Today in the Magic Thermos™... Ginger coffee! The Amazing Flatmate woke up early this morning to make it. Thank you.
And this after a night of putting up with the sookiest, most miserable flatmate ever. I'm really sorry about that, by the way.... and not a little bit embarrassed. There were tears. In my defence, after teaching Intro to Self-Defence last night, I developed an earache of epic proportions. It came on really fast. It was unexpected. And it was absolutely horrendous. It reduced me to useless, pointless, irrantional tears. I literally sat in bed and wept.
I hate crying.
My poor flatmate ran herself ragged getting me hot compresses to put on my ear to ease the pain and hopefully unblock it. And then she brewed up some sort of weird witches brew that had in the ingredients cayenne pepper, oregano, cloves, whiskey, honey and other things I can't remember. Surprisingly enough, it tasted rather nice and I wouldn't mind making that as a soup on the regular. In fact, it is exactly what I imagine spice soup from Terry Goodkind's Wizard's First Rule would taste like (watch the Nights at the Round Table review of that book HERE). I know it sounds icky, but it was actually really good.
That, along with two fast-acting Advil (unusual, I normally only take one) and I was at last, through the tears, able to get to sleep.
This morning I am able to move without crying. My ear still feels wrong, but it no longer hurts nearly as much AND I can hear out of it again. Granted it's a little delayed and weirdly tinny-sounding, as if a miniature Dalek is sitting on my shoulder repeating every noise back at me through it's silly robot voice filter. It's amusing, if nothing else.
But I'm tired. I am so very tired. All I want to do is go home and crawl into bed.
It doesn't help that, of course, the bus showed up thirty minutes late this morning. I decided to take the bus instead of walk. I should have just walked, damn it. I don't know what I was expecting. The bus is never on time. It is always very, very late. So, of course, I got to work late. And I'm writing this post late. Which means that I'm going to be far behind everything today. And that makes me grumpy.
Also, I'm out of cheese. This is a disaster.
So, if you happen to meet me on the street any time this week, and I look like I'm about to murder someone or explode buildings with the hate in my eyes, please know that it's not you, it's totally this stupid cold and that bloody awful earache. Holy crap. Even the memory of it is making me cringe.
Gah! Enough of my whinging. Let's talk about something else. Books!
Editing Human is going pretty well. I went through four chapters yesterday and it should be ready to send out in a couple of weeks to Beta Reader Two. Apparently Beta Reader One thought it a fun read. So, that gives me some idea how to market it. Some. Oh, I hate marketing.
No complaining! I have more editing to do, obviously, and I really should go do it. So here is a pretty picture: