“The Crud”

137: SickiesIt seems to always be going around.

The Crud

It’s like some bad movie horror character that no one really knows how to define. So they give it this broad, sweeping name to strike fear in the noses of all those around.

For the last week, I have been fighting “The Crud.” Allergies turned cold turned annoyance turned “fake you out so you feel good for a day only to feel worse tomorrow” to just being a big snot machine. I hesitate to say I’m over it, but I feel okay today. Blowing my nose every five minutes, but I feel okay.

Yesterday, I ramped up my battle into hyper-drive. I:

— neti pot regularly, using a mixture of saline and Grapefruit Seed Extract Liquid Concentrate drops

— apple cider vinegar and honey mixture multiple times a day

— orange juice with the Grapefruit Seed Extract Liquid Concentrate in it.

— humidifier

— Vitamin C

— Sudafed

— Advil

— Allegra

All of these things in some mixture over the past 36 hours, and I got up today no longer feeling like a truck hit me. I’m still blowing my nose regularly, but I can handle that! As long as I don’t feel bad, I can handle a stuffed nose.

I work tonight. In a bar that allows smoking. I am hoping the exercise I’ll get moving around the bar will more than compensate for the irritant to my sinuses, and I’ll get up tomorrow feeling better as well. Fingers crossed!!!

So, question… what is YOUR approach to fighting “The Crud.”

*For more information on my grape fruit seed extract and apple cider vinegar approach, check out Earth Clinic’s “How to cure a sinus infection” page. I’ve not tried all the rememdies, but I found these two to help me a lot with even the common cold.

Feeling so loved

My birthday was Saturday. Not that anyone could have missed that, given how many times I mentioned it last week.

I deemed this birthday a top 5 birthday. And y’know, I still think it was… but I’ve had time to think about past birthdays that were also absolutely epic as well.

I remember birthday hay rides and slumber parties growing up.

I remember in 7th grade, classmates threw me a surprise party — evening getting the school secretary involved to distract me. I don’t know if I ever told any of those girls how much that meant to me… how deeply it touched me that they did that.

I remember one in particular in which the maroon icing roses gave us all red mouths and teeth, and we all ended up looking like vampires afterwards.

I remember going to see my friend do a show in Houston while on the Rascal Flatts tour… never knowing that friend would one day be my husband, and that I’d eventually work at the bar that Flatts was discovered in when they were the Tuesday night house band.

I remember my girlfriend flying to Nashville to spend my birthday with me so I wouldn’t have to be alone as my husband was on the road.

I remember my brother having a bad car accident on my birthday, and we spent the day in the surgery waiting room. More importantly, I remember getting to see him just before he went into surgery, and he remembered to wish me a Happy Birthday.

I remember spending last year all by myself

This year? This year was pretty awesome. As I previously posted, my two wishes for the day came true. But beyond that, I had my parents visiting earlier in the week. (The only photo of that is on my Mom’s camera, so I don’t have that shot to share here. Pooh.)  We celebrated mine, my husbands and my Mom’s birthdays at that time. Then, my husband and I went out the night of my birthday and I just got so much love from my work-family that I ended that night with the biggest smile on my face.

I rarely put a whole lot of weight on birthdays. I don’t do a week-long birthday celebration, like many people do. But when one goes extra special… I just want to bask in it for awhile. Like this year. Happy, happy, happy girl here… still, days later.

Weekly Winners — November 4 – 11

Started by the lovely Lotus, Weekly Winners is a fun little thing bloggers do to showcase some of their favorite photos from the previous week.

Visit Lotus’ site and check out her various entries, and find other participants. See some amazing photos brought to you by bloggers around the world. Leave a little love when you do — its like food for the soul!


Photos taken using my Droid Razr, Nikon Coolpix L20 or Sony DSLR A230.
View all of my photos on my Flickr stream.


361: Red Velvet
Birthday Cupcake!

Nashville Skyline
I never get tired of this skyline.

Korean War Veterans Bridge
Korean War Veterans Bridge

362: Brilliant leaves
Brilliant leaves.

Blues in the rain
Rainy bokeh

363: Blues in the rain
Blues in the rain.

364: Keys
Piano keys.

002: Yellow Rose
Yellow Rose


The wife of a touring musician tells it like she sees it…

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