Ok, so we didn't head off to Cognac today, as planned. I've been fighting off a cold for several days and this morning I woke up feeling like my lungs were full of heavy sand. Breathing and speaking were almost impossible for the first hour until some hot tea and an even hotter shower cleared things up. I'm also taking some horrific, anise flavored cough syrup with codeine in it. Why anise flavored? I guess French parents want their children to develop a taste for Pastis as early as possible.
I've always hated cough syrup. When I was little, my mom used to chase me around the house with Triaminic brand every time I felt sick. They had three colors; yellow, orange and red. One was for daytime, one was for night-time and all were created for torture and maximum palate destruction. To this day I cannot stand the smell or taste of Grand Marnier or Cointreau (too much like the orange one) or Kirsch (too much like the red one). The yellow one...well, I think I've blocked it out completely.