good news bad news

good news

I don’t have a brain tumor.

bad news

They still don’t know why I can’t smell.

good news

I’m not smelling smoke all the time anymore, and the other day I actually caught whiffs of real things: buttery baked goods (while following a bowl of hot croissants down some stairs) and cilantro (when I walked into the supermarket produce section).

bad news

The kiddo “tested” me this afternoon. He was wearing “about a pound of cologne” that he got at the movie theater bathroom. Which I don’t really consider bad news (not smelling it that is). Then he told me, and I sniffed his arm, and then I smelled it. GACK.

bad news

what a week… nothing serious, but it felt long

good news

It’s FRIDAY! And I’m sitting here with one of these,
Still don’t know what this is called. It’s 1 part lime juice, 2 parts gin, 3/4 part simple syrup. Muddle “some” basil leaves, add the rest, shake with some ice, pour into a glass.

creature feature

Look what I found yesterday in our driveway,
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A young milk snake. I read about them this morning in Maine Amphibians and Reptiles, which said that they don’t like being handled, will bite, are a little aggressive, look like timber rattlers, constrict their prey, and will even shake their tail in the dry leaves to sound like a rattle. This one was shaking its tail like mad. I just grabbed it mid body rather than behind its head, and it tried to bite me… if its mouth was any bigger it would have, as it was its fangs just grazed my skin. When I got a better hold on it, it did its constrictor thing and tried to strangle my fingers. Not a very big brain in that tiny head…

It was very happy to get away,
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which is rather smart.

7 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Chris said,

    August 27, 2010 @ 4:51 pm

    Yay for no brain tumor! Let’s focus on that happy thought. :)

    Great shots of the milk snake.

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    Jo said,

    August 27, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

    That’s great news you are ok ! :)
    LOL I have the opposite to you, I smell TOO much, I can smell things that are going bad.. lots and lots of perfumes have this smell, fruit and veges that have been off teh vine too long…it’s terrible. lol
    I used to worry, but I have had it so long now that it is just a part of me now (approx 3 years).
    Doesn’t mean it’s good to have, it’s a horrible adventure going some place public as I am always holding my breath.. amazing how many ladies smell like they are rotting :( hehe

  3. 3

    Mel said,

    August 27, 2010 @ 8:39 pm

    Milk snakes are so lovely. They move scary fast, though – I suspect “aggressive” only applies if they feel cornered, since they generally just want to get away. On the other hand, as nonvenomous snakes, they don’t really have fangs – just lots of sharp little teeth.

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    kmkat said,

    August 29, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

    Yay for the (relatively) healthy head! You didn’t really need a brain tumor, did you?

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    gramily said,

    August 30, 2010 @ 6:32 am

    Smell feature – very perplexing. I’d like Oliver Sacks to have a look/go with you. Milk Snake? Totally cool, so glad you got a PHOTO and wish I were there!

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    Vicki said,

    August 30, 2010 @ 6:01 pm

    Happy for the good news! Hopefully the bad will eventually turn to good, too.

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    Emily said,

    September 1, 2010 @ 1:41 am

    Yay, no tumor!

    I haven’t been brave enough to try to catch the garter snakes that I’ve run across this year.

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