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    I’ve been fighting off sinusitis/rhinitis /pharyngitis (aka a COLD) for a couple of weeks now. Let me tell you, nothing can halt my productivity as quickly as inflamed sinuses! I’m on my second round of antibiotics with only 2 days remaining, and also? At my wits end. I have gone through at least 3 boxes of Kleenex, a full bottle of Afrin (which, btw, you’re not supposed to use for more than 3 days, and HELLO why don’t they make this thing easier to squeeze when you get down to half a bottle?!), and my head. MY HEAD. The pressure behind my eyes and just on my brain in general makes me constantly hazy and sleepy. I have stuff to do, dont-chya-know, and blowing my nose this much was *never* on the list.

    Have I mentioned Pink Eye yet? No? Well it has also been an unwelcome guest in my home over the last couple of weeks, and my little one is also on her second round of eyedrops.

    All this while spring is springing! Birds are chirping! Crocus are Blooming! Sparrows are Nesting!!! Things! Are! So! Exciting! and I am looking out my window like a droid, mumbling “mmmmmrffh, heh, so priiiiiddy *drool* hurmmmmm *blows* fllllllnnnngleh”. Oh yes, it’s quite a sight.

    Now that you’ve captured a mental image you’ll not soon erase, I should mention that I’m not wearing a housecoat.

    So. There’s that – and also, my completely lame attempt at social networking. Twitter? WTH is your function? Because I am confused. I get a half-dozen new followers a day, people who *never* say anything to me other than a quick DM when I follow them back (because I’m nice like that) to thank me and promptly direct me to their *insert sales pitch here* to which I quickly reply with a click of the “unfollow” button. 818 followers, and when I tweet? No replies. Not even from the people I am @’ing. Seriously? Okay so here’s a little summary of me on Twitter:


        : Talks to myself in front of 818 people


        : LOL’s (to myself, in private)


        : Replies @ other twitterers tweets which they twatted and I thought were twitiful.


        : Wants to @ myself so I don’t feel so alone


        : *hears crickets chirping*


        : Talks to myself a few more times


        : Giddy that the few gems I love so much actually flipped past page 2, saw my tweet and replied to me


      : Leaves Twitter before excitement and joy subsides

    And there you have it. You too could have 818 people not-really-follow-you! Join today!

    Oh my, I just realized I don’t have a pretty picture to show you today. Let me rectify that immediately.

    crocus spring 2009 photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    There. That’s better. I just shot that photo, so I’m bloggin’ *live* from my garden, in my dining room, er, um, nevermind.

    OOOOHHH and I have to tell you – if you’re completely out of shape? You should Buy this DVD. Why? Because you don’t really know what it’s like to be The Biggest Loser until you can’t finish the first 4 minutes without crying like a baby. I have a whole new respect for the people on that show. Seriously! Jillian kicked my butt and I’m pretty sure that while I paused the video to go sob quietly into a towel in the bathroom, she was shaking her head and throwing her hands up in a fit of frustration.

    Admittedly, I’ve made it a little farther since my first attempt. I will just leave it at that for now.

    Yesterday, I decided the girls and I would have a No TV/Computer evening. We worked on homework, talked, prepared dinner, talked some more, took a walk, shot some hoops, made some fruit smoothies, talked some more, and went to bed. It was peaceful, enjoyable, and I need to do that more often.

    I love it all. Really. I really never get sick, so for me – this is just terribly inconvenient and reminds me that I need to eat more broccoli. I would love for the fog to lift, but perhaps this is just God’s way of telling me to chill out. I’ve completed 18 projects in the first 10 weeks of the year (not counting random site support tasks), so it’s *possible* that I’m putting a little more pressure on myself than necessary and it’s wearing on my immune system. I’m reminded to get up and move, take time with my daughters, and enjoy the renewing of the earth. Breathe in, breathe out, and work smarter.

    What about you? How’s your year going so far?

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    Pam said,

    Live blogging sinusitis from the garden!! I’ll have to Tweet this! :rofl:

    Sorry. I find tweeting to be much the same as you; useless.

    Have you been fighting your cold with Zycam? Also, as soon as my sinuses fire that opening shot, I come at ’em with Mucinex. Works every time!

