When I was sick as a kid, my mom would make us a bed on the sofa. While burning with fever, or hacking up a lung, the cool sheets and proximity to television felt like a special treat. As I moved in and out of consciousness, mom would offer up medicine or grilled cheese or my favorite magazine. When I was in college, I got really sick my senior year—sick enough that I missed three days of classes. My mom drove the three hours to JMU to come check on me. She brought medication I was too ill to go get on my own, my favorite magazines, and yes, grilled cheese.
Sick days are the best parts of childhood that no one really talks about.
I say this because I’ve been sick for almost two weeks. The first week was a lot like this scene in When Harry Met Sally. By the second week though, I was fairly delirious. Coming home from work and falling asleep by 7 PM and waking up only when my alarm went off at six the next morning.
There was no one to bring me medicine, no one to make me grilled cheeses.
Sick days are the worst part of adulthood that no one really talks about.
I’m here for this light show.
What I wish I’d had the guts to do the last time I saw this.
The myth of the domestic goddess.
The women standing between you and nuclear war.
The evolution of burial clothing.
Even if you have a family or a significant other, you should really do more stuff alone.
- I finished David Sedaris’ Theft by Finding and felt it was the slow evolution of watching one of my favorite writers turn into a crotchety old man.
- Call Me By Your Name was as lovely a book as I’ve read in a long time. A film of the same name comes out in November.
I know I’m late to the game, but Hidden Figures was pretty great. Nocturnal Animals was a surprisingly good sleeper. My delirium led me to watch Mud and The Good Place, but both were also surprisingly enjoyable.
(I know, I should be ashamed of how much television I’ve watched in the past two weeks.)
I started seeing a trainer and he gave me a recipe for an insanely good smoothie that I’ve already made a few times (and I don’t even like smoothies). It’s about 240 calories all in and thanks to the peas is power packed with protein (which is super helpful to mostly-veg folks like myself).
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/2 cup kale
- 1 banana
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 1/2 cup berries or other fruit
- A small wedge of ginger
Add ingredients to a blender and hit liquify, or put the ingredients in a freezer safe ziplock bag and store for the week ahead.
I made a Fig and Almond “breakfast cake” this week, but had generally meh feelings about it because it tasted to healthy (tip: it’s not).
One more thing
One of my high school classmates died last week. Even though we hadn’t spoken in many years, it really shook me. His friends made a memorial and it’s well worth watching.