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Random Day
There's no real reason I took this picture, and no real reason I posted it. Just feeling random on a quiet day at work. When I'm a little bored and distracted, sometimes I play around with my Treo. It's a good toy.

I went out to dinner last night, and at one point during the meal I felt a sneeze coming. I covered my mouth with my napkin and sneezed. He gave me a strange look from across the table, so I said, "What's wrong?"

"Well," he said, "you didn't cover your nose. Just your mouth. It worked out okay though..."

I thought about this. "I generally sneeze with just my mouth. Unless I'm sick, I guess. Then my nose, um... participates." I didn't want to be too graphic -- we were eating, after all. "But yeah, when I'm healthy, then usually just my mouth... is involved."

He laughed my careful phrasing. "You have some strange dinner conversations."

"Well you brought it up," I pouted.

Truth be told, I enjoy a good sneeze. I was talking about this with a coworker earlier, when he sneezed and I complimented him on its force. It can be so satisfying to just let it explode! (With tissue, of course, don't want to be too gross.)

He agreed. "I always feel sorry for people who just catch their sneezes, like -- " and he demonstrated the sound of a quiet little close-mouthed sneeze, caught primarily in the nose.

"Yeah! I don't understand why anyone would do that -- unless you were in a place where it's more appropriate to stay quiet I suppose."

A good sneeze is such a relief, a tension-release. It's very satisfying. Especially if it's been building for awhile, it feels so great to let it out! They don't know what they're missing out on. Poor repressed souls.
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From: stilldocked Date: December 9th, 2004 10:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I am glad you can enjoy you sneezes, but what place would be really inappropriate for a sneeze?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 9th, 2004 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Well I was going to say something along the lines of important business calls, but tammylc gave an even better example: when you have a sleeping baby on your lap!
joline From: joline Date: December 9th, 2004 10:14 am (UTC) (Link)
i hope your dinner companion didn't make you feel bad! you sound like a very polite sneezer.

a lady i work with actually sneezes little, teeny, dry sneezes that sound exactly like this:


i always think that she's joking. it's like she's imitating a pretentious sneeze or something. but, apparently, it embarasses her when people call attention to them! :D
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 9th, 2004 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha! Sneezes can be awfully funny, can't they?
itsmika From: itsmika Date: December 10th, 2004 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm told that I sneeze like a cat.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: December 9th, 2004 10:33 am (UTC) (Link)
You look some what thoughtful and mature in that pic.

Sneezing - something I hate to do on the highway because I always have to close my eyes.
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: December 9th, 2004 10:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Being able to just let a sneeze go is a wonderful feeling. I sneezed last night in bed and scared the cats :)
geekjul From: geekjul Date: December 9th, 2004 10:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I am legendary around here for my sneezing. Not the force, but the quantity. I sneeze normal-force sneezes, but I always sneeze at least three in a row, and usually five. My record is ten. My friends now wait until I nod or say I'm through sneezing before they say "bless you." My grandfather also had this quirk, and when I was a kid we would have contests. His record of 12 is still unbeaten.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 9th, 2004 11:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow! I tend to sneeze more than the average person, but not usually so many in a row. But a few years back I remember a coworker gave me a postit with the words "bless you" written on it. He'd grown sick of saying it so frequently, so I was instructed to just look at the postit whenever I sneezed.
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: December 9th, 2004 10:42 am (UTC) (Link)

cute pic

... sneezes are indeed very cathartic...
and you *know* what they "say" about sneezes... ;-)
tammylc From: tammylc Date: December 9th, 2004 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I too used to look down on those who would stifle their sneezes. Then I had a baby. Who would often fall asleep on my lap while nursing, and who would wake up quite dramatically if I sneezed. Then I learned to stifle.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 9th, 2004 11:07 am (UTC) (Link)
ahhh, there is an excellent example of when it would be appropriate to stay quiet!
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: December 9th, 2004 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Eternuer (to sneeze in french)

Had to wait until I got home to post this. Last night, our female student sneezed (allergies - it's cedar season in Central Texas) and our instructor decided to give us a little lesson: On the first sneeze, you say (to sneezer) À tes souhaites! On the second sneeze, you say À tes amours!, to which they are to respond Que les tiens durent toujours!
nishar From: nishar Date: December 9th, 2004 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you hold your nose, you can stop from sneezing. Not that you are into that kind of perversion. hehe
mrdisco99 From: mrdisco99 Date: December 9th, 2004 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're gorgeous, you know. Just saying...

I sneeze loudly and rudely. I wouldn't have it any other way.

The sleeping baby scenario is a good one, though. I think I would stifle it for that. Although if I could I might leave the room and close the door and have my release out of earshot.

That sounded kind of perverted. Ah well, I'll leave it in.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 11th, 2004 11:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Nice to see your ID pop up again. (:

Perverted is perfectly okay, here in rennieland.
xtatic1 From: xtatic1 Date: December 9th, 2004 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah for sneezes! My S.O. often complains that I'm hurting his ears when I sneeze in an enclosed space (like a car) but it can actually do serious damage to your ears if you supress a forceful sneeze, so I continue to "achoo" at what, for me, is normal volume. After all, he has a stash of earplugs that he could use if it got too bothersome. :)
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