Caught by the Weekend!
Unfortunately, lots of successive early days and late nights left me tired, which is almost always an open invitation to a cold. And my immune system made good on its threats. Yesterday, around 1 PM, my tendency to sneeze a lot around this time of the year changed into sneezing incessantly (I might have sneezed 300 times yesterday if I sneezed once), and my throat felt like I'd swallowed a handful of killer bees. I remained in denial for, oh, roughly an hour before succumbing to the unfortunate realization that I was sick. I stayed at work till about 3:30, when my misery grew bad enough to threaten my ability to make the hour-long drive home.
I have to say that one of the good things about being married--happily married--is knowing that, when I got home, I could curl into a miserable ball and be taken care of. Bobby got me medicine straightaway and sent me to bed and made me a lovely (whiskey-spiked!) cup of honeyed tea for our nightly movie.
I stayed home today; Bobby was already scheduled off as well to wait for the Verizon Guy to fix our Internet, which--as of this morning--was still getting scary as soon as it got dark out. He tried something that will hopefully fix it but, well, we won't know till it gets dark out.
Because we had an unanticipated day off together, Bobby and I went to lunch and to the farm market. When I was a kid, I was not allowed to leave the house if I stayed home sick from school, and it still feels slightly rebellious to go out when I've stayed home sick from work.
Anyway, a lot of things are still up in the air right now. I have best intentions of posting the first of a two-part series for Haunted October this Friday, but I also have my final essay due for Modern Epic Fantasy, so it will depend on how well I do at finishing that. And there are emails/fannish obligations that haven't been getting my full attention because, well, I generally have fifteen minutes online at home before the Internet frizzles out, so I have to ration that time between numerous obligations. Last week, I reached the nadir of going to Panera Bread when I would have rather had Qdoba just because Panera has wi-fi, and I had a website to finish for an SCA event. Hopefully, the Verizon Guy fixed the problem with our Internet today, and life will get easier. In the next few weeks, I will be finished with all of my classes but one and keep reminding myself that I will then have plenty of time to spend on other tasks. However, I know myself and, as soon as that time is available, I will fill it with obligations and projects. It occurred to me the other day that I did the bulk of the work on the Consolidated Timelines for the First Age and then never finished the documentation of the project (read: the easy part).
It's really no wonder that I'm sick today.