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It's Not Con Crud... [Sep. 13th, 2010|12:11 pm]
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...but it's annoying.   I've had con crud often enough, in several variations, to recognize con crud.  This is just the blahs.  The fuzzed brain.  The waking up thinking I'm somewhere else than at home (this morning it wasn't the train, but a hotel.  The sound of the garbage truck up the street magnified itself into real city traffic.)   The attention still fastened to Dragon*Con,  programming, talks with editor, talks with other writers, etc.  Usually I get home and quickly detach from a convention (just as I quickly attach to a trip once I'm away from home.)  Not sure why this time the whole attention-control mechanism seems to be whonky.   Issues brought up there are still hot; issues awaiting me here lukewarm at best. 

The cure is more activity, but the energy level is down at blinking-light-before-device quits.  Heat (mid to upper 90s, with humidity) is not helping here.   R- is also somewhat down...did he transfer a mild virus to me?  Or am I just running near the edge of capacity, or making up a several months' long sleep deficit?  Or (let's not even go there) getting old? 

On the bright side, found a couple of really good T-bone steaks from the bull-before-last in the depths of the freezer (Sir Loin the Luckless, not Mr. Muscle)  and chowed down on one last night.   That's what got me out of bed this morning, I'm convinced.   I made up the mixed cereal for the next month:  I mix four commercial cereals, raw sunflower seeds, raw pumpkin seeds, and chopped walnuts, and store the mix in one-gallon glass jars.  It's cheaper, and contains less sugar, than the commercial "healthy" mixes sold in small boxes at high prices.  

R- pulled up some wild garlic before I left for Dragon*Con,  and I put some in a soup then.   It's "hotter" than commercial garlic, and slightly different in flavor, but it's abundant here and free for the pulling.   And it's fun to use even a few wild foods.  I should pull out a roast-like object (Mr. Muscle was cut into some non-standard hunks, to get him into freezers somehow)  and put that in the new roasting pan I didn't get to use before Dragon*Con.   I like to bake the odd tough hunks of meat, then cube them and use them in soups & stews.  Mr. Muscle's odd hunks are fine-grained, very lean (he grew up in a drought)  and very flavorful, with enough firmness to stand long cooking.   Sir Loin the Luckless was younger, grew up in a wetter pair of years, and thus tenderer, though still (like all range-fed beef) flavorful. 

Cooking something substantial (more substantial than steaks...something like a good stew)  should improve energy level.  We need to start the winter garden, despite the heat.  I want to grow shallots this year.  And after last year's delicious peas...I want more peas (and more beans.)  


[User Picture]From: barriequark
2010-09-13 05:23 pm (UTC)
We have chard growing out of control in our garden, so my next soup is going to have a LOT of chard in it. Which reminds me, I need to go water the garden. :P

For stews, my crock pot is the love of my life, slow cooked beef....yum.
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[User Picture]From: coleoptera
2010-09-13 06:05 pm (UTC)
I have it too. Wednesday I woke up with what was determined after work to be a raging fever, coughing, sore throat, pounding headache, aches and chills, really the works. I held at that miserable level, basically unable to function (or eat or drink) till sometime Saturday. Sunday I got to the doctor. Monday, now, I'm back at work, but I really feel terrible. I'm starting to rethink spending too much time with the masses every fall there. It's a lot of lost time to make up for.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-09-13 08:44 pm (UTC)
Mine wasn't nearly that bad. No fever, chills or all the rest of it.

Really glad now I got my flu shot the first available day--only about 10 days before the con, which certainly doesn't give full protection, but was told it was possible it might blunt the flu if it was going around.

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[User Picture]From: meltatum
2010-09-13 10:57 pm (UTC)
we've had a virus running the office that has the symptoms you describe - no fever or chills, but general blahs and muzzy-headedness with minor sinus crud. At first we attributed it to lack of sleep but when the third person in a week came down with it, we decided it was a virus. Lasts about 3-4 days
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[User Picture]From: msminlr
2010-09-13 11:31 pm (UTC)
And DragonCon is a LONG, BUSY convention, which will invariably leave you sleep-deprived and thus more susceptible to opportunistic viri. Even having the train trip for sleeping-on afterward isn't going to QUITE catch you up.
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