I am going to try to vanish from work early today & drown myself via neti pot when I get home. This post nasal drip is so awful & painful and I am starting to feel naseated from swallowing all this crud!
Gub'ment: I hope Hulky's stuff works out for him. I have been on leave and not really paying attention until one of my friends complained about the commissary being shit down. Immediately spent the next twenty minutes trying to figure out if mine was too because I'm overseas and that would SUCK.
Trip: my mom likes South America, especially Belise. It sounds like a chill coastal town; everything is supposed to be pretty affordable and incredibly gorgeous. I would suggest Italy if you do Europe. It's a wonderful country, and they do eat a lot more than pasta. I was there for 9 days and had to go out and look for pasta. I would love to make it back to Florence some day; much more chill and clean than Rome, every bit as beautiful and plenty to do.
Honeymoon - Hulky and I have narrowed it down to England/Ireland/Scotland or someplace warm (Hawaii or Caribbean). Turns out, he's fine with skipping the whole language barrier thing, which is a bit relieving. I'm the one with the language skills so communication would have been on me. 7 years of French means either I'd just need to brush up before the trip or convert my knowledge of romance languages into another form (Italian or Spanish). A warm location would mean luxurious tropical adventure, with the possibility for swimming & lots of outdoors things, whereas the UK & Ireland would be a more urban adventure, but we could do day trips to multiple locations. Hulky and I want to travel more in the future, but no idea how likely it is that we could do either trip beyond the honeymoon! I'm completely torn. I got my passport renewal application together & just need to get a new photo taken.
Sleep - I was in bed around 9:30 last night. I had sick dreams; dreams that are hard to separate from reality, including dreaming about dreaming. I felt incredibly groggy this morning, but the feeling is clearing.
I used the neti pot this morning, a full flush on both sides, including a drop of tea tree oil in each pot-full. Ugh, I got plenty out. The post nasal drip is still bad, but my throat isn't hurting as much right now. That might have to do with the acetaminophen I took, too. I met my hydration goals yesterday (full water bottle while at work, plus a few glasses at home w/ supplements) and am on track to meet them again today. Not sure why it's so much easier for me to hydrate when I'm sick. Maybe it's because I'm motivated.
Tonight, I must make more chicken soup. It's so easy once I get it going, but I always dread the separation procedure when it's done.
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Ghost buddy - My ghost buddy left me a jack o'lantern trick-or-treat bucket w/ a little bag of pistachios (I forgot I wrote those down, a nice morning treat), a little gooey spider toy that I think can be throw sling-shot style, and a bar of Cadbury dark chocolate. I think I'll save the chocolate for something like those fat bombs w/ coconut oil. I'll get my victim (not sure how else to refer to the person I am ghosting) some candy today at the local party store.
Hulky - He's feeling depressed lately. He hates 3/4 of his classes. He's gaining weight (to the point of needing new pants) because he's not motivated to exercise and eating to deal with his feelings. He admitted all this to me and I am trying to think of ways to encourage him to move. I know he feels so much better when he's active, but he doesn't want to exercise alone (stuck in that vicious cycle). I don't have the energy after work lately or the time in the morning. I hope once this illness clears out of my system, I can get him to work out with me in the evenings.
Hulky doesn't think the shutdown will last to affect next month's benefits, but if it does, he's prepared to let Coach know that our rent is probably going to be late :(. For now, no end in sight for when we can get the car in for repairs. We can't spare the deductible with this hanging over our heads.
I always wanted to go to the Galapagos Islands. Belise would be amazing too. While it would be interesting to visit Europe, I am more inclined to travel south for some reason. Hawaii and Alaska/Canada have always been on my travel list as well.
Before the honeymoon, I will have earned at least 4 more days of PTO. Right now, I have 44 hrs, but will lose 24 on Friday (from being out sick previous weeks), and gain ~4 hrs. I need 5 or 6 days worth PTO for the honeymoon in March (8 hrs being a day). So basically, I will have just enough by March and cannot afford to miss work for the rest of the year, unless we are given more floating holidays next year!
I feel so blasted sick today and want to go home & rest more than anything.
I too hope you feel better soon. Your honeymoon plans sound wonderful! I have always thought I would like to go to New Zealand or Hawaii. I love the western part of Canada, British Columbia & Alberta in particular. If you love the mountains...which I do. I've been there several times (before marriage) & there is lots to see & explore. I've lived in the Caribbean & it's great. Lots of islands to explore. I have heard that some of the South American countries are beautiful...like Costa Rica, Chile, Peru & their govts are pretty stable. My SIL & her husband went on a cruise to Belize & they didn't care for Belize itself but loved Honduras & the other country (Mexico?). Have a friend that went several years ago ( same cruise) & she didn't like Belize either. I'm sure there are lots of folks tho that love it. Try to talk to folks that have been different places...it's a big ol world out there!! So many places to explore!!! Can't wait to see where y'all go & then to hear all about it!! So exciting!!
Check out "House Hunters International". It'll help you find a destination. :)
Hope you feel better. I have been fighting off a sore throat since vacation started and I think it finally caught up with me. I think it rode in on an accidental dose of wheat last night. Your soup and oranges sound sooo good.
Didn't make soup last night. Cooking sucks when you're sick! I'm also the whiniest bugger when sick. All this post nasal drip is making me nauseated. I have to make soup tonight or I'll have no lunch for tomorrow.
Yesterday was all about nursing the sore throat. Today all the grossness wants to come out of my nose AND throat so I am coughing a bit and have a roll of toilet paper at my desk. I think I'm going to resort to Sudafed. I'm also sneezing a ton. I'm sure tomorrow will be better but I haatteee tthiiisssss
Peaters will be proud: I bought orange juice last night. That shizz is expensive! I wonder how a no-starch paleo diet compares with a Peat-inspired diet in terms of cost. The OJ is great for taking a bunch of my supplements, especially Vitex, which tastes awful. I like to think the extra acid in my stomach is helping burn away the sickness in my snot.
BM - Type 6 this morning. I'm going to settle on 200 mg of mag citrate with lunch and again with dinner for now. If 2x daily is too much, I'll knock it back to once (post-dinner) and we'll see how that goes!
The slippery elm powder tastes lovely in tea. I had it with the Egyptian licorice tea. Even Hulky liked it. I think I'm running out of marshmallow root extract. I get paid tomorrow so I can think about getting some more supplements.
I used the neti pot last night, but it didn't alleviate the drippy nose for long. I wish I could go home and use it right now.