Weekend Plans Post: Allergy Season Is Officially Here


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  1. fillyjonk says:

    Yeah, my allergies have gotten bad again. What’s causing it? IDEK. Probably the early season grasses (our trees are pretty much done). It’s been a wet and windy spring, so there’s more pollen. It’s ironic – as stuck inside as I am my allergies are STILL bad.

    I’m totalling up grades today/doing some last minute “hangover” grading. Monday I submit the grades. I’m telling myself this weekend I can have off to either bake bread or sew on a quilt. Hopefully the whole wheat flour I ordered actually gets here today so I can make something fancier than plain white bread….

    I also need to start making a schedule for myself for “summer work” – I have a couple probability books I want to read for Biostats, and redo that part of the course, and I have some environmental policy books to read. And even though I kind of feel an internal brick wall of resistance when I think of it, I guess I have to start looking around for a lab package of “simulated labs” I could have my ecology students do in case we are online again in the fall.

    Our new university president has said he “intends” for us to go back in-person in the fall but is putting together a task force….and this morning we got an e-mail from the registrar showing summer enrollment (for all online) is surprisingly strong, but fall enrollment at this point (early days still but) is quite weak, which suggests to me our students would rather go back online than risk disease exposure. Frankly, i would too, as much as I loathe teaching online….

    Only other thing this weekend is awaiting the modern “Wells Fargo Wagon” with some of the things I’ve ordered online. I am basically Laura Ingalls now:
    – Going “to town” to buy supplies is a big deal and takes most of a day and I’m tired when I get home
    – I bake bread and make quilts
    – I am trying to grow some of my own food (have not reached the “I should get chickens!” stage yet though)
    – Wait on deliveries from mail order and getting the mail is the highlight of the day
    – Barefoot most of the time nowReport

    • Jaybird in reply to fillyjonk says:

      I have heard the term “Hard Pants” used for the bottom garments worn to work in the beforetime.

      Something that would have made zero sense in January is now part of my vocabulary in May.Report

      • fillyjonk in reply to Jaybird says:

        Yeah. I have mostly been wearing dresses on weekdays because most of my dresses are essentially glorified nightgowns (loose fitting). I will say I worry a bit that I may not notice expansion-of-the-waist because of that. But that’s what I wear for “for real” work, so it’s not a change from normal.

        I do put on jeans for yardwork and so far, I can still get into my own pants (snerk, that came out wrong)Report

  2. Pinky says:

    I’m not a cat owner, but I’ve heard that allergies can vary by cat. A person’s body can get accustomed to one, then another will send him back to wheezing.Report

    • Jaybird in reply to Pinky says:

      Indeed. (I understand it’s not their fur, it’s their saliva which, of course, ends up on their fur.)

      But we’ve had these cats for years and years (one for 5ish, one for 12ish).Report

  3. Marchmaine says:

    Sleeping with the window open on these transition days? Outside stuff filtering in?

    Strangely my (grass) allergies have faded over the years… I’m wondering if staying put for 20-yrs plus working on the pastures (with or without the allergies) have “hardened” whatever it is that hardens to not have allergic reactions? Dunno.

    But put not your allergies to the test is something I read somewhere.

    Then again, my wife made me rub poison ivy on my arm because we were pretty sure I wasn’t allergic… so we put that to the test… or she did since it wasn’t her arm. So what do I know?Report

  4. Brandon Berg says:

    Go to the doctor. I suffered through this for years with OTC cetirizine. I finally got fed up and went to a doctor a couple years ago, and he gave me montelukast and nasal steroid spray, and I don’t even notice the pollen anymore. Are pollen levels high today? I don’t know!

    Weather bureau website says no, but still, I wouldn’t notice if they were.Report

  5. Fish says:

    The kid’s seasonal allergies have all kicked off, but mine remain mostly dormant. I have bad days around when the pine trees finally pollinate, but that doesn’t happen until it gets hot.

    I’ve noticed over the years that I seem to “get used to” the local pollen and whatnot after a season (travel during my military years gave me plenty of opportunity to observe this). I’ve been here so long that the only event that really affects me to any degree anymore is pine tree sex.Report

  6. Jaybird says:

    Something we discovered yesterday: Lays Stax Chips are their attempt at the honorable Pringle Chip.

    In our household, I am a Pringles Salt and Vinegar man and Maribou is more into Stax. Well, she branches out more often than I do and so she recently had a Lays Zesty Queso Stax included in our last grocery order.

    While making her breakfast, I thought “Well, I should give those a try, I guess” and had one of the chips. Meh, I thought. It was okay. Nothing worth writing home about. I finished putting the cream cheese on her bagel and then licked the knife before I put it in the sink and the cream cheese and the leftover spice on my tongue from the chip WERE ABSOLUTELY FREAKING AMAZING. HOLY COW THIS IS GREAT.

    I put some chips on Maribou’s breakfast plate and told her to try a chip and then a bit of the cream cheese.

    She tasted it and her eyes got big and she asked “What alchemy is this?”

    So if you are bored and looking for new experiences: try the chips with the cream cheese.Report

    • DensityDuck in reply to Jaybird says:

      that sounds good! Although cream dips on salty snacks have been a thing for a long time. A staple snack food when I was growing up was “potato chips and sour-cream+onion-soup-mix dip”, and we had to be careful to get the onion soup mix that was only powder and didn’t contain Bits.

      Similarly, you have ranch used as a dip instead of a salad-dressing spread, or blue cheese for wings, or “spinach dip” which is basically cream cheese with spinach stirred into it, or the O.G. Guacamole; and when we visit Texas we find this green cream sauce that I’m sure is common but I’ve seen nowhere else.Report

      • Jaybird in reply to DensityDuck says:

        Making bagel sandwiches for breakfast today, I noticed that the 3 pound tub of cream cheese from Costco is almost done. Maybe 4, maybe 6 more bagels can be cheesed.

        I used to look at that in the refrigeration aisle and think “who in the heck would buy that? Use it? Oh, yeah. Restaurants.”


        It’s me.Report