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Things I Drank Today
cap, captain miss america
In the interest of trying to kill my sore throat:

1) 101.4 oz of water
2) 8 oz peppermint tea
3) 22.3 oz San Pellegrino Limonata
4) 10.5 oz R.W. Knudsen Grape Spritzer
5) 12 oz Sly Fox Rt. 113 IPA
6) 3 oz Bitter Truth Sloeberry Blue Gin & X.L.R. plus very small tastes of various other liqueurs/bitters.
7) 19 oz Progresso Chickarina Soup (the 19 oz counts the solid food)

How do I feel? Still crappy!

I left work around noon after I realized that all the work I thought I had to do today? I had pretty much finished on Friday, so I didn't feel as bad about ducking out. I came home, got some mapo tofu, which was a favorite comfort food back in college and which I don't think I've eaten since then. It was delicious and spicy and good for the sick.

After sleeping from 1 till 4-ish, I dragged myself out of bed and went over to Astor Wines for the Bitter Truth thing, largely because I've had most of the bitters, but they have a whole bunch of products in their line that I have really wanted to try but haven't had an opportunity to. I liked their sloe gin a lot (and how can I not like anything with berry blue in the title?), but the XLR was a little disappointing, mostly because it tasted like a less complex Fernet Branca. Which isn't to say it was bad, but I'll stick with Fernet Branca for that. Their Pimento Dram was really good, really spicy. The guy from The Bitter Truth was awesome and what with all the stuff he was giving us to taste, the free tasting in the store actually took forty minutes. Forty minutes! Usually it takes about five. He also had some really good tips for infusing stuff, and that was cool.

Then I went to my psych appointment, which was nice and mostly positive, and then I went back to get more vodka to make some lilac liqueur, because the vodka violets seem to be much nicer than the gin violets. I picked way more lilacs than I needed and they smell crazy sweet-- much sweeter today than they did when I picked them.

Then I came home and drank more non-alcoholic fluids and just kind of vegged out.

I did, however, finish this!

iridesce57 made a very generous donation to the tornado relief effort, and in return, he asked me to draw a picture of alephz with rattsu. This is the kind of thing that I probably should have done a long time ago since they are both dear friends but I somehow have never drawn them. Probably because they live too far away to be regularly involved in my daily life.

Anyway, here you go!

I hope you all enjoy that.

Now, it is time to go to bed. Blah. I really hope I'm not this sick tomorrow, although if I am I am not dragging myself out of bed.

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OMG that is so adorable that it is beyond adorableness! Thank you Thank you Thank you!

You are welcome! Thank iridesce57, too! He is the one who asked for it!

I recommend Otter Pops for sore throat, especially Sir Issac Lime and Little Orphan Orange. I have had a number of illnesses where they are the only thing that soothes and has flavor. Though gin's not a bad idea.

Ahh, I don't think Otter Pops exist here, and I can't deal with those things anyway! I'm afraid to eat anything that has so much artificial coloring in it that it turns my poop green!

Adorable art is adorable, yay!

Icky-sick is very not-yay. I think Alex has almost the same icky-sick, and I had it over the weekend.

Mine is most definitely allergies, as I got a new inhaler medication and was suddenly a millionty times better!

That is an awesome rendition of Alephz and Rattsu!

Thank you! They are pretty awesome people.

Awwwwww, so adorable!

I hope you get to feeling better. Sleep sleep rest rest!

Thank you thank you! I slept for like four hours and now I am drinking more drinkitties.

Art is sooooo cute!

Good luck with the sore throat remedy--this is one I haven't quite mastered yet. To date, my go-to is (don't hate me for this) hot iced tea, which means that I stir Lipton Instant Iced Tea mix (the kind with lemon and not sugar free) into a cup of boiling hot water and drink it down when it cools a bit. My grandad used to make that for me when I was little. Doesn't really cure anything, but I always feel better for it.

Oh there is this Ricola stuff that is essentially instant sugary hot tea; it used to be my favorite when I was sick! It sounds like the same principle.

I think I am going to try iridesce57's remedy below!

Thank you for your most excellent portrait - we are all made doubly happy by you donating your talents and abilities for such a worthy cause. Win-Win-Win-Win-Win-Win-Win-Win

For your kindness, I will part with my paternal grandmothers recipe for a respiratory / gunk cure. Boil a pot of water. Put two heaping tablespoons of honey and the juice of a whole lemon into one pint glass, add enough boiling water so that it is ~3/4 full and stir until mixed. Put 3 oz of good sour mash bourbon ( my Dad's choice was always Jim Beam ) into another pint glass. When the first pint glass is cool enough to hold for 30 seconds, pour the contents into the second glass. Sip for about 30 minutes an hour after dinner and be ready for sleepy time.

Good luck and we all hope that you return to health soon.

Aww, thank you so much!

And that sounds exciting. I have a lot of good bourbon so this is no problem; I will be drinking this tonight.

My favorite doctor ever was the one who sent me home sick with a recipe for hot toddies.

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