I was sick on Friday and forced myself to stick it out at work because my boss was in town and I had two meetings that I absolutely had to attend. I felt pretty lousy for much of the weekend, and although I felt somewhat better this morning, I think one more day would help to get over this thing as quickly as possible. So I took a sick day, but I’ve still been up since 5:30 AM trying to get various little things done here and there.
I’m about 4,000 words behind the curve on NaNoWriMo and I’m going to use some of the day today to make that up, get back on track, or even a little bit ahead of the curve if I can. 4,000 words is something that is reasonably do-able within a day. We’ll see how it goes.
I’m about 40 or so pages into Startide Rising. It’s holding my interest so far, but I’m not blown away by it yet. Still, I’m giving it a chance, particularly since stubiebrother recommended it after the fact.
I did a short video chat with he11o_sunshine this morning. She hadn’t yet gone to work and I was still in bed.
I am feeling somewhat better than I did in the middle of the night, although I am still home and taking it easy today. I suspect that this is somewhat stress-related. I have gotten very good at minimizing my work-related stress by keeping reasonable work hours (7 AM – 4 PM) and sticking to them. The workouts help too. But there is a lot going on at work and I am juggling more than I am used to and so the stress levels have started to creep up. I suppose I just need to take a deep breath and not worry about it so much. Easier said than done.
I was hungry when I finally got out of bed this morning (well after 9 AM) and I treated myself to a big breakfast at IHOP. I watched last night’s episode of House, which TiVo dutifully recorded for me as part of my season pass. I’ll probably get some reading done today, and maybe even some writing later on in the day. I have a number of errands that I could catch up on as well, but I’ll see how I feel. Mostly, I plan on taking it easy.
I wasn’t feeling well last night and so I took a sick day today. I slept in late (until 10 AM, which is very late for me these days) and I felt a little better when I woke up. I have mixed feelings about sick days. On the one hand, I think it’s important that you don’t get your coworkers sick by bringing whatever you have into work. I also understand that getting some rest is often the best medicine one can take.
On the otherhand, I get bored out of my mind in twelve seconds if I am sitting around doing nothing (unless I am sitting on a beach in some tropical climate, or on Vermont lake in the summer). So naturally, I couldn’t just sit around at home and do nothing. Today, I ran errands. I needed new boxers and went to Old Navy and got five of them. I needed to get some softballs for the softball team. I went to Modell’s and got 16 of them. I needed to get some cat litter for Zeke and went to Petco and got 2 boxes.
Then I came home and made myself a turkey, bologna, salami and cheese sandwich. Since then, I’ve been reading work-related email. I often have this feeling that the really interesting stuff at work happens when I am not there. I don’t have that feeling as much as I used to, but every now and then I get curious. And I am well on my way to finishing up Third Time Around by George Burns. I’ll probably finish it up tonight and Eric will be glad to know that tomorrow I will finally get started on 3 Nights In August, something like 6 months after he first recommended it.
And so that’s what a typical sick day is like for me. I suppose it would be more exciting if I were doing something like going to Magic Mountain, or sneaking off to a Yankee game, but then I’d just be making a lot more people potentially sick.
The funny thing is: I feel much better. I’ll know how I feel for sure once I see how the Yankees fair against Texas tonight.