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What I Learned While Being Stuck Home Sick

Last week my voice turned into a croak. That was a bad sign because I had a big weekend ahead. My daughter turned 18 years old and I was hosting a party for friends and family here. I made her cake and all the food. Every one could tell I wasn’t well but I pushed on. The party was a great success. Lots of fun for all the kids teenagers young people. I visited with my sister, whom I haven’t seen in over 5 years, and my nephew. I really enjoyed that.

Fifteen minutes after the last guest left, my fever shot up to 101 degrees and the kids were piling blankets on top of me. That was Sunday. Today I learned just how sick I am because I finally stopped being stubborn and went to the doctor.

Being stuck in bed, when there’s piles of work to do, is no fun. But, the week wasn’t a complete loss. This is what I learned…

1. I want a makeover. After watching one daytime TV show after another, buried under the blankies, inhaling Vicks like a little kid and watching beautiful size negative 4 women prance about the screen, I’ve decided I want to be entered in some makeover contest.

2. I want those diet secret pills that promise me I can be negative 4 in two weeks with no exercise whatsoever.

3. SEO’s get on Oprah.

4. I still have no idea how delegates work, but I think I have a handle on Super Delegates.

5. When Hillary wears blue, it really brings out her blue eyes.

6. I’m not superhuman. After dealing with what I instinctively knew was bronchitis for a week, I finally gave in and went to the doctor. She said there’s a really bad strain of it that comes with a bonus sinus infection (which is why I can’t breathe) and no amount of organic food and vitamins would have saved me. She kept trying to tell me I’m human…go figure.

7. I found a station that runs Charmed re-runs. This is important. When I was in first grade, I wanted to be a witch. A nice one. Who could make boys fall on their butts and stuff.

8. Eric learned how to use the new dishwasher, that we’ve had for about 4 months or so.

9. Jennifer pretty much has me burning with curiosity about Twitter. I can’t join. Every one will say “I toldya so!”

10. Work doesn’t stop coming in. Thanks so much for waiting me to get better.

11. Spammers don’t stop coming just because you’re too sick to log in.

12. While waiting for my antibiotics today at the drugstore, I was looking for Valentines Day cards for the kids and husband. There was a section for “Funny”. I like funny. But when I tried to find funny “Husband” cards, there were 4 columns for “Wife”, and one with a mixture of “Girlfriend”, “Pets” and two slots for “Husband”. One of the husband slots was empty and the other card wasn’t funny.

Over in the serious and romantic section, there were “Wife” cards all over the place. I managed to find 4 cards for husband’s and one that I liked that didn’t sound dysfunctional or co-dependent in a “Honey, be my valentine or I’ll let the air out of your tires” kind of way.

My daughter had tried to find a Valentine card for her step-dad but couldn’t find any step-dad ones. Where are all the cards for men?

I decided to pass this tidbit of discovery to Eric, to show how hard I worked, sick and all, barely able to breathe, no makeup in the store (sheer blasphemy!) and hair pulled up in a pony tail…well, some of it. I didn’t fuss. Anyway. I told him I really had to look hard for a card for him and that most of the cards are for women, and the funny ones…well, do women not have a sense of humor I asked him?

He told me he was lucky to get a card. A friend of his got his wife a card and flowers and he hesitated after giving it to her, kinda waiting for his gift from her. She hadn’t thought to get him anything.

I don’t get it.

13. I have a question. Does working from home make your immune system messed up?

Happy Valentines Day to all the happy people.


  • Matt McGee - February 14, 2008 at 9:10 pm -

    Kim – I hereby challenge you to a “Who Can Not Join Twitter the Longest?” contest. :-) We can wait til you’re feeling better. Get well soon!

  • cre8pc - February 14, 2008 at 9:29 pm -

    If I join, everybody will pick on me for being so stubborn.

    Oh heck. They’re picking on me for not signing up too.

    I’m doomed. (slaps head)

  • Diane Vigil - February 15, 2008 at 2:55 am -

    Kim, what were you doing in a store without makeup? Do they exist? Where’s the fun in that?

    Seriously, I hope you’re feeling better.

  • Lea de Groot - February 16, 2008 at 7:09 am -

    Twitter: go on, sign up anyway – we want to hear from you, and you know you want to :)

    Valentine’s for men: after several years of flowers from me, my dear husband finally confessed that he would prefer I didn’t send them to the office. Apparently its embarrassing. I did my sad face for ages after that. Men!

    working from home and the immune system: who knows! I maintain its kids that bring all the bugs home, so maybe that is keeping me tough despite no exposure to corporate air conditioning? :)

    Hope you are feeling better soon :)

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