Friday, April 11, 2008

Plight of the MANcold

There's nothing as cleansing as a spring rain! It's pouring down in my neck of the woods today and I'm glad because it's washing away all remnants of the nasty winter -- including the salt and sand they had to spread all over our roads after the countless snowfalls we *ahem* enjoyed this season.

But with spring comes the change-of-weather illnesses. My youngest, Sweetness (aka 3 yr old) has been struggling with a cold all week. Despite being a tad more tired than usual, he's not letting it bring him down -- he's still riding his bike, going to school, and being the little whirlwind of activity he normally is.

Hubby, on the other hand, has a *MANcold. This isn't your typical cold virus... it only affects grown men. In order to combat this tough Y-seeking strain of the common cold, one must take extra MANhealing measures, such as... leaning back in the chair and closing eyes after coughing. This position needs to be held for no less than five minutes and is essential in recovering from a MANcough. Gravitating to the couch at frequent intervals, especially when helping your wife put groceries away, is essential for restoring one's MANergy.

In order to combat MANaches associated with the MANcold, a scolding hot bath is recommended. My own hubby made his MANbath so MANhot that he was only able to sit in it for 2.4 minutes, and really, it doesn't matter than an entire soaker-tub of water was wasted because it was for a very good cause. MANaches are a serious thing, requiring doses of NyQuil and couchnaps whenever possible.

All other activities - playing with children, helping with dishes, fixing the lock on the front door, putting a new roll of toilet paper out - should be suspended for the duration of the MANcold.

*MANcold post inspired by my friend Tracey V whose man has experienced this horrible debilitating malady ... Video link sent by Suzanne H. Thanks ladies ;)

Have a great weekend everyone! I'm going to my RWA chapter meeting -- yes, the same one that I THOUGHT was last week, but I had the date wrong. On Sunday I'm going to take my 8 year old to see Nim's Island. I'm pretending to take him because it's a good kid's movie, but really, I'm going for Gerard Butler ;)


M. said...

does your hubby read this blog?

Wylie Kinson said...

Not today, m. He couldn't possibly work up the MANergy for such trivial pursuits! hee.

Amy Ruttan said...

ROFL I totally get MANcold. TOTALLY! LOL!

See you tomorrow and what a perfect reason for a child movie, GB. Don't you wish all children's movies were like that. ;)

Dani said...

LMAO!! Remember that movie with Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, and Morgan Freeman about the virus from Africa? Outbreak.

Everytime hubby gets sick, "Honeeey, I have the outbreak..." Although from time to time he battles West Nile and the Bird Flu, according to him.

Too funny.

Nim's was really good. Jodie Foster cracked me up being as neurotic as she was. And GB, is so HOT. Hope you like the story, I know you'll love the scenery ;)

Anonymous said...

hehehe! MANcold and MANaches -- Wylie, you crack me up! I hope your hubby MANages to recover from his MANlady very soon! :-D

Enjoy Gerard Butler in Nim's Island!

Anonymous said...

Hilarious, Wylie.
That was a keeper.

I'm told, by someone who hopes to remain anonymous but we all know who he is, that a WOMANcold pales by comparison.

Leah Braemel said...

Yeah, and they start real young. Guitar Hero has been grouching about having a toothache (he's blown off the last three dental appointments, no wonder, eh?) So I offered to call our dentist. No, he doesn't like her. We found another dentist - his girlfriends. He doesn't like him. So now he's complaining to Gizmo Guy how I won't get him a dental appointment. He's 23 years old! Make your own darned appointment. I did NOT raise him to be a momma's boy!

Shelley Munro said...

LOL - luckily my hubby never suffers from Mancold. I, on the other hand, suffer badly from woMANcold. I'm shocking. ;-)