I am prone to them, although the frequency of outbreaks is far less than it was just a few years ago. Whatever was the base cause of them before -- can you say "work stress"? -- is gone.
You have to keep your sense of humor when these things take over your face. Along that vein, I offer you up new sayings:
Original: As plain as the nose on her face.
Revamped: As plain as the sore on Patty's lip.
Original: It's the elephant in the room.
Revamped: It's the cold sore on Patty's lip.
Original: He cannot see the forest for the trees.
Revamped: He cannot see Patty's face for the cold sore.
Original: If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
Revamped: Is that a cold sore or do you have two heads?
Okay, guys, you can do better than that last one, right? Help me out here. And, no, I won't be displaying any photos of the sore in question. I was going to, believe it or not, but then I realized how hairy my lip is. And how many nose hairs I have. And how wrinkled I am. Use your imagination as to what I look like. You can't possibly exaggerate it.
P.S. Make sure you wish me happy birthday.
P.P.S. Thanks, Joanne, for revamped #3!