Day two…is it the flu?

With how horrible I continued to feel this morning, there was no way I was leaving the house today, so I called into work. (You know I’m sick when I don’t even struggle with whether or not to go to work.)

My fever has bounced between 99 and 102. It spiked to 103 at one point, but I applied a cold compact and got it down to 99. I feel absolutely awful. I’ve had rotating bouts of chills and sweats. I’ve slept most of the day.

I’ve missed so much time from work lately. It’s a good thing I can’t get fired.

This really sucks.

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Sick and tired

I woke up at 1:00am this morning shivering so hard it was like I was having a seizure. I wasn’t – I was having a fever. I didn’t sleep the rest of the night, but managed to get my temp down and regretfully went to work for 7am. I didn’t make it past 11:30 and returned home to take Tylenol, Apple Cider Vinegar, Biotic Silver, and a 3 hour nap.

I feel achy and awful, and my temp is constantly changing, bouncing between 97.8 to 101.2 and back again.

Seems a little unfair…I think I’ve done my fair share of sick time this year 😦

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A week in pictures

I’ve been listening to the audio book “Becoming” (written and narrated by Michelle Obama) in the car as I drive to and from work, all week. I like her even more now than I did before.


We got this personalized Santa in the mail (from Rankin Bass’s Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.”)  It has our names, our current dogs’ names, and our previous (and much missed) dog’s name (Clyde). We absolutely love it.


I finally felt well enough to have my friend and knitting teacher, Dave, over for dinner and knitting again, this week. We had sushi, and I decided to set a giraffe themed table:

Sushi Giraffes

He brought me a fabric giraffe from a wool and fiber fest he recently went to, and I love it (and him for thinking of me):


I carry a man-bag to work every day. I was looking for something and had to take everything out. I think I’m a travel bag hoarder:


I saw this T-Shirt on Amazon and thought I should own it:


I have this Olaf in my guest room. I bought it for my BF (Jim) for Christmas last year, and didn’t notice, until I got home, that he was missing an arm. I ordered Jim a new one, and kept this one. I want to make him a new arm. Maybe out of Sculpey?


I saw this pillow at a local shop and was really tempted to buy it (because its SO true):

my dream job

Finally, tonight Jeffrey built me a fire because its rainy and cold and he wanted to make me happy and warm me up! We use little easy-lite fire starters to help get the fire going. We are running low, and he asked me to add “Fire starter” to our Grocery List on the fridge, so I wrote the following”


It took him a few minutes to get it. 🙂

I picked up our candy this weekend to hand out for Halloween Thursday. I got three different kinds: miniature candy bars, a bag of gluten free candy, and a bag of nut free candy. While no one has ever asked for gluten free or not free candy, as I man with a gluten allergy, I like offering these allergen free options should anyone request them.

Overall, it was a good week.  Still not feeling 100%, and I still tire easily, but it was a fun and productive week and I’m happy to be mending a little bit each day.

If only tomorrow wasn’t Monday already.


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Truth Bomb

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Public Service Announcement

Bob’s Burgers is the best thing on TV.

‘Nuff said!

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Hard Work

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Monday Milestones

As of today, this is how many days I have until retirement:

In 27 more days, I will have exactly 6 years and 6 months left to work.

Also, as of Today, this is how much weight I’ve lost:

I am just over over half way to my target of 50 lbs. which I want to lose by my 49th birthday on May 17, 2020. I’m feeling confidant I will reach my goal. I have 6 months to lose the final 24.2 lbs, so I just have to continue to lose at least a pound a week/4 pounds a month.

Aside from working until 5:30 today, instead of my scheduled 3:00 departure time, it’s not a bad start to the week, if I do say so myself.

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Rainy Days and Sundays always wear me down

This is Harvey enjoying the warmth of a fire this afternoon. While he did nothing to earn this moment of leisure (aside from being frikkin’ adorable) the husband and I earned it plenty!

It’s been a good month since we did any proper house cleaning, thanks to my hospital-induced hiatus. It was cold and rainy today, and I was feeling a little more energetic this morning, so it was a good day to to grapple the grunginess.

After a couple hours of scrubbing, dusting, sweeping, mopping, washing, and scouring, the bulk of our house is back to livable cleanliness. Unfortunately, I petered out before finishing the last 3 rooms and, after a quick shower and lunch, Jeffrey thoughtfully lit a fire (as shown above) and I collapsed onto the sofa, reclined, and slipped into a deep coma-nap for several hours.

While I’m sad to have lost half of my day to slumber, I’m pleased to have been so productive and that I no longer have to don a hazmat suit to use the facilities in our house.

Now, if only I can make the rest of the weekend last another two days so I can delay having to go back to work tomorrow.

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Accidents Happen!


We went out today to shop for bookshelves, but I accidentally slipped and bought a new Christmas Giraffe. Whoops!

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It’s been raining non-stop here since yesterday morning, and it’s kind of starting to wear on me.

Each day I feel a smidgeon better. I wasn’t quite as wiped out from work yesterday (although still very tired by the time I got home) and my gout-flared footsies are finally returning to normal, with only a little sensitivity and soreness remaining, so I’m walking better. My guts seem to be returning to normal (for me) functions, too, so I’m starting to trust that the latest health crisis has finally, actually passed.

I did get more sleep last night, for several hours. Unfortunately, Jeffrey caught my insomnia and, after being woken up several times by his fanning about, I gave up at 3:00am and just got up and got ready for work.

Today I finally get my make-up Remicade infusion, so I’ll work 7-10 this morning, then head to my 10:30am appointment. That should help me feel better. I am giving my self permission to not return to work afterwords, in the hopes I can come home and get some more sleep this afternoon.

Apparently, yesterday was “Boss’s Day.” My 3 team leads (who report directly to me) surprised me with a card, signed with very flattering comments about my being a good boss, and enclosed a $50.00 AmEx gift card:

The work day was very hectic yesterday, so I didn’t notice it on my desk until late in the day, and did not get to open it until I got home. It really boosted my spirits, and I sent a thankful text to them all.

Now that I’ve built up a good assortment of bow ties, I’ve been wearing them to work every day, for the past few weeks, and I’m loving it. Here are my ties from yesterday and this morning:

It’s a fun alternative to the more traditional necktie, and I think it perks up my wardrobe a bit. (Although nobody sports the bow tie as well as Spo does!)

I’m relieved it’s Thursday already. I’m very much looking forward to the weekend and getting to be home for two days. I cherish my time off, and look forward to the day when every day is a day off.

That’s enough rambling for now.

Be well. Be kind. Be fair.

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