Choked Up

How many of you have choked while eating? Swallowed wrong…something went "down the wrong pipe"? Coughing, gagging, hacking away until your chest burns with fire and throwing up is a distinct possibility. The nasal passages get swollen almost immediately and a runny nose compounds the situation. You can feel the food sitting right there at the opening to the 'wrong way' and know if you can just cough enough you'll get it up, yet every tentative breath you try to take feels as though it is going to suck it down further where it never belonged.

I've mentioned before how I sometimes do this with saliva. Dumb as it sounds, I seem to 'aspirate' it and it causes me to choke and sputter and carry on something horrible. It can happen at the strangest times, too, with no rhyme or reason.

Last night, though, it was food… but the type of food was what made it so strange. Jello. Plain strawberry jello. As I coughed and coughed I could feel it just there… almost on the verge of coming out, but when I tried to take a shallow breath, it felt as though I was sucking it further in. My mind was racing… wondering if it would just melt, dissolve away. I knew it wasn't exactly stuck in my throat, so hemlich manuevers would be useless. Yet… it caused me all the pain and reaction that a huge chunk of beef, for example, would have caused.

Today I feel like I've had a few rounds with Mike Tyson. My sore shoulders are even more sore as is my chest. I don't think I've pulled anything, just put it all through a massive workout. For a bite of jello, trapped in the 'wrong pipe'. Crazy, huh?

Is it just me or do you guys have weird things like this happen? What's your weirdest quirk?

Don’t Call Me, I Won’t Call You.

Ah, yes. 2008 Has started with a fizzle. Emily came out on New Year's Eve after moving and we watched the third season of "Lost" on DVD. Well, most of it. We watched a lot of it yesterday and some last night and we've got about four more episodes left. With luck, we'll finish next weekend sometime. Hubs made it until about 11:15. I think that could be considered a new personal record for him.

Two calls came in on New Years' Day from political campaigns. No "live" people, just recordings. How irritating. Someone rang the doorbell on Sunday, too, but didn't get to the door in time and found Obama material stuck in the door, so figured it was a good thing I missed it. I heard John Edwards was going on some 32 or 36 hour campaign thing where he was going to come up with a new idea every hour as well as be making house calls and phone calls all. Night. Long. Seriously… if some candidate called me at 3 a.m. would I WANT to vote for them? Hell no.

I'm just getting really, really fed up. So… I'm going to share the irritation with you! (I can hear you cheering already in anticipation!)

With the caucus coming tomorrow, I'm conducting a poll. I will not be selling your answers to anyone, nor will I call you and try to change your mind. I really want to know. If you don't feel comfortable outing yourself in comments, send me an email  – sesnyde at gmail dot com. All questions are optional.

  1. Are you a registered voter?
  2. Do you vote strictly down the party lines you are registered for? 
  3. Will you be voting this election? 
  4. Do you know who you're voting for?
  5. Who are you voting for?
  6. Why are you voting for that person?
  7. Why should I vote for that person? (Give it your best shot)
  8. Is there any candidate that I should run like hell from? (You know, if you don't feel strongly for someone but maybe just really strongly against someone else, then here is your chance…)

Of course, those of you who live outside the U.S. are welcome to pop in and say "hi", but your vote will not be counted.

Calling All Readers!

The Great Mofo Delurk 2007

Little did I know I missed it. They did it again and I didn't find out until I was late. You know I've been sick, right? So… can I get a late pass? Please?

C'mon. I know you're there. I've seen the stats (who can resist peeking at the stats from time to time?) Give me the love. I could use a little right now. Another long night of not much sleep and the realization I'm not well enough to go contaminate the family at the bar tonight for daughter-in-law-to-be's birthday celebration. I'm normal such a homebody that when I do decide I want to go somewhere then can't, it totally pisses me off. Have I mentioned I'm still cranky?

(My husband is the best. He realized this morning as I was dragging my butt out of bed for the second time  – first time to let the dogs out at 5 – that I still was in no condition to be alive, let alone having to go to work and make lunches for the field workers. He was kind enough to offer to get lunches around for the field today. Wasn't that sweet? Considering the grump I've been the last few days I thought that was pretty nice of him. Thanks, honey.)

Weekends? (A Poll)

No, this isn't a poll to find out if we should have weekends. We already know the answer to that. My questions are more blog-oriented.

  1. Do you blog on weekends? (I notice several bloggers take the weekends off)
  2. Do you read blogs on weekends?
  3. What is the highest blog-traffic day on your blog?

See? If I keep asking these questions and you keep answering, eventually I may get the hang of this blog-thing.

