Ugh! It's been an uncomfortable few days. My cold symptoms kept shifting (in typical fashion) ranging from the sore throat at the beginning, coughing and sneezing yesterday, to a fever and headache today. Misery during a week of velvety blue skies by day and clear comfortable nights. The view out the windows is of perfection –those aforementioned blue skies set off by a foreground of lush green trees– but I've stayed indoors. Besides the beauty of the days, I missed a golden opportunity to do some stargazing last night. Friends set up telescopes 10 minutes from my place of work and on a night when I was scheduled to be there til sunset! In fact, I left work early last night and called in sick today which, for me, is extremely rare. I figure with all the virus fears people have these days, my co-workers were happy I stayed away! I'm also glad I stayed home because it was not a good day for me.
I kept the TV off for most of the day, preferring to keep the top of my head from popping off by sitting in the subdued light of a quiet room. I did get to see half of a film I recorded from Sundance Channel: How to Cook Your Life; She Who Must Be Obeyed had taken the day off by pre-arrangement, and wanted to watch something. She became involved with the film as did I. I'd seen a bit of it the other night and was intrigued enough to want to see more. The documentary centers on Edward Espe Brown, a chef and buddhist priest, but it's really about our relationship with food. It was the segment on breadmaking that captivated me in the preview and, as it happens, it was bread that started Brown on his life's journey. Interesting to me is the prevalence of people involved in spiritual practice and breadmaking. I hope to see the balance of the film tonight. As a baker myself, will likely order Brown's classic, The Tassajara Bread Book.
My symptoms seem to be moderating. I'm feeling a bit peaked right now but then, I haven't eaten all day. Tomorrow's a scheduled day off for me so I'm hoping I can complete my recovery in time for the weekend.