Another terrible math quiz. I really thought I was going to do well on this one. I knew all the rules of derivatives. But I stumbled over and over again on trig. I need to re-learn trig identities, I think.

In my vast wealth of time. I am super behind on everything because I caught a cold a week ago and am still fighting it. It's hard to breathe and focus. I still feel tired all the time.

To add to the stress, my dad is visiting next week. And then we have a huge bunch of friends coming in the week after that. I need to get healthy so I can catch up on school work and clean the house. 
Ben has a cold. It makes him snore and gargle all night in his sleep. Earplugs are saving our marriage right now.

He sounds absolutely dreadful. I hope it clears up quickly.

It snowed again. Another half an inch. I'm not sure I'm even going to bother to shovel it today. 

Maggie loves playing in the snow. Part of me wants a real snowstorm so she can have extra fun. She's never seen more than an inch or so of snow in her entire life! Crazy, right?
So yeah, totally got sick. Summer cold fun times.

I spent the last couple days in bed feeling miserably hot and tired. Watched A LOT of science shows and nasa tv. I think I managed to see every single press conference for the mars curiosity rover WHICH IS LANDING TONIGHT.

I'm terrified that the poor thing is going to crash and burn. The landing is just insane.



You can also play with this neat landing sim. And if by some off chance you have a kinect, there's a free curiosity game on xbox360 that lets you attempt to land the rover.

I really hope it goes well! Otherwise I think I might cry.

But it'll work, right? Because science! Mars! And awesomeness!
Thanksgiving was spent all day in bed. I slept nearly the whole day.

Friday was also spent mostly in bed. Ben forced me out to dinner in the evening even though I was loaded up on cold medicine. I had barely eaten that day, so I was surprisingly hungry. Then we walked off dinner in the mall, where the nyquil dizziness made straight lines difficult. At least it wasn't very crowded.

Today I felt much better. I wasn't at 100%, but I was functional again.

Because I lack any sense of moderation, I decided today would be make-up Thanksgiving. I spent the entire day cooking.
Recipe verdicts:
- Wild rice stuffed squash - Ok, but would have been better without the squash. The rice mixture smelled nice and tasted good though. Luckily I have plenty of rice leftovers.
- Quino skillet bread - Still on the fence about this. Taste-wise, it was good. It tasted like cornbread but had a much dense texture that I'm not sure I liked. Plus the center had a weird thick cream portion that freaks me out a little. I wouldn't recommend this for anyone with food texture issues.
- Vegetarian Stuffing - Bland and dry. Hopefully I can come up with creative ways to use this stuff up. Even halving the recipe, I ended up with a ton.
- Baked asparagus with balsamic butter sauce - This one is an old tried and true for me. Double the balsamic vinegar though, or the soy sauce overwhelms the dish. I'm doing my best to leave the leftovers for ben, but I don't think I'm going to be able to hold out.
- Apple galette - Somewhere between a fruit tart and a pie, galettes are awesome because they are so easy and tasty. This was the highlight of the dinner, I think. I did reduce the walnuts slightly, because I am not a huge walnut fan. But ben had two slices after saying he would only have a little bit because he was full. (And later came back for a third.)

I skipped both the salad and the mashed potatoes. I can always make them another night as we work on the leftovers.

After dinner, ben ran out for mead to go with his third slice of apple galette and evening of skyrim. I will probably go to bed soon. I don't want to push myself too hard and get sick again.
I am sick on Thanksgiving. It's pretty miserable. I'm glad I didn't have to go anywhere this year.

We're delaying thanksgiving dinner until I recover. Hopefully I will be better tomorrow.

Ben is out looking for an open store to get me nyquil and chicken soup. I've also been drinking lots of tea with honey which really helps my scratchy throat.

I hate being sick.
I decided earlier in the week that summer is far to short to waste in an office. So I took a half day on Friday to go out and enjoy my life. Unfortunately Friday was also one of the peak days for this heat wave we are going through.

So on friday I went to the National Archives to see their latest exhibit, What's Cooking, Uncle Sam? There was a terribly huge line to get into the building, but once I survived that I ran into very few people. I think everyone else was there to see the declaration of independence. (Which had a line longer than disney world.)

I was mostly interested in the victory garden part of the exhibit, but I learned a lot of other neat stuff. It was certainly a good way to spend the afternoon.
A few notable things from the exhibit )

Saturday was the hottest day of the heat wave. And of course, the day I'd get sick. Probably all those filthy tourists. Anyway, I spent the day relaxing and chilling. As did the dogs. Maggie spent most of the day sleeping in front of our bedroom ac vent.
Maggie's favorite spot on a hot day

In the evening when I was feeling better, ben and I watched Megamind together. It was surprisingly enjoyable.

