Awkward & Awesome | San Diego Edition

- Flying with a head cold.  This is actually more painful than awkward and I'd highly advise against it.  Let me explain.  On the last day of our trip, I woke up with a sore throat and couldn't stop sneezing.  At first, I thought it was allergies but by the end of the day I knew it was a cold.  The next day, I took some cold medicine about an hour before our flight and didn't think twice about getting on the plane.  Oh my god.  Big mistake.  I had the weirdest sensation in my ears during the flight - totally different than I've ever had on previous flights - and the descent into SFO was straight up painful.  It felt like someone was stabbing my ear with an ice pick.  I almost started crying right there on the plane!  And physical pain hasn't made me cry since I was in elementary school so that's saying something.

- Um, that's it.  I can't think of anything else to fit into this category from the trip.  That's how awesome San Diego was.  More specifically -

- Unplanned double features.  On our first day of vacation, we randomly decided to go see a movie.  We went to see Ted, which just so happened to end right when Moonlight Kingdom was starting in the theater next door.  Let's just say, we made it a late night.  Don't judge.  You know you've done it, too.

- We had some pretty awesome food in San Diego, too.  Carne asada fries, pollo fundido, gnocchi, California burritos, fro-yo, local beers, margaritas, mojitos ... you name it, we ate and drank it.

- Neti pots.  After the Most Painful Flight Ever, I still had a horrible, uncomfortable, clogged pressure feeling in my right ear.  To make it worse, I couldn't hear a thing out of that ear.  A friend on Facebook suggested I try using a Neti pot to clear it out.  Holy crap.  Immediately after using it, the clogged feeling was gone, the pressure was gone, and I could hear again.  Just in time, too - I was started to feel like an old lady constantly saying, "Eh?  What?  Speak up, sonny, I can't hear you!"

- The San Diego Zoo!  We spent a full day at the zoo and it was amazing.  I'm finishing up the photos and planning to post them for you tomorrow!


  1. I've always thought about using a netti pot but have been too afraid - was it as easy as they say it is?

  2. i've flown when i was sick and had the same exact thing. so painful. it makes me feel for the little babies that cry when you're landing. except as an adult i can't start wailing. tempting, but no.

  3. I had to fly home from college sick once and I thought I was going to die so I feel pretty bad you had to do that. But I think the Zoo makes up for it :)

  4. I hope you feel better! I went to the San Diego Zoo last year and think I walked around for miles and miles. That place is HUGE

  5. Oh, man. I've got chronic ear infection, and I've had far too many flights like that. Ugh. Tips for the future: sudafed and ibuprofen. The latter is more important, as ibu will reduce swelling and dull pain. Also, take along something to suck on. I find that works better for this kind of stuff than gum.

    And yes to the neti pot. Thanks for the reminder -- I should go use mine. Flying with congestion is one of my least favorite things, but I love to travel, so I do it anyway. But I hear you on that discombobulated feeling.

  6. Yay so happy you liked San Diego! I like it here too! And I am so sorry to hear about the painful flying experience..I have an ear infection right now and man it sucks! :(

  7. I love that you visited the San Diego zoo! I hope that you feel better soon!

  8. Girl, you know flying with a head cold can literally make your eardrums pop!! Last time I flew I got sick there and had to flu home. When I didn't get better and went to the doctor she said I was lucky to have no damaged my eardrums.

    You poor thing!

    And all of that food looks so.damn.good.

  9. omg flying with a cold is THE WORST. I flew to Europe with one. With all the traveling it just got worse. By the time I landed back in LA, I had one of the worst sinus infections my doctor had ever seen and warned me that I might not have ever re-gained hearing in my right ear. luckily he was wrong!!


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