Tomorrow I leave for Florida for a fun girls weekend with my best friend that I have not seen since her wedding almost 4 years ago. I will admit that I feel a little pang leaving hubby here for the weekend. The town where we are going is St. Augustine, which boasts tons of history. Hubby loves history and I know he would really enjoy this place. The plan is to fly into Tampa tomorrow to meet my friend. Then she and I will drive to St. Augustine to stay at my Aunt’s condo on the beach.
My Mom sent an email with what she heard the weather should be like there. She said it would be in the 80s which would feel like winter to me. I wrote back and told her I planned on packing my winter sweaters. Of course I am kidding, but when temps are 100 f or above most of the year, 80 degrees starts to feel cool. 60 degrees is downright frigid! Brrrr.
This past Saturday I finally caved and took my buttinski down to the urgent care center to see why it is I’m still coughing and dragging after a month. It was determined that I have some kind of infection. Sinus? Bronchial? I really don’t know. I just want it to go away. The doctor started me on a Z pack which I also started on Saturday and finished today. I have to admit that I’m really not feeling all that much better. Even as I type I am resisting the urge to put my head down. Maybe this will be one of those delayed reaction medications. We’ll see. Tonight I have a hair appointment after work which I have been looking forward to but it is feeling more like a chore I don’t want to do rather than being something relaxing.
While going on antibiotics is usually last resort, I like to give homeopathic remedies a try. My favorite so far is apple cider vinegar. Ear infection coming on? Place a few drops in the afflicted ear, wait about 10 minutes or so and then let drain. I started making a tea adding 2 tablespoons of the vinegar to an 8 oz cup of boiling water. This really helps to clear up any congestion. The problem I had was that I couldn’t really take it consistently while at work because the stuff smells so bad and I didn’t want to be meeting clients smelling like Easter eggs. At night though I will fix a cup and it is really great stuff. It doesn’t taste the greatest but it does offer up some relief for upper and lower respiratory stuff. My Grandfather swore by it.
Race season is also upon us and due to the aforementioned cold/infection/bubonic plague, I have not been actively keeping up with the regular exercise routine. It was a relief at the doctors when I was weighed and hadn’t gained anything despite the diet debauchery that took place over Labor Day weekend while camping. Hopefully after a few days of fun in the sun I will be feeling up to par again.
We had our niece and her family over for dinner this past weekend. It’s so nice to see her so happy. She and her husband have two kiddos; a little girl who is almost 6, and a little boy, 15 months. The little guy tore through our house like a mini tornado. I have not seen that much energy exhibited in such a small package in quite some time. He was absolutely adorable though. My niece mentioned how my MIL thought the little guy resembled hubby as a baby. From the pictures I have seen I can definitely agree with that. Also, this little munchkin managed to somehow push the screen off the sliding doors which missed my head by inches. Even Abby, who loves children, was walking with a limp at the end of the night. I was instantly reminded of how when hubby and I were first dating, the wine glass population diminished to a mere glass after about six months or so. I can only deduce that it must run in the family.
Temps here are slowly starting to cool down. Cool being a relative term. Nights are comfortable and days so far are either in the high 90s or low 100s, and it is dry, dry, dry! Finally! We will be camping up north in a few weeks and already we are looking forward to beef stew and warm clothing by a blazing fire. Fall is just the best!