One and Done #10

Hey. It’s One and Done Sunday.

Also, it’s Christmas.

One and Done Sunday is supposed to be nice and easy. One picture, and five links that are worth your time.

However, since I’ve been offline for like three weeks, I’ve only read two things and they’re not blogs. They’re articles that CC sent me links to, one with the email subject of “ewwwww” and the other with a subject of “EWWWWWWWWW!”.

The first is an article in Wired about how you can catch the Bubonic Plague from letting your dog sleep in your bed.

The second is an article on Yahoo connecting deaths from brain-eating amoeba to neti pot use with tap water.

The first year the kids lived with us I went on antibiotics five times for sinus & respiratory infections, including a bout with bronchitis that had me largely bedridden for a month with a fever that reached 104 degrees more than once. Then I found a great ENT and a neti pot. They changed my life.

My awesome ENT suggested that I use the pre-made saline solution and heat it in the microwave, rather than making it up with tap water and the salt packets. He said it would be more effective. That just seemed like extra steps to me, so I did not heed his advice and used hot tap water from the bathroom with the salt packets. After all, he said the pre-made solution was “more effective”. AT NO TIME did he mention the phrase, “brain-eating amoeba” in association with tap water. This seems to me a severe oversight on his part, and I may be reconsidering his awesomeness.

A word to doctors: if you want to get your patients’ attention, just use that phrase, “brain-eating amoeba”.

I’m sure the phrase, “flesh-eating bacteria” will have a similar effect.

As for the other links. . . uhhh. . . let’s see here. Well, Erin from Momfog is consistently kicking my ass on Words With Friends and she scored this one word on me that was worth 141 points. I was simultaneously impressed and humiliated. That has nothing to do with anything she posted but I like her blog. Oh, also, if you got a Kindle for Christmas, you should download Elena Aitken’s book Unexpected Gifts because it’s fun and sexy and every Kindle needs some o’ that.

If you wrote or read a post you want to share, put a link in the comments section below. Because I don’t really think that the Black Death and brain-eating amoeba are very festive links to put up at holiday time and my mom might get mad at me about that.

Here’s a slideshow of some pictures I took in the city this week.

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One and Done #6

Welcome to One and Done Sunday. One picture and five links that are worth your time.

I took this picture through my dining room window, screen and all.

It’s not a Halloween decoration.

In my defense (and theirs), I will say that we have NO other bugs at my house. But spiders? Oh, we has them.

Here are your links.

Little kids playing Metallica = awesome. Watch this video and note that while there doesn’t seem to be a bass player, there are three guitar players, one of whom is playing left-handed, and the kid who gets the solo is a chick. Sweet! They’re all like ten years old. For my money, the singer who can’t say his R‘s yet makes it real. (Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Amy Stevens lives in Joplin, MO and was on the front line of this summer’s devastating tornado. What the hell does an ant have to do with surviving a tragedy? At her blog Life From The Trenches she tells you, in a most excellent way.

My friend Amy Neswald has gone back out on the road with a show. She’s dating her way across the country and blogging about it. On her blog 50 dates in 50 states she lays out the rules. This is going to be a fun one to follow.

Elena Aitken wrote a short story about best friends and breast cancer and I downloaded it for ninety-nine cents and read it at work, and then I got all weepy and had to pretend like I got hot sauce in my eye. It’s called Betty and Veronica and you should get it.

Okay. This link. My husband came across it on a website that I can’t mention by name because anyone who knows me knows that I don’t swear, and there’s profanity in the title of the website. HA! I even made my own self laugh there for a minute. It’s a good site with lots of links to a wide range of topics, plus pictures of naked women. THIS LINK CONTAINS NO NAKED WOMEN! The link is to a collection of terrible similes, metaphors, and analogies submitted by teachers, from actual papers they have had to grade, and it cracked me the hell heck up. Here’s a teaser from it: “His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.”

Do you have an awesomely bad metaphor you’d like to add to the list? Happy Sunday!