I'll start with the good news: My $1.84 umbrella works. I put it to good use today and it functioned just fine, even in the wind when another umbrella was inverted and useless. As long as it works, I don't care that there are 5-year-old looking butterflies on it. It's colorful at least.
The bad news: I put my umbrella to good use while I walked into the doctor's office today (had to park far away). I woke up achy with a very sore throat only on the right side and I winced every time I swallowed. Normally I'd tough it out but since I start work on Monday, there is NO way I could risk being sick and had to kick whatever this is pronto.
I'm happy to report I only have a few more days left of this current insurance (although I'm thankful to have any!) because it cost me $50 to get a throat swab for strep (I'll find out results tomorrow) and for the doctor to acknowledge that I do indeed have a very swollen gland and she's sure it hurts. If I have a virus, it hasn't shown up yet so "come back if it gets worse". Sweet.
I took some Excedrin to reduce the pain when swallowing and I've been cranking out some work ever since. I was looking forward to stopping work at 10 and watch a new Grey's Anatomy but I read the schedule wrong and it's not new. I'll go enjoy the sound of rain, rest up and watch some quality Jersey Shore instead.