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Monday, June 16, 2008

  Monday Morning Mirth  


Portrait of Excess Butterflies in Stomach & Elsewhere at a Convention

“Butterflies in the stomach is a medical condition characterized by the physical sensation of a “fluttery” or “tickling” (hence butterflies) feeling in the stomach. This sensation can also be an uncontrollable physical sensation related to the body’s fight or flight resonse.”
…wikipedia

I had plenty-O last week in Columbus, especially on Friday night when I couldn’t even remember my name (hence the indentifying T) and gave up trying to photograph all the Glitterati because every shot I took looked all OOF and wavy. I even woke up during the night with limb spasms! The hotel room had wireless internet and I tried to find a remedy for Leg Cramps.

Here is what what I found from various sources:

-“Take regular sewing thread and cut into a length long enough to tie around your ankle, but let it be slightly loose. I’m not sure how it works, but the thread will knot up instead of your muscles.”

-“Place a bar of Ivory Soap under the top sheet of your bed at the foot and you will not have leg cramps again. It has the same effect as potassium.”

-“Eat a banana (potassium).”

-“Drink about 1/4 cup dill pickle juice and the cramps are instantly gone. Football teams use this. Drink another shot if needed.”

-“My grandmother was told by my great-great grandmother to take your shoes, turn them upside down and place them under your bed (generally with the toes facing out) It seems odd but works…”

-“Take 1 to 2 Teaspoons of mustard (like you put on a hot dog) when you have a leg cramp.”

Guess which one I did…

12 Responses to “Monday, June 16, 2008”

  1. CindyCindy says:

    You were in a hotel room, so I’m thinking you turned your shoes upside down. That is, unless you could get a banana. Now. Did it work?

  2. meg says:

    Banana. You are organized & prepared. Pickles don’t travel as well as bananas, too. ;o)

  3. Temperance says:

    You are a knitter obviously you tied yarn around your ankle. Heck you probably tied yarn around both ankles and your wrists, why take chances.

  4. Cathy-Cate says:

    I vote shoes, because why not? and you certainly *had* them. Unless you happened to have a banana handy, because that’s the only thing that has anything going for it pseudo-scientifically….

    Love the picture! It sounds like quite the experience. Sorry I missed you in Chicago! (I might be visiting again in September; hopefully no tornado warnings then, but you never know.)

  5. elizabeth m says:

    Since you were in a hotel room in a strange city in the middle of the night, I’m going with the shoes thing. No pickle juice, bananas, or mustard handy. Plus you said, it seemed to work.

  6. rachel says:

    Shoes + soap + banana, for the knock out punch!

    Can’t believe no one has suggested you knock back a shot of apple cider vinegar. It has the calcium, magnesium, and potassium you’re trying to get out of those other food-based cures. Except it tastes ickier and may leave you gasping. It packs a bigger wallop than a shot of whiskey.

  7. alison says:

    I am hoping it was the banana as it seems the only vaguely sensible suggestion, but hey if the others worked then great.

  8. Jennifer says:

    I’m thinking banana? The other options don’t sound all that appealing.

  9. beth says:

    I’m with Jennifer on the banana having most a peel.

  10. Bonne Marie says:

    The truth of it: being slightly superstitious, I went with the SHOES! and turned my sneakers upside down and put them under the bed.

    Shockingly, I had no more cramps!

    Three cheers for folk remedies but I’m never leaving the house without some TUMS in my bag, which were a late cure I found after I got home.

    Now that would’ve been a cool two-fer: butterflies and cramps Be Gone!

  11. Wanda says:

    ha, you went for the shoes! I was going to say thread!

  12. Bonne Marie says:

    HA! I was so tempted to go for some yarn and try the other one out but the shoes, they were the easy lazy way out in da middle of the night…

 
 
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