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So I meant to post about this like, Tuesday night, or maybe yesterday. Didn't happen. And nothing disastrous happened either - in fact, I had a lovely (if too-brief) visit with smillaraaq. But so much that was supposed to happen - didn't.

So I had this unlovely cold. And the Mr. had this gout flare up. And I had scheduled the following line-up for myself for the weekend:

Saturday: Attend morning Torah service (for the first time in weeks) followed by evening D&D game

Sunday: Take the Young Lady and her best friend shopping for jeans (Torrid was having a sale) and get my grocery shopping done.

Monday: Join smillaraaq downtown at the National Museum of the American Indian for the multicultural music festival that went on most of the weekend.

Tuesday: Watch the Inauguration on the TV and do the wash.

All that got done was the shopping expedition and the chore stuff and watching the Inauguration. And the groceries had to be split over two days because I was too tired to do the usual massive weekly trip.

I spent most of the weekend blowing my nose, coughing, and carrying trays of sustenance to the Mr. We have three functional stories to this house - TV in the basement rec room, our room and his office - with his big Macintosh with the Civilization game - on the top floor. It was easiest to park him and his gouty foot on one floor for the day and carry his meals to him. And the Young Lady disappeared to her best friend's house for most of Saturday and Monday.

On Sunday, after the shopping, the Young Lady, her best friend, and the friend's little sister (2 years younger) stayed with us to watch the concert at the Lincoln Memorial on TV, and we ordered in pizza.

On Monday, smilla came up to visit after the festival was over, bearing lovely souvenirs for us all. She also showed me cellphone video of some of the dancing and helped me make dinner. She made us frybread, which was delicious!

I guess I should not be surprised that the Young Lady insisted on watching the Inauguration on Monday on Facebook instead of downstairs with us ... .

Ah well. Thus is life, and we have a very promising-looking new President. Yays!

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avierra
Jan. 23rd, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
Well, hopefully you and the Mr are feeling better by now. Stupid colds. >:|
chomiji
Jan. 24th, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)

Very stupid!! I've got one of my lingering bronchitis cough things ... my doctor just went ahead and called in the benzonatate pills! Without making me come in! This is a bit scary. I don't know whether to send her flowers or report her to the AMA ... .

nenya_kanadka
Jan. 23rd, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
Grrr, stupid colds. At least you weren't out freezing your ass off like all the people in DC? (I'm glad I wasn't, though it would have been freaking historic.)

It does look like we have a nice new President!

Big hugs.
chomiji
Jan. 24th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)

It was pretty cold! I didn't envy Ms. Obama and Dr. Biden out there in nylons! (Hillary Clinton was wearing one of her pantsuits, smart person that she is.)

Yeah - wow! Look at those first actions!

nenya_kanadka
Jan. 24th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
*shivers* Gah, yeah, I mean, Michelle's dress was at least made of wool or something, but good grief. Brrr. At least they got to warm up later and go dancing (which probably proceded to wear them out).

Those are some fine executive orders right there, yes they are. :D
smillaraaq
Jan. 24th, 2009 05:30 am (UTC)
Wool lace, with silk underlinings, and silk/cashmere "pashmina" linings, and a matching cardigan over the dress and under the coat -- all much warmer than it looked, I would expect, with that combo of fibers! And judging by the semi-opacity of the hose, MiMi was in fairly heavy-weight nylons -- and Jill of course had those funky knee-high boots, so at least it's not as if either of those ladies were trying to run about bare-legged in that weather.
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smillaraaq
Jan. 24th, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
Um, I don't think you mean to be implying that Michelle or Jill, or any of the other ladies who chose to go slightly more traditionally-feminine-formal with dresses and hose, were being un-smart in doing so? o_O I didn't get a look at Hil's outfit here, but knowing what her usual pantsuits are like, they typically don't exactly have a lot of room under them for heavy thermal underwear; ladies' dress pants may be a little warmer than a dress or skirted suit worn with heavy tights, but not by all *that* much. And that's not even going into the stew of personal taste, cultural and class background, etc. that might be influencing one's clothing choices for such an event, or the extra-intense scrutiny MiMi is under as the new First Lady and first black woman in the role...not to mention the particular negative stereotypes she has to contend with. Hil's taken some nasty, sexist sniping over the years about her pantsuits and various other fashion choices in relation to the unpleasant stereotypes about feminists being ugly, frumpy, and mannish, but IMO that's still not quite at the same level of nastiness as the stereotypes of black women as inherently mannish and unattractive. :(

