I am in the midst of de-Christmasing the house, and it is not going well.
The kids are home from school on a very specious "ice storm" claim, and they keep playing with all of the things that I am supposed to be putting away.
Meanwhile, now that the Christmas paraphernalia is piled on the dining room table, I cannot remember how the house was decorated before Christmas.
I am not an ambitious decorator. I have had the same pictures and knick-knacks in the same places for a long time, as evidenced by their little knick-knack body outlines in the dust on my furniture. But now all my ordinary time things are sitting in a plastic bin because every time I put something out, I cock my head to the side and think, This doesn't look right. Has it always been there?
So instead of all that, I am here at the computer. Good way to stick to those new goals for the year, right?
I wanted to post a photo for Cheryl's Way Back When-esday, but Blogger's photo uploader is giving me fits and officially gets the Big Ranty Fist Wave from my general direction. I could come back to try it later, but the moment is lost. This was my window and it's closing on my fingers.
I also have a raging sore throat that makes me want to swallow lidocaine just to make it stop burning. It's one of those sore throats where I would kill for one of those Mr. Thirsty things from the dentist. Then I could suck all the saliva out of my mouth instead of swallowing.
Mama said there'd be days like this. There'd be days like this, my mama said.
So instead of posting a cute picture of my yesteryear, I am harnessing the power of the internet and I'm asking what you do when you have a sore throat. What are your secret sore throat soothers/remedies?
But before you divulge, you should know:
a) it's not strep. Wish it was, then I could scarf down some antibiotics. Especially since a local grocery store is giving them away for free until flu season is over. No lie.
b) I am a super baby about sore throats, and I have no idea why. I can't stand Chloraseptic or menthol cough drops or anything like that. I even hold my nose when I (rarely) gargle with salt water. Of course, this hurts so I'm a little more open than I would be.
Other than that, I'm good, so bring on the home remedies. Especially if they involve honey or buttered rum or something equally delicious sounding.