Thursday, September 30, 2004

Focus!

I'm sick and tired of talking about how sick and tired I get.  I'm really trying to work through this one.  My roommate is getting over a bug.  I'm just starting.  And it's really bugging me.  Headache, sore throat, fever, aches, pains.  But I'm loading up on everything good.

I've been trying to detox from coffee.  This week I'm down to a small cup of 3/4 decaf and 1/4 regular.  I'm ready to be completely off the addiction.  But the headaches are just too much to torture myself with.  So I have the little bit of caffeine when my headaches get to a point where I can't look at the light.  It kinda interferes with my driving.

I was hunched over with dry heaves this morning.  Nice huh?  I didn't have anything in my stomach to hack up.  Instead, I nearly broke blood vessels in my eyes.

I'm off to a focus group in Beverly Hills.  Ugh.  It was supposed to be in Santa Monica - a place I know very well.  But now I have to read directions and all that jazz.  Sure I've been to BH 90210 but I don't spend enough time there to really know my way around.  Turns out it's about the same distance from here that Santa Monica is.

I love focus groups.  I did one last year too.  You know, you sit in a room, talk about a product, give your opinion and get paid cash out the door.  Bonus!  Trip money.

I just hope to be back in time for SURVIVOR.  I don't know how to set my VCR to record.  By the way - thanks for the reminder DiAnne.  I can always count on you to remember the little (important) details.

Loading up on Zinc-Echinacea lozenges, Vitamin C, Organic Chicken Soup (y-u-m), lots of water and a rip-roaring positive attitude.  Ha!  Even I can't pull that off with a straight face.  I'm whiny and cranky.  It ought to be interesting, spending two hours locked in a room with total strangers tonight.

Now I know why they call it a focus group - To get through it, I need to keep focus on the CASH!

26 comments:

ladydriversammie said...

Oh holy crap...I forgot today was Survivor day.  What was I thinking!!!!?  Argh...sure glad I have you on alerts.  Now if I can just find the channel here...

Sammie
http://journals.aol.com/ladydriversammie/MovinOn

ladydriversammie said...

Oh yeah, forgot...gorgeous pooch pic!

Sammie

jcgeorgiapeach said...

Sparky is such a cutie.  Love them schnauzers!  

I do hope you're feeling better soon.  It's awful to try to kick an addiction and to be sick at the same time...knowing full well that what's giving you the pain can be relieved by what you're trying to kick.  I hope that makes sense.

Hope you feel better soon, girlfriend.   `Peachy

barbaramck said...

Girlfriend: Mint Tea, Hot Lemonade, and Mucho OJ!! ps, and Coffee too *wink*
kick the caffeine after the cold; your eyeballs will thank you. lol

i hope you scored big after group, barbie~

heartsingr said...

I just love your doggie pictures!  I'm sorry you're sick.  It's not fun at all.  Take care of yourself!  Maybe you should train Hunny to bring you your slippers.  ;-)

~Laurie

diannevan said...

A little bit of caffeine to alleviate the headaches, huh?  I guess that's why the third "accellerating" agent that they put in Exedrin is caffeine (Yep, Exedrin is a mixture of Tylenol, aspirin and caffeine).  For me, though, I'm not an Exedrin kinda girl.  It doesn't do diddly squat for me.  But I'm practically addicted to ibuprofen.  Sheesh!

yakima127 said...

Sorry to hear you're not feeling great.  Crappy season is just beginning...!

kuhlhiggins said...

Wonder if there is a focus group here in Sacramento. lol. I too need money.
Kathy

readmereadyou said...

You poor thing. Being sick is a drag. I spent six weeks this summer with the mother of sinus infections. Feel better soon.
Angela

indigosunmoon said...

Aren't dry heaves the worst!  Ugh!
Feel better honey!  You poor thing!
Lovish!
Connie

krobbie67 said...

Market Research can be quite fun unless of course you get a loser one like doing aerobics and only being able to drink a crappy new sports beverage that actually made it to market. I've done energy drinks, cars, salad dressing, and a slew of others. But, I haven't done one in ages. Hey, as a matter of fact they stopped calling. Probably because between school and work, I never could make them. Oh well. Here's hoping your focus group is something good like a new flu medication. Hope you feel better! :-) ---Robbie

ryanagi said...

