Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Blogger in a box (Alternate title: Miming sucks)

A few weeks ago I lost my voice. Really, an almost 100% loss of the use of my vocal chords and it sucked about as much as you can imagine. Daily activities become extremely complicated when one has to pantomime what they want, since pointing and grunting and the occasional obscene finger gesture can only get you so far.

Take, for instance, parenting. It's degrading to yell at a three year old and have her point and laugh at you because all you can muster is a squeak. Or should I say, it's more degrading than usual to yell at a three year old and in response she points and laughs at you, squeak or no squeak.

My voice is still not back to normal but it's better. But as difficult as it was trying to get my point across when I didn't have a voice, this writer's block I'm experiencing is one thousand times worse. It took me 30 minutes to write these three paragraphs. I wish I was kidding.

Quick, someone meme me or something.


Andi said...

I have seen this pretty fun ABC meme that I am saving for a rainy day:



Not Afraid to Use It said...

At least you are on the mend. We are on the down slope of the plague and picking up speed daily.

Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com said...

You could always participate in that Around the world meme thing that started, I don't know? At Her Bad Mother's blog?

I hope your voice recovers soon!

SciFi Dad said...

You totally messed up.

TOMORROW is Wordless Wednesday.

Heather said...

I lose my voice every fall. My children have learned to respond to knocks, snaps and claps. They try to ignore me but I am persistent.

I need to tag some women for the motherhood around in the world in 80 clicks. Would you like to participate?

a li'l bit squishy said...

http://ohamanda.com/ has a top ten tuesday thing going on that is pretty easy to do. And once you've started again the new ideas will flow like lava. Good luck. Glad to know you're feeling better.

Heather said...

Oh yeah, it stinks to lose your voice. I'm afraid I'm nearly there right now. Yuck.

It's also so hard to write when you're sick and not doing much. As soon as I get back to experiencing life again the words come back to me.

I haven't been memefied in a long time.

MARY G said...

I'll do you the five questions one if you want -- marygother@gmail.com will get me.
Writer's block is unmitigated agony!

Fairly Odd Mother said...

A loud whistle. Scares the crap out of sneaking kids. Or, just quietly creep up behind them and stand there until they notice.

I'm not really that diabolical but desperate times call for extreme behavior.

Suburb Sierra said...

I'm sorry - can you speak up? I can't hear you...thanks.

Almost peed laughing last night when my son was playing hide and seek with his sister and she quietly snuck up on him as he was hiding, screamed "FOUND YOU" and scared the poop out of him. I agree with FOM: surprise by silence can be really scary.

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