Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Please Pass the Tissues

Over the last couple of days, I've had the sniffles.  And a head that appears to have grown two-sizes too big.  Nothing terrible, just that puny feeling you get when you don't feel 100%.  Yesterday my body said, "all done" and in place of getting anything completed in the afternoon, I snoozed.  And drooled.  When I woke up (and realized that I had to get back in gear), this post began "forming in my brain" (know the movie?)

The Top Ten Bonuses of Being Sorta Sick

10.  Napping.  I do love naps, but I have trouble rationalizing them.  But, when you find yourself suddenly unconscious, no guilt there!  Of course when you wake up feeling like a cotton-headed-ninny-muggins, it does take a while to get up and function normally!

9.  Appreciating water.  Have you ever noticed how delicious water is when you're parched?  And when my nose is stuffed and I'm walking around panting, I find that water is utterly delightful for this inadvertent mouth-breather.

8.  Being pampered.  My little people have spoiled me a bit today ... that or they finally gave up expecting much from me.  When Mommy feels puny, you apparently have to fend for yourselves and get your own snacks.  And milk.  And anything else you usually depend upon Mommy for.

7.  Moving slower.  Yesterday was a regularly full Monday, but I was moving in slow-motion.  We usually try to be out the door for grocery shopping by 10:00.  We wandered out the door around 10:30 and I wasn't even stressed.  Mainly because I couldn't make myself move any faster ... pokey, pokey, pokey.

6.  Saying "no".  I did manage a work-out yesterday morning, but when the crazy work-out lady started her kung-fu kicks, I felt absolutely no shame in saying, "That's all you, Lady ... I'm going to just march in place ... or shuffle a bit."

5.  Comfy clothes.  No one looks down on you for wearing your sweats all day when you are sick.  It's also okay to pull your hair back in a pony-tail.  Or stuff tissues in your sleeves.  Well ... maybe that last one's a stretch.

4.  TV.  I don't watch a lot of TV during the day ... it just doesn't seem to fit into my schedule, if you can imagine!  However, on puny days, I'm all for plopping down on the couch and catching up on all the Bobby Flay Throw-Downs I can find.  And to keep my brain from turning to mush, I'll challenge myself with a few episodes of Cash Cab. :)

3.  Sitting.  Typically I put my tennis shoes on in the morning and I don't really stop moving until I take them off at night.  Yesterday, however, when my little Liddy came to me and said, "Bo", I was only to happy to reply, "Yes ... let's go outside and blow bubbles."  As she blowed her "bo's", I sat on the front step, propped myself against the side house and rested my head on the bricks.  Pathetic?  Absolutely.  Embarrassed?  Nope.

2.  Knowing where the Kleenex are.  Next to me.  And so is the trashcan to avoid the mess that Meg Ryan cleaned up right before Tom Hanks visited her in "You've Got Mail".  (One of my all-time favorite scenes in the movie.)

1. Appreciating good health.  I don't realize how much I take for granted my "get up and get 'er done" abilities until I feel under the weather and feel like the day is getting one up on me!  I'm grateful for my good health and I'm grateful for how God, the Good Physician, has knitted me together ... and continues to knit me back together when something goes awry.

Here's to a better (and less sniffly day) tomorrow!


  1. I've been sick today, too. I actually got to work only to explain I wasn't feeling well and got sent home. I feel bad because I was off yesterday and did nothing but lay around and that's exactly what I ended up doing today, too. Hopefully tomorrow I'll be feeling better and can get up and move around so I won't feel like a complete slum. Here's to feeling healthy tomorrow!

  2. Being sick does help you appreciate being not sick even more. Every time I'm sick I try to remember how it feels to be able to breathe through both nostrils with out any kind of snot blockage and being able to swallow without saying "ouch".

  3. How are you so lucky to be pampered?!? Even when I'm really sick, I'm left to suffer on my own... :)

  4. Hi, Following you back. Thanks for stopping by. Your post made me laugh... love the work out one. I thought you were going to say you marched on out of the room when crazy workout lady started the kung fu stuff! LOL! yes, knowing the whereabouts of your tissue boxes -- BONUS! :)

  5. Hope you're feeling better soon. So far, I have managed to skip the sniffles this year...knock on wood!

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  6. Feel better soon and I agree, there can be a few upsides. I don't think we rest enough. Dropping by from VBox. www.rebeccalynndunning.blogspot.com and www.rebeccadunning.com

  7. I always think it would be nice to be off sick for a day or two, just to rest! But when you're sick all you want is to get better.


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