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February 4, 2020:


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Well, dear readers, I wish I could tell you that I’m all better, but alas, I cannot.  Well, I COULD tell you that I’m all better but that would be a false lie.  Despite taking Ny-Quil, I slept about fifteen minutes, I think.  The coughing and clearing of the throat were relentless.  When I finally got out of bed for good, around eight in the morning, I took my preventatives and realized why the Ny-Quil probably didn’t work – eight months past its expiry dated.  I didn’t think there WAS an expiry date but there is, Blanche, there is.  I was so whacked out that I could barely process thought.  Then again, processed thought is like processed cheese, so we’ll take real, organic thought.  I think that already you can see that I’m writing notes that are entirely hallucinogenic due to a day that I would like to be over already.  My body is sore as can be due to all the hacking coughs.  At around ten-thirty, I went to the bank and did some banking, then went directly to Jerry’s Deli and got matzoh ball soup to go.  I came directly home where I ate the soup directly and it was very soothing and good but actually not quite enough.  Oh, yeah, I stopped at a CVS and got Coldeez and some Ny-Quil – I got the wrong kind, I’m afraid, some bilious-looking green liquid rather than the bilious-looking red liquid.  I’m hoping it doesn’t make me want to vomit on the ground.

I finished proofing the book, then entered fixes for a while, but what I really needed was to sit the HELL down and sleep.  So, rather cleverly I sat on my couch like so much fish, put on The Great Race, which is quite a long motion picture, and happily I fell asleep pretty quickly for about an hour.  I did awaken sporadically to cough.  I managed to watch the final hour and I must say that while there are a few amusing things in the film, the last third is just awful and completely unfunny.

After that, I listened to music, had an Entenmann’s chocolate donut and some Swiss Vanilla Almond ice cream, thinking that might make me feel a bit better, but it did not.  Then I put on Winter Kills and fell asleep again for about thirty minutes.  Then it was more music, more coughing, although not quite as bad, and then I wanted to get these here notes out of the way so I can get right in bed as soon as I post them.  Prior to bed, I’ll take a long, hot shower, I’ll take a Claritin-D, I’ll take some Ny-Quil and hope for a good night’s sleep.

Today, I shall arise whenever I wake up, I’ll do more entering fixes, I may get some more matzoh ball soup, I’ll take my preventatives and hope I feel better and that the heinous cough has subsided.  I’ll mosey on over to the theater at five to check out the audio cues and see some adjusted light cues.  Then we play our invited dress rehearsal at eight and I’ll come right home after and e-mail any notes I have.

Tomorrow is more of the same and hopefully I’ll be over the hump of this thing, some of which, I think, is allergy related.  Then we have our first preview and Thursday is our second preview and then we open this play, and I can use the weekend to really relax and get better.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, arise whenever I wake up, enter fixes, get matzoh ball soup, take preventatives and dear reader Jeanne recommended a few others, so I’ll go hunt those down and see if they’re helpful, I’ll hear some adjusted audio cues and see some adjusted lighting and then we’ll do our final dress rehearsal.  I will, of course, have a full report for you.  Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite slapstick comedies – plays and movies?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, where I shall hopefully fall asleep and that the Ny-Quil will help me make it through the night.

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