October 6th, 2014

#4409: THAT was a dinner.

Suddenly it was 8:30 PM.

After the last post I went to bed to nap. Mrs. Fungus and I got up for a little while, but ended up going back to sleep out of sheer exhaustion. But I woke up at 8:30 knowing it was well past time that I made dinner.

We'd decided days ago that dinner tonight would be chili dogs and pasta salad. When I stopped at the store on the way home I bought vanilla ice cream and celery, because Mrs. Fungus got some apples from her friend S and I've been planning to make a batch of apple crisp with them. (I have enough of them left to make another, too. Heh.)

Anyway, I got up, hit the can, and then hit the kitchen. First I did some much-needed tidying so I had a place to work, then cut and peeled apples for a while; once the crisp was in the oven I started chopping onion, green pepper, and celery for the pasta salad while a pot of water came to a boil.

The pasta salad finished, I got out the hot dogs and opened a can of chili, combined them in a pan, and let that heat slowly while I put another pot of water on to boil for corn-on-the-cob.

Dinner was delicious and the apple crisp was great, as always. Ahh, I feel good.

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A few days ago I mentioned a constant low-frequency hum; today I realized that it was only in my right ear, meaning tinnitus of one stripe or another. Never had it in the bass region before, but when I laid down for that second nap I could feel the ear draining a bit, and the hum is a lot less loud now than it was this afternoon.

I'm enough of a hypochondriac, though, that I immediately thought of the most dire reasons for the hum: some kind of aneurysm, maybe, or a tumor--but once I reminded myself that I am still prone to sinusitis (even though it's been a while since I last had it) and that sinusitis is therefore the most likely cause for this, especially with the all-too-familiar "block of wood" sensation on that side of my head...which, by the way, has had me performing the Valsava Maneuver and doing the other things I automatically do to keep my sinuses as clear as possible.

It makes sense; the past couple of days I've felt like the right side of my head was very congested. This means I'm going to have to go see a doctor and get my head examined. I'd wager a course of antibiotics will set this to rights, though.

Well, that's how it goes.