April Fools/April Flu

As briefly referenced earlier today, I'm still recovering from legit THE most punishing virus I've ever had in my entire life. I don't know if it was the flu, norovirus, or some kind of demonic possession, but from about last Wednesday to Sunday, I was pretty much a candidate for America's Most Appealing Sickie. We're talking puking so hard that the girl from "The Exorcist" looked like a little bit of cute baby spit-up, fever and chills, full-body ache and absolutely zero appetite. Basically, if I wasn't hugging the base of my toilet, I was passed out asleep. 

Needless to say, the only April Fool this year was me. I think I've mentioned in the past that I have a terrible habit of writing notes in my iPhone when half-asleep in the middle of the night, and apparently mid-plague is no exception. I just went to delete my Target list and found this gem: 

Yeah, clearly English. I vaguely remember a hallucinatory dream about Target selling piccolos, but the rest of it (Washington tulip field? What?) is a mystery to me. Gotta laugh. 

Hal was a total champ through the whole process - not only was he quiet as a dormouse and totally patient with my mess and inability to so much as leave my bed, but upon a desperate plea for ginger ale, he MAJOR delivered with THREE two-liters. Talk about going the whole nine yards...let's just say there are a lot of whiskey gingers in my future. 

Other bright spots: 

I know it's totally not ideal, but this level of sickness is so clutch for jumpstarting weight loss. I'm down seven or eight pounds in the four-day span...due in large part to the fact that all I managed to choke down was half a bagel, half a can of Campbell's Double Noodle, and a couple dry English muffins (plus half a two-liter of ginger ale). 

Saturday was a stunningly gorgeous spring day in the Cities, and while I was stuck inside in my fortress of nastitude, I did make it out of bed for a couple hours in the afternoon. Wrapped up in both our couch blankets, I opened the windows in our living room and enjoyed some fresh air while admiring the gorgeous flower arrangement that was delivered to me at the office earlier last week. Complete mood booster despite the plaguey grossness of my day.

I also dove deep into the plethora of Disney Channel Original Movies available on the internet, which are ideal for knockout illness because it's totally acceptable to fall asleep midway through. Particular faves from the week: "High School Musical" 1 AND 2, "The Lizzie McGuire Movie," and these awful ice skating movies, "The Cutting Edge" and "The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold." 10/10 recommend if you're so sick and tired you can barely lift your head off the pillow. 

Finally, my hand soap is legitimately my favorite thing in my bathroom. It's Crafter's & Co Honeysuckle, and it smells absolutely heavenly...total bonus when I was washing my hands a dozen times a day. My mama got it for me at Hallmark, and I highly recommend it. 

At any rate, I'm over the hump now and back at the office, where it sounds like this particular illness is making the rounds. Not totally 100% again, but I managed half a sandwich for dinner and only needed a 45-minute nap after work to function...so we're calling it a win. Here's to overcoming the exhaustion and getting back to full speed right in time for a crazy-busy cycle at work and in life!