Luckily these buds are high enough in a tree in the backyard that Marlo can pluck and destroy them, although my allergies and exacerbated cold probably wouldn’t mind that right about now. Finally saw a doctor who told me exactly what I knew she was going to tell me: it’s a cold and I’ve got seasonal allergies. She gave me a nasal spray, and I’m taking Mucinex and lingering in long hot showers. Feeling incrementally better, finally. Aren’t you lucky because now I can stop talking about it and get back to more important matters: my butt.