Input Necessary *Updated*

I know I've asked you all this before, but the last time I brought up the subject there were only 3 of you reading. Now that there are slightly more than that I need to check in again. It is related to comments. Please tell me which one you prefer:

  1. To have your comment answered or acknowledged via e-mail (which is how I've been doing it).
  2. To have your comment answered or acknowledged in comments
  3. To have me pretend you were never here, making you feel better about having come here
  4. None of the above – suggestions welcome

Thanks! If you'd be so kind as to respond, this may stay up through the weekend just so you all get a chance to answer. I really AM wondering. Seems I see a little of both out on your sites and just didn't know which one you thought was proper… or correct blog manners. Is there such a thing? Hmmm…

*Update* Once again I thank everyone for participating in my poll. As of now there really is no clear "winner"… but I think I'm getting an idea of what you'd like to have. Also, is it only me who sees the irony in practically breaking my own highest number of comments from people commenting on a post about comments? Okay, maybe just me…

Ewwww… (A Poll)

I was reading a blog the other day when it brought back some … uh… unpleasant memories. I have a couple of questions for you. Feel free to answer anonymously if you wish, this is just a fact-finding mission.

1.) Do you pick your nose?

2.) If so, what do you do with the "product"?

3.) Has this behavior changed since childhood? If so, how?

4.) What is the grossest thing you have ever seen? (In REAL LIFE, people… not a movie or a picture, but something you have witnessed up close and personal.)

Why I ask:

Several years ago my eldest daughter was going through a divorce and she and her small son needed a new place to live. A very small farm house near us came up for rent and we knew the landlords. Because the previous tenants (PT) had left rather suddenly, there was quite a bit of mess to clean up and the house had some much-needed renovations before it was livable. At that time I wasn't working off the farm and my daughter was working full time, so I offered to help with the house – and the landlord agreed to pay for supplies as long as we furnished the labor. I was happy to do it to make my daughter's life a bit better. It really was a cute house. Just bad tenants.

I'm not sure I have ever been exposed to the conditions that some people are willing to live in. The house had a bad mice problem that the PT had evidently done nothing about. The first day in the house we found a dead mouse floating in the toilet. I think mice are a bit smarter than that, so have to assume the PT left it there as a house warming gift after they were evicted asked to leave. Needless to say, exterminators were called immediately.

Further joy was spread when my daughter and her male friend from work (who much later became her husband) were doing some cleaning one night after work and discovered PT had left a used condom in the bedroom. My daughter was mortified. To his credit, my now son-in-law stayed very cool about it all. I mean, really… was that necessary to leave behind? It wasn't even in an obscure place – we just hadn't gotten to that room yet.

The biggest shock of all was the condition of the second, smaller bedroom. The PT had two children – not real little, but by no means teenagers. However, they must have had some terrible physical ailment that made snot fly out of their noses at the speed of light, clinging to every surface of the room before it could be stopped by a tissue, a toy or possibly a hand. Oh… you mean you think they PUT that snot there? On the walls? On ALL the walls? I have to admit I vomited a bit. In my mouth. I spent days with a paint scraper and rough sand paper cleaning rock-hard snot off the walls so they could be disinfected, painted with Kilz, and finally given fresh coats of paint. Yes, we replaced carpeting, too. Don't ask.

I admit, I let the house get a bit untidy at times. I may walk in the house after work and realize I didn't get the garbage outside quick enough, but to paint my walls with snot? Ugh. I just don't get it.


This isn't a meme, or a poll exactly. Just curiousity on my part. Please continue to comment on my poll below on sun usage. I'll be back in a few days to expound on both of these. Feel free to discuss. 

So how much do you believe?

  1. Do you believe the red light that is appearing next to the signal strength of my home internet "just does that sometimes" even when everything is aligned and working correctly? (btw – my webmail went down at work because he was working on it at home. I wasn't thinking.)
  2. Do you believe that the internet provider is having email conflicts and has been for a couple of weeks and they are trying to resolve the issue so that Outlook or Outlook express will actually work?
  3. Do you believe a mechanic when he tells you there is work needed above and beyond what you've taken the vehicle in to be serviced for? Does it make a difference if you or a man or a woman or is that not a factor in your belief?
  4. Do you believe in Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy. Did you ever?
  5. Do you believe there is someone for each of us and they are just waiting to be found – or have you found them?
  6. Do you believe some people are meant to be alone?
  7. Do you believe in miracles?
  8. Do you believe in ESP?
  9. Do you believe "we are not alone"?
  10. Do you believe in rights to privacy? Are there limits?
  11. Do you believe in the war in Iraq?
  12. Do you believe the information your local newspaper prints? How about a national paper, say, The New York Times?
  13. Do you believe in God?

Now I've stirred the can of worms, ala Becky…  let's see some comments, people!