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04272017-14


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Okay, I did wind up coughing and more congested than expected yesterday, even though I still really didn’t feel terrible. Still, however I felt, I sounded so bad that, just after 4pm, Justine came by and said, "People are saying I should send you home." Okay, first of all, if people are that concerned, why don't they just say something directly to me instead of going to the Center Store Director? That's dumb.

Aside from the two days of a sore throat late last week, which is always the worst, I think it's fair to say yesterday actually was the worst of my cold -- at least in terms of coughing and, in particular, leaking through my nose. I had to go loot some tissues off of Scott's desk. (He's at the Edmonds store doing resets this week.) Still, Justine just said, "It's up to you." I assured her that although I did not feel fantastic, I really didn't feel bad either. And I was set to go home in another half hour as normal anyway.

This was a curious thing, though: the weather has been quite nice so far this week, and I rode my bike to work yesterday. Although I coughed a whole bunch all day, for the half hour or so that I rode home -- and going home is going uphill the majority of the way -- I really didn't cough at all, but for two very brief moments. It seemed strange that my cough should be suppressed by physical exertion. Or maybe I just don't understand biology.

We were nearly out of cough syrup so I swung by Bartell Drugs to stock up as a precaution: generic versions of both NyQuil and DayQuil; two bags of Ricola cough drops; even a box of Sudafed. I went to bed about an hour earlier than normal and took a dose of the NyQuil.

I then slept like the dead. As often happens when I take NyQuil, I woke up groggy in a way that only happens after taking that medication. And then, through most of the morning, it has left me feeling sort of sedated -- but, honestly, in a truly relaxing and rather pleasant way. I'm not having trouble concentrating or anything. I just feel . . . contented. I mean, I usually do anyway, but this is more on a physical level. I don't know how better to explain it.

I'm still coughing a bit here and there, but far less than I did yesterday, and although I was a little congested while getting ready this morning, I haven't been while at work thus far. I haven't had to blow my nose once! I'll call that a minor victory.

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04252017-30


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So how was my evening otherwise, you ask? Thanks for asking!

It was pretty standard, actually. About as pleasant as I can expect. Shobhit and I caught up on HBO shows, Veep and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (whose "Go FCC Yourself" stunt was pretty inspired). Then I went to "My List" in the HBO Go app and realized I still hadn't watched the HBO original film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. For a TV movie, it was rather good, although the woman's story is so extraordinary I'm not sure the film quite captured that as well as it could have. I bet the book on which it's based is great.

Shobhit and I then worked on the day's crossword, and I went to bed soon after that.

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Every once in a while, something burns itself into your memory. I often think of this Seattle Times article from six years ago, with the headline, Our new 'normal' weather: wetter and warmer.

Each year we have tons of rain like we never used to have so commonly, I think of that. This past winter has been rain, rain, rain. But rarely particularly cold. Today we have more sun than clouds, for the second day in a row, and for many it feels like a miracle -- and we're into May. Also? All the complaints about television and movies being unrealistic about their portrayals of Seattle downpours when it far more often just drizzles here? Well, those complaints have less and less weight with each passing year. It really feels like hard rainfalls are increasing in frequency.

I know there are all sorts of scientific ways to poke holes into such generalized claims -- Cliff Mass did back in 2011 -- but it still certainly feels this way.

I've still been fine, for the most part, with this weather that people this year in particular complained about. Too much rain, boo hoo! They act like the sun never comes out at all, which is plain wrong. We have lots of days where part of it is rainy, and/or cloudy, and part of it is sunny. I've felt like we've gotten more than enough sun even through all this rain.

But then, I guess my love for Seattle is so eternal that Seattle would have to murder my parents before I stopped loving it. Note to Seattle, though: that's not a challenge!

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04272017-20

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positive energy please