Today I felt much better, so ben and I did a bit of shopping and then returned home to escape the heat. We have discovered that maggie enjoys water, so I have been spraying her down with the hose. Noname has made a point to stay far far away from the hose despite the heat.

And now, fresh Maggie pictures. Because she grows up so fast and won't be this tiny forever!
Puppy! )
I slept practically the whole day! But I do feel a lot better. Still a bit tired (the stairs leave me winded), but my sinuses are clearing up and most of my headache is gone. I'm glad I have been able to avoid a full cold.

In other news, my aerogarden cherry tomatoes have begun to ripen!

Aerogarden - Cherry Tomatoes
Aerogarden - Ripe Tomatoes

Maybe tomorrow I'll stop by the farmer's market and pick up some salad greens to enjoy with my tomatoes. I hope they taste good.

Especially because I have a ton of other tomatoes growing on the far side of the plant.

Aerogarden - Many Ripening Tomatoes

I'm going to have sooooo many tomatoes when these ripen. Plus there are plenty more flowers growing all over. Looks like this was a success.
I woke up yesterday morning feeling a bit under the weather. I had all the signs of coming down with something - headache, sore throat, congestion, and sensitive skin. But I didn't feel so bad that I couldn't get up and move around, so I went to work anyway.

I took my misery out on our marketing agency. I was extra harsh on them each time they messed up. Especially over misspellings in the copy. Supposedly this stuff is going over to a proofer, but time and again they have proven that this is not the case.

In the afternoon, we had a feast of balls in honor of colbert. There were cheese balls, meat balls, popcorn balls, cake balls.... It was quite extensive.

I wasn't feeling better at all by the time I got home, so ben and I decided to pick up dinner instead. We decided to use my groupon to The Pollo Factory. I had heard good things about the place and had been meaning to try it, but it's in a lousy location so I had always put it off. The groupon was good motivation. I'm glad I got it cause that was some amazingly good peruvian chicken. The skin was caramelized and crunchy while the meat inside melted in your mouth. The guy at the counter said they imported their spices from peru, which I thought was an interesting little factoid. Ben must have really liked it because he ate half a chicken by himself. We will probably go there again in the future.

I did feel a bit better after a good dinner, but I decided it would be best if I rested up to beat whatever I was coming down with. I crawled into bed and alternated between sleeping and watching tv. It was kinda annoying when I'd fall asleep during the middle of the show, wake up at the end, and have to search through to figure out at what point I lost consciousness.

This morning, I don't feel any better, but I don't feel any worse either. I have fed my pets and eaten breakfast. I will probably head back to bed again soon. I'm trying to spent a little bit of time with my bird, who was totally neglected last night as I tried to recover. She's a very social animal and gets very upset when she doesn't get some quality time with me each day.
Ben and I caught some sort of bug at the rally. We spent sunday and monday sleeping and medicating. Ben seems to be recovering better than I am. But this is my second cold in 2 weeks, so my immune system is probably exhausted.

It was suggested we try mucinex, which ended up being a super huge help. Teaches me a lesson for disregarding medicine just because it's name is essentially snot-be-gone. Especially when what I really needed was for the snot to be gone!

I went to work today but left early. I was really tired. Ben picked me up to vote, then we used our "I voted" stickers to obtain free tacos. After we ate, I took a long and much needed nap.

Ben woke me up a little while ago so I could shower and re-medicate myself. I was glad he did because I was having a nightmare.

I should go back to bed soon. But I think I have a nyquil stuck in my throat... :(
I fail at life. I am sick. I stayed home today and spent most of the day sleeping. Or at least trying to. My dog barked all day.

The gunk in my throat tastes so bad, I wish I could cut out my tongue....
Not feeling too great today. I woke up this morning a bit congested. I'm hoping it's just a need for more sleep. Work has been so stressful lately, I've been having constant nightmares that keep waking me up. (One night, Ben woke me up because I was crying in my sleep. I don't think these are normal stress levels.)

If I'm feeling worse by this afternoon, I will go home early. Of course, that will only make the stress worse later when I try to catch up on all the stuff I've missed...
I'm just a mess this weekend. For no reason I can tell, I threw up last night! I had trouble falling asleep because my stomach didn't feel right and then I was really really sick.

I can't even say it was something I ate because I ate dinner at 6 and it was 11 when I got sick. There was barely anything left in my stomach at that point.

