I started writing a post yesterday, but abandoned it due to lack of time and feeling under the weather.  I possibly had some ideas worth returning to at some point.  I did some work on my novel (possibly finishing the first draft of the first chapter, but I’m not sure at this stage), but I went to shul (synagogue) in the evening feeling exhausted and looking forward to a restful Shabbat (Sabbath).

Unfortunately, by dinner time it was clear that I was coming down with a bad cold and I’ve spent most of the last day sneezing, struggling to breathe, feeling alternately hot and cold and get dizzy if I stand up for long.  I did a little bit of davening (prayer) and Torah, but somehow it’s easier to give myself time off for physical illness than mental illness, I don’t know why.  I spent the day in pyjamas, struggling to sleep or falling to sleep at the wrong time.  No volunteering for me tomorrow; I don’t want to infect the children.

I read an Agatha Christie novel, Sparkling Cyanide.  I knew I’d read it years ago, as I’ve read all the Christie novels I own, but couldn’t remember anything about it.  Of course, by the time I was thirty pages in, I could remember whodunit and most of the red herrings, but I stuck with it as I don’t like abandoning books mid-way and it was probably the sort of thing I needed to read.  Colonel Race is a forgettable detective compared to Poirot and Miss Marple, though.  Not sure what to read next, particularly as anything I start reading now has to be light enough (in both senses of the term) to read while ill and also to take on holiday.  I’m also not sure what TV to watch tonight.  Doctor Who would be the usual comfort viewing, but I feel like I’ve watched the original series a lot and the new series isn’t so comforting for me, for various reasons.  So, probably the last two episodes of The IT Crowd and/or The Avengers or maybe Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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    1. I’ve seen bits of it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a complete episode. I don’t like the somewhat autistic character Sheldon, as I find him a negative stereotype of autism in a way that the somewhat autistic Moss in The IT Crowd is not.


  1. I hope you feel better soon!! Rotten cold! I know what you mean, because whenever I get physically ill, I suddenly give myself permission to rest!! In a way, it’s a relief, especially if I were volunteering with children (that sounds really difficult–I used to work with kids, and it was too stressful for words). Sending you some pretend (internet) chicken soup! 🙂


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