Mary Oliver

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with your one wild and precious life?"

Friday, March 12, 2010

Friday Funk & A Reading List

Not too much going on around here. I'm home sick again, believe it or not. This has been the worst stretch of health for me in quite awhile. I started another antibiotic this week since the sinus infection appears to be back and I have some "stomach distress", either from a virus or the medication. Either way, I can't teach with it, so I'm home. I'm sure my teaching partners are getting pretty irritated with me, even if they graciously deny it. The kids' behavior is always an issue with substitutes (you remember junior high, right?) and it somehow adds work and stress to the team whenever anyone is out. Last night I went to bed at 7:30 p.m. to try and avoid missing work today, but it didn't work.

I just woke up from a two hour nap and I'm drinking my special concoction of Trader Joe organic mint melange tea, Tulsi organic lemon ginger tea, and a splash of ginger ale and reading A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore. I want to knit on my sweater, but I need to think about the next part and my mind is just a little too fuzzy. So I'm alternating between reading blogs, napping, and this book.

I finished The Love Wife by Gish Jen earlier this week. It was one of the books I bought at The Strand in New York City. I really enjoyed it, as I do all of her books.

Next in the reading queue is the Barbara Kingsolver book Steve bought me for my birthday, The Lacuna. I have Zeitoun by Dave Eggers checked out from the library, but I think I have to take it back unread. I'll try to get to it in the summer; Steve and S read it and loved it. I also have to pick up Audrey Niffenegger's Her Fearful Symmetry from the library, which may jump to next in line since it's on loan.

My plans for the weekend are pretty limited: rest, read, knit, and rest some more. Hope you have a better one.


  1. Poor you! The up-side is you can stay home and read. It's probably not a huge consolation prize, though.
    I like Kingsolver and I'm looking forward to reading that novel.
    Hope you're up to knitting soon. Take care...

  2. You may benefit from taking some probiotics. You can buy them at any GNC distributor. Rite Aid sells them here. They may help restore your intestinal flora that the antibiotics are messing up.

    I love your eclectic reading list.

    Feel better!

  3. Thanks for the suggestion Rudee, I've sent Steve out to buy some since I'm still having symptoms.

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  5. Rose, I read a recent study that states some ICUs automatically begin administrating probiotics for any patient on antibiotics and they believe it helps alleviate or even eliminate intestinal problems caused by the most powerful of antibiotics. I hope they help you. Next time, start taking them at the same time you take antibiotics. Also, really good live culture yogurt may help.