Finding the silver lining…

As I mentioned last week, one of my resolutions is that I’m trying to be more grateful, more appreciated and more in-the-moment than I have been before.  I have been doing pretty well with my gratitude journal…making some time each night to focus on things I’m grateful for and things that made me happy that day.  It’s been easy, really, because things have been going really well.

That is…until this weekend.

I spent a large part of this weekend sick as a dog.  I’m not sure what was up…whether it was food poisoning or a stomach bug or what…but it was ugly.  While I still maintain that I’d take a stomach virus over a head cold any day of the week, this was no picnic and I was forced to cancel some really fun plans that involved me going to DC for the night on Saturday.  I was up most of the night on Saturday night, feeling just too icky to sleep.  When I was finally tired enough, J’s snoring and the dogs laying on me forced me out of bed and onto the couch, where I got a few measly hours.

On Sunday morning, the dogs woke me up because J will do morning poop duty, but not when it’s raining out.  So I dragged myself off the couch and took the dogs out…shooting daggers at J the whole time.  When I opened the door, it was raining so hard that Sofie kind of just looked at me like “You don’t really expect me to go out there, do you?”  Sadly, I did…so she jumped over all the puddles to do her business.  We were all soaked by the time we came in…exactly how I wanted to start the day.

I was still feeling a little off, so it was another day of mostly laying in bed and getting nothing done.  I napped while J watched football and I ate some toast in an effort to calm my stomach.  We checked our Powerball tickets and we didn’t even win a dollar, which was disappointing.  Overall, it was just a boring, gloomy day.

Right before bed, I sat down to write in my gratitude journal.  I didn’t expect much because it had been a lousy weekend and I was in a grumpy mood.  But as soon as I opened the book, things started coming to me.

I was grateful for the delicious turkey burger I had for dinner.  It wasn’t the fanciest dinner, but it stayed down and was quite tasty.

I was grateful that I got to watch the Golden Globes with only minimal bitching from J, who normally hates awards shows, but was oddly content to go along with my viewing choices last night.

I was grateful for my midday nap, because it pushed me over the top towards feeling better.

There were a few others things as well, but the thing I realized while I was writing was that even though my weekend sucked…and oh boy, did it ever…I was still able to find things that were good.  I was still able to find a bright side.  Even though I felt crappy and my plans were ruined and J was a total ass and wouldn’t go out in the rain…there were still things to be grateful for.  Being a cynical person by my nature, it was happy to discover this about myself.  And if I can do it, anyone can.

So when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.  Look for something to be happy about and grateful for.  Look for the bright side.  You will be so happy you did!

It’s about that time…

Everyone is sick.  I mean…I’m sure not every single person, but it feels that way.  When I am out in public, it seems that everyone is sneezing and coughing and sniffling into a tissue.  So I’ve been on high alert.  I basically bathe in Purell.  I have been taking extra vitamin C.  I wash my hands about 357 times a day.  I try to remember not to touch my face.  And so far, I’ve been lucky.

Well…lucky until now, that is.  Because yesterday it started.  I sneezed a few times and they were not my usual allergic to everything sneezes.  Nope…these sneezes meant business.  They said “Get ready…because by tonight you will feel like shit.”  When I started to feel the tickle in my throat, I knew it was inevitable.  I was getting sick.

I stopped at the drug store on the way home and picked up supplies.  I also bought a huge container of chicken soup for dinner.  Then I went home and sequestered myself from the other living beings in the house and I researched ways to fight a cold.  There are a lot of them out there and everyone has a crazy remedy.  I ate my soup and took Zicam and Airborne.  I took extra vitamin C and drank some tea with Echinacea and honey.  I put Vicks on my feet and wore socks to bed.  I stopped short of eating raw cloves of garlic and sleeping with a peeled onion next to my head…though I read in several places that both of those things are helpful.

I went to bed really early and was able to get some decent sleep.  I did wake up a few times, but in between I slept well.  Right now, my congestion seems to be localized to the left side of my sinuses alone and my throat doesn’t really hurt.  I’m not coughing and I don’t have a fever or a headache.  I’m not achy and I’m not tired.  I’m just congested enough to be annoying.  I’m really hoping all my DIY remedies helped and I’m going to keep them up today.  With any luck, tomorrow I’ll be fine.  At least, that’s what I’m going to tell myself, because in my research I read that having a positive attitude and believe you will feel better will help you feel better.

I’ll let you know tomorrow how that works out.