The Opposite of a Gratitude List

Well there’s nothing else to say about it other than this: Migraines suck. I cannot think of another discomfort, save for the after-surgery nausea that seems to plague me for at least 12 hours each and every time I receive anesthesia, that is worse than having a migraine. And yes, I’m including childbirth and C-section recovery in that blanket statement.

I woke tired this morning, with a slightly stiff neck. After going about my day in a fairly normal fashion, I suddenly started feeling quite ill. I snarfed back a couple of Excedrin and picked up the girls from school. My vision blurred, and my stomach sent me a couple of meaningful threats. I tried to nap, but the caffeine in the Excedrin kept me alert and jittery. Besides, laying down makes me neck MORE sore, and somehow my neck pain is related to having migraines.

Currently, I have the Excedrin buzz that blissfully dulls the pounding pain. I think I took my blessed drugs just in time- I think this one is on it’s way out. I will spend the rest of today feeling like I am on the brink of something terrible, and being anxious about the terrible coming to fruition.

To make matters worse, my grandma- my beloved, kick-ass, cooler-than-your-grandma, grandma wants me to somehow hook her up with Obama so that she can donate a puppy. I should mention that my grandma is THE coolest person I know- she has a terrific personality; she is smart and funny and witty; she is wise and honest and tactful; she is nothing short of the bees knees, really. But she’s also getting old. And she honestly thinks that since I have a dear friend that lives in the DC area, a friend who years ago worked on the Hill, that I can get a personal message to Barack Obama that she has a champion-line Yorkshire Terrier puppy for his daughters.

You guys, she really believes that I can “pull some strings” for her. And for some reason, I do not know how to tell her that NO, I cannot contact Mr. Obama for he seems to be, oh, I don’t know, THE MOST IN DEMAND PERSON in our country right now. And I do agree that adopting a puppy from a little old lady in South Dakota would make a good story, I think there are probably plenty of people offering up puppies for little Malia and Sasha. “Well, we can’t focus on the competition” says Grandma. *SIGH*

Additionally, I have a work project that I need to finish but have been procrastinating, I have a doula client who deserves a phone call and her birth notes, and I have a toddler that is climbing all over me while simultaneously tapping out a beat on her toy drum and begging for a “paci, mommy, pwease mommy, paci probwy in-a drawer.” And then she unplugs my cordless mouse.

Also: a slight headache that I’m nervous will get worse at ANY SECOND.

Oh, and before I go, I’d like to talk to you about your thermostat. I asked the question yesterday on Facebook- what do you set your thermostat at in the winter? And do you know that there are people that keep their house much cooler than we do? Our thermostat currently reads 67 degrees, and let me tell you- I am typing this with two (2) pairs of wool socks, and double thick fleece blanket, and my winter hat on. And I’m warming my hands on a cup of tea between sentences. It’s cold in here, is what I’m saying. And yet… some have it at 65! And I’m quite sure the fella that said his was set to 62, AROUND THE CLOCK, is a big fat liar. A BIG FAT LIAR. That, or his entire family sits around the dinner table with hot potatoes in the pockets of their parkas.

62!

Oh, manna from heaven, my husband just got home- EARLY- for probably the second time in our marriage.

*weeping on the floor*

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12 thoughts on “The Opposite of a Gratitude List

  1. So sorry about the migraine. I’ve never had one (knocking wood) but I’ve seen them and boy howdy I can tell they aren’t fun. (Yay for your husband getting home early! Now go lie down!)And we keep our thermostat at 70 which is lame because we live in Southern California but it gets really chilly here in the morning and our floors are uninsulated and SO cold.I know, I know, I can’t really whine about the cold here. We’re only talking low 40’s here.

  2. Oh honey. I hope you feel better very very soon.We keep ours at 67. But sometimes when we’re home we bump it up to 69. Sometimes even 70!But it’s COLDER where you are. Which makes your 67 degrees the same as our 58 degrees. Or something like that. You deserve your thermostat at like 78, is what I’m saying.

  3. DAVID: DID YOU SEE WHAT ERIN WROTE? She is a… science… person, and SHE WOULD KNOW. We should set it HIGHER. It’s COLDER HERE.Oh, how I love you guys. “Sacrificially cold” “Righteous”- yes, yes, yes.Also: Headache is better. =)

  4. Ooohhhh, I had a migraine last week that I fought for two days. They are the suckiest of suckiness, the most disorienting thing ever. I am sooo sorry.Also, we keep ours at 65 during the day, and 55 at night.

  5. So sorry about the headache. Hope it’s gone for good now.Your Grandma sounds totally awesome and I think the Obamas would be lucky to have her puppy!We keep our thermostat at 66 most of the time and bump it up to 68 from about 6-8 each night (keep it warm for bath times, etc). But as someone already said, your cold is much colder than our cold. Also, I have to admit I’d probably keep it warmer but the hubby is Always Hot whereas I am Almost Always Cold and somehow he wins the battle for the thermostat.

  6. Kay, blah blah thermostat you live in MN for the love of GAWD 67 is RIDICULOUS, but more importantly, YOU HAVE TO BE MY FACEBOOK FRIEND THIS IS V.V. IMPORTANT.

  7. I feel for you with the headache. With the change from cooling to heat in my building at work has come a change in the pressure settings. I’ve had a migraine every workday for the past three weeks. I’ve gone through a 50-caplet bottle of Advil in just 3 weeks.Your grandmother sounds awesome. I’ll adopt her puppy. You can tell her I’m someone important in Canada.Our thermostat is set at 62 at night and when we’re not home and 70 when we are home. We’ve tried to lower it, but it’s just too cold.

  8. We keep it at 68 or 69. I have a big open house and it cools off fast. I hate to be cold though.Migraines rot. Hate them with a passion.And I didn’t know you were on Facebook. I love Facebook!

  9. we kept ours on 72 until the 411.32 bill just arrived. Now, the double set of wool socks have come out and it is set on 68/69. Oh my. Am I cold. I love to go in the car and set my thermostat on 90. The kids say they get hot, but I am just trying to store them up for the house cold!!

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