    Hope you *all* feel better! :hug:

    3.18.2009 @ 12:38 pm
    Renee said,

    I hope you get better soon…the germies are not being nice to my friends this year. My one poor friend got infected cuz her one friend was sick of being cooped up, so she brought her sick kids to my friend’s house. Now they are all sick. sigh.

    it makes me want a hot steamy bath.

    3.18.2009 @ 1:56 pm
    Melody said,

    Hey girl, sorry to hear your sick, but I did have fun reading about it. I don’t even try to twitter, it makes me feel like someone is stalking me. Get better, eat broccoli.

    3.18.2009 @ 3:30 pm
    Kimberly said,

    Funny, I love twitter and I only have half as many followers as you do!

    Love the picture and really enjoyed reading today. Yay! You’re writing again!

    Oh and Jillian, I’m doing it too. Holy Shred.

    3.18.2009 @ 3:55 pm
    Leanne said,

    @Melody (ha! I @’ed you!) Thanks – I’m glad you enjoyed, felt good to get the wit out today and take it for a spin. It’s been a while. :)

    3.18.2009 @ 4:09 pm
    Leanne said,

    Kim – *rubs eyes* is that YOU? Well, my fellow shredder, let me tell you somethin’ – after I can walk again.

    I think many of my followers are just people looking for followers, not people looking for friends. The business side of twitter, versus the actual people. I like FB for the non-black-holeness of conversing with people who care.

    3.18.2009 @ 4:13 pm
    Marcia said,

    What better way to finish your recoup than to spend quality time with the girls. That and the photo sure made me smile. I hope you feel 100% soon.

    3.18.2009 @ 6:44 pm

    Hi Leanne,
    Sorry you are sick, my son has what you are describing~ I tried to get him on this amazing nutritional program that I am on because I used to get sick but don’t anymore, but being a guy I cannot yet convince him! I started on this program 4 months ago for my health and got the added benefit of losing 30″ of body fat and 10 pounds in 30 days, and the best part is I never get sick anymore and feel better than I have felt in years!
    Hope you get better soon!
    I tried Twitter, I just don’t feel like it is worth my time! Tweet Tweet :wave: :dance:

    3.18.2009 @ 8:15 pm
    usedtobeme said,

    Have you tried the Zycam (sp) for sinus? It’s amazing! It is more gel like than Affrin, and periodically, as the day goes and I wipe the sniffle or sneeze my brains out, when I squeeze my nose together, it reactivates! It is soft Mentholatum and I love it more than Affrin now.

    Get well soon though! Are you sure it’s not allergies? I never had allergies until moving to the desert and now I’m on Zyrtec daily with a benadryl at night or I can’t breath in the morning. Damn those orange blossoms! Oleander! Sage! Cactus with the pretty flowers! How’s a girl to live if she can’t go outside and enjoy spring?

    3.18.2009 @ 11:41 pm
    Nancy said,

    Ummm….WOW! You have lots going on. Hope you feel better soon. We have been waging war w. the ICKIES at our house as well. Back and forth we go and then I come to work and it starts all over again.

    My year?!? Lets not E V E R discuss… I will post something about it in a day or so. is a tissue {{{Hugs!}}

    3.19.2009 @ 6:23 am

    awwww Leanne you need a big hug!! and a hot bath, and yes, try the zyrtec…also take zinc tablets everyday until you kick it. Get to bed…a lot, your body is asking you for rest. I’ve been thinking of you as I play with my website!
    Get better soon,

    3.19.2009 @ 12:24 pm
    Becky said,

    Seriously I needed that. I laughed out loud to be point I think I woke the kids last night. Well, at least I know I roused the rats because they started bangin’ around begging to be released from their glass cell.

    You have a way about you….I like it.

    3.20.2009 @ 6:43 am
    Paige said,

    Leanne, I don’t know how you do it. You have such a way with words. I like when you write! Sorry to hear you are so sick, but I hope those icky germs vacate the premises soon!

    Love the photograph! So pretty and makes me excited about spring. Keep those pictures coming. It’s enjoyable to see. :flower:

    3.20.2009 @ 11:01 am

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