Normally, I love almost everything related to nature. For the past week, though, my constant thought has been "Fuck trees!" More specifically, "Fuck pollen!" We've been getting hit so hard with a pollen explosion here in Texas, and we're all paying the price. Everyone is sick, and everything is coated in a sickly greenish-yellow dusting of that awful pollen. I've been positively miserable for almost a week... rapid-cycling fever and chills, relentless body aches, sudden coughing spasms, a tickle in the back of my throat, constant sore throat, sinus congestion, lots of phlegm, loss of voice, and a throbbing head that is sensitive to light and sound. I started taking allergy medication again 5 days ago, so hopefully that will really start to kick in within the next few days and I'll be free of this sick/rundown feeling.
I'm shocked to report that my Australian penpal has ghosted me. He came back from the Philippines and wrote me a letter about his trip, and I responded to his letter asking some questions, and gave some updates in my own life. (We talk about serious topics often, so I wrote about some deep topics, and also some more light-hearted stuff.) After he read my messages, he deactivated his account on the penpal site we use, and cut off contact with me through email and Facebook Messenger. For a minute, I took it personally, thinking I had done/said something wrong, but after re-reading what I wrote, I just don't see anything to warrant that kind of reaction. (Not even close!) So, I'm guessing things got too serious/deep for him, and he just bailed. He's a 50 year old highly regarded doctor in his state, but I guess that goes to show that even someone that old and professional can still be immature. A simple "This friendship has gotten too serious for me" or "I don't have the time to maintain this friendship" message would have sufficed. Oh, well. I'm sorry to see the friendship end, but if this is an indication of his character, then perhaps I've dodged a bullet.
I wanted to spend time this past week doing some job hunting and apartment/duplex/house hunting in the Rocky Mountains region, but my allergies made me so miserable that the last thing I wanted to do was look at a bright screen any more than I had to. I thought maybe I would do that here at the coffee shop today, but my head still feels mostly fuzzy, so maybe it will have to wait until next week. We've had thunderstorms all morning, so I'm hoping that will wash most of the pollen from the air and give me a break for a while.
I just sat here and watched several train traveling videos (mostly for travel in the European and Asian areas), and seriously thought about suddenly purchasing a plane ticket and train ticket. If It wasn't for the fact that I'm trying to move soon, I'd give into my desire to go.
The weight loss is still happening. I'm not losing weight as quickly as I like, though admittedly I haven't been trying as much as I should. Being sick this week has helped me to drop a few pounds (as my sinuses keep draining, it kills my desire to eat.) Now that the busy period is over at work, I'd like to get back to being active again and improving my eating habits even more.
Ugh, I was hoping to write more, but my sinuses are acting up and my head feels heavy. Guess that's my sign to go home, get comfy, maybe take a nap, and perhaps get my roommate to rub my back or play with my hair. Hopefully this will all be behind me when I'm at the coffee shop again next weekend!