(And before you get fretful about causing me offense -- you didn't! I just wanted to point out a potentially awkward bit of wording there...)
chomiji
Jan. 24th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)

Heh, I thought about that possible interpretation of what I said after I said it ... that's just silly cho-preferences wandering into things, and certainly not meant as an actual judgment of the relatively brain power of the women involved. Hell, they're probably all smarter than I am on the absolute standard!

Believe me, I can comprehend the the nature of the spotlight/microscope that Ms. Obama is now under, even though I can't fully understand it. And the children are an extension of her in many people's eyes - so many chances for other people to nitpick, I shudder to think of it! I think she looked fantastic (that's a difficult color to wear well, and she looked marvelous), and I'm glad for the explanation about the tights, because I was worried about her ... .

It's interesting, the names you're using for her, because I haven't decided what feels right/respectful to me yet. It's the explanations of the Japanese conventions on this, plus the fact that I've noticed that for myself, the more seemingly respectful I'm still being when I actually know the person well, the less I like them. And if I don't refer to the person by any sort of name at all, that's real death.

IIRC, on the rare occasions that I referred to the most recent former president, he was W (pronounced Dubya). His wife was Laura Bush - always both names. I had no grudge against her, but look who she married! I'm never sure what to do about Hillary Clinton. The fact that her enemies sneeringly referred to her by first name alone makes me reluctant to do the same. And so on, and so forth.

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smillaraaq
Jan. 23rd, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
Hope you guys are feeling better by now! That bug I was fighting all weekend finally started kicking my ass so hard on Tuesday that I wasn't able to head downtown for the parades. :( (And it looks like it's a different flavor of ick from the one you've been struggling with -- I'm not that congested, but my throat is painfully raw.)
chomiji
Jan. 24th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)

I've got the usual stupid cough, but I have my medicine for it too. I'm so sorry that you are sick too! You're right, it doesn't sound like the same bug at all. Are you having any fever? Does gargling with mild saline help?

> hugs! <

smillaraaq
Jan. 24th, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)
Mmmm, I haven't been bothering to check temps but I think I was running a bit of a mild fever at the worst bits Tuesday/Wednesday, but definitely nothing terribly high; there's been some achiness and fatigue but the scheduling was such that it's hard to tell how much of it was the actual bug and how much was just the usual hormonal suckage. That's all mostly faded so it's just a constant scratchy throat and attendant cough now. I've got some herbal teas that help quite a bit with it, and benzocaine lozenges for when I'm running errands and can't be guzzling tea non-stop. :)

Hope the new meds are helping your icky cough! *hugs*
chomiji
Jan. 26th, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)

Thanks! It's definitely being quieted. It still pops up for a few moments from time to time, but the last time I had a really bad bout (where I simply couldn't seem to stop) was well over 24 hrs ago. I'm hoping it's on the run.

How about you? How are you doing?

smillaraaq
Jan. 26th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
A bit of a turn for the worse, alas -- throat's getting very very scratchy and there's a lot more coughing/congestion...I think it's that last-gasp stage where the immune system is finally rallying to try to clear all the gunk out, but the process itself is a bit wearing. And the regularly-scheduled hormonal malaise isn't helping any. :/
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blue_hobbit
Jan. 24th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
Hope you're both feeling better now! It's always doubly disappointing when added to feeling crappy, you have to give up on all kind of nice plans.
chomiji
Jan. 27th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)

Awww, thanks! Yeah, we basically are. But it keeps happening - this is the third stupid virus I've had since mid-December. I'm fully expecting one to come along just in time to screw up Katsucon - that's probably why I haven't done anything about registering in advance.

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