When I saw the mushroom I had eaten 20 hours previous appear nearly whole in the toilet bowl I was clutching, I decided I had hit my low point. But then again, I thought that same thing when I tossed up the rice and soup I’d managed later that night for dinner. And again, when I called the graduate office secretary Lauren to cancel my classes.
|See the mushrooms? Upper right. They were delicious. |
“You sound terrible! Do you have a doctor you can see?”
“Uh...maybe. *hurple* I can’t really leave my...apartment.”
The toilet seat I imagine I might someday possess patted me companionably on the shoulder.
Then we got back to business.
Around one o’clock, an angel in a green sweater and too cute grey boots showed up. Ashley handed me a black plastic bag filled with crackers and soda. Then she climbed the Kosin mountain and toted my books back down so I could lesson-plan and grade.
|You and me, toilet bowl. We're going places.|
“But you should rest!” she said. “Want a story to make you feel better?”
Angel, am I right?
Runner-up angel of the day award goes to Lauren Myracle for her engrossing YA novel Shine. It is now the second novel about the Southern U.S. that I not only do not hate, but would willingly reread and recommend (the first obviously being To Kill a Mockingbird). And it distracted me from all things upchucked.
At least until I realized how to make an ESL lesson out of this fiasco:
Vomit, puke, barf, hurl, upchuck, ralph, spew, wretch, heave, yakking, blowing chunks, tossing cookies, losing lunch, and of course, it’s “throw up” not “throw out” no matter how much you wish you could throw out the image of “blowing chunks.”
|It was thinking like this disgustingly cannibalistic|
advertisement that may or may not have triggered
the second wave.
|Peace begins with saltines.|
|Adam and Travis. Travis cooked for us on|
Friday night and is thus removed from suspicion.
Plus his food was so good I'd probably eat it again
even if it did send me back to my bathroom floor.
|Friendly bread-makers at Gyeongju who also did not poison me.|
For which I am very grateful.