Saturday, April 24, 2010

Spring Break 2010: Wrap-Up And Review

I don't ask much of my vacation time.  I'm not the sort who heads out on exotic trips or even not-so-exotic trips.  I mostly like puttering about the manse doing all the stuff that I can't quite seem to do during the work times.  I may do a little visiting or shopping.  I might take a day trip or two.  It's all pretty mundane, I guess.  But that's what I like.

My plans for this year's spring break were right along those lines.  I had a somewhat "optimistic" list of things I wanted to tackle.  I generally over-plan, knowing full well I won't get to it all.  I don't mind.  Even if I get to half of it, it's more than I get done most of the time.  My list for this week was long, but here are some of the items contained therein:

*Clean out kitchen cupboards
*Finish spinning that stuff on the wheel
*Finish that second sock that's been lying around since Christmas
*Go to Chicks With Sticks and knit amongst the beautiful people
*Start putting together the Infamous Index Cards Of Summer Organization
*Clean the carpets
*Get up early and watch others go to work but not laugh because that would be wrong

There was more, but you get the idea.  I was looking forward to it.  I figured I could do most of it and still have time for a nap.  Things didn't work out as planned.  I did little during the first weekend since I had a whole week of glorious domestic bliss ahead of me.  On Monday morning, I cleaned half a cupboard then found myself suddenly exhausted beyond all reason.  From Monday night through Friday, I accomplished the following:

*Lay on the couch
*Made low moaning sounds
*Made low keening sounds
*Finally figured out where all the weird moaning and keening noises were coming from
*Shivered uncontrollably
*Discovered the joys of a liquid diet

It was Thursday before I even felt well enough to get in the car to drive to the doctor.  I stumbled in with a pathetic demeanor and a fever of 102 degrees.  There, I was declared "officially sick" and gifted with a prescription for antibiotics.  I was too sick to go get them, though.  That had to wait until Friday morning when there was a short break in the Fever Festivities.  Once I managed to get a pill or two into my system, things began to look up.

Now it is Saturday.  The fever officially broke on Friday afternoon and has yet to come back for an encore.  While I'm grateful for that, I surely do wish it thought to take the sore throat with it.  Maybe it's just that I'm only now getting around to notice it since I'm not wrestling with the chills and body aches, but it's a doozy.  My throat feels almost swollen.  At first, I worried that I was reacting to the antibiotics.  Then I recalled the doc saying things in there were a little inflamed.  SIL Sheep reminded me that she had something similar a while back and I'm guessing I've managed to pick up a version of it.

She also cheerfully informed me that I could probably expect rampant laryngitis for several weeks but that I could use my new voice to earn extra income as a Naughty 1-900 Number Girl.  That might help pay for the extra Popsicles and ice cream, I guess...

This is one of those school vacation weeks best left in the past.  I don't even think I want it as a memory, but I'm not positive of that yet.  I may need the Pity Points on Monday when I go back to school.  I know that the rotten children (who made me sick in the first place) won't be too sympathetic.  However, I think I can score a few "poor you's" and sad cooing from the secretaries.  They like me.  I could use a good coo right about now.

And some ice cream.  With chocolate sauce.



Anonymous said...

I wonder how you will command the kiddos if you have laryngitis. Seems like it might be impossible. You may need to stay home for, oh, say, another 3 - 4 weeks.

Mel said...

Mmmmm, chocolate sauce.

catsmum said...

On my first year of teaching ( back when dinosaurs ruled the earth ) I managed to get laryngitus, bronchitus and pharyngitus all in one fell swoop. Can't remember how long I had off work but it wasn't long enough. What that did to a fairly useful soprano voice we will not touch upon.
Get better soon SA and NO MONKEY POX !!

Julia G said...

Oh, dear! Best sore throat remedy ever is the simplest: stir about 1/2 tsp salt into 6-8 oz of warm water and gargle. Repeat 2-5 times daily. I do this as soon as I feel a sore throat starting. Sometimes I can avoid getting sick all together, other times it minimizes and shortens the duration. And even if it doesn't help, I feel like I'm doing something useful!

Karen said...

I'm glad you're feeling a bit better and hopefully that sore throat will pass quickly.
Summer is approaching. You should be healthy for part of that.

Kath said...

I agree, you need more time off to recover. And the trophy for suckiest spring break ever. Provided, of course, that the trophy is filled with ice cream. Covered in chocolate sauce.

Donna Lee said...

Maybe going back to school tomorrow isn't the best plan. You sound like you might need some extra time. I know it's frowned upon to use sick time right after a vacation but sometimes, you gotta take care of yourself.

trek said...

Blessed be the anitbiotics!

Glad you are on the upswing.

Sorry the upswing coincides with the end of April's break time. :o(

Teri S. said...

Awww, poor Sheepie...

I know how much you were looking forward to Spring Break and to be sidelined for the entire thing is beyond cruel. Really and truly beyond cruel, given the "challenges" that you've alluded to facing this year.

If I were you, I'd call in sick tomorrow. You an altruistic measure to spare the kids and your cheerful and not-so-cheerful teaching assistants.

Lynne said...

AS I said in my last comment, why do our bodies decide to succumb in the break?

Take a few more days if you need to - seriously!

PS Apple cider vinegar is good for sore throats. Gargle, don't drink the stuff!

Leah said...

Poor Sheepie! I hate sabbotaged holidays! Ick.

I totally pass on the reccomended sore throat remedies though. My mother taught me to gargle with Port for a sore throat. I cannot imagine salt water or vinegar, even if it is organic cider vinegar raised by politically correct local farmers, being as pleasant to gargle with as a fine imported fortified wine from OPorto. And when you have killed the little varmits causing you pain, you can finish off the glass of Port by drinking it. Then the rest of you is in less pain as well.

I second taking today off work to dither pathetically about the manse and collect your resources. Of course, I am 3 hours behind you so you are on the home stretch to the end of your day there. I hope the students were at least tired.

Knitting Linguist said...

That's just totally unfair. Can you hit the reset button on this one? Someone obviously sent your cold to the wrong person...