Cheyenne brought home a nasty cold virus last week. She is a snot machine. She was sick enough to visit the doctor, and was given an Entschuldigung(work/school note) for three days off from work. Three days at home spent spreading the damn virus to me and Dirk.
Dirk and I started fighting the snots a few days ago. There is a lot of nose blowing going on here at the McKay Horst and Rackley home.
I was prepared for this, as I seem to always develop a URI’s and end up with a snotty nose for weeks on end. I bought a large package full of little TaschenTücher and have strategically placed them all over the apartment. For those of you that have no idea what these are I will explain. They are little packages, purse size to be exact, of tissues. Most if not all women through out Europe carry these in their purse, mostly so you have some damn paper to use when having to use a public toilet. They help bridge the language barrier too. I have once been the only woman in the public toilet that had my tissues with me, I was welcomed to the fold like a war hero. I think there may be a monument made in my honour since I saved the day by arriving and sharing my tissues. But I digress, they are also used, of course, to blow your nose. I have managed to find a few places that carry boxes of tissues, like the type we use in America. I do have a box or two around the house as well, although, I have never seen them at anyone else’s home here in Germany.
The point is, I have many options available for use here in our little apartment. All at arm’s reach.
But that doens’t stop them. Ever.
Dirk and Cheyenne insist upon doing what I like to call, the Macho Blow.
Instead of grabbing a soft, often cutely decorated tissue, they walk to the kitchen and use a sheet of kitchen paper towel to blow their nose.
Why? Why do you do this to me? What is the purpose? Doesn’t it hurt your nose?
Today the dog vomited. It’s a regular event at my house as Jack the Dog spends his time outdoors trying to tunnel his way to Australia. During this very intense process he ends up eating as much dirt and grass as he manages to dig up. Thus, he comes back into the apartment to puke this all over my floors.
You are probably wondering how the dog vomiting story is relevant?
Because I need to use paper towels to clean it up!!! I specifically buy paper towels for this purpose only. Everything else in the house is cleaned with reusable towels. But, I am not about to clean up vomit with something I have to use again, eeewww.
Jack is often very tired after trying to dig through to another continent.
Normally, during non-cold season, my paper towel purchase will last for months! This is not the case during the snot-fest that is going on now. We are at a critical low level.
Anyone else have family members that do the Macho Blow, or geez, worse yet, the Macho Wipe?
No, just me?