I am just falling apart these last few days!
Woke up sad and sick, so I took the day off. Have been resting all morning, though I couldn't sleep because landscapers were outside doing their loud lawnmower things.

Tiny dog was needy and annoying. I tried to cuddle her but it wasn't enough to make her happy. So I clipped her nails. Now she wants nothing to do with me.

I tried to have my name updated on my credit card, but my security # didn't match the one they had on file. So they are overnighting me a new card with my old name on it so I can call again. If it works, they'll send me a new card with my new name on it. I don't know why it has to be this complicated.

I also used the day off to make a doctor appointment. I discovered my doctor no longer takes my insurance. That was annoying, but actually a good thing cause I hated that office. It motivated me to find a new doctor. This new one has good reviews. We will see how it actually works out.

If I get better by Sunday (which I will because I am resting!), ben and I are going to go to the baltimore aquarium. Yay! I haven't been there since I was a kid, even though I really like aquariums.

We might also go strawberry picking, depending on weather/crop/etc. Strawberries are my favorite berry and I have more than once eaten them until I have thrown up. I have also eaten so many, I have developed a rash. Sometimes I get a rash AND throw up. Yet I never learn. That is because strawberries are DELICIOUS.

I hope everyone else has a fun weekend too. Yay holidays! Poo to being sick! Must get better!

Random picture of a puppy ready for the weekend:
omnomnomnom
I woke up this morning with a terrible stomach ache, but I have so much to do that I can't afford to take the day off.

Plan for the day is to get as much done as possible, then skip out a little early. This will be difficult though, because I have meetings from 10 straight through to 2:30. No wonder I never get any work done...
Yesterday I developed a runny nose. By the evening, I couldn't stop myself from sneezing. I took some medicine for it, which stopped the sneezing but not the nose running. It also put me to sleep pretty early.

This morning I felt a bit like death. Ben said my head wasn't hot though, so I went to work. One nostril is runny, the other too stuffed to breath. And I have a sore throat too.

I drank some hot tea, which made my throat feel much better. It also briefly opened my nose up.

I wonder if this is related to my wisdom teeth, which still hurt like you wouldn't believe, or if I'm just really unlucky and am getting sick at the same time. I can't afford to be sick right now. I have too much work to do!

I may go home early today though, if I can finish everything up. I feel sore all over.
It's a good thing I have a snow day. I feel awful.

Sometime in the middle of the night I woke up with a stomach ache, but as I got out of bed it quickly turned to nausea. I got to spend a good portion of the night hugging the toilet wishing for death.

I guess I ate something bad, but I'm not sure what. Maybe that duck sauce was expired...

I didn't have any food in my stomach at that hour though, which made it so much worse. I cannot throw up things that are not there! My stomach muscles ache from trying. (It even hurts to sneeze!)

After maybe and hour or so plus a few doses of pepto, my stomach finally calmed down and I was able to go back to bed. I was exhausted. I would like to not repeat that experience...
Last night I had cereal. And ended up with the same icky sick feeling I normally get on mondays....When I have cereal... after not eating it all weekend.

Dots started to connect in my head.

I also get that feeling if I drink rice milk. More dots connecting. So I looked up the ingredients for soy milk and rice milk and they had one main ingredient in common. Some stuff called carrageenan, which is made from seaweed and is used to make liquids thicker. I also remembered that some smoothies also make my throat scratchy.

So I think I might possibly be having a very slight allergic reaction to that stuff. I'm going to see if I can find a brand of soy or rice milk that doesn't have carrageenan in it. If it doesn't make me feel sick, I will at least know the cause of my problem and what to avoid!
Seems like every monday I have a cough and a runny nose. How odd.
I have been craving soft serve ice cream for days. No one sells soft serve anymore. Bah.

I went to work today even though I still feel hot. I don't have a temperature though, and I'm not coughing or sneezing, so I figure I am not a plague carrier. I feel really tired and dizzy though. I want to curl under my desk and take a nap.

More offices should have nap rooms. I'd be so much more productive if I could rest for about 30 minutes. Instead I'm going to drag myself slowly through everything.
I woke up this morning incredibly hot. I was so hot, I felt sick. I couldn't get up until I had cooled down.

The rest of the day I had a terrible headache and hot flashes. I'm too old for hot flashes!

I went home early. I couldn't focus with my head throbbing. I went to bed almost immediately and didn't wake up until ben came home from his d&d.

I still feel really hot. I hope I'm not sick. One of my coworkers came to work friday coughing and sneezing all over the place. I would not be surprised if she gave something to me. Filthy plague carriers!!!!

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