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On the mend

If you’ve been reading this blog to monitor my health and the progress of my lingering cold/cough/lurgy, I have good news: I am feeling much, much better.

Yesterday was the first day in weeks that I felt I could go for a proper walk, beyond getting out for scheduled meetings and commitments — indeed, it was the first time in a while that I wanted to go for a walk. I chose not to do so, though. I’ve felt a bit better in the past, got myself up and out, and quickly destroyed the little bit of endurance and recovery I’d gained.

Today, since I was feeling yet a bit more energetic, I thought I might be ready for a limited bit of exercise.  Continue reading On the mend


I’m sick again — well, I don’t think I stopped being sick, but I had been feeling better but am now not feeling better. All this staying out late to see Madonna and working long days and such has kept me from healing, I guess.

Maybe I just need more vegetables in my diet. For dinner I made pasta with sauteed spinach and goat cheese, topped by fried eggs. I forgot to take a picture, so here’s someone else’s photo of baby spinach.

Baby spinach

Makes you feel healthier just looking at it, doesn’t it?

Today I also worked in bed, which was good and a bit less tiring than working at my desk. Tomorrow I’m heading out to Bakery Square for a Girl Develop It Pittsburgh workshop on version control with GitHub. No time like the present to get more serious about good process and version control, I say.

No rest for the weary, is there?

…In bed

I’d been sick off and on for a couple of weeks. By the end of last week my last bits of resistance failed, so finally I couldn’t ignore it any longer: I had to rest up and try to recover. I did a lot of sleeping, and when I was awake I stayed in bed. 

My cats thought this was marvelous. How lovely to have a new nap companion! And one who, thanks to a low-running fever, was always toasty warm to snuggle up to. Continue reading …In bed

I got chills; they’re multiplying


Jedi, originally uploaded by PhillipWest.

Monday night I started to feel a little ill: chills, tiredness, headache. Tuesday I was focused on making it to and through meetings and a presentation at Refresh Pittsburgh, all of which were quite engaging and interesting.

But by Tuesday evening I could tell that all was not well — or more specifically, that I was not well. Despite all the colds and flu viruses and other forms of illness circulating, I’d survived most of the winter largely unscathed. But this could not last.

I’m not too bad off. Vehement coughing, lung congestion, off-and-on headaches, off-and-on fever. Now a little head congestion has kicked in too, to spice things up. Could be worse. In any case, I’m playing it safe, resting a lot and drinking echinecea tea and watching television.

This turns out to be a nice thing, this sitting and resting and not thinking too hard.

I just finished watching "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (not bad, very dated, kind of OK for a slow night if you don’t hate musicals). Now I am embarking on the first of three parts of that BBC version "Pride and Prejudice" with Colin Firth and … well, I don’t know or care who else, they’re a bunch of other people who do a nice job being around Colin Firth. (Oh yeah, that girl who played Sapphie on "Absolutely Fabulous" is the wayward sister.) I’ve seen this production before — more than once — so there are no surprises, only the perfect re-enactment of a drama that ends happily.

I’m sure more than a night or two of downtime wouldn’t work for me. (Amusing turn of phrase, that, isn’t it?) But the occasional cold serves as a reminder that there’s more to life than accomplishing lots of stuff. And, uncomfortable though a cold always is, a nice reminder it can be.

(About the picture: I searched Flickr for a photo of tissues to help depict my current state, and this Jedi popped up. He doesn’t particularly apply to my post, but I thought he was cool.)