Despite sleeping in until nearly 2 PM yesterday, I was back in bed around 7 PM, and read for an hour or so before turning out the lights and going to sleep. I actually slept well, except around midnight, when I woke up coughing and with a dry throat and tossed and turning for half an hour or so before getting back to sleep.
I feel better this morning, although my head is stuffed. I got caught up on email when I got into the office. I’ve got a quarter of my day in meetings today, which isn’t too bad (Friday is worse–I’ve got 3/8ths of my day in meetings–which is weird for a Friday).
I’m 180 pages through The Reagan Diaries, having stopped on Friday, September 16, 1983.
Looks like we’ll have a good roster for our softball playoff games on Saturday. First game is at 8:30 AM and we’ve got 16 confirmed on the roster which means at least 5 subs. We’ve got a practice scheduled at lunch tomorrow.
Oh my god, it’s 4 PM on Tuesday!!
I’m feeling better, but still not 100%. I had the worst ear pain of my life in the decent into BWI this morning, to the point that I literally thought blood was going to ooze from my ears. It passed and hasn’t returned.
When I got home, I took some NyQuil and got into bed and slept. And slept. And slept. When I woke up it was almost 2 PM. I don’t know how I’m going to sleep tonight. Now it’s already 4:15, the day is gone and I haven’t even gotten started. It’s a weird, disconcerting feeling. I’m behind in everything, including a thread of about 600 email messages involving Andy, strausmouse, kruppenheimer, and rmstraus. And these guys are supposed to be working today!
I’m hungry so eventually I need to eat something, but it won’t be here because I haven’t gone grocery shopping yet. I have laundry to do. I have other errands to run. I don’t know it it will happen today. Nevertheless, I expect to be okay to go into work tomorrow. We have a practice at noon on Thursday for softball. Playoffs is this coming Saturday.
Oh, while I was gone, I got shunn‘s chapbook, An Alternate History of the 21st Century in the mail. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I’ve added it to my reading stack.
I’ve also finally updated my posts for the weekend. You can find them here, here, and here.
Morro Bay, day 3
I woke up early in the morning and I was sick. A full-blown cold with “extras”, the extras being things like fever and chills. It was in the upper 80s in Morro Bay and I wasn’t going to allow something as annoying as a cold to ruin my weekend so I sucked it up. We headed out, stopping at the drug store so I could get some cold medicine, then we headed for breakfast.
After breakfast we decided to go to the beach. We packed up some stuff and headed off to the beach, where we sat basking in the sun for a couple of hours. I did a little reading and Dan and I got into our usual philosophical debates for a while. I managed to get burned a little on one side of my face. Megan slept through most of the beach time.
Dan and Megan on the beach.
Lunch–or, “linner”, rather, was quite possibly the highlight of the trip. We were on a mission. It had been over 18 months since my last partaking of In-n-Out and, sick as I was, I sought an end to that particular streak. So we had In-n-Out for lunch. I couldn’t taste much, but I still enjoyed my Double-Double and fries. So sick, was I, however, that I couldn’t finish my burger. It was the first time I’ve ever desperately wanted to eat something sitting in front of me and simply couldn’t. Just in case it ends up being another 18 months before I have In-n-Out again, I took this picture prior to starting on my lunch:
We spent the rest of the evening in, watching a few more movies, hanging out talking, joking around. Megan made me some vegetable soup for dinner which was just the ticket for me.
I had a massive allergy attack just before going to bed last night. That, combined with large quantities of antihistamines made me feel miserable when my alarm went off at 5:30 this morning. I decided then and there to take a sick day today. I’d feel more guilty about it, were it not for the fact that I was in the office working yesterday for about five hours.
I’m just now getting out of bed (yes, at 11 AM!) and I plan on taking it easy today, perhaps finishing up Spook Country and starting in on Joe Haldeman’s The Accidental Time Machine.
But first thing’s first: breakfast. I’m starving!
I had my first-ever dizzy-spell this morning. Something didn’t feel quite right all morning long and I couldn’t put my finger on it. Then, while I was in a phone meeting with our Europe office, the room started to spin, even though I was perfectly still. It got so bad that I thought I might get sick, but I fought it off and eventually, the feeling passed and the dizziness went away. It was not a pleasant experience, and I don’t know what caused it, but I’m elated just because it’s over now.
I have some catching up to do and posts from the remainder of the weekend will be coming soon. But I was home sick today and I’ll be working from home tomorrow so please be patient. I saw my doctor today as a precaution because I don’t often have extended fevers like this. He wasn’t overly concerned. More than likely it’s the flu or a virus of some kind and this far into it, antibiotics and antivirals can’t do much. I just have to wait it out. Get some reason, drink lots of fluids, etc.
