Gonna make you sweat, gonna make you groove [ 2007-04-01, 2:33 a.m. ]

Has anybody missed me? Yeah, I thought so.

Anywho, I'm sick. I've got a major head cold. I thought at first it was just bad allergies but on Friday it blossomed into an obnoxious cold. Lots of sneezing and congestion. My glands are nicely swollen. Ugh. I did have Friday off, which was good. But I went to go to work today (Saturday) at 3pm to close and I just couldn't hack it. I called in somebody who was able to come in at 6pm. I couldn't even deal till then so I left at 4:30pm. I started getting that lovely chilled feeling. So I came home and vegetated watching "What Not To Wear" and then fell asleep for 4 hours. And now I'm up for a bit. It's hard to sleep with this runny nose and just plain hard to breathe.

In other news: I had my therapy appt. on Friday and we did some Cognitive Behavioral therapy. Writing out about my self talk and feeling and how to change them to positives. It was an interesting and good way to show me how to change my thinking. I have done it myself in the past but not enough, obviously. One funny sidenote, I told her what club I used to work for back in the day and she said she'd gone there a few times. So I probably stamped her hand. This town is so small.

I went to the karaoke bar on Wednesday night, when I was stil feeling human. At first I wasn't really up for it but I told myself that I could leave after an hour or so if I wasn't into it. So I dressed in this cute new white peasant blouse, my hipster jeans and brown clogs. I looked cute, I think. I got there at 10:30 and the crowd was quite puny. Matt, the kj, was there of course and gave me a hug. Allison was bartending. This couple who was in their late twenties was sitting at the bar next to me and the guy went up to sing, not well but still had fun which is what counts in karaoke. Then I went up to sing Simply Red's "Holding Back the Years". I sat down and he told me "I am so glad I went up before you. You set the bar too high." Hee. I love that. They both chatted with me and basically adopted me for the night. I sang the Vapors' "Turning Japanese" and totally rocked it. I had people coming up to me high-fiving and hugging up on me. I'm certain now, 3 days later, that I was hit on. This is how astute I am. What is wrong with me?! A question for the ages. Anyway, later I sang the Rolling Stones' "Miss You" and did well on that, too. The guy next to me at the bar wanted to do a duet so we did Led Zep's "Black Dog" which was a lot of fun.

I was so glad I went. It proves to me that I can go there and have a good time by myself. I don't have to meet up with anybody. I can decide when I want to go home. It does help to know the bartender and the kj but that doesn't always matter either. I know most of the regulars and can hang out with any of them. That's such a good feeling.

I did some movie-watching the last few days. I saw "Casino Royale" (excellent. Daniel Craig is the bomb.), "Flushed Away" (it's the movie we've been playing in our dept. and it's pretty cute), "Match Point"(a very different Woody Allen movie and I liked it a lot) and "Stranger than Fiction" (such an interesting concept and one you could watch over and over again).

I wish I felt better. I hate being sick. I am not a good sick person. I deal with chronic pain every day but being sick is different. Blah. Just. Blah.

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