How Not to Waste a SICK Day

January 4, 2010 at 3:38 pm (food, health, home)

It cracks me up when people say “I hate being sick”, like most other people purposely don’t wash their hands so as to catch the latest cold or flu.  Fact of life, most adults get about 2-4 common colds a year.  If you can’t beat it, join it.  These are my solutions on how to not feel sorry for yourself for time it takes to get better:

1. CALL IN SICK!!!  I’m completely blown away by how few people do this.  What an awful thing to do to your coworkers and customers, exposing them to your highly contagious germs.

(Restaurants are strangely unforgiving of sickness- in the 6 years I worked at a busy chain, servers were always expected to cover their own shifts or come in sick.  Remember that next time you go out to eat and your waiter greets you with the sniffles!)

2.  Now that you are safely in your own home, GET OUT OF BED!  It is so easy to stay tucked under the covers, and everyone says to rest and get sleep, but I promise it will make you feel better just moving around a little.

3.  On that note, take a short walk around the neighborhood.  I like to walk to the nearest video store to pick up flicks for later.  The sun and fresh air will make you feel fantastic, and a mini-workout can do wonders for the immune system.  It will also get out that weird, sick anxiety and cabin fever.

4.  Liquids!  Tea (with lemon and lot’s of honey), water, & OJ for Vitamin C.

5.  Eat healthy, normal meals.  Most of us lose our appetite when we are sick.  Try really hard to follow a regular eating schedule.  Especially fresh fruits and definitely some soup, protein, and carbs to absorb all those liquids.  Lighten up on the dairy, though.

6.  Steam some veggies, use the steam to clear up nasal passages, and then eat those healthy peas/carrots/broccoli all up!

7.  May sound stupid, but I always wear something super colorful.  It will help brighten the mood.  Also, should be extremely comfortable.

8.  Enjoy the peace and quiet.  It may be one of the few times you are at home alone.  Keep the TV off for a few hours.  No music.  Just relax and let your mind wander.

9.  Catch up on all those movies you wanted to see.

10.  Be slightly productive and do some boring work at home.  Pay some bills, research a different bank/insurance company, whatever has been put off!

I usually do a combo of these on my sick days, and I end up feeling better and not too guilty for missing work.  Hope it helps.

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Colorful Interior Design Contest

October 20, 2008 at 2:34 pm (home) (, , )

One of my favorite websites, Apartment Therapy, is a goldmine for decorating ideas and inspiration.  Every year they have a Fall Colors Contest, where people submit pics of their homes for everyone to vote on the best, most colorful entry.  A lot of the site is modern/minimalist style, so this particular apartment jumped out:

Apartment Therapy- Lori’s Latin Lair

The use of colors makes the whole place flow together, it barely looks like a rental!  I love the style, it makes me want to go on vacation.  If I lived there I would never leave.  Thank you AT for another amazing post!  Check out all the entries, you’re sure to find something you like.

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House Guest Ettiquette

September 15, 2008 at 1:25 pm (home, travel) (, , , )

I am a control freak at home.  I also love to play hostess.  These two qualities collide when I have house guests for several days.  I have to bite my tongue when they leave towels around and don’t put their dishes in the sink/dishwasher.  It’s a good exercise in restraint.

My little 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment in Venice is just big enough for myself, my boyfriend, and our male roommate.  It is a full-time job keeping the apartment clean, and we all are better and worse at different things.  I’m notorious for being the “nagging mommy”, but they don’t really complain since we all want the place to be nice and comfortable.  My roommate is the worst at cleaning up after himself, so I do get on his case more.  He had a break this week when 2 of my friends from London crashed on our couches for 4 nights.

I never realized how messy 2 girls could be in less than a week.  These are all of the things I noticed (and tried not to freak out about):

Left out every single glass or plate they used on tables and counters

No effort to dry off after showers = soaking wet (possibly ruined) bathmat and dirty floors

Painting toenails over my very beautiful, expensive living room rug!!!

Eating the last of several food items and not replacing

Now, I’ve done my fair share of couch hopping and travelling.  I would never assume that I was the PERFECT guest, but I certainly would be a lot more careful not to leave messes throughout the entire place.  At least try to clean up after yourself as much as possible (doesn’t have to be CSI clean).  Ask the hostess where to put dishes and where to take out the trash–then DO IT!

My favorite ways to endear myself to hosts:

1- buy groceries/supplies when you first arrive

2- leave a small gift of appreciation

3- take them out for dinner (ask them first)

4- do not expect them to make dinner for you, but thank them profusely if they do

5- make sure your bags are in a designated out-of-the-way spot

I will definitely see these girls again, and the first thing I’m going to think of is how bad my mildewed bathmat smelled when they left.  Do you really want to be remembered that way?

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