It's not enough that I have a nasty case of strep throat which arrived on the heels of a week-long bout with the flu. No, now my stomach feels like it has a rock in it and I have a case of the hiccups that is sufficiently severe as to keep me from sleeping (which the tummyache was already doing much to aid in).
So yeah, pretty fucking miserable right now..............
Gary Cooper born (1901)
HONORARY U.S. CITIZENSHIP
To date, only six foreigners have been awarded honorary citizenship of the U.S.:
Winston Churchill -- British Prime Minister and wartime leader -- 1963
Raoul Wallenberg -- Swedish diplomat who aided Jews escaping the Nazis -- 1981
William & Hannah Callowhill Penn -- founders of the colony of Pennsylvania -- 1984
Agnes Gonxha Bjaxhiu -- also known as Mother Theresa of Calcutta -- 1996
Marquis de Lafayette -- French nobleman who fought alongside George Washington -- 2002
A number of others have,from time to time, been proposed for honorary citizenship based upon exception merit including, in May 2005, Anne Frank.
I wanted to avoid violence. Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
One of the many things I love about Aoki is that she has learned the whole "empathetic kitty" thing from Marcus. When her humans are sick, she knows that it helps us out for her to curl up and be affectionate.
Last night, I finally went to bed for real at 4am after taking the antibiotics and painkillers, and as soon as I lay down, Aoki climbed onto my legs and curled up to sleep. She stayed there all night. When I got up to go to the bathroom around 7 or so, she moved and then plunked herself back down when I went back to bed, and stayed until the alarm went off at 10am for the next round of drugs.
Since then, I've been futzing about on the computer, and she's been right here, sometimes in my lap, sometimes nearby at the door to the patio staring out at the world. But mostly, she's been taking care of her human. *smile*
The plan today is to do very little save lay about and be a lump. I may try to get some more of D'Argo's Trial written, but that's it as far as work goes. Also I need to do some moving about of stuff as part of The Great Rearrangement, but I can do that in little baby steps here and there throughout the day.
Official word came down from on high today -- this phase of Census work, which was supposed to carry us through to the end of May, is done. We had to turn in our HHCs and ID badges (my crew leader was kind enough to swing by and pick mine up in deference to my illness). Apparently we were too darned efficient for our own good, and everything got done faster than expected -- even with regularly malfunctioning HHCs. *wry grin*
I suspect that the crappy economy meant that there were a lot more applicants than expected with more time on their hands than expected, and the attrition rate was also lower because people were really motivated to hang onto this (or indeed any) job.
The good news is that, when the next phase cranks up, my name will be in the pool as someone with experience....