Things to Do When You’re Sick (a story of recent personal experience)

Being sick sucks. It’s exhausting, lonely, and painfully boring. I should know, I’ve been going on one week of having no energy, a nasty chest cough, body aches that feel like I’ve been run over by a truck, and a cloudy congestion that makes it’s hard to believe my head is actually attached to me. So how have I kept dangling on the side of sanity throughout this time? Very carefully. It’s been pretty difficult finding things to keep me entertained enough to hold on to the realm of the living. But now that I’ve been through it and I think I’m seeing the light at the end of the germy, pounding tunnel I thought I’d pass the savings on to you. I’ve made a list of things to keep you occupied while you’re under the weather so you don’t go totally stir crazy! You’re welcome.

  • Watch a shitload of TV: ‘But daytime and weekend TV sucks!’ you whine. Yeah, sometimes, though there are some gems out there if you look hard enough. I also have a feeling your standards will be a bit lower during your illness so just sit back and relax, who cares that you’re actually watching Steve Wilkos? Though if you’re that much of a snob then just make sure that you never, ever deplete your DVR stock. Because there will be a day (and it looks like it has arrived) when you are so desperate for entertainment and you’ve wasted all your saved TMZ episodes on an evening when you could have been falling asleep to The Late Show. (I assume everyone falls asleep to the TV because I’m certainly not the freak only one here…)
    But if you’re too much of an eager beaver when it comes to your DVR there is always On Demand. Here’s your chance to get into yet another TV show! You just have to do a little searching, maybe some trial and error but there is something on there for you, promise. Then, when you find something new, you can bulk up your DVR with the new episodes for the next time that pesky sinus infection pops up.
    If you happen to have a cable provider that offers a crappy On Demand selection you can always search for a nutty marathon to get sucked into. Weekends are especially good for these, there are always about twenty of them floating around your TV guide. You don’t know how many healthy afternoons I’ve spent glued to a Hoarder’s or Dateline on ID marathon. I guarantee you’ll blow through five hours without even knowing it. And oh yeah, for those of you into sports I’m sure there’s some of that on somewhere too.
  • Read a Book: Let’s face it, reading these days consists of status updates and four paragraph blogs/news stories on the internet. After working all day and coming home to check email reading tends to be ignored but now that you’re sick here’s your chance to catch up. Go pick up that copy of “Lies My Teacher Told Me” that you put down five years ago and finally finish it!
  • Start or Continue a Hobby: So you’re bedridden but you don’t want to just lay there like a lump. This is when you do a little thing I call ‘lazy-productive’. It’s when you pick up an activity that you can do with little exertion. Such activities include writing, crocheting/knitting, eavesdropping (if you live in an apartment), drawing, spying into other apartment windows (again, if you have that kind of view) or scrapbooking. These all require minimal effort, can be down while sitting down but still be very satisfying. Keep in mind, lazy-productiveness doesn’t have to be relegated to being done only when you’re sick. A regular lazy day works just fine for this to be put in action, I do it all the time!
  • Sleep: Ah, sleep! Isn’t it the best? This is when your body needs it most and it’s also a great reason to catch up on that sleep you’ve been missing out on thanks to your busy work schedule and social life. Just go for it, sleep until noon, take a nap from 3pm to 6pm then go back to bed 9pm for the night. Besides, what’s better than staying in your pj’s all day and being the epitome of laziness? You’ve got no one to answer to and you’re at death’s door! Lastly, what makes sleep even cooler? Snuggling with your pet, of course.
  • Tally the Amount of Fluids You’ve Drank (by glass): Getting enough fluids is super important when you’re sick. It can become overwhelming to continuously remind yourself to refill your glass so why not make it fun? Keep a running tally of the amount of glasses or cups you drink throughout the day just to see exactly how much you’re getting. Subsequently, keep a list of how many times you pee because it’s going to be a lot. Mix it up day-to-day (one day water, the next day juice) and see which fluids effect you the most! (What’s that you say? I must be really bored? Eh, I suppose, but how could you pass up an opportunity to get to know your body a little better?)
  • Clean Your Bellybutton: …Everyone should.
  • Have a Movie Marathon: Make the marathon specific though. Maybe watch a bunch of movies by a certain director, or pick one year and only watch movies from then, or maybe choose a word and just watch movies with that word in the title, perhaps only watch the early works of an actor/actress, or maybe just every single Stephen Baldwin movie ever made (but save Threesome for last because that’s 1990’s gold).

