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The title of this post says it all.

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been battling through a mild yet persistent cold. On-and-Off coughing. Sinus pressure (in the beginning). Constant mucous/snot build-up. Runny nose. No sneezing, thankyouverymuch. Then, just when things are starting to look good, & I’m just about over the peak of my cold, BAM!!! I get some sort of illness, symptoms akin to a stomach bug or something like that.

It started a few nights ago when I decided to partake in some Vietnamese phở for dinner. I don’t think I should’ve ordered the soup noodles with the barely cooked beef in it. I think that’s what brought on this sickness I now am experiencing. (I probably didn’t let the beef cook long enough in the hot soup before taking a bite.) So now, I am having trouble keeping my food down. I can barely even so much as think about food without my stomach turning & waves of queasiness overtake me, causing me to want to dry heave repeatedly. Even as I’m typing this post, I’m struggling to hold my nausea at bay.

I surely feel as though these past few weeks, I just can’t seem to catch a break. One illness after another. I do take care of my body & my wellbeing. I just hope all of this blows over soon. I don’t know how much more of this I can take.

Cheers, I guess.

Today’s song of the day:

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This past Friday it rained in my city. The weatherman had predicted heavy rain showers throughout the day. I was very much looking forward to this wet, gloomy skied weather. (Gawd knows we need more rain to ease this major drought we’re having in California.)

I must make a little naughty confession. I mostly wish for rain so that I may shirk my home-gardening duty of watering the plants around my house. My house is an Eichler designed home, with big front & back yards as well as a courtyard/atrium in the middle of the house. (My home floor plan is U-shaped & boxy.) Oh, I also live on a pretty steep hill, so my backyard has multiple levels, so let me just say that watering ALL of the plants around my house is a chore & a half!

I’m veering off my original topic. I’m sorry. Let me continue. Where was I? Oh, yes. I was talking about loving the colder, wetter weather. Other than this nasty cold I’m having (& on the day I’m going to my very first Black Keys concert no less!), I’m really enjoying the approaching colder climate. I am looking forward to wearing chunky knit sweaters, & layering, & all that [INSERT HIPSTER FASHION TREND SO I CAN PRETEND TO BE COOL & TRENDY]. Don’t get me wrong. I still love hot weather & sunny days (Try walking the concrete streets of Tokyo in mid-July). However, I am ready to throw on my fluffy down jacket & bust out my itchy, plaid scarf. (Oh the things women will do for fashion…or my lack thereof.)

Rainy days, to me, are fun & motivational. Yes, I said MO-TI-VA-TION-AL. It really gets me in the mood to tackle all of the house chores I normally would push off until it became immensely unavoidable. Sure, when it rains, most people would rather be cuddled under a warm, soft blanket on the couch watching On-Demand movies & drinking hot cups of coffee, or reading a book while sipping on a cup of tea…I did indulge in some of that myself…& I also got shit done (ironing dress shirts, vacuuming the rugs, folding laundry, hand-washing delicate clothes, emptying clean dishes from the dishwasher).

That sense of accomplishment, nothing feels more rewarding, especially when you get to finally settle down on the couch & relax after all is said & done, wrapped up with a neat little ribbon. I feel so at ease listening to the pitter-patter of the raindrops while sipping my second cup of hot coffee. The weather on that day was cold enough to warrant my use of a space heater. I actually turned on the gas-powered fireplace & settled in to play a few puzzle games on my iPad. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I hope more of this colder, wet weather comes again soon. I would like to enjoy more days like these. Cheers.

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