Sick and Unable to Travel: What’s a Girl to Do?

This past month I’ve had a string of illnesses, just one right after the other.  I’m talking bad colds, extra-long migraines, food poisoning and flare-ups of my autoimmune disorder, chronic urticaria (think lupus, but more triggers and less debilitating).  So what’s a girl to do when she’s laying in bed or wrapped up on the couch, bored out of her mind?

Get caught up on a good book (or several)

  • I can’t even count how many books I’ve read this past month.  Not only is my Kindle perfect for sick days, but two days before I got food poisoning, I visited McKay’s Used Bookstore and loaded up.  Lately I’ve been binge reading Kathy Reichs’ Temperance Brennan books, which inspired the tv show Bones.  I’ve also recently discovered the Best American Travel Writing series, which are fascinating due to the variety of authors and locations.  Other reads this month: Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot and Parker Pyne stories) and Peter Cawdron.

Look through Cookbooks and Online Sites to Get Inspiration for When You’re Feeling Better

  • I do some of my best meal planning when I’m sick.  I’ve bought several cookbooks over the past year, plus I like reading cooking blogs to get ideas.  Also, I rarely ever make dishes the exact way the recipes describe due to my food allergies and dislike for ingredients like nuts and raisins, so having time to plan, lets me get creative.

Binge Watch Favorite Shows on Hulu + or Netflix

  • I think everyone does this at one point or another, whether they want to admit it or not 🙂  Some of my favs include Project Runway, Hell’s Kitchen and The Amazing Race.  What can I say – I’m a reality competition show junkie!

Low-Intensity Arts and Crafts

  • When I’m sick, I’m not about to reupholster chairs or paint my living room, but I enjoy cross stitching.  It doesn’t require a lot of energy, it’s easy to do while sitting or lying down, and when I get tired, all I have to do is put the needle away and I can pick it back up later whenever I’m ready.  My friend H- enjoys crocheting when she’s stuck at home, but I’ve personally never been able to figure out the loops and stitches.

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