Well, my gardening foolishness tipped me into a full-on flare that I am just recovering from now. I was so worn out Monday I came home early so that I could enjoy handing out candy to the trick-or-treaters. Although it kept me hopping up and down from the couch, it’s always so much fun (and much love to the adorable little girl who was too shy to speak but nodded happily when I asked her if she was a mermaid!).
What with being foggy, fevery, and just unfocused, I finally managed to lock myself out of the house Monday. Thankfully, I had left a window open and successfully broke into my own home. Lessons to myself: never, ever, leave the house without your keys, even if just going to the mailbox. Oh, and shoes are probably a good idea, too, in case next time I don’t have a window open and have to walk to a neighbour’s to borrow their ‘phone. Second lesson: my house is REALLY easy to break into, so I will no longer take naps with the window open if I’m home alone. *shiver* Also, I owe myself a new window screen.
Sadly, yet another neighbour had a party that night, and between cool, damp weather, garden aches and pains, and several nights with little and poor sleep, I wisely decided to stay home Tuesday. Part of the problem is taking the prednisone- if I take it too late in the day it keeps me up at night, but it was also almost the only thing that managed to touch my pain. I did take a scalding hot shower which is one of life’s true luxuries (I am so, so grateful that we have an excellent water heater and good water pressure! Having lived without one, the other, or both at different times in my life, it’s something I’ve learned to appreciate.) I didn’t have much attention span, but did finally make a loaf of banana-cranberry bread I’ve been contemplating for the last three months or so.
I did make a little progress on holiday gifts despite swollen hands (I couldn’t wear my wedding ring!) and read some more short stories that we uncovered while moving things from boxes to bookcases. Mom sent us a lovely anniversary card and I gave her a call (actually, that may have been Monday, Sunday?- things are a little blurry the last few days) and I heard about the Nor’easter first hand. It is definitely a part of living in the northeast that I do not miss!
In all, it wasn’t a bad couple days, and I’m grateful that I seem to be on the mend- 2-3 days is fairly small on the flare scale, although it was almost entirely brought on by my own lack of consideration and I need to be more careful in the future. I did take the opportunity yesterday to go through my work wardrobe and bag anything that I can’t/don’t wear any more (lots of button-down shirts) for donation and organise my closet. I found some things I can wear that had been buried, and two shirts that if I can lose about five pounds will be work-worthy, so yay for shopping in your own closet! more than anything, at this point I probably need 2-3 nights of good sleep, but there’s no guarantee that I’ll get them. Thankfully, tomorrow is a half-day due to a big football game on campus, so I have some extra rest coming my way.