|It's raining (inside the Channel Tunnel)......|
Today, I shall be conducting a unique experiment.
In the name of medical research, that is.
The aim, to examine the complex relationship between pharmaceutical products and Peppa Pig during sustained periods of childhood illness.
The question I hope to answer, this: Over the next 12 hours or so, will I dispense more spoons of medicine than I watch episodes of Peppa?
Yesterday, between 7am and 7pm, 15 spoons, split between Calpol (the undisputed favourite), Junior Ibuprofen (not so keen) and Amoxicillin (disgusted by, requires bribes).
I didn't think to count the Peppa episodes.
For reasons of sanity, I'm hoping I didn't sit through 15, although I suspect it's a close-run thing.
Pleased to report that progress is being made, the Banana Medicine - despite its appalling flavouring - doing the job in its own inimitable style.
Tiredness the real enemy, so much so that The B and The G (not ill herself, but pleased to support The B in his own attempts to get better) both fell asleep on the sofa during afternoon stories yesterday.
On Monday, I went for a drive, the pair flat out in the back, just like old times, me cursing each pothole and level crossing, the sun's position determining our route as I battled to prevent dazzle that might disturb invaluable slumber.
The efforts are paying off, The B getting there, the improvement marked.
Starting to feel a little better, he has managed a little Lego, enjoyed his trains and cars and even done some drawing.
From the latter activity, the above picture, a brilliant scene from inside the Channel Tunnel.
I chose to overlook the rain and clouds, content to accept that, on this occasion, the undersea network could have its own weather system.
Chuffed to bits, it made him feel better than all the Calpol in the world.
Speaking of which, he must be due another dose, maintaining the correct medicine-TV ratio perhaps the most important job I'll have to do over the coming hours.
Right now, the scoreline is Medicine 3 Peppa 2.
The final result is too close to call.