1. Unexpected Cost Savings
All I've been eating is soup, eggs, pudding pops (thx for the instructions, Frugal Girl!!), and Gatorade G2. And jello. No need for other groceries. In fact, in the whole week (today's Day 7 of my shopping fast, remember? I didn't!) I spent $86.36. Which sounds like a lot, until you take out $30.80 (cell phone bill) and $20.10 (penicillin), leaving $35.46, essentially on throat lozenges and Gatorade. Really, this is probably less than I would have spent in a normal week so I still consider it a successful spending "fast."
2. Getting to watch Tour de France live!
It's so much fun watching this live (instead of recorded, after a work day). For instance, watching live the instant that one of the TV camera cars swerved into the road and sent one guy flying off through a barbed wire fence. The commentators are so dry in this event, they're like, "Aaaand he's bleeding profusely from his knee down to his ankles. Hope he can still finish." The next day, "Riding the Pyrenees is hardly the best place to be with 33 stitches up your backside. But he's doing a good job." FYI - barbed wire fence guy is still totally in the race. These guys are hard-core. If they can bike for 100s of kilometres in the mountains with blood gushing out? I can suck it up and deal with tonsillitis.
|Mama Gail and I are totes friends now.|
3. Gail Vaz-Oxlade Facebook Party!
Being home and on the internet 24/7 means that I notice events happening such as Gail Vaz-Oxlade's recent Facebook party! She had a thing where for a few hours, you could post any questions on her FB page and she'd reply right away. I posted:
As you can imagine, I immediately re-did my monthly money transfers to put $50 into saving every month, and the rest all into debt repayment. How often do you get personalized money advice from your LIFE GURU?
|Seriously, there is no way she's actually 16, right?|
4. Time to catch up on celebrity gossip
I have spent the last week basically 24/7 either napping, or online. And my brain is too full of sickness to process any complicated thoughts so when I watch TV, it's more "Say Yes to the Dress!" and not so much "Mildred Pierce." My increased internet presence means that I was right there on Twitter when it was announced that J-Lo divorced her husband! I have been avidly following coverage of that guy in his 50s who married the girl who may or may not be 16. I guess I'm grateful not to have been home sick during the whole Casey Anthony trial, since I suspect I would have gotten sucked into obsessively following that.
5. Learning new frugal skills
For instance, when the doctor told me I was totally dehydrated and had to get some Gatorade G2 like, STAT, but I was soo weak and sickly to walk to the cornerstore, I looked up to see if there was a way to DIY your own Gatorade. And of course there is. Essentially, put salt in juice. Verdict? Tastes kind of gross. But frugal! And then also, I did a lot of reading about tonsillitis and swollen glands and things, and read that you should put ice packs on your neck to reduce swelling. And I don't have ice packs, but I do have lots of bags of peas and brussel sprouts, which, wrapped in a scarf, work just as well as ice packs, I think.
All in all, the novelty of being sick (because I never get sick) has long since passed. My cat and I eye one another wearing across the room (I think she's angry I'm invading her home turf). I was excited when a visitor came by with a spider on his bike helmet, because now the spider can be my other homebound friend. Pretty soon I'll be talking to a volleyball (if I had a volleyball).
|I may not have a volleyball, but I do have a new spider friend. Score!|