Random n’at

1. Now seriously, you guys. I am tired of getting these stupid sinus infection/head cold things that turn into NyQuil resistant, lung-cheese hacking respiratory infections that require doctor visits and antibiotics.

What are some of the ways you KNOW work at boosting an immune system, because next time one of these comes at me, I’d like to roundhouse kick it in the junk.

[awkward kung fu moves]

2.  Random.org chose comment #2 and #141 in the Pittsburgh Magazine Best Restaurants Party ticket giveaway. With all the great response, they agreed to give me two sets of tickets to give away and that’s why I had two numbers selected.

If you didn’t win, psst, here’s another local blog giving away a pair of tickets to the party as well. Go try your luck over there!

3.  Here’s a nice little slideshow of #LetangSexHair.

(h/t Amy)

4.  Speaking of the Pens, there’s still time and space for you to jump in on the Mario Mosaic, a permanent photo installation at the Consol Energy Center.

All proceeds support the Mario Lemieux Foundation and you know how I feel about that.

I wonder how impossible it would be for me to get my picture taken with all of my self-united husbands wearing Pens jerseys and holding me like this:

But I only have three imaginary self-united husbands. Apparently I need to find a Doug Mientkiewicz replacement.

5.  There is now officially a club for EVERYTHING.

A warm chorus of “Hi,” “Hello” and “How are you?” opened the recent meeting of the Liver and Onions Club.

I have taken one bite of liver and onions in my life and swore on my Trapper Keeper I would rather eat moldy soggy salmon loaf than to ever put nasty-ass slippery liver in my mouth again.

Hell, I’ll be president of the Moldy Soggy Salmon Loaf Club as long as it doesn’t interfere with my duties as recording secretary of the Zima Mourners of America Club.

6.  If you haven’t yet picked a side for Make Room for Crazy, I should tell you three things:

  • It is nearing the end of May and the Buccos are only four games out of .500 ball.
  • Burgh Baby has been acquiring some awesome prizes for whatever side wins. I’ll post an updated prize list soon.
  • Every time a person chooses Burgh Baby’s side, a kitten is drop-kicked, and every time a person chooses my side, a pigeon is decapitated.  Choose wisely.

Pick a side before we take the buttons down in the coming weeks. It only costs five dollars and all the money is for kids!

7.  Three Craigslist What the Effies!


    May 20, 2010 12:46 pm

    You have to stop riding around in the car with the windows down, or close your windows in your house. It is the pollen!!!! it gets everywhere!!!


  2. Beatrice
    May 20, 2010 12:51 pm

    Have you tried a neti pot? They are the strangest things, but my doctor recommended one to me (available at the drug store) and if you use one twice a day before the sinus infection develops — that early phase when you start to feel the sinus pressure — it really, really helps. The best part is that it’s not medicine — just saline water.

  3. Owlgirl
    May 20, 2010 1:02 pm

    I have to agree with Beatrice on the neti pot. I travel 60% of the time for my job, and I never get sick since I started using mine. The saline rinses all the nasty little germs and allergens out of your nose and keeps your sinuses from drying out. I use mine just once a day when I’m travelling and during allergy seasons. Make it part of your shower routine and it will change your life (not exaggerating)

  4. Ash
    May 20, 2010 1:02 pm

    OMG! Those Letang pics my… whew…

  5. Dan-O
    May 20, 2010 1:12 pm

    I am righ there with you on the lung cheese – ick! My very best friend is currently Nyquil D – you have to get it at the pharmacy counter – but it’s like the Nyquil from yester year that really really worked. Give it a try! And perhaps we could use “lung cheese” as a term of affection for the next annoying burger … I’m just sayin’ …

  6. Padzman
    May 20, 2010 1:18 pm

    Neti pot…amen amen amen!

  7. DanW
    May 20, 2010 1:28 pm

    The last bullet on item #6 sounds like a win-win to me. Can I join both?

  8. MickeyB
    May 20, 2010 1:31 pm

    I have been taking a daily capsule of echinacea for the last 5 years and have only had 2 mild colds during that time. I get mine from:

    Of course you have young children so you probably don’t stand a chance. My kids had to grow up and move out before I regained my health. Good Luck!!

