The Big Quarantine – Monday, May 4, 2020
The Day in Covid Symptoms: I don’t know about you but I have identified some behaviors that I currently exhibit that are a direct result of the Covid stress. For example, I know I’m going to wake up after the first dream cycle almost every night and the dream will have been a doozy. I also know alcohol is effecting me differently. My first drink is unusually calming and I rarely decide to have a second drink.
And, I know throughout the day I am going to suffer fleeting thoughts of of an oncoming physical illness. I bet I’m not the only person suffering from (what I sincerely hope is) Temporary Hypochondria. Medical news is inescapable and Corona is still mostly an unknown illness. I feel like I’m living an episode of House that not only never ends, it never even breaks for a commercial.
Last night I drank a couple glasses of wine during a Zoom social call. I felt oogy when I went to bed and woke up sluggish, not hangover sluggish, more “I’m coming down with something” sluggish. I really wish I had some theme music to play when I start thinking along these lines.
I took a deep breath, literally, to see if I had Covid-like shortness of breath. I was fine. My temperature was fine. I had no Covid toes. (Covid toe is anecdotal, but news of its existence has put me over the hypochondria edge.) To prove the sluggishness wasn’t a precursor to the emergency room, I made a plan of action. I put on some exercise clothes with a plan to walk around the block. In other words, as my own medical team, I prescribed myself a DIY stress test. I headed out and as soon as the sunshine hit my face I knew I was fine. (Duh!) I walked a little over four miles. And…I did not charge myself a consultation fee.
The Day in Bieber: Covid admission time – I’m kind of a closet Justin Bieber fan. His music is catchy and simple and he works with a lot of great artists and producers. Plus, he’s always releasing music and since I can’t fight his presence, I just accept it. On my walk today I had an ear worm playing one of his newest songs, Intentions. Over and over and over…
Picture-perfect, you don’t need no filter
Gorgeous, make ’em drop dead, you a killer
[or as I sing this line – na na na na na na na na na-er]
Shower you with all my attention
Yeah, these are my only intentions
Stay in the kitchen, cooking up, cut your own bread
Heart full of equity, you’re an asset
Make sure that you don’t need no mentions
Yeah, these are my only intentions
Little Justin Bieber is all grown up and singin’ about equity and assets! Love it.
The Day in Keto for the Non-Keto Eater: Keto diets, diets that are low in carbs and high in fat and protein, are pretty popular. As a carb fan, Keto Diets make me nervous. But I hate to discount the Keto way of eating entirely. I just find recipes that sound good to me and than serve them over rice or with potatoes. We can all get along, right?
One of my favorite “keto” recipes is Egg Roll Bowl. It’s basically egg roll filling that a Keto diet would have you eat in a bowl straight from the skillet. In my Keto-esque world, I serve it over rice. It’s carb-a-licious!
The Day In Spice: I’ve been quite aggressive spicing the food I’ve cooked during confinement. I really love very spicy food, but as I’ve gotten older and my digestive system has changed, I only eat very spicy food if I know where I’m going to be the next morning. That’s because even though my palate loves to savor spice, my colon apparatus hates it and puts a lot of effort in pushing the spice along and out. (I know, TMI, but we’re friends, right?) My egg roll bowl is studded with bird’s eye Thai chilies…and thanks to Confinement, I absolutely know where I’m going to be tomorrow morning. How’s that for finding a silver lining in being confined at home?