Focus group...hmm! I remember watching them from behind the 1-way glass when I was in Marketing at AT&T. Fun stuff! Never thought about participating in one. It's a great idea! -B  Oh! And hope you feel better soon.

ann7inflorida said...

Hang in there Freee! Giving up caffine is tough, but you seem to be doing great so far. I completely understand the whiny & cranky thing, lol. ~Ann : )

deabvt said...

Pretty puppy.
V

drsue1982 said...

I commend you for still writing in your journal when you feel crappy. Sounds like you have the same thing I have and I've had it for 2 weeks now. I feel like poop!!! Can't get up enough energy to write a blog. But at least I've had time now to catch up with a lot of my journal reading... Hope you feel better soon.

coy1234787 said...

    Awww ...how cute is that puppy? I've always admired how you have no problem writing about how lousy you feel LOL, must have stemmed from your practice with morning pages. I bought the book, the Artist's way and another book by Julia Cameron, The Right to Write, thanks for the recommendation.
    Detoxing has a way of exaggerating everything else you are going through, not sure that the best time to go cold turkey on the coffee thing is right now when you already feeling so bad. Good luck with it all, especially the rip roaring positive attitude.
                              *** Coy ***

wayoutdacloset said...

hope you are feeling better soon freee ~ i know whats it's like to give up caffine ... I gave up on all soda with caffanie. anyhow i miss cali where they pay you take a quick survey and your opioion. love the pic of the puppy. ~BERLY

andreakingme said...

So I'm reading this Entry and I'm thinking, "She's sick. Getting ready for a big trip. She needs to rest, but noooo."

I hope the focus group trip, product and moola is worth it. Come back and tell us it was, okay? I'm sending magical pixie dust your way -- it'll make you buoyant so your toes don't HAVE to touch the ground. Unless you want 'em to. This magical pixie dust will also form an impenetrable shield around you, effortlessly blocking physical and emotional sickness and ugliness.

Now say "I believe."


s0ngbird1962 said...

Awwww Freee, hoping you feel better soon.  Going to a focus group sounds fun, and if there's money involved, I'm there! lol...  Hoping you don't share more than just idea's with the focus group... : )

onestrangecat said...

Sorry to hear that your sick.  
Love the picture of the dog.

Kathy
http://journals.aol.com/onestrangecat/OneSummersDay/

babyshark28 said...

cute little doggy. :D
I am feeling wierd this week too.  extremely tired, and I have cold like symptons, with headaches....but, not from limiting myself on coffee....on something else that I can quite put a finger on...
anyway.
enjoy your Focus on the cash group, or whatever your supposed to be REALLY focusing on. LOL.
hmmmm, what was it anyway?

jadzia7667 said...

I hope you feel better soon.....being sick sucks.  We've had it at my place for the last week and I'm tired of it already - lol.  

luckyaugustgirl said...

This is the price we pay for good weather, warm smells and good food, crappy colds, sickness and no money because we get to give to everyone else during christmas! :) im kidding. Its ALL worth it! Hope you feel better soon and thanks for the diet advice..... its working :D LOTS OF WATER is my new mantra.....

slowmotionlife said...

I so wanna find one of those focus groups here in town!  I know I already told you this, but I used to be one of those annoying people who does the surveys. LOL It was fun. But the longer surveys were annoying.. I was getting paid $8 an hour to survey someone for an hour and they were getting $50-$75!!!  WHAT???  LOL  Unfair!!!

Sorry to hear you're sick.  Hope you're feeling better by now.  Everyone here crashed all at once.  They're driving me CRAZY.  And I'm running low on Lysol.  Ahhhh!!!!  LOL

grassriver said...

Uck, get better soon!!! I love the picture!
XOXO...Kelli

clarity4today said...

Wow, a focus group sounds so cool!  I never get offers to do such things.  Not sure if they have them around here.

So sorry you've been feeling sick.  I hope it's all better soon. ((hugs)))
Donna