literally and figuratively… I have been fussed at for going radio silent, so I will confess I have been down with the worst cold I have had in years. Really, the last time I coughed this much I had bronchitis and I was expecting that verdict this time, but doctor said it was just a doozy of a summer cold. I haven’t stopped coughing, but significantly less. I’m counting that as a win. Also in the win column, I made it through a full day of work (first in a week) and the lava flowing from my nose has subsided some. over share? sorry.
I stayed home 4 full days of work, plus the holiday. On day 2 or 3, someone asked me if I was bored yet and to be perfectly honest, NO. I had no energy to feel guilty for all the things I could have been doing with that time off work, hanging out at home. Thursday was the first day in a week I ate because I was actually hungry and not eating because I knew that’s what I was supposed to do. I subsisted on a solid diet of spicy soup, ice cream, tea, and sudafed. I’ve caught up on everything on tivo and I’ve napped more than I did in kindergarten.
I thought they might find it a bit suspect going back to work with a bit of color on my shoulders, but I moved from napping in the yard to napping on the couch and back again. The yard napping was disturbed only by a wet, sloppy soccer ball being dropped on my legs.
When I napped inside, she was happy to help hold me in place.
I got to enjoy the birds playing in the yard and the bees buzzing about the flowers. The squirrels are almost bothersome, if they weren’t so cute. I even saw a mouse lurking around the compost bin. It’s amazing the things you get to take in while resting quietly in the yard.
I knew I was on the mend yesterday when I could tell my body was hungry, but I didn’t have any idea what I wanted. Thursday I had a sandwich for lunch and when I got home I was feeling creative, so I knew I was (mostly) better. Not having shopped in a week did limit my creativity, but that wasn’t going to stop me. I cooked up some Israeli couscous, threw in the last of the broccoli from last week’s shopping trip, a hearty cup of TJ’s frozen corn kernels, parmesan, a few artichoke hearts and a splash of olive oil and balsamic. It was pretty tasty, but it needed a zesting of lemon and a squeeze of juice to brighten it up. Next time.
I did have a nice hot toddy each night before bed. To help coat the throat, to help me sleep, or just just to make this all the more bearable, any way I look at it, it sounds ok with me. Having a cold sucks and any way I could make it suck less, I was willing to try (and believe me- I did!). all I have to say now is, thank goodness I’ve gotten that out of the way, and I can get on with summer!