Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Cold Post

It's cold out, and I have a cold. Welcome to winter!

I fought the cold, and the cold won. On Monday and Tuesday of this week I did nothing but recline on my couch, feet up, remote control in hand, semi-conscious and re-discovering the gems of daytime TV. There's nothing like a low-grade fever to lay a shiny gloss of fascination over programs like American Justice and Dr. Phil.

Normally I get bored after two consecutive hours of TV. It was pretty cool to just relax and veg out for two whole days.

By Tuesday night I wasn't feeling a whole lot better, but in my mind's eye I could see the work stacking up on my desk, so I thought I'd better go in. The cold (illness) waited until I was back at work to morph from a general feeling of achiness and fatigue into typical, slow-torture cold symptoms. The delicate tickle at the back of my throat that cuts me off in mid-sentence, or wakes me up at five-to-ten-minute intervals all night. Epic sneezes. My face looks like an unmade bed.

I would love, LOVE to crawl back under my duvet and channel-surf my way through to the end of the week. But I'm not quite sick enough to justify hiding out at home. Blick. At least those crunchy sounds I was hearing in my right ear didn't come to anything. (Watch - now that I've written that I'll have a raging ear infection by this time tomorrow. )

There are some good things. I always like to remember the good things.

I bought new boots on sale: knee-high and lined with lambswooly stuff that makes them very cozy. I tested them out yesterday and today, taking 20-minute walks in the deep freeze, and my feet were toasty. Huzzah! I'm incredibly well-equipped for winter this year. I have layers like you wouldn't believe. Fleeces, hats, mitts, scarves, long-johns, over-the-knee-socks... in fact, I have to be careful not to overdress. I even have snowpants, which I haven't resorted to yet this year. If I wear them in anything warmer than -25 C, I broil.

I'm not letting the cold (weather) or the cold (illness) bully me out of having some social fun. I went out for a Japanese dinner last night with my super-awesome little sister, which was great. And I have a plan to go dancing with a girlfriend of mine for her birthday this Saturday. I have to get well by then! I can't think of a way of working Epic Sneezing into my Flashdance routine.

16 comments:

Nicole said...

Hope you feel better soon!
You should be well equipped to not catch a cold ;)

whatigotsofar said...

It was actually pretty warm outside today. I was driving around Markham and North York making all kinds of stops. When the Sun was out, the wind stopped and I was walking around without a hat or gloves. It was beautiful.

Warped Mind of Ron said...

Flashdance? Where can I go to see this? I wouldn't recommend that dance where they dump a bucket of water on you, even though it's cool, because you could freeze solid in minutes.

Karen said...

I am just getting over the nasty plague also. I went to bed early all week, but I will not allow these germs to deprive me of my weekend fun either.

And it is so cold here that a 20 minute walk would be INSANITY!!

unsigned said...

Dance Dance Revolution!

Sparkling Red said...

Nilsa: I'm not normally prone to catching contagious illnesses, but this is my second cold this year. The germs must be really vicious this season.

WIGSF: I heard some people saying, around mid-day, that it was nice out. However, I'm usually outside walking first thing in the morning or after the sun has gone down. My timing mis bad. Anyway, I'm glad that you enjoyed the sun.

Ron: It's my friend's plan to go dancing at a gay bar downtown. I'm sad that I'm still feeling to sick to go. I was looking forward to being hit on by lesbians.

Karen: You show those germs who's Boss!

Unsigned: You're free-associating again.

SoMi's Nilsa said...

Those knee-high, lined boots you got ... does the store happen to have an online presence? I've been looking for some for myself for quite some time!

Hope you feel better for this weekend's festivities!

Sparkling Red said...

Nilsa: Sadly, no, I couldn't find an online version of the store. I think it's a small, family-owned business, and the boots are one of those no-name made-in-China brands.

Kate said...

Take care! The -45 degrees here I think killed any sort of germs that were going around.

And you're welcome to come visit so you can wear your snowpants. I think that's why I live in the Midwest. So I can wear cool outerwear.

Sparkling Red said...

Kate: Thanks for the invitation, but honestly, I'm not tempted by the -45 degree weather! My snow pants will have to stay at the back of the closet. They might cry and whimper about being neglected, but I'll pretend not to hear them.

darcsfalcon said...

Hope you feel better soon. :)

LL Cool Joe said...

Sorry you aren't feeling too good. I'm glad to hear it hasn't stopped you shopping, eating or having a boogie!

Sparkling Red said...

darcsfalcon: Thanks for the well-whishes! :-)

LL Cool Joe: For reasons unknown, this cold has made me ravenous. I'm hungry like a growing teenager. Luckily, although I'm quite congested, I can still taste. So eating is ON.

Anonymous said...

i know this feeling EXACTLY

syb

Jenski said...

There's nothing like dressing for the weather! I always feel a little silly for sweating under my layers when it's 5 degrees out (F, not C), but it's better than frostbite! Hope the cold is fading...

Aurora said...

Well, it's still cold out. I think we have to ride this one out until April unfortunately.

But I love hearing about your new boots!