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Dec. 6th, 2009

Wandered down this morning to the SF Herb Co. with Seth, as I had absolutely run out of black tea to have with milk and sugar. The entire weekend's been horrifically cold. About 4 blocks into our trek, I began to fear my ears would fall off. We made it though, and I picked up a darjeeling and the single estate Ceylon that I like. Seth got us a pack of Dutch powdered cocoa. We both miscommunicated about getting ground black pepper, and mutually didn't pick it up. I vaguely toyed with the idea of buying a pack of red chilli flakes to experiment with kimchi -- but I don't need that much red pepper, and the pack was large. I did get coarse sea salt though. When I next get some chilli flakes, I'm going to try and pickle again.

Stopped for brunch at Andalu, which we'd passed numerous times and never entered before. The waiter recommended the corned beef hash and poached eggs, which Seth had, and I settled on the berry waffle with fruit and polenta fries. We got four donut holes slathered in cinnamon and sugar as an appetizer, which we both thought were yummy, although the dough was unusually bready in texture. The husband's breakfast was savoury and delicious, though it did taste a bit like it was made with corned beef from a can. I could be wrong about that, and I quite hope so. My waffle was seriously the best orange waffle I've had since I moved here. The orange waffles at St. Francis Fountain are practically bland in comparison, and kind of floppy to boot. This waffle was still crisp, covered in a large dollop of cream and homemade berry jam (with whole berries) and was full of zesty, citrusy flavour. I had a pile of sweet honey melon and cantaloupe chunks on the side, which I rather liked too. The polenta fries, which I had been particularly looking forward to, were the only disappointment. They were crunchy and a nice texture, but a little too salty for me. Waiters were friendly and quite cool. I kept trying to figure out the writing tattooed on our waiter's arm. It was too busy to ask him though.

Being of a distinctly un-American stomach, I was deeply full after half my waffle. Seth helped me finish the other half, though by the time we were done, I was munching with great determination. This resulted in a husband who was full to the point of being vaguely ill, and me starving by seven that evening. Just finished a turkey, tomato and cheese sandwich dinner, which was just right to tide us over. I tried the darjeeling I got earlier. It has this vaguely disturbing citrus oil scent and aftertaste, like they mixed the Earl Grey too close to the Darjeeling by mistake. Makes for a slightly off-putting milk and sugar tea. I may have diluted the tea with too much milk though. We'll see tomorrow what happens when I make a straight cup with honey tomorrow.

As a sort of early Christmas present, I'll be getting mittens and a hat. I'll certainly need them. I haven't fared particularly well in this weather. The heating vents under our floor blew up dust when we first ran it, which set off a few days of pink eye and sniffling. I've now been on Zyrtec for over 2 weeks, which has gotten rid of the pink eye, but I need to keep taking it to stop the eyeballs from itching and the nose from running. We've switched to using a space heater, which has also helped. Between the medication and the end-of-year work rush, I've had poor sleep the past week. If I seem even slower than I usually am with my correspondence, that's why. The rather odd thing here is that taking Zyrtec before bed means I'll be wide awake at 4AM, and not taking it before bed means I'll be tossing and turning till 2. At some point, probably by around New Year's, I'll have caught up on my sleep, but I expect the cold to stick around till Christmas, at least. It has that stubborn streak about it.


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Dec. 7th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
I duct-taped a bunch of furnace air filters together to make a box, and then duct-taped a fan to it to blow air into it. Sort of a cheap whole-room air filter. You might try something similar to remove the dust from the air.
Dec. 7th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
Ghetto filter! That's a great idea. Thanks!
Dec. 7th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
Try taking two Benadryl before bed instead of Zyrtec. Should help you sleep better.
Dec. 7th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
Benadryl! Thanks!
Dec. 8th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
Bausch & Lomb make some really good allergy eye drops. They are kind of pricey, but good for the itchy eyes. I try not too use them too much though, cause your eyes can get "used" to and dependent on having the drops and stop doing normal eye things.

But, I pay the extra $$ to make sure I'm getting good stuff and just use it every now and then when my allergies/eyes are absolutely driving me nuts. It works really well.
Dec. 8th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
I used to swear by Alcon's Tears Naturale. It was pricy for a box of 36 tubes (3 months supply), but when I needed to sit at a computer 12+ hours a day, it felt good. Weirdly enough, moving to SF and having a cat + person to drag me kicking and screaming from my screen has really helped my eyes.

I wasn't able to find the Alcon stuff at my local Walgreens, but I did see Bausch & Lomb. Since some eye drops irritate my eyes even more, I was wary of trying it without asking around first, but after what you've said, I think I should -- thank you!
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