I don't get colds often but when I do, they're weird.
I don't get all the stuff at once like other people describe. I kinda move at a glacial pace through half-symptoms one at a time. First I get stuffed up for a week. Not totally stuffed up, but somewhat stuffed up. Enough to be annoying at night but I almost forget about it during the day. Then I move on to a somewhat sore throat the following week. Again, much more conspicuous at night. When that is done, then and only then, will I start to cough. That will linger for awhile.