December 14th, 2005

Try and stop us

MM-mm, never underestimate the power of soup is good food

I need more food-related icons.

I've been fighting a cold for the past few days (see recent posts if that's your favorite topic). I think I've rounded the corner on it, or perhaps I just really prefer the way I feel while under the effects of Actifed versus DayQuil.

As I was rummaging through the house, considering which OTC means of attacking my body's natural reactions to the cold, I turned up a full bottle of DayQuil (expired), a package and a half of TheraFlu (expired, both non-drowsy and nighttime), and quite a few cough drops.

How did cherry become so tied to cold remedies? I guess it's not as bad as all that, but I remember really enjoying Luden's "Wild Cherry" cough drops as a kid. Probably because there's no medicine in them, making them candy. Imagine that.

That reminds me of the following tangent. 9 years ago, or so, I worked with a guy by the name of Jason. Jason was my immediate supervisor, which made a certain amount of sense on paper - he had quite a few years of experience in the industry, and I was just starting. It might have been a good synergy if I had had any sort of respect for the guy. The man did not attempt to hide his copy of "C++ for Dummies".

Aaaanyway, Jason once mentioned that British folks (himself included) tend not to enjoy root beer, because that flavor is so close to wintergreen, which is the flavor/scent of some sort of childhood medicine over there. I never grew to hate him enough to start chewing wintergreen candies, but thinking back on it, it would have been a dirty tool to have pulled from my arsenal. (Heh. "Arsenal".)

In addition to looking for decongestants and items promising to promote "productive coughs" (what an odd phrase), I rummaged through the canned soup shelf in my pantry. Good Lord, I have got all the tomato soup. If you go to the store, and they don't have any, it's because I do. Tomato soup is good, and a toasted cheese sandwich... mmmm.

Seriously. Just take a moment, imagine a toasted cheese sandwich, cut diagonally, on a plate, with some piping hot tomato soup. I'm drawing all sorts of sustenance from that mental image right now. Savor it for just a bit longer... Ok.

But as I'm sorting through that, I find two cans of Campbell's Chicken Noodle soup. Which is more or less what I was hoping for - though I know that Campbell's is a pretty low standard when it comes to chicken soup. These, too, were pretty old. Does canned soup expire? Judging by the price tags still on the cans, these date back to when I shopped at Star Market, which I haven't done since I moved from Boston.

As good as the image of the tomato soup and toasted cheese sandwich... mmmm.... as good as that image is, the chicken noodle soup was disappointing across the board. Chickeny, I'll give it that. But the noodles were offensively bland. The broth was dreadful. Bleh.

If I knew how much I would dislike the soup, I probably wouldn't have got sick in the first place.