The Basic Necessities

Everybody knows that when you go on vacation, you aren’t supposed to get sick.  Well, almost everyone knows that.  It seems that Shaun didn’t get the message.  Late yesterday afternoon, he started feeling a little under the weather.  He thought that maybe his allergies were acting up as we had been doing a lot of driving with the top down on my Jeep.  (Yes, I managed to get a little sunburn) When morning came, he was simply miserable.  He was running a fever and aching all over.  Our best guess is that he had the flu.

At Shaun’s insistence, KT and I went off by ourselves to explore Portland. (and find some medication for him)  We enjoyed ourselves, but didn’t really let ourselves see everything we wanted to.  We were certain that Shaun would start feeling better at any moment and kept coming back to our room every couple of hours to check on him.  Sadly, he still doesn’t feel well.

One of the bad things about being sick in a hotel room (aside from the obvious of feeling miserable) is that  when you put out the “do not disturb” sign, there is no maid service.  An un-vacuumed floor or rumbled bed is something I can handle with ease. (Although to be honest, I’m not real thrilled with the crumpled up, nasty used tissues all over the floor) However, if you happen to run out of something, such as…oh…coffee grounds, or Kleenex, or even toilet paper (because somebody used all the Kleenex) you are pretty much out of luck.  From my point of view, this is a really bad thing, especially if you plan on using the restroom at all. 

I knew that I could call down for supplies, but it didn’t seem right for me to expose anyone else to the germs running amuck in our room. As KT had already gotten into her night clothes and Shaun was nearly comatose, it seemed as though it was up to me to restock.  So armed with the empty Kleenex box, I made my way downstairs to the front desk.  The clerk was very sympathetic as I explained her why I needed to stock up on supplies.  

Loaded down with more coffee grounds (can you tell what’s most important to me?), a box of Kleenex. a couple rolls of toilet paper and some flyers I found in the lobby, I managed to push the button on the elevator.  As the doors slid open I nearly collided with the star and the director/writer of the Indie film we watched yesterday.  Under normal circumstances, I’d like to think that I would have told them how much I enjoyed the film and how much I got out of it.  Somehow though, chatting while holding a few rolls of paper simply didn’t seem right.   I’d prefer to bump into interesting people without having may arms full of such supplies.  Personally, I’m hoping to run into Randolph Mantooth, who was also in the movie tomorrow. I had a major crush on him when I was young and am pleased to say  that he’s still he’s just as yummy as when he played Johnny Gage on Emergency!

I’m guessing that Shaun’s not going to feel much better tomorrow and will hole up in our room again. This time I’ve got a plan.  I’m going to shove Shaun under the bed for a little while so that the maid can do her magic…which includes making sure we have plenty of those basic necessities.

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17 Responses to The Basic Necessities

  1. I remember watching Emergency all the time (and always calling for Ringer’s lactate for EVERYTHING) and he was one of my earliest crushes as well. I found your blog through the Lady Bloggers Tea party and joined your followers 🙂

  2. Momarchy says:

    Poor Shaun. We just came back a few weeks ago from taking a quick trip to South Padre Island,TX and I was the lucky one to get hit with the cold and horrible case of dry cough.

    It was the most horrible expierence. I felt so icky, I couldn’t sleep the whole night and had to put a smile on as the kids woke up in order to go on a dolphin watch and not ruin the trip along with my fever in 100 degree weather.

    Dropping on by to say hello from the LB Tea Party 🙂
    Nice to Meet you.

  3. Oh goodness, I know all too well about being sick on vacation. Try getting sick on the way to the Dominican Republic and your beach vacation in June? Yep, I did that. By day 5 I was in bed with a fever. I had to visit the resort clinic and get shots and everything! It was awful. But I did let the housekeeper in to do her work, we had no choice really. I stopped by from the Lady Bloggers Tea Party. Enjoy your day.

  4. Deborah says:

    Hi! I’m here from The Lady Bloggers Tea Party Social! Pleased to meet you. I’ve got a HELLO, HANDSOME blog party happening at my blog right now. I’d be tickled pink if you stopped by and joined in the fun.

    Homemaker Honey

  5. Hi! I’m stopping in from the Lady Bloggers Tea Party and wow what fun!! I totally would have said Hi anyway, arms full of crap paper and nose tissue or not. Haha. I hope Shaun does feel better!! I like your writing style!

    Have an adventurous weekend!

  6. Kathy Ariano says:

    Such a shame. It’s definitely no fun being sick away from the comfort of one’s own home. I hope he’s feeling better very soon!

  7. Sabrina says:

    Being sick on holiday sucks. Poor Shaun! Hope he’s getting better soon!
    By the way, I just popped in from the Lady Bloggers Tea Party and will stick around for a while… I really like what I’ve seen so far! Have a good Sunday.

  8. Nothing WORSE than being on vacation and being sick, and even worse, taking care of someone and cleaning up after them when they’re sick! Poor Shaun, hope he feels better soon, I’m sure he’d love nothing better than to be in his own bed. Stopping by from LBS, great blog! : )

  9. Mike says:

    I laughed out loud at the imagery of meeting a famous person while you’re holding rolls of toilet paper. Thanks for the funny post.

  10. Emergency was a favorite of mine. In fact, when the show Trauma started this year I told my kids I knew I’d love it because it reminded me of Emergency.

    It’s hard to be sick away from home; I hope he bounces back soon.

  11. Here’s hoping he feels better real soon…it is no fun at all to be sick…let alone when you are in a hotel room!! I gotta tell you though….it is kind of a funny image of you meeting the famous guy in the elevator while holding your rolls of TP!!

  12. terry says:

    hi, susie ~
    sorry that shaun is sick.
    hopefully it will not last too long.
    i remember thinking that randolph mantooth was a nice tall, dark, handsome drink of water!
    hope the rest of your stay goes well!
    xoxo, terry

  13. Agh. Nothing worse than being ill on holiday. Here’s to more healthy and happy holiday times ahead!

  14. Stopping back in to tell you that I enjoyed your blog so much on Sunday that I’ve given you an award. Stop on by and pick it up when you get a chance!

  15. So sorry that Saun is sick. That isn’t fair. I am impressed that you were so brave to get supplies and then run into someone famous. I love RM too. He was something. Glad to hear he still is.

  16. Brandt! says:

    Randy Mantooth .. OMG a name from the past! I loved him too!!!

  17. Nicole says:

    Emergency was a favorite of mine. In fact, when the show Trauma started this year I told my kids I knew I’d love it because it reminded me of Emergency.

    It’s hard to be sick away from home; I hope he bounces back soon.

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