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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Snow, Fake Trees, Snoring, and (No) Sex


The frozen white specks from the cold winter sky have (sort of) arrived. For those of us in Portland, it usually doesn't happen when it's forecast too....and always does when no one expects it. It's not a rarity here but really doesn't happen that much. So for 20 beautiful minutes yesterday afternoon, it came down. Right after the snap-crackle-pop appointment with my D.O. And a little after 5 this morning, it happened again....stuck just enough to be beautiful. Supposed to fly to a meeting this morning but it was cancelled. Even more snow in Seattle than in Portland. We just plain old don't handle it well....roads are a mess, people freak out and don't know how to drive on it. So, I think the (fake, plastic, made in China) tree is going up this morning. But first it has to be pulled out of its little cardboard box, complete with handle attached. It's in the basement now. We've finished a pot of coffee (Coffee Mate eggnog creamer, of course). Time to light the proverbial firecracker under our ass and get going. Last year, we waited so long that it was nearly past spring break by the time the tree went up. What is it about growing older that takes the excitement and steam out of holidays and other special days. Honestly, sometimes it's so ho-hum. We don't do gifts for either family any longer which is one of the smartest decisions we've made in recent years. Hell, what else do I need? Except for a new spine and neck, the ability to sleep through the night undisturbed, and a little less shimmer on the balding spot at the top of my head (I hear that jock itch powder can take the shine away.)

Last night he popped a couple of NyQuil night time tablets because he hasn't been feeling well. After we climbed into our warm bed and slithered underneath the down comforter, he started putting Vick's vapo-rub under his nose (to help him breathe better). He had already squirted Astelin up his nose to clear things up "up there." And now, the crowning glory, he opens up a new box of Breathe Right Strips from Walgreen's. You see, we've been fighting this snoring thing lately.....and we're pulling out all of the stops to get it nipped. So, with one of us trying to read the tiny-tiny instructions on the box, and with him holding the sticky side of the nose strip hovered precariously above his snout, he lowers the thing into place.....perfectly. And I start to sort of fool around a little. You know, running my cold hands down under the covers thing. And he turns to me and says (with all of the sweetness and smiles that he's known for): "Oh yea, just wait until I've taken my night time medication, squirted Astelin up my nose, smeared Vick's under my nose, and hooked a plastic strip to the top of my nose and then try to fool with me......Not Tonight." We both laughed, pulled the comforter up around our necks, and went to sleep....spooning together just like a perfect fit. Ah, who needs fooling around anyway? Oh, there was not a snore all night......my gosh, how could there have been?

I'm really thankful for the blogosphere opening up for me and being able to meet so many new people around the world. It's been a month right now since I started blogging. To all of you who have posted, commented, and emailed, thank you so much. You're awesome. I really enjoy hearing from you.

And now, off to make another pot of coffee and put the tree up! Happy, safe, and warm journeys to you all today.

16 comments:

Brad said...

Your solution for the snoring is so much more high-tech than mine.

When I'm awakened by Justin's snoring I just give him a good, quick whack to the ribs with my elbow.

This stops the snoring. At least until the next time.

Red7Eric said...

Ah, to spoon in a warm bed with the one you love.

Well, that's the stuff of dreams for the time being, but it'll be my reality soon enough, I hope.

Happy Holidays!

Spider said...

Sigh... what a wonderful way to fall asleep... I am so jealous!

Sorted Lives said...

I love spooning, that is the best -- even better than sex sometimes.

I am thankful to have had the opportunity to have met you in blogland. I just love your blog and think it is awesome!! Stay warm!!

Anonymous said...

Oh my, you have such a way with words, my friend. Truly put a smile on my face today. Thank you! :)

Trailhead said...

"Oh yea, just wait until I've taken my night time medication, squirted Astelin up my nose, smeared Vick's under my nose, and hooked a plastic strip to the top of my nose and then try to fool with me......Not Tonight."

Hee hee! :)

Tony said...

What a neat post! I concur with Spider! I've been dreaming about that very feeling lately.

Archerr said...

The boyfriend and I love to snuggle as well. We snuggle all night it seems. We also deal with snoring from time to time. He just tells me to turn over and the snoring stops. :)

Ryan said...

aww spoonin makes me feel all warm inside and miss mikey something bad! i am so lovin your blog!

EddieZ said...

Great post. Hoping that the snow holds off just a little longer here (at least let me get my outdoor lights up before it starts!)
Christmas will be exploding at our house reeeaaaaallllll soon.

jay lassiter said...

how about some pics of the tree?

Derek said...

Your the awesome one. Every time I go back home, I'm reminded of how bad I snore, my family tells me. Mike never complains about it. Maybe it's those pills he takes before he goes to bed.

He Said He Did said...

Good luck with the tree. And I am with you on the presents. But I wonder what's more distracting: the snoring or Vick's?

;-) Nate.

jetboy747 said...

You can have winter. Hello from Hong Kong! Lovely 24 degrees C.

You should have seen the skybags that got me over here on AC. *giggle* I tried your advice to be all suck-uppy, but most of them forgot their hearing aids and couldn't hear a word I said.

Shaney said...

OK here is one Jelous Aussie!...Great post my friend...Although the snoring brings back memories of the countless nights I spent sleeping on the couch just to get some peace & quiet...hehe
I asked the question..."why dont you go & see someone about it" His reply: I dont have a problem with it, if it bugs you then buy some earplugs"...Needless to say I got nowhere & no sleep! xox

Steven said...

That sounds so incredibly sexy.

I must try it on dates.