  9. Lauren
    May 20, 2010 1:36 pm

    One word: Exercise. Sometimes it sucks more than being sick, though : )

  10. bluzdude
    May 20, 2010 1:37 pm

    1. Best suggestion for not getting sick? Don’t have kids. OK, I may be a little late with that one.

    4. Might I suggest Matt Cooke? If he resigns… He’s kind of a Doug Mankszczhscz of hockey.

    5. I sometimes say, “that tastes like ‘ass’, but I have never actually tasted ‘ass’. But I bet it tastes a lot like liver.

    Lastly, regarding your Tweet on the side, I wonder how many people in America watching Modern Family last night sat bolt upright and said, “Geez, Ginny has GOT to be watching this!” I’m thinking it’s in the realm of “zillions.”

  11. Carpetbagger
    May 20, 2010 1:38 pm

    I’ve never understood why one would eat liver. I know it’s chock full of iron, but isn’t it the organ that filters all the bad and toxic stuff out of your blood? It’s like eating the air filter in your car engine. Nasty.

  12. Izzy
    May 20, 2010 1:53 pm

    My usual go to when coming down with a cold is garlic, stuffed hot banana peppers, red wine and OJ; usually works like a charm – not this week. Nyquil stinks since they changed the formula. Took it yesterday, fell asleep for two hours and sat bolt upright – unable to sleep again. Darn methheads!

  13. unsatisfied
    May 20, 2010 1:58 pm

    my experience with the neti pot is mixed. sometimes it works, other times….

    here’s my usual regimen when I feel sinus bullshit starting:
    1) advil — 3 of them
    2) heating pad that spends about 47 seconds in the micro — then, put right over my eyes. that thing is a godsend.
    3) if that doesn’t work — hot shower.
    4) if all else fails — neti pot.

    if that still doesn’t work — I’m screwed.

  14. burghgal
    May 20, 2010 2:03 pm

    Airborne – I know it’s got a bad rap but it works.

    I unfortunately have an overactive immune system so I don’t get sick (believe me, it’s not a good thing).

  15. what?
    May 20, 2010 2:29 pm

    Stay away from High Fructose Corn Syrup and preservatives. Your body doesn’t know what to do with that man-made garbage.

    I have a stack of perfect attendance certificates from 2 kids that proves this works.

  16. MikeyB
    May 20, 2010 2:33 pm

    Hey Izzy, You can get the good NyQuil at Walgreen’s or Right Aid. They keep it behind the counter with the rest of the good stuff that works. It is now called NyQuil-D.

  17. Burgh Baby
    May 20, 2010 2:39 pm

    I would have thought by now you would have stopped with that kitten rumor. It’s Bulldogs that I drop-kick when someone takes your (very wrong) side. Get it straight. ;-)

  18. Sooska
    May 20, 2010 3:17 pm

    1. Stop with the Nyquil. Lots of those OTC products cause “rebounds” on sinus and congestion creating no problems. You would be better off consuming a like amount of brandy at bedtime. To open you head use steam-lock up the bathroom a dn sit with the hot water running and breathe deeply. Don’t use a room humdifier. Despite claims, they cannot be disinfected well enough and can harbor harmful bugs that reinfect you.

    I had to quit drinking milk for a while when my son was discovered to have a severe allergy to milk and all milk products. When I resumed I was intolerant of milk products myself. Guess what? I stopped getting sinus infections with every allergy season, cold or upper respiratory infection. I have had zero since and I spent the better part of the first 30 years of my life with an endless string of sinus infections and on antibiotics.

    3. wow. *fans self*

    @bluzdude about “Modern Family”: that was me thinking about Ginny. I also would destroy my house like that. and the staircase.

  19. redram1
    May 20, 2010 3:17 pm

    Someone should tell your husband to have “liver & onions” tattooed on his johnson! :)

  20. Sooska
    May 20, 2010 3:18 pm

    that should read creating “more” problems, not “no” problems.

