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10 July 2007 @ 09:33 am
blood and sitcoms  
Well, we gave into the heat and humidity by putting the AC on the past two nights, which has had two slightly interesting side effects.

One, I've gotten major nosebleeds the following mornings. I'm used to nosebleeds in the winter. A doctor once said my capillaries are too close to the surface in my nostrils or something. And so buildings with dry heat always traumatize them. But this is the first time air conditioning has ever dried them out enough to bleed.

Two, my creativity has been firing oddly in my dreams. Last summer, turning on the AC had me directing a Bollywood musical on Broadway starring the Muppets. Last night, I was creating a sitcom. Not the story of the sitcom, mind you. No, I dreamt I was writing up profiles of the (unusually large) nine person cast of the sitcom. And at one point I was helping to plan the sets for the three apartments that would be featured in the show. I still remember a lot of it.

If only I could train my brain to work on my novel while I sleep instead of wasting its time coming up with new side projects.

Listening to: Rilo Kiley - "Portions for Foxes"
bitchiekittiebitchiekittie on July 10th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
a fair sized fish tank is a good way to combat dry air - I have a 10 gallon in my bedroom and 29 gallon in my dining room, and I'm constantly refilling them. I used to have more, but the maintenance was driving me crazy!
bitchiekittiebitchiekittie on July 10th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
er, obviously you could also get a humidifier, but one also helps calm frazzled nerves and looks good, while the other just makes you feel sort of old whenever you look at it.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: comics: lois vs. robotassmonkeydiary on July 10th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
That makes sense, but we already have a DEhumidifier going in the basement, so I feel like I'd be wasting too much energy by making two machines in my house fight each other (unless of course they're fighting with robotic tentacles and lasers).
bitchiekittiebitchiekittie on July 10th, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC)
my basement is damp, too, but that doesn't really help much with the rest of the house!

fishtanks are also nice if you have tropical houseplants, by the way. BIG PROPONENT OF THE FISHTANKS
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on July 10th, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC)
It doesn't have to have fish in it, right? I could get the same effect with just a tub of water in the room?
bitchiekittiebitchiekittie on July 10th, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
I somehow doubt that standing water will do you any favors, m'man.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: kirsten ulve assmonkeydiary on July 10th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I can commit to the care of any living things. I'm trying to save up any and all of my minimal caretaking desire to use on a human baby should one present itself.
xterminal on July 10th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
dude. It's time to pull out the ultimate childhood comfort memory.

The Vicks Vaporizer.

Distilled water, a couple of pinches of salt, your nose will be all good.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue statueassmonkeydiary on July 10th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
Interesting... is it basically a humidifier then? Or does it have other qualities?
xterminal on July 10th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
You never had a Vicks Vaporizer? Oh, you MUST get one.

It is basically a humidifier, but with a depression on top that can be used to hold Vicks (or various liquid aromatics). It is awesome awesome awesome for sinus infections, colds, and the like.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: joslin zoomassmonkeydiary on July 10th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
Apparently my mother denied me my vapors! Damn her!!!
xterminal on July 10th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
Everyone should have a touch of the vapors!
ghibli_geek on July 10th, 2007 03:17 pm (UTC)
I look at this photo and all I can think is, "Ack! That's a heap of lead poisoning, just waiting to happen!".
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on July 10th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
Just be glad I didn't show you the photo where she chewing on the lead paint!
ghibli_geek on July 10th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
EEEYAHH! Well, it *is* supposed to be a little sweet ... I just hope no one sees me nibbling on my windowsill.
...: Housewyndebreaker on July 10th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
You can try:

1) Putting a thin layer of Vaseline in your nose with a Q-Tip before you go to bed.

2) Cut down on snorting huge piles of Coke all day.

I recommend #1.

Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: aqua chairassmonkeydiary on July 10th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Nosebleeds
Yeah, #2 sounds like kind of a drag.
Pallaspallasathene8 on July 10th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
I dunno, maybe if you...POSTED AN EXCERPT...your novel would enter into your subconscious at night. I wouldn't mind seeing Miss Piggy gone Bollywood, either.