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twilight fever
Internets, I regret to inform you that I am dying of blarg. You will know me by the trail of sodden tissues leading back to my bed, where I am too tired to get up and too medicated to sleep. It's one of those horrible ordeals where each day is like an entirely separate illness--starts with a bad sore throat, then a couple of days of fever (during which I got irrationally frightened that I was going to end up in the hospital or die or, God forbid, have to see our mean sarcastic family doctor, nooooo), and today, sinus misery. I hear that I have a hacking cough to look forward to. Delightful.

@cleolinda: You know it's bad when you're too sick to shop.

@TheSpeakman: Shop in the store or online in an Robitussin-induced haze where shoes, pants, and shirts all blend together?

@cleolinda: Online. It's that bad. I don't even have to leave the house but I don't even want to think.

@TheSpeakman: According to 50 Days Worse Than Yours, #40 (Flu, Day 5) the Duration of such a day is: "There is no clock in Hell." Oh my.


I wanted to have a little Varney recap up today, and really, all I have to do is code and proof it, so maybe I'll have that up later tonight. Maybe. Meanwhile, a new Secret Life of Dolls went up yesterday. I had been seriously concerned about how this one would go over, but there seems to have been a really, really positive response. Like, to the point where even I'm surprised. So.

More importantly, the long-awaited Harry Potter episode of Made of Fail is up, in which I take over for Dayna and Mark of Mark Reads Harry Potter (although he is currently Reading The Hunger Games) is our guest. We discuss:

The Deathly Hallows movie, obviously, but we touch on the previous movies a lot as well
Mark's experience reading and blogging about Harry Potter
Mark confesses that he read the last few chapters of Deathly Hallows in a paranoid marathon
Mark reveals what he'll be watching after Firefly. Yes, I'm going to make you listen to find out. I have not been nicknamed "Cleolinda, Destroyer of Worlds" for nothing
Yes, also Twilight, because both Mark and I have blogged about it and I wanted to talk shop with someone who could sympathize, although I do admit that "I like making fun of it still involves the words I, like, and it"
Me explaining to Mark why "YOUR INNOCENCE IS PRECIOUS TO ME" is not as creepy as it sounds. Maybe
I narrowly prevent Kevin from spoiling Serenity for Mark, so you can thank me later
A bunch of other things that are really interesting and fun to listen to that I can't remember right now because I have to go pass out

And also:
The result of the Made of Fail auction for Emily's surgery
What goes into creating a D&D game for dolls
The inspiring tale of young Katie the Stars Wars geek

@queenanthai: And you voted for Made Of Fail in Cultural/Arts in the http://podcastawards.com today, y/y?

And with that, I am going back to bed.


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Aww, feel better. D': Being sick is the worst...

That exact same blarg is currently trying to murder me. I honestly don't even know what I'm doing sitting up right now. It's miserable. I hope you feel better soon, Cleo. <3

That kitty is one of the cutest things in the history of the internet.

I concur about the kitty thing! AWWWW!

Feel better Cleo!!!! (And feel better elvensapphire!)

I have that exact same thing. A neighbor says that for the week she had it, she survived on Robitussin. I'm getting to that point, too...of course, I refuse to take any medication whatsoever, except at night.

Mom calls it The Creeping Crud. We both have a version that doesn't include a sore throat, but does include an oddly dry throat in one small spot that makes swallowing bread very interesting. Choking more than likely if we felt like eating much.

Edited at 2010-12-05 11:05 pm (UTC)

The kitty with the teddy is the cutest thing I've ever seen in my life.

Having the blarg is no good :( I hope it runs its course quickly.

Oh my god, that kitten is so cute. I have a picture on my phone of my dog snuggling with his kitty toy, but even that didn't reach that level of adorableness!

Mark reveals what he'll be watching after Firefly. Yes, I'm going to make you listen to find out.

I just got to this part, and I literally squeed out loud and did little seal claps. So excite!

ETA: Get well soon! The blarg is no fun. D:

Edited at 2010-12-05 11:30 pm (UTC)

AWWW. Kitty! Bear! AWWWW.