  21. MikeyB
    May 20, 2010 3:24 pm

    How about brandy then NyQuil?!

  22. toni
    May 20, 2010 3:32 pm

    I know one thing that clears my sinuses…my nose runs like a sieve….Chinese mustard or wasabi. Love the stuff but OMG.

  23. tolnski
    May 20, 2010 3:39 pm

    I had the Neti Pot preached to me…and seemed to help, but then, I was plagued by months of horrible infections, which stopped when I stopped. So, it just didn’t work for me. My husband convinced me to start a daily large dosage of Vitamin D a while back, since I seem to have such a crap immune system. Could be psychological (of course) but I have been doing great!

  24. Silica
    May 20, 2010 4:30 pm

    I take Vitamin D and Lysine whenever I feel any sort of cold/respiratory-sick anything coming on. Works like a charm. Also, silly, but I clean everything – vinegar is my germ-killer of choice.

    This doesn’t work for stomach upset, but I eat really spicy stuff to clear out my head too when I am feeling stuffy. Delicious and makes my head feel clear.

  25. Schuyler
    May 20, 2010 4:37 pm

    Sambucol. They work like a DREAM. I like the quick dissolve tablets (they taste really good and NO yucky aftertaste). They’re basically a combination of zinc and 5 other things. I don’t know how it works, I just know it does. As soon as I feel that tightening of my throat and know a cold is on the way, I start them every 3 hours. I’ve gotten a few very mild colds, but it knocks them out in no time. It’s not cheap, but worth every penny. (Find it near the Zicam in drugstores.)

  26. Izzy
    May 20, 2010 4:50 pm

    Mikey B, will you marry me? How did I not know this?!?!? Ack! The car is in the shop and not a Walgreen’s in Walking distance. i will totally be stocking up on it! Ginny’s blog; bringing people together! :)

  27. Little Miss Misha
    May 20, 2010 5:33 pm

    1.) As much as I really don’t like the taste of it, there’s something about sipping on a shot of rock and rye that has always knocked a nasty head cold/sinus issues out of me.

    3.) Yummmm. Thank you!!!

  28. Drea
    May 20, 2010 7:41 pm

    Have you thought about getting tested for allergies? Allergy shots have changed my life (used to be sick like that all the time).

  29. megrcam51
    May 20, 2010 7:52 pm

    I’ll just go ahead and add my two cents — NETTI POT!!!! They are a miracle!

  30. VAgirl
    May 20, 2010 7:59 pm

    Have to agree with the “netti pot”. You can also get herbs to add if desired. Second choice Ayre, saline mist, shrinks those nasal passages or try “liver and onions” :) Never had much trouble until I moved to the “burgh” but hey you got to roll with it. Hope you are feeling better.

  31. pghjen
    May 20, 2010 8:48 pm

    I agree with the neti pot people.

    I also used to get sinus infections all the time until my Dr put me on allegra as a preventative measure. works like a charm.

  32. CarolineFB
    May 20, 2010 9:03 pm

    I work from home, rarely leave my house and never touch my children (they’re adult peoples). I haven’t had a cold all winter. Yes, I know it sounds pathetic. Mostly because it is.

    As far as liver & onion goes– it smells sooo good when it’s cooking. Wow, I mean delicious. However, I agree with body filter thing and pass each and every time.

    As always your Craigslist findings scare the bejesus out of me and are a perfect example of why I rarely leave my house.

  33. Tim
    May 20, 2010 9:47 pm

    Cold FX works wonders for the immune system, but it might only be available in Canada . . . not sure. Here is a web site:http://www.cold-fxusa.com/

  34. Beth
    May 20, 2010 10:15 pm

    3. Holy shit, is Kris Letang hot!! Now where are my shirtless Mike Wallace pics?!?

  35. Bob
    May 20, 2010 10:24 pm

    Stride gum or any other sugarfree gum with XYLITOL. Doubt me? Google it.

  36. Kate
    May 21, 2010 12:43 am

    Can I suggest getting rid of your toothbrush? It’s often forgotten when it comes to fighting back against germs and illness!

