i have been sick with the flu for almost a full week now and am still not feeling 100%. i did make the silly mistake of trying to go back to work on thursday however, after the four hour management meeting and a couple of hours of catching up on work, i felt like death was looming over me so i went home again. i had been smugly telling everyone that it has been about three years since i was last sick – i should have touched wood!
so, spending the last seven days mostly locked up in my unit has made me discover a few things.
1. i do really love my unit. i haven’t really had the time since i moved in a couple of months ago to sit and relax in it. when i came home from work on thursday, pale faced and barely able to stand, i lay on my bed and looked out to the river at this:
and it made the situation mildly better.
2. the undateables. abc2 have been showing this fantastic television series called ‘the undateables’ (you can catch up on iview if you haven’t been watching!). it made me realise just how tough some people have it and how i should stop moaning about having the flu (i didn’t stop moaning but i felt a little guiltier). luke was one of my favourite people on the show as his humour shone through the disability – i am hoping they do a wrap-up in the final episode as i am hoping he found his love!
3. i very much value going to work. being at home everyday has almost sent me insane. thank god for the internet! i was able to stay on top of work emails and semi-connected to my work but i definitely need that day-to-day contact with people and to use my brain.
4. the almost perfect iced coffee recipe. i have been looking at recipes all over the internet in preparation for summer. there was this one from ‘a beautiful mess’ but i think i overdid it on the nutmeg and cinnamon. however, when i removed it and just used the plain coffee – yum!
5. stasiland. anna funder has been all over the media lately after winning the miles franklin with ‘all that i am’ but a friend at work has been raving about her books for ages so i thought i would check out her first, ‘stasiland’. it was fantastic. i didn’t know much about the stasi in east germany beforehand so it was a real eye-opener. funder’s writing style is really honest and open and, despite being non-fic, she follows a strong storyline throughout the book. so worth reading!
whilst reading, it made me want to re-watch one of my all-time favourite films, ‘goodbye lenin’. it made so much more sense having read ‘stasiland’.
hoping to feel better this week!