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What You Need On A Sick Day.

11 Nov

Hi there.

I am so, so sick right now. I’m not sure if I have swine flu, pneumonia, or just a really bad common cold. But in any case, you wouldn’t want to come within a fifty foot radius of me right now.

I am a terrible sick person. I need somebody around to bring me blankets and tea and soup. I hate feeling unhealthy and find it really debilitating. So, on the offchance that I’m not the only person here who’s feeling a bit under the weather lately, here are the things I do to feel better on sick days. Further advice is welcome!

Hot baths.
Classic. I use Johnson’s Baby Bath “with soothing vapours” and it works a treat. It doesn’t hurt that it smells like rosemary, either. Mmm, rosemary…

Lots of fluids!
Just like the doctor ordered. I eat a lot of Campbell’s alphabet soup when I’m sick… sometimes with a pinch of cayenne pepper in it because spicy foods are supposed to be helpful for thinning out mucous. Ewwwwww, mucous.

Steam treatments.
Some people do these to “open their pores” (a complete fallacy, by the way), but I like it just to help me, y’know, breathe. I pour boiling water into a bowl, then drape a towel over my head, close my eyes, and let the steam do its thing. It’s also nice to add a few drops of essential oil… I like to blend eucalyptus, peppermint, and lavender… but be careful not to let it waft into your eyes!

Sleeping all day.
You’ll get through your illness a lot quicker if you just sleep through the bulk of it.

Buckley’s cough medicine.
Ironically, I think the original formula without the added drugs works better than the newer formulas with dexies in them. Their slogan is “It tastes awful, but it works.” Honestly, I don’t find it that bad, but maybe that’s just because I’ve been relying on it since I was a teenager? It has kind of a weird, pine-y taste, and I probably wouldn’t sit down to a shot of Buckley’s as an aperitif, but I’ve definitely tasted worse. Benylin, for one, whose slogan could easily be “It tastes awful and makes you feel better for all of five minutes.”

Vick’s Vaporub
Ahh, another childhood classic. This stuff breaks me out something fierce but the tingly coolness of it is totally worth it.

So that’s my current routine. Anybody out there have any great cold and flu remedies to share? Because I really really need one right now!



Disclaimer: If anybody out there is wondering, I purchased any and all products mentioned in this entry with my own hard earned money. Not that anyone thinks this blog is remotely important enough to have free stuff sent, but, y’know… just so we’re clear.


Surpriiiiise! Also, Hot Air Balloons.

7 Sep

I forgot to mention the other day when I was listing awesome things, that one morning when I woke up there were a million hot air balloons in the sky! It was 7 in the morning or so, and I was taking a moment to check my email before getting ready for work, and something caused me to glance over toward the windows…. I think I was trying to ascertain where the cat was… and I did a double take when I saw all the hot air balloons in the sky! I was wearing only a yellow towel but I ran out to the balcony to take photos anyway. None of them turned out very well, but still! I know what they are.

Someday I want to ride in a hot air balloon. I used to see them launching from this field that’s located just in front of my university campus. They’re just so beautiful and amazing! I mean, big balloons in the sky with baskets dangling from them that you can ride in? Come on!! As if you don’t think that’s the only way to travel! At the same time… I’m scared of them. I’ve heard of people dying because their balloons drifted too close to a power line, and… zap. Also I’m generally scared of heights. But maybe one day! Maybe one day I’ll ride in a balloon!

My fan club at work dropped by the other day, but I wasn’t there to see them. However, they left me a present! They brought me chocolate bars! Hooray! What’s more, these chocolate bars have some significance… I can’t tell you what, because it would be a dead giveaway as to exactly where I work, and while I don’t mind dropping hints (some more obvious than others), I don’t want to be too terribly explicit about it. So you’ll probably never uncover the mystery of my chocolate bars. But let me just say… they are delicious. God bless the cocoa bean.

As for today, and why it will be awesome… It’s Labour Day! Therefore, nothing is open. Therefore, not only do I not have to work, but I don’t have the option of going anywhere to run errands, and thus I am literally being forced to take a day off. Days like this feel to me like the government is going “Look… we know you’re stressed. We also know that given the choice, you’re going to use your time off to get non-work-related jobs done. So we’re just going to make sure nothing is accessible today, because you can’t be trusted to just take a day to yourself and chill.” Thanks for looking out for me, government!

Lastly… Steve is sick. He has 13 days to feel better before the wedding, so I’m not worried about that. I am worried about him making me sick just in time for the wedding, however. It usually takes me about two weeks to shake a cold. I do feel a little tickly in the throat. Hopefully it will either hit me quick and pass even faster, or my immune system can fight this thing! Wish me luck.