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Cure for the Common Cold

Posted 2010.03.30 18.53 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There’s one miracle medicine that totally fixes all the symptoms.

You know when the cold is just coming on and your throat is sore, it hurts to talk, you feel all achy and miserable? I have the cure.

I call it: Baileys Irish Cream.

See, the cream coats your throat and takes away the rawness, while the alcohol acts as a mild anaesthetic, numbing the pain in your throat, sinuses, and joints.

Ok so maybe it doesn’t cure the cold… but anyhow, it’s good stuff.

Is Algae Bad For You?

Posted 2009.10.08 15.45 in Pointless Blather, Work by Stephanie

I just noticed in the water cooler at the office, some splotches of green fuzzies appear to be growing inside the water cooler jug. It’s the kind where you get the 5-gallon jugs, and when it’s empty you take the old jug back for a refund and get a new one.

I don’t know that it’s algae but I assume it is – you wouldn’t get mould growing under water, would you? Algae is the only kind of green fuzzy I can think of that would exist in water. Makes me wonder how it got there and how it survives, though. I mean, I suppose it’s like a plant right? Photosynthesizing its food, from the florescent lights in the office? There’s no natural light (I mean, at all) and on weekends it’s in the dark the whole time.

The water itself tastes all right, there’s no musty or vegetal odor or flavour that I can detect.

It’s just not the sort of thing you expect to find in a water cooler.

I think.

I guess maybe we’d need a new cooler thingy though – if the water is ‘contaminated’ where we can see it, then goodness knows what might be growing in the places we can’t see – in between the jug and the spigot. I think we’ve had this one for about 5 or 7 years. The cooler I mean, not the jug. The jug is probably a couple months old – we don’t drink much (enough) water at work.


I like my water to be room-temperature, like mid 60’s to 70’s. At home, my water cooler has three valves – hot, cold, and room temp. I like that. We should get one like that here – I’d drink more water at work if it had a room temperature setting.

Actually the best thing I’ve seen was just a pump that you stuck inside the jug – the jug sat upright on the counter and you put the pump in it, then like an old well, you pumped out water when you wanted it. It only had the one setting – room temperature. If you wanted coffee, you’d pump the water into a kettle and do it the old fashioned way. Or we could get a coffee maker… a coffee maker and a water cooler jug pump. That would be sweet.

I don’t know where to get the pumps though.

I Miss Diet Dr. Pepper

Posted 2009.07.19 12.00 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

I was just sitting here watching my fish when it struck me that I rather miss drinking diet Dr. Pepper.

I always thought the diet one tasted way better than the regular one – maybe the regular one was too sickly sweet or something. Anyways, I used to go through like 4 or 5 cans a day of that stuff. A few years ago though, I stopped drinking soda pop and now I can’t drink it. The bubbles are too harsh and ouchie.

I probably sound like Grampa Simson – Ow! Ow! The bubbles are burning my tongue!

Still – I did enjoy the taste, it was my favorite thirst-quenching soft drink. Sure I could go out and buy some, but I know I wouldn’t enjoy it. I guess that’s what I miss – not the beverage itself, but being able to enjoy it. On the other hand, I’m glad I’m not ‘hooked’ on it like I used to be – the cost of going through that much pop every week can add up, and it can’t be too good for one’s health either.

Then they had the special flavours, like the Vanilla Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper – that was wierd. I mean, I liked it, but I think I liked the idea of it more than anything else. I couldn’t actually taste it. Literally – it was like all the different artificial flavours came together and cancelled each other out, so that all I had was the sensation, and maybe a faint hint of flavour that I couldn’t quite place. There was another one, chocolate rasberry diet dr. pepper maybe, or something like that. It… wasn’t so good.

Anyhow… so that’s where my head is at just now. Missing being able to enjoy something I no longer enjoy. If that makes any sense.

Of All The Reasons..

Posted 2009.03.21 15.45 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Of all the reasons to drink wine…

Boredom is definately one of them.

Been a While…

Posted 2008.11.30 1.00 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

So it’s been a while since I posted anything. Very busy with work, actually just a really busy and stressful month or four. Did some wine-tastings last week down in Niagara, that was a nice diversion for a couple days, but admittedly after the first hour or so I didn’t really care. If I hadn’t taken notes, I wouldn’t even be able to say what wineries we went to.

I’ve been trying to think of some funny things to write about depression, like ways to twist it and find the humour. Haven’t been able to think of any, though, and although I could write volumes of unfunny things about it, I don’t think that would be fun for anyone else to read.

So, just close your eyes here and pretend that I said something funny or wry on the subject, and maybe there’ll be something new here later.