*cough cough cough*

Eve is conducting a comic-reading study and is looking for participants. If you participate by March 31, you could win some yarn! You don’t have to be a knitter to participate – presumably no non-knitters would be forced to take yarn.

I can’t possibly be the only WordPress blogger getting crushed by comment spam, can I?! I swear, I must’ve had 3,000 spam comments in the past week. I have added the Worst Offenders plugin for Akismet to see if that helps make things more manageable – so far, so good. I know a lot of people use Bad Behavior, but when I tried it for a day or two, it blocked many legitimate commenters, so it has been banished. Other than Spam Karma or adding a verification word, do any of you have good tips for fighting comment spam?

Reading Update
Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos, We’ll Always Have Parrots, and Owls Well That Ends Well by Donna Andrews. Three more Meg Lanslow mysteries, as our brave blacksmith takes on a Revolutionary War reenactment, a sci-fi convention, and a 30-family yard sale. These are fun, goofy, and well-written; I’m enjoying them!
Don’t Look Down by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. Think chicklit meets 24. Can a stoic Green Beret and a woman who makes dog food commercials find true love?

Here are a few pictures of our parking lot from inside my car when I finally ventured out into the snowy world on Saturday. Our plowing company is so in trouble.

I have a cold again. Blech. Alas, I can’t take stuff like Airborne, which is not recommended for people who have autoimmune disorders, so I’m toughing it out. Chaos is very unhappy about my cold.

“Mom, you keep sneezing and coughing and you scare me and I have to run away and hide and then it looks like I’m a ‘fraidy cat! Hmph. You’re bad for my image.” -C

“Face it, big kitty, you are a ‘fraidy cat! It’s just coughing and sneezing. What’s the big deal?” -M

59 thoughts on “*cough cough cough*”

  1. Hope you are feeling better soon and thanks for posting about that Daft Cat the other day. Spicy is anxiously anticipating hers hopefully coming on Friday!

  2. so sorry that you’re feeling badly. how about astragalus? it’s an herbal extract that is added to water?? maybe that one would be good?

  3. Willow kitty used to run and hide whenever someone sneezed too. Chaos, you’re not the only one with sneezophobia! Looks like it was a perfect day to stay inside and snuggle under a cover on the couch.

  4. Sorry you aren’t feeling well. Arg.

    I signed up for the comic reading study AND posted a share on my facebook–maybe some students will sign up (of course, that assumes students are actually reading my facebook site, which is assuming a lot, since it isn’t about them).

    And spam comments? See, I think about switching from LJ, but I can have locked or selected locked comments there (the switching part is so people without LJ could see them, but I still wouldn’t want everyone to see them, so I stick with LJ) and I don’t get any spam. Some day we’ll have to chat. I feel behind the times about types of blogs and feeds; perhaps you can shed some light. (this isn’t a pressing issue–perhaps after my conference at the end of March).

  5. *sigh* I’m loving your snow. WE had some snow here in Pennsylvania (laughs out loud at what is pitifully called *snow* here) and the Monkey has the day off.

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