256 - 100+

That's my temperature... I'm sick. Again. Only this time it's only a fever, and a little fatigue. I'm not sure what caused it, but I wonder if it was the ant poison I probably inhaled as I swept when I cleaned the garage... which looks lovely by the way...

Pity me a little?


Okay, I'll just pretend then... and I'll force my sob story on you despite your reticence on the matter. I'll even leave you alone to read over it while I water the garden... toodles...

I get one week's sick time. I took one day off (early January) so the A/C guys could come fix the heater before it burned my house down (melted wirenut, whole house smelled like burning plastic and probably gave me cancer). I used the other four days in January when I was making choices about which end needed the toilet most urgently. Before the end of the first month of the year my time was gone. By March I had managed to accrue 2.5 meager vacation days. I chuckled to myself that I might get to take a day off to... dare I say it... enjoy doing... nothing (!). Then my uncle passed away. I took 2 of those days and my dad donated the rest to me so I could go to the funeral -- because uncles don't count when it comes to bereavement. (it irks me) Since then I've managed to accrue 9-point-something hours of vacation (squee!). I calculated that in order to go to Florida in May, I needed to put in an hour of comp time. So I have no spare time. At all. I actually needed one more hour.

Sunday night I was running a temp of 101.1. Sounds bad enough, but keep in mind that my normal temp is not 98.6, it's closer to 98.0, so for me that's actually more like a normal person's 101.7 (I know, I'm not a normal person and I've proved it yet again). I decided I shouldn't go in to work on Monday. That being done, I'm 9 hours short for my vacation.

So today, I went to work an hour early (and it pained me... I'm sick, and I am not a morning person, but more pressing, I hate rush hour traffic, and staying one hour later makes the drive home a living HELL, so I sucked it up and the surprised looks I got from my co-workers kinda made it worth my while. Kind of). I also worked through lunch, and if I do this all week I will have made up 6 of those hours. Next week I can make up 3 more and I'm flush again.

Except that...

I called the ortho and they think my trays may come in this week, so next Tuesday I'll probably go get them (he only comes to the local office on Tuesdays). So that means I have to make up even more time. I figure at least two hours. That's 45 minutes travel, and the rest for them to adhere clips to my teeth and put the trays on... I seriously think it will take them that long... yes I do... I might even be underestimating.

I still have a fever. Last night is was 100.2. Think I'm going to get better by pushing myself like this?

Sigh. But I'd rather do this and have my weekend off, that way I at least get two days to chill out and recoup.

Speaking of braces, last night I had a rather painful dream. I dreamt that I got my braces. And the first tray was designed to move my wisdom and molar teeth back, and my front teeth out toward my lip, to create a wider jawline and therefore more space... no idea if this is realistic or not, but it was realistic in my dream. My back teeth felt an incredible amount of pressure, and I felt it and it HURT. I don't know what the hell was going on in my real life, but it woke me up and it HURT.

So I'll leave you with something fun from pioneerliving.com. Now I know how to make sour cream. And so do you:

2 cups light cream

2 Tablespoons buttermilk

Combine cream with buttermilk in hot, clean glass jar with a lid. (Canning jar that has been heating in boiling water, for instance.) Cover tightly and shake gently to thoroughly mix. Let stand in a warm place - like where you put bread to rise) till thickened (24-48 hours). Store, covered in refrigerator. Stir before serving. Use within three weeks. Makes two cups.


I don't know about you, but I love learning this stuff! And, I wonder how it will taste, so I might try it. I doubt it's any cheaper than buying Daisy... guess it would be if I had a moo cow... but alas, I do not. Nor do I have my goat, or my two adorable egg-laying chickens. Or those little teacup piglets (I know they don't produce anything edible, but they're so cute!). Anyone know a single, marriagable farmer?


  1. That sounds awesome! Not the you being sick and out of sick days, that part is actually rather sad and I pity you, but the sour cream part sounds great. I got to try that.

    Hope you get better quickly!

  2. Kristy!!! I can't begin to tell you how dangerous that ant poison can be! Crap, I nearly killed myself with a mildew remover and haven't been the same, since. Go online immediately and check it out. Go, now!

  3. TS - Thank you! (for the pity)

    Ms. A - Go where?... I tried googling ant poison fever and it kept bringing up ant bite horror stories.

  4. Oh man, I hope you feel better. Please Kristy, if you're sick and pressed for time, let the beta reading slide for a while. Okay? I'd rather you get to go to Florida. Hell, I'd like to go to Florida ... :)

  5. Kristy, try this link, or tell me exactly what you used and I'll look it up. I'm serious as a heart attack about this kind of thing.


    Let me know if you find something!

  6. Terry - Reading is enjoyable, not taxing. I do it in the evenings to relax. If I'm too tired I'll skip it, but most likely I'll crank out another chapter tonight.

    Ms. A - I looked it up (Ortho Orthene Ant Killer):

    INHALATION: This substance may be irritating if inhaled. Respiratory tract irritation may include, but may not be limited to, one or more of the following: nasal discharge, sore throat, coughing, bronchitis and difficulty in breathing. If inhaled, this substance is considered practically non-toxic to internal organs.

    Looks like I'm safe. Maybe it's just a bug going round...

  7. P.S. That's a great website to have handy, thanks! And sorry to worry you!

  8. Ant poison is deadly!
    Especially for ants...
    Hope you feel better!

  9. You have my pity and healing thoughts, Kristy. Thanks for the sour cream recipe. Who knew it was that easy? (Not that I've tried it, and mine would probably end up tasting like mayonnaise. But it sure looks easy.)

  10. Glad to see Ms A got you lined out, she is a keeper---feel better soon Kristy

  11. I hope you get well soon! and I will have mercy on you for now. =)

    Thanks for the tip on sour cream but not sure I could actually make it myself then eat it. Buttermilk weirds me out. LOL

  12. Geeze, girl, what are we going to do with you? You can't be sick again...gonna make us worry now.
    But thanks for thinking about us anyway...as you continue to post your pearls of wisdom...

  13. I run 97.2 for my normal, so at 100 I feel like death.

    Take is EASY and rest!!!!!!

  14. 101,7F is really A LOT!!(I figure, lol) I hope you're going to get better soon. Take acetaminophen and I'd say take a lot of rest, but since that's definitely out of question...bulk up on Tylenols..You can kick that fever Kristy!!

  15. Better take it as easy as you possibly can...I hope you can make up the time, but don't do it at the expense of your health sheesh...

    BTW..I know many many marriageable farmers..lol :)

  16. Thos teacup piglets are probably the cutest things I've ever seen.... But $1,000? Craziness.... And now Paris Hilton has one, and I don't want to be like her.... lol

    I'm catching up, so you're probably not sick anymore, but I hope you get better soon!