  37. MikeyB
    May 21, 2010 8:13 am

    Try Dr. McGillicuddy’s Menthol Mint Schnapps. A shot of this in the evening will clear your head and chest all night long.

  38. LH
    May 21, 2010 8:34 am

    Zicam. It has saved me from the many stuffy noses my son has come home with

  39. James
    May 21, 2010 9:43 am

    Netti pot has made a huge difference for me. I used to get sinus infections and didn’t once I switched to the netti pot. I stopped recently due to a change in my schedule, started to feel that clogged feeling, went back to the netti and feel great again. My wife says it also cuts way back on my snoring (since I am not congested all night!)

  40. Mike
    May 21, 2010 9:45 am

    Strange that two people named “mike b” comment here…

    neti pot all the way. it’s cheap and there’s absolutely no risk in trying it. it kicks my troubled sinus’ ass. be patient when trying to get the procedure right. give at least a week and you’ll get the hang of it.

  41. Amanda D
    May 21, 2010 9:46 am

    Because I LOVE #letangsexhair so much, I will ignore the fact that he dresses like a five year old with the striped jacket, checkered shirt, and funky circle tie combo. But, my god, the hair

  42. MikeyB
    May 21, 2010 10:42 am

    OK, Ginny, you now have a choice of a couple of dozen remedies. If you want to prevent the cold in the first place, try the echinacea to improve your immune system. Like I said earlier, I’ve had only 2 colds in the last 5 years (NyQuil & Menthol Mint Schnapps). The other alternative is to sell off the kids. Children, especially school-age children are little petri dishes of bacteria. If you have become too attached to keep the kids, go with the echinacea. I wasn’t sure what a neti pot was. I did a little research and I’ll stick with chemicals.

  43. angelgirl8906
    May 21, 2010 10:43 am

    The minute I feel a cold coming on .. I take “grapeseed extract and oil of oregano (in olive oil) — both are capsules. They do not “taste” like anything as soon as I start feeling like I’m getting sick — I take both… then again at night. I’ve even been nauseated… took both and was FINE! Sometimes I don’t get sick at all — other times i get a very mild, mild cold — I order online — found a place that sells lots of different brands of supplements for MUCH less…

  44. PSULovesKids
    May 21, 2010 10:47 am

    Echinacea! It works all the time.

  45. HollyT
    May 21, 2010 11:43 am

    Zyrtec, Netti-Pot or the squeeze bottle version of it. Quercetin with bromelain (supplement that helps support healthy histamine levels), Nettle Leaf (another supplement), Antronex (which is a supplement from Standard Process I get from my chiropractor) and vitamin D. I haven’t had the horrible allergies I usually get by taking all of this. I do have a sinus infection now but not near as bad as usual. I also started using the moisturizing Afrin nose spray. Amazing. I have to say, if I was good at taking all of this stuff on a regular basis and not when I remember (I’m really bad at remembering to take them) I probably wouldn’t have gotten this sinus infection.
    Chiropractor visits help too. heating pack on the back of the neck and forehead help when the sinus headaches start.

  46. Bitter
    May 21, 2010 12:27 pm

    I, too, swear by the Neti Pot. I also like yerba mate tea for a boost to the immune system. It has more antioxidants than green tea. It has caffeine in it, so I substitute coffee with it. It promotes sinus drainage, but also has a tonic effects and kind of dries you up like an OTC decongestant would, without the rebound. Exercise is excellent too. OH, a cheap remedy… dry brushing. You can get a wooden dry brush at any drugstore – they have the long wooden handles and natural bristles. You can google dry brushing to find the technique, but it basically works the same way exercise does but without the work. It moves waste through the lymphatic system and promotes drainage. It’s easy, cheap and makes you glow too. It’s suggested to do it twice a day when you’re sick. Hope you feel better soon!

  47. LaReina
    May 22, 2010 7:08 pm

    We discussed the liver and onions club at the forum at foodnetworkhumor.com. Mostly foodies reside there, and most of them seemed to like liver, whether chicken or beef.