That word succinctly describes how I’ve been feeling since Monday afternoon. Have you ever noticed when a cold is hitting you, you feel somewhat lightheaded and woozy? Without fail, every cold I ever get starts out that way. I actually tend to notice the giddiness more than the aches and sore throat that comes with it at the start of a cold. It’s also without fail that if I haven’t had a bad cold yet during the winter months, it always strikes during the month of March. Once March comes around, I start thinking to myself, all right, it may have been cold this winter but I bundled up and I took as many precautions as possible and I didn’t get a bad cold! But then, I miss perhaps one precaution or the temperature changes drastically or I get someone’s germs, and, WHAMMO! The aches and sniffles and congestion and wooziness strike.
So, you’re asking, how bad is this particular cold? Well, bad enough that this particular blog post was going to be an ode to how the month of March tends to bring optimism, what with spring being just around the corner and the days getting longer and baseball spring training underway. However, the aches and stuffiness were bad enough that when I tried typing Monday night, I couldn’t think straight. I mean, I knew what I wanted to type, but it didn’t want to leave my hands and pop up on the computer screen. It was also so bad that I completely forgot RuPaul’s Drag Race started a new season last night; I didn’t even DVR it either. *Ugh* (Since it’s on basic cable, I can still catch a replay sometime this week.) This cold is also so bad I went back to the grocery store this evening to stock up on cold medicine and all the soup and orange juice I could fit into my shopping bag.
But since March is the month of optimism, I remain optimistic that I can beat this cold. I mean, every other cold that struck down on me in the past I eventually shook off. The bad thing about a cold is that once it strikes, you’re never sure when it’ll go away and you start feeling better. Hopefully, I can shake this cold by the end of the week, when I have a big volunteer commitment I’d rather not postpone. Please wish me good luck and good health, while I go take some cold medicine and start dreaming how nice and warm Hawai’l is this time of year.
If you want a good source of March optimism, head on over to one of my WordPress peeps, The Finicky Cynic, who typed up a good post about all that this month will bring… including spring break, St. Patrick’s Day, and her date of birth. Happy Birthday to you, girl! 🙂
While I made a passing reference above to the RuPaul’s Drag Race season premiere, the show serves as evidence that gender expression and performing in drag now have a firm foot in the mainstream public consciousness, stepping in unison with the LGBT movement in general. Things weren’t always hunky dory for drag, however. In fact, as Flawless Mother Sabrina recalls in this terrific A.V. Club article, there were some states where crossdressers and drag performers could be thrown into jail. Fortunately, Paris Is Burning, Drag Race, and the like have allowed public opinion of drag and crossdressing to, well, somewhat evolve. Yes, times have changed, but there are still those who disdain the thought of a natural-born male in women’s clothing (even if they got a kick out of Milton Berle all frocked out back in the day). As well, there are those struggling with gender issues who still may not receive much-needed support and acceptance. Today, the boulder pushed by the CD/TG/drag community is closer to the finish line of total true acceptance; though there is still a way to go, that boulder isn’t in danger of rolling back to the starting point. Seriously, check out that article; it’s so enlightening and informative.
Thank you, YouTube for reminding the world that International Women’s Day is coming up (March 8). Several YouTubers have created videos called “Dear Me,” in which they send messages of empowerment, inspiration, and positivity to their younger selves. This is a great idea, for there are young girls out there that need a shot of support and wisdom so that they can survive the tough years known as growing up. The below video is just a YouTube compilation, but feel free to search the topic and see what the women of today would say to the girls they once were.