One of my favorite commercials on T.V. right now shows a mom in a doctor's office, flipping through her planner. She keeps flipping pages, looking for a date to fit something in. Finally, in desperation, she shrugs her shoulders and says, "Nope. Nope. I just don't have time for the flu."
That's how I feel right now.
I had my week all planned out. I had stuff to do. People to see. Places to go.
But the flu had other plans for me.
So, instead of enjoying some of the most beautiful weather we've had in a LONG time, I've been enjoying the softness of my sheets and barely even noticing the sunshine. Sort of.
In my flu-induced fog, I've had a lot of time to flip channels and surf the internet. And over the past couple of days I've learned some interesting stuff that I thought I'd pass along to you. I mean, just in case you weren't in bed all week flipping and surfing.
1. "Outrage" is the word of the day. Democrats are outraged. Republicans are outraged. The president is outraged. Americans everywhere are outraged. Geesh, you'd think we were a country of complainers or something.
2. Bankers are still being demonized all over the place. How has an honorable profession been suddenly turned into something nearly as evil as prostitution? It boggles the mind.
3. We live in a world of anachronisms. MRI. AIG. NCAA. TARP (does anyone besides my husband know what that stands for?). Good grief!
4. I really want to see Julia Roberts new movie, "Duplicity." I saw a preview for it a few weeks ago when I saw another movie (which I can't even remember now), and I thought it looked good.
5. One movie I do NOT want to see is "The Haunting in Connecticut." At the same movie I can't remember where I saw the "Duplicity" preview, they showed a preview for this, and I couldn't even take it. I almost had to leave--it was SO scary! Who needs that? Not me, that's for sure. I'd rather stick pins in my eyeballs.
6. I'm not good at returning phone calls. And I'm especially bad at it when I'm sick. I need to work on that.
7. The Osbournes are back. Be afraid, people. Be very afraid.
8. One of my bloggy friends, Michelle, just got home from a wonderful trip to Sedona. I enjoyed looking at her pictures and thought you might too.
9. I spent a good portion of my time digging up potential scholarship money . . . just planning a year ahead here. The very best (in the humorous sense) scholarship I found was one that's giving $500 to TALL people! Now, my Kate is 6' 1", and she's never found it to be a great advantage (other than, of course, it's better than being short). But finally, it seems that being tall could finally pay off. Woot woot!
10. The nemesis of my older two children and the happy place of most parents I know is an internet invention called "Edline." Basically, it's a website where teachers update students' grades and parents can check--daily if they're like that--to see how their student is doing. While Edline can be a great thing, it can also be a nasty thing from which I need to pull myself away occasionally. Enough said.
So, there you go. Just a smattering of random things I've learned while lying in bed this week.
Frankly, I'm tired of all this learning. I'm ready to get out of bed and start living again. Hopefully tomorrow.