I headed down to work this afternoon to pick up my laptop so that I could do some real work from home tomorrow. I also realized that I either lost my phone charger or left it at Jen and Jason’s. My phone is down to one bar, so I’ll have to go out an buy a new charger tomorrow.
More from the weekend soon…
Sunday in New York
I was up at about 8:30 AM and feeling pretty good. I slept well in the hotel room and the skies were bright and clear. I pulled open the shades and Jen and Jason were awake shortly thereafter. We met AJ and Denisse at the hotel restaurant, Olives, for breakfast and the breakfast was quite good. The only mishap–and the only mishap of the entire weekend–was that Denisse lost her cellphone at breakfast. More than likely she left it under a napkin that was cleared away.
We headed up to Jen and Jason’s place and then to the park via 2nd Avenue. We stopped at Coldstone for shakes, but I was the only one who managed to get a shake because they ran out of milk. Several blocks later, however, we came to a Maggie Moos and everyone else got shakes there. We cut over to the park on 72nd and ended up by the Boathouse and then Bethesda statue. We were there for a while, and then wandered past the elms, heading for the south end of the park and then back toward the subway, where we finally split up, AJ and Denisse to head back to the hotel and then to the bus for the ride home, and Jen, Jason and I back to their place.
Back and Jen and Jason’s I was feeling pretty sick and so I took some medicine and rested for about an hour and a half before heading off to the airport. I checked in and was at the gate about an hour before the flight, and boarded quickly once called. The flight departed a little late, but got into Dulles just after 9 PM. I was feeling terrible at this point. I retrieved my luggage, bought some Advil to take, and headed home. Once home, I sent a message to work saying that I was taking a sick day. Then I took some NyQuil and headed off to bed.
It was a fun weekend and I’m glad I made it through most of it feeling pretty well.
An early start
I woke up just after 5 AM, once again feeling a little feverish. I took some Advil. But I wasn’t tired and I didn’t even try going back to sleep. I browsed online for a while, killing time. I noticed this morning that I have a few more regular cold symptoms. So maybe it’s just things happened out of order for me. My cough was slightly more pronounced and I have some nasal congestion. But none of it is too bad, and I am definitely going to the gym this morning. I’m not missing 3 days in a row.
At 7 AM, I grabbed the keys and headed over to the corner diner on 85th and 3rd to grab some breakfast. I had scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast, with a tall glass of chilled, freshly squeezed orange juice. That hit the spot.
After breakfast, I walked around the block to the grocery store where I picked up a tooth brush (I forgot my tooth brush at home) and some day-time cold medicine. I took the day time cold medicine as soon as I got back here and now, I’m just sitting around waiting for Jen and Jason to wake up.
It’s really strange. I have a fever (and accompanying chills) but no aches, no stuffed up nose or head, and only a slight cough. I just took some more Advil (no NyQuil) during the day and hopefully this thing will run it’s course before the day is over.
I was up close to 7 AM after getting nearly 12 hours of sleep last night. I headed over to IHOP for breakfast and now that I’m back, I’ve got a list of things to do before heading to the airport, starting with Zeke’s vet appointment in about 25 minutes. He’s sitting on my lap right now, purring away, completely innocent of the fact that I’m getting his carrier out in about five minutes and that we’re heading off to the vet. He hates that. I’ve got to gas up the car, do some laundry, clean up the kitchen, get a haircut, go to the gym (if I feel up to it), call the accountant, print out my boarding passes, etc. etc. It’s a busy day off.
Seven hours later…
It’s 2:40 AM and I’ve already gotten 7 hours of sleep, which is a bit weird. I actually slept okay for the most part. But when I woke up a little while ago, I as feverish again so I just took another shot of NyQuil, which should last me until about 8:30 when I have to get up anyway (Zeke has a 9 AM appointment with the vet for his shots). What’s unusual about this “cold” so far is that while I’ve had the fever and a slight cough, I’ve had no sore throat, no runny nose or nasal congestion or anything like that. Some achy muscles, yes, but no sneezing or sinus problems. I’m hoping, therefore, that I burn through this fever pretty quickly and that I’ll be in good condition by Saturday morning.
I forgot to mention earlier that I picked up my cleaned and pressed suits from the cleaners on the way home from work. I also was supposed to call my new accountant but ran out of time so I will call her today so that we can discuss preliminaries. I’ve got a busy day today. Zeke has his vet appointment, I need to get a haircut, do some laundry, call the accountant, pack for the weekend, clean up the house a bit, put gas in the car. My flight to NY is at 5:40 PM so I need to head out to Dulles not later than about 3 PM.
See you in the morning.