Ohh God the sickness of Hell has gotten hold of you, Nooooooooooooooo

Oh God, I fell So very sorry for you Cleo.

so okay, priority over all the awesome stuff you share with us is You. Get. Better. Fully.

second, i dont know if said before but, Eat loads of stuff with GARLIC (and onions)

according to studies Garlic has "Allicin and the sulfur compounds of garlic are the ingredients primarily responsible for garlic's potency as an antibiotic, anti-viral and a fungicide and for its use in treating high blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, and for helping to prevent certain types of cancer, as well as its use as an immune stimulant. Allicin is a strong antibiotic agent produced when the alliin and alliinase are merged together, as happens when a fresh garlic clove is crushed or chewed."

so eat loads of garlic!

and i'll be praying you have a speedy recovery so you can go enjoy doing Christmas shopping Before Christmas gets here!

Re: Ohh God the sickness of Hell has gotten hold of you, Nooooooooooooooo

A warning to your good indications: Don't eat garlic if you suffer from low blood pressure; it'll take you straight to St Peter's Gates as it acts pretty fast in lowering your pressure even further down the scale.

This is warning born of personal experience.

1. that kitty with bear. Made me Melt from it's Sheer CUTENESS
*omg the precious kitty with his teddy bear. awwwwww)

(although he means serious business with that "I WONT SHARE" look.

also Someone should TOTALLY tell Mark that when he finishes with the Hunger Games (after the grieving period, of course) he should DEFINITELY read Secret Life of Dolls (aka your stuff)

who's with me on this motion?

Re: on nicer thoughts....

*Raises both hands enthusiastically.*

I'm with you in the next reading project and I'm shocked he hasn't read it yet!!!

I hope you feel better soon!

I finally started reading the whole of SLoD yesterday and oh man I can't stop and I have to read Moll Flanders for class. But I just keep telling myself "*one* more entry". And, you know.

Tonner Edward has just appeared, and I think that's where I originally picked it up but for a long time I was just skimming and now I UNDERSTAND THE BACKSTORIES AND IT IS GLORIOUS.

And also I have three new dolls on my dresser and I honestly think they're going to make me start writing down their doings now.

Let me go back and see where that entry is... oh, wow, that's pretty far into the series. Yeah, that's a lot of Eowyn/Faramir and Littlest Edward stuff that ought to make a whole lot more sense now.

Which dolls did you get?

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Get better soon! The internets need Our Destroyer of Worlds.

One thing worth mentioning from the podcast is the message of the winner for Made of Fail January's episode. That was one of the best messages I've heard, including the ending. =)

Okay, now I've got to subscribe to Made of Fail podcasts.

And done.

Get well soon.


Ugh snarky doctors. Ditching my orthopedist for that very reason.
But that video omg, so precious I love it.

I watched Serenity again on Syfy last night and all I could think was how deeply grateful I was that I came about it in such a weird and backwards way that my first solid exposure to the Firefly 'verse was by reading the novelization of the movie and THEN watching the series and then watching the movie. If I'd been a die-hard fan of the series and had seen the movie on the big screen I'd probably have been traumatized. I can almost picture what it must have been like for fans during That Scene and it ain't pretty. And "that's what Joss does" doesn't really make it better, IMO.

As for blarg, I just got over a case of strep, so I can definitely sympathize. Went to the doc and tested negative for it, but he gave me the drugs anyway and I got better and can now clear my throat without feeling like I'm gargling an acid-soaked hedgehog. I don't miss the coughing at all. Or the inability to sleep. Or the cracks in my nose from the continual tissue use. EAT MORE CHOCOLATE. It's a good excuse.

Man, I didn't even see the movie on the big screen (I was introduced to Firefly/Serenity pretty late), but since I saw the show first, that part kinda broke me. To the point where my mom, who got me into the show in the first place, had to pause the damn movie and then ask me "...Are you sure you want to watch the rest, 'cause we can stop-" "NO WORRIES *sniffle* I'LL BE FINE *sob*"

[/cool story bro]

After that, I was kind of afraid to check out more Whedon stuff, because I've heard that he Hates Happiness(TM).