A New Year, A New Start

It was a bummer to be sick over the Christmas holiday. It started with a sore throat, which thankfully waited until Christmas night to start, and then turned into a cough. A co-worker had had strep-throat the week before I got sick so the sore throat sent me to the doc to make sure I didn’t have strep. Thankfully I didn’t! I spent the next three days on the couch or in bed. I had some good company, though!


Both creatures were pretty good nursemaids. Bella was a snugglebug and kept me company wherever I went. If I was on the couch, she was there, if I was well enough to go sit at the computer, she was laying at my feet. ย Fat Kitty is also a good companion when sick. He’s always there to snuggle and purr. And Bella and Fat Kitty are getting along better!


Astonishing photo, right? I was shocked too. It was funny watching them together. They are now doing some sort of “play” that Fat Kitty isย sort of participating in. At least, he’s less grumpy about Bella trying to play with him. While I was packing up the Christmas ornaments and taking down the tree, the two of them came into the living room and played some sort of weird game pacing around each other and walking around a chair. Fat Kitty would take a step one way, Bella would mirror him and then they’d do it again in the other direction. Fat Kitty was meowing the whole time. I like to think they were talking to each other.

Anyways, being sick for four days I got some quality TV watching in. ๐Ÿ™‚ I wanted to recommend a few shows. The first is The Fall with Gillian Anderson. It was outstanding! What a fantastic tv show. I’d never heard of it but loved it and was so bummed when the season was over. I have no idea when it starts up again. Check it out! The other was Top of the Lake, with the chick from Mad Men. It was another really good show, a little weird but I liked it.

I also read a bunch. I figured out how to check out eBooks from the library for my Kindle and read a fantastic book I wanted to recommend. The first book of the series is called “The Crossing Places” and the second book is “The Janus Stone” by Elly Griffiths. I am SO glad I discovered this series. I love the characters, the writing is so easy to read and the stories are intriguing. The main character is an archaeologist (another topic I love) in England. They were the kind of books that make you sad when you finish reading it. Great, great books.

Speaking of books. According to Goodreads, my 2012 reading goal was 77 books (I don’t know how I came up with that number) and read 109. My goal for 2013 was to read 100 and I read 119. What can I say, I like to read and I’m a bit of an overachiever. My goal for 2014 is 125 books.

I resisted the whole eBook reader thing for a long time. I’m a traditionalist when it comes to books. I LIKE going to the library or bookstore and picking up a book that catches my eye. I LIKE the smell and feel of real books. But Michael got me a Kindle for Christmas and I have to admit,ย I freaking love it! It’s so cool. It’s also awesome I can get library books without leaving the house. I’ve been using this service, The Fussy Librarian, too. It sends a daily email digest of eBooks that are cheap or FREE!


My FAVORITE thing about the Kindle is the Wikipedia/Dictionary feature. I love it. It’s so cool and I’m learning new words every day. Maybe this will help my scrabble game….:)


Despite being sick for the holiday, I felt much better by New Year’s Eve–a little tired but better. I am so glad 2014 is here! Not only is our wedding getting closer, but it’s a new start. I definitely went a little crazy in December. LOTS OF STRESS EATING. I gained 2 pounds (as of Christmas) but then I got sick and didn’t count my calories for 5 days and didn’t go to the gym for 5 days and….yeah. I haven’t gotten on the scale yet to see the damage the cold did. I’m going to try and get back on track for the next few weeks and then assess the damage.

I don’t really do new year’s resolutions. I don’t think they work and if I want to change something about myself, why would I wait until January 1st to do it? Today is as good a day as any! Even though I’m not making resolutions, I do have goals. Like I’ve said in previous posts, I’m looking forward to getting back into running more. I think I can happily say that my knee issues are pretty much gone. Not 100% but like 95%. I ran almost 2.5 miles on Christmas Eve with no issues, we’ve done numerous longer hikes (5 miles) with no issues. So I think a goal of running a 5k in 2014 is doable!

Care Takers and Care Packages

When I was sick as a kid, my go-to movie marathon was Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea. I absolutely adored the movies and the books and the best part about the series: they were hours long so I had entertainment all day. I loved the stories and had a huge crush on Gilbert Blythe and wanted nothing more than to live on Prince Edward Island. What a gorgeous place it was!

Alas, I only have the movies on VHS somewhere in a box so I can’t watch them when I’m sick. But I watched something that I enjoyed just as much this week. I was on the couch sick, snotty, sneezing and nursing my aching, red nose for days. What a nasty cold! At least it wasn’t moving into my chest like most colds do. I passed the time with catching up on Netflix: Justified Season 2, the last season of Brothers & Sisters and I started Downton Abbey.

What an awesome show! I love the scenery, the acting is great, the story is compelling and the costumes are to-die-for. It takes place in 1912, England, and begins with the sinking of the Titanic. The heirs to Downton Abbey were on the Titanic and now the family living there is thrown into chaos without an heir. It’s told by equal parts of the upper-class family and their dozens of servants. What a fantastic show.

I had good TV to keep my company, and lots of kitty love too. Fat Kitty was at my side pretty much the entire time I was home sick. He likes to snuggle. ๐Ÿ™‚ Of course, he’d run away for a bit when I had my sneezing fits that shook the whole couch. But he always came back.

The first night I was home sick, Michael made us spicy bean burritos for dinner. I just wanted something spicy to clear up my sinuses. He piled on tons of jalapenos and it did the trick. The second night, we totally got junk food for dinner. I had zero desire to leave the house, or to eat anything resembling “healthy.”

Michael got us chicken strips and jalapeno poppers from the grocery store. Unfortunately, the poppers were not spicy at all (boo) but I sprinkled some cayenne pepper on my chicken strips and that did the trick for a little bit. I tried to justify the dinner by adding some raw broccoli to my plate, but who am I kidding? It was just comfort food with very little nutritional value.

The highlight of my convalescence was getting a care package from Cynthia! Our birthdays are near each other and I won her birthday giveaway. The package arrived and I happily tore into it from my sick bed (the couch). Fat Kitty was super excited about the paper wrapping and the box. I was excited about the CHOCOLATE!

She kindly sent me chocolate, macaroons, spicy jelly, hot cocoa, tea, a marinade, and her favorite book. I immediately had one of the teas and the mini chocolate (dark chocolate with lavender and blueberry) as an afternoon snack.

Thank you so much, Cynthia! ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to try everything! Of course, it will have to wait for when I feel better and can actually taste things again…

QUESTION: What is your favorite at-home-sick-on-the-couch movie?