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So I'm no expert in what these "doctors" call "science" or "medicine" or "leechings," but I do know that taking all three of these at the same time is probably not a brilliant idea.

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But fucking A, Claritin decided to STOP WORKING for me c. Friday afternoon, and Benadryl doesn't seem to be doing much better, and this Safeway Zyrtec knock-off that I bought yesterday morning* doesn't really seem to be doing too much either. For the first time this summer, my allergies are really kicking in, and I feel like my head just got slammed with a goddamn wrecking ball. Advice, fellow allergy-stricken Portlanders, please, for the love of god: Are your allergies killing you at this point, too? What're you taking? Ideally I want something that's non-prescription, non-drowsy, and lasts for 24 hours--does such a magical elixir exist?--but at this point, I'm willing to try pretty much anything.

*So I was at Safeway at 5:30 in the a.m. on Sunday, long story, and while I was there, I decided to pick up some other groceries, too, in addition to some allergy meds. Turns out you can't buy beer before 7 a.m., or so the judgmental checker informed me. I had no idea this was the case. "Ha!" I said, as the checker confiscated my case of beer and put it behind the counter. "There goes my morning!" He either did not find my joke funny or he thought I was serious. Whichever the case, it was depressing.