an idea for one week, probably starting some time in January. I've also been thinking about authors to ask for interviews, and eyeing my stack of books I got for Christmas. Apparently I started a YA theme with my wish list.

I received:

Once Every Never by Lesley Livingston (if you haven't checked out her Wondrous Strange series, get yourself over to it. It's YA Fantasy/action/romance that is so fantastically written, it's just plain gorgeous).

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs (I LOVE this woman's "Oh. my. gods." series dealing with Greek gods/goddesses and her mermaid series that starts with Forgive My Fins).

Vanish by Sophie Jordan (book 2 of her Firelight series--awesome book dealing with people who can turn into dragons--how dang cool is that?)

Plus I started reading a book (before Christmas) on my e-reader called Jessica's Guide To Dating On The Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey (I love that last name...sounds almost like "fantastic" --great last name for an author!) Anyway, it's pretty good so far, I haven't gotten real far into it, but vampire lovers, you might enjoy it--Romanian Vampires of royal blood.

We're so close to 100 official followers (those who are listed as followers in the right hand margin of this blog) I can almost "taste" it. When I hit 25 followers I did a big giveaway. Get me to 100 official followers listed and I'll look at doing another big giveaway in 2012. So tell your friends, fellow readers, blog followers, Tweeps, and anyone you know who reads/likes books (no, your dog/cat/fish/ferret/bird/lizard/monkey/lion/jackal/tiger/bear/hyena/ whatever pet unfortunately doesn't count...in my experience, they aren't exactly readers and they don't usually know how to post comments...of course, they probably could be trained...but still, I think we'll stick to the human species at this point for blog followers--makes it a little simpler).

What fun thing has been happening to you this week? (And am I alone in the allergy/cold department?)

Have A Terrific Thursday!


jody said...

Bethany, it sounds as if something in your house is making you sick. Have you had all the ducts cleaned? It might help.
Hope you get better soon.

Roni said...

Allergies? Where do I start. I'm allergic to cats, and some dogs. All the usual like dust, perfumes and almost anything that comes out of a spray can. I also have skin allergies, so I'm very careful what I use which includes toothpaste. It used to be just tarter or whitening paste, but most recently I've developed an allergy to regular Crest. I tried all natural...nope, although the reaction wasn't as bad. So don't feel bad, you're not alone.

Bethany said...


Thank you for the tip! You could be right. I'm doing better than I was. Thank you so much for your support. Also, thank you for dropping by, I appreciate it :-)

Bethany said...


I didn't figure I was alone, but it very nice to know that with certainity! Wow, it sounds a lot like me (except I'm not allergic to toothpaste). Have you tried just brushing with baking soda?

Thank you so much for dropping by :-)

Susan M said...

Feel better. Bethany. You might try a Neti Pot. They seem gross, but they work.

Tonette said...

I am starting out the week and the year by trying to play catch-up with my favorite people...I do hope this finds you feeling better.No allergies around here, as the rest of the family hs the Spring/Fall kind.(I have enough other chronic problems!)My resolution is to finish what I have started in de-cluttering the house,painting and general sprucing-up and getting more writing in...am toying with a blog idea, but there are so many out there....May 2012 bring you and your family every blessing!

Bethany said...


Thank you for the suggestion. I'm actually doing MUCH better :-)

Bethany said...


Thank you! I'm actually feeling much better. Hope the new year is wonderful for you :-)