Can’t get enough of your love, babe.
Recognized that title? Yeah, that’s a Barry White song. A good one. I’ve been having Barry White songs in my head all weekend, all because of this ridiculous upper-respiratory infection that has plagued me for almost a full week. What started as a sore throat on Monday night, developed into a small sniffle, and the progressive deepening of my voice. By Friday morning, I sounded like Barry (R.I.P.). Even though this sickness didn’t really feel like, “Your First, Your Last, Your Everything,” it definitely consumed my free time because I felt like doing absolutely nothing.
This isn’t like me. I don’t like sitting still. JD can attest to years of dating and marriage where he just wanted me to “sit with him” and do nothing. I wanted to die. In recent years, I’ve learned how wise he is, and I appreciate how awesome down time can be.
But especially when you’re sick, you really can’t go anywhere as to not infect your friends (I missed a two-year-old’s birthday party! so sad!) or going out into the night air to make it worse (so bummed we missed the free “Band of Horses” concert at Live on the Green). But, when you feel cruddy, not much can make you feel better except Project Runway reruns and your magazines.
So, as cold and flu season approaches, here are some things to keep in mind that you can do while stuck in your pajama shorts and oversized t-shirts. They require little energy, focus on your need to be horizontal or asleep, and also help you feel like you’re still accomplishing something.
- Paint your fingernails and toenails. Try different colors, or try layering. Exhilarating.
- Start thinking about your Christmas list.
- Snuggle your dog… Lucy loves it when I’m sick.
- Transfer all the pictures from your digital camera to your computer.
- Listen to the sounds your house makes at 1:30 in the afternoon.
- Actually be ok with watching postseason baseball.
- Download a new app for your phone and clear all the scores so that only you hold the top 15 highest scores.
- Catch up on your blog reading and writing.
- Email your mom back… immediately. heehee
- Read that article in the Wall Street Journal that you probably would have skipped over otherwise. (Wait, how many books has Jimmy Carter written?)
- Figure out the exact minute when the postman delivers your mail.