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I've gone viral

I’ve been flattened by some disease. I don’t know if it’s a cold or a flu, but it has all the bells and whistles – fever, sore throat, throbbing gums, blocked ear, soul-racking cough, occasional vomiting, laryngitis. And THEN – on top of all that – I got a colossal three-day migraine, which finally ended sometime yesterday. Today the inside of my head still feels bruised and tender from the migraine, and puffy from the blocked ear, and I still have most of the other symptoms, but I feel much, much better than I did when the migraine was in full swing.

Needless to say, there’s not much news to report. I have, over the past ten days of illness, read a few books. The Tiger. Room. A Cure for Death by Lightning. Slow Fix. And now I’m reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog.

And there’s bird news:

1) Oboe (the littlest lovebird) takes showers with me now.
2) Kazoo (the Amazon parrot) loves loves loves being misted with water from a spray bottle. He shrieks and laughs and spreads his wings and gets very excited and happy.
3) Kazoo has started eating vegetables (so far just snow peas) and sampling the foods I cook for him.
4) Piccolo and Banjo have started eating my wicker chair.
5) Billie and Lester have started a new family – they’ve laid four eggs so far!

That’s it for now. There are two things going on tonight that you might want to know about.

1) The annual Great Big Smalls art show and sale is on at the Cube Gallery. This is my favourite art show of the year, and the vernissage is tonight.

2) (Prostitutes of Ottawa Work Educate and Resist) is launching a report tonight at Venus Envy. This report – based on interviews with sex workers – explores the context, working conditions and challenges of sex workers in Ottawa, including their experiences with the Ottawa Police Services. Should be very, very interesting…not to mention timely.

5 comments to I’ve gone viral

  • Sorry you have been so sick. It sounds like what my husband had – he was flattened for 3 weeks, and he normally doesn’t let much stop him. The doctor said his was classic influenza (though really I am not trying to diagnose you through the blogosphere!). I hope you feel better soon.

    I would love to hear how you like The Elegance of the Hedgehog. It’s on my “to read” list.

  • MoS

    Yes it does sound like the flu that’s making the rounds. Or, in your case, perhaps its an Avian Flu. I had a lovebird that became so deeply attached to me it almost made me deaf. He/she is now luxuriating in a magnificent aviary.

  • Finola, I’m going to go to the doctor today and see if they can do anything for me. As for Elegance of the Hedgehog – I finished it last night, and I have to say I wouldn’t recommend it. I found it pretentious and annoying. I’ll put a fuller review on Goodreads later, but that’s it in a nutshell.

    MoS – do you still have your lovebird? They do become very fond of their mate, be it bird or human.

  • I’m glad you went to the doctor. Sounds like Kazoo is settling in beautifully. Isn’t it funny, you cook for your birds, but Piccolo and Banjo are eating your chair. That can’t taste good. lol

  • Tag

    I enjoyed last year’s review on the Great Big Smalls show, none this year?