So, there you have it. I’ve given you some tools to cope with your boredom while home sick. It doesn’t have to be that bad (besides the fact that you feel like death). And next time you’re sick come up with more things to do so I’m not lying around with nothing to do!

-xo

Random Thoughts

My mind is always racing. When I’m trying to nap, my brain just keeps going and pondering things. It’s usually about stuff that doesn’t matter but I’d still like an answer to. So I thought I’d bother you with some of my inane musings and see what you have to say.

Why did it take so long for us women to accept and what exactly was it that finally convinced us that George Michael was, in fact, gay? Because I’m pretty sure “Club Tropicana” spelled it out pretty clearly for us in 1983. …But I suppose the same could be said for a majority of 80’s pop singers.

Discuss.

-xo

I’m Giving In and Doing This

*Disclaimer: This is my first ‘blog’ entry so bear with me. It looks long, but there are lots of pictures.*

It’s time to man up and start writing because… that’s what I want to do. I gave up on it after college because I no longer had deadlines and the vicious cycle started. But that’s not really hurting anyone but me, so joke’s on (you guessed it) me.

So what to write about to get the ball rolling? What has been consuming my life for the past two months; cleaning my apartment.

I came back to Manhattan after basically 2 and a half years of being away. Why, you ask? I moved to Hong Kong for almost a year (to start), came back to no job, my sister about to pop in Philly and a bunch of laziness. *I should have started a blog while living in Hong Kong? Yes, I should have but my response to that is I’m a dumbass.* So, one nephew, one niece, a lot of laying on the couch not knowing what to do with my life and one awful job later (which would have been a blog in itself) I got my shit together and got back up to my apartment in New York which had been used as the most expensive storage unit ever and occasional drunken party pad. I didn’t want to live on a daily basis navigating around piles of clothes, dust and no surface left uncluttered. I mean, I’m 30 now and even though I live life with a 20 year old’s brain that doesn’t mean I have to live like one.

I started with my closets and came up with this:

And this:

And this:

And this:

What is my problem? Are all these clothes really necessary? No! This is ridiculous! But after all was said and done the question was how the hell do I get rid of it? I knew I wanted to give it to charity, but who and how? Housing Works (http://www.housingworks.org/), my first choice, won’t pick up just clothes but there’s no way I’m lugging all this to them. So I figured I’d attempt Salvation Army and made an appointment for pick-up but the phone call left me feeling less than rosy. How can an organization who depends on various forms of donations be so rude to their supporters? She acted like she didn’t need me at all and that the only favor being done was on her side. So I was determined to get my things to Housing Works, but I had no furniture to give (or that was/am ready to let go of).

Long story short, (at the suggestion of a friend) I posted a bulletin on my building’s website hoping someone else would be interested in joining and got quite a nice response! So much so that I became overwhelmed and told people to stop emailing me. I was so excited that Housing Works was going to pick up my things (if you don’t know about them they are *a mostly* in NY charity that helps the homeless and those with AIDS).

I happily got my stuff bagged and even found that 5 pairs of my favorite pants I had put aside months ago now fit again! *Winning!

(GOOD BYE STUFF! SOMEONE ELSE WILL LOVE YOU, DON’T WORRY!)

I had my pick-up date for this past Thursday early afternoon, the 4th and couldn’t wait for it to come. I kept the others in my building abreast of all the information (i.e. where in the building to put the items, when [no later than 5pm the evening of Wednesday the 3rd] to bring them there and when Housing Works was coming). The day came and I got a call from my building that only my things where there (no furniture or other things promised by the other tenants). Then I received a fairly confused and upset email from one of the ladies saying by the time she brought her things down, the afternoon of the pick up, she found out they had already come. Whose fault is that? My shit is gone (luckily, since Housing Works doesn’t only pick up clothes – I guess since they were already there they decided to be awesome). Plan your own damn pick up next time!

Two months of not being able to use my couch is over! I think I’ll have a party.

-xo