Thursday, June 22, 2006

I Opened the Door and In Flew Enza

Sorry. That was one of my dad's lame jokes - a batty book title like Falling Body by Eileen Dover, or Heap in the Road by G.G. Donnit. It isn't funny. The only link with anything bookish I can come up with at present and being sick obviously brings out the infantile and trivial side of my nature. (Never very deeply hidden, I'm afraid.)

Frankly, you aren't going to get very much sense out of me this morning: I feel like a toxic waste dump and have been awake with a high temperature and severe aches since 3a.m.. I wrote several blog entries and book reviews and a book proposal in my head, but don't seem to be able to remember much about them this morning.

Was wondering why my energy levels have been horribly sagging over the past few days and put it down to my advanced age and the slow creep of decrepitude. (Ha ha!)

Yesterday I bumped into Marisa, my editor for Chrome when I was to buying emergency rations for my six starving cats (and in the interests of New Zealand rainforests purchased tins of possum and vegetable). I owe Marisa articles. I owe everybody articles! I almost wept on sweet, kind Marisa's shoulder, - everything seems so much of an effort. This in a week where I'd vowed I'd definitely get back into being a gym bunny and stepboard diva.

I'm actually relieved it's flu*. I don't mind it, actually. I will sit in my favourite chair and read without guilt. (Have finally got round to Shirley Lim's Sister Swing and am enjoying it.) I will eat blueberries for breakfast and my home-made wild mushroom soup for lunch.

And I will fortify myself with panadol and teach my creative writing class tonight. After a teacher-training career haranging my students for taking time off teaching for mild nuisances like period pains (the girls, that is, I didn't let the boys try that one on) I feel obliged to suffer stoicly myself. And my participants will be doing all the hard work anyway: I can just sit back and enjoy their stories!

*A pendantic note on Malaysian English. Malaysian speakers tend to refer to any sniffle as "flu", and to influenza as "a fever". There is a difference!

25 comments:

sympozium said...

Morning Sharon. Hope you get well soon. But where's Mr. Bakar to look after you while your sick?

bibliobibuli said...

busy busy busy sympozium. not a good nurse.

Chet said...

Wah, now you can relax and just read, read, read. Oh, only if you're up to it, of course.

I'm enjoying Carol Shields' Small Ceremonies and at that part of the book where her main character has fallen ill. Much like what you're going through right now!

Take care and get well soon.

Ron said...

Please, please, Sharon ... send some of your flu germs my way. I need an excuse to not be a house-slave for a few days and stay in bed and read and read and read ...

Hope you're feeling better very soon.

animah said...

Sharon,
Hugs and kisses - get better soon.
Horray for British Stoicism!
Poor possums .....

Yvonne Lee said...

Get well soon, Sharon.

Hope your flu won't overstay! Meanwhile, it's time for a cup of comfort brew and hope our notes cheer you up!



PS, thanks for the post on Mr O. Realistically, I think it's true that an author has to be a salesman too. Betul?

Lydia Teh said...

Take care, Sharon. Hope you recover soon and try not to pass the germs to your students :)

How can you read when you're sick? Doesn't your head feel like it's swarthed with layers of blankets? That just shows your bad your book dependency problem is, haha.

Ted Mahsun said...

Sorry to hear you're down with the flu. Hope you get better soon!

...so should I bring a mask tonight to protect myself form the evil virii that may jump off from you?

...Hehehe... just kidding!

dreamer idiot said...

Rest more and get better soon...

bibliobibuli said...

thanks for kind wishes ... am feeling quite a bit better ... just sick enough to enjoy it and be absolved of guilt for not getting much done!

animah - hugs and kisses? (i better not get too close ...)

ted - yes, that's what worries me too ... might i be starting the great malaysian flu pandemic i was reading about in the paper this morning? i will sit far from you guys, and i am not sneezing or coughing so i guess the germs are not too projectile

virii? nice word but.

yvonne - dead right - and you did such a great job of promoting your book.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sharon,

Thanks for commenting on my blog. Really appreciate it.

Get well soon.

Fadzilah said...

That's not lame. It's rather funny! Call me easily impressed.

starlight said...

Speedy recovery, my dear. Though curling up in a favourite chair with a good book, blueberries and wild mushroom soup wouldn't be something I would want to recover from anytime soon!

Sharanya said...

Get well soon, Sharon. No pressure to blog. :)

lil ms d said...

get well soon sharon! i think i'm next...

Sham said...

Get well soon!!!! Fix yourself a nice brandy and curl up with a book I say !

Ted Mahsun said...

Erm... virii! Men! That's what I meant! I'm scared of the evil men who jump and bounce off you.

*cough cough*

marisa said...

oh dearie me. you did look a bit pale and flustered yesterday, and i was hoping it wasn't because you saw me! ;)

forget about work for now and just concentrate on getting better, dear.

madcap machinist said...

great stuff with the DH Lawrence poem, Sharon... and thanks for the link to 'virii' I followed the links and found the jargon file very entertaining, and illuminating, particularly the discussion on jargon construction.

Get well soon!

Read@Peace said...

Oh no! I know that feeling. Spent a week drifting in and out of various states of semi-consciousness. 10 years ago, I wouldn't have sipped this. Age sure has caught on and my naturopath aunt's Lemon with a spoonful of Manuka honey in a glass of nice hot water truly helped. Try it if you are upto it, just don't sue me if it doesn't work.

Once you are well, might also want to check out David Mitchell's 'Black Swan Green' - great read! Random thoughts here:
http://readatpeace.blogspot.com/2006/06/black-swan-green.html

Get well soon!

bibliobibuli said...

anonymous - well you did have the best title!

fadzila - you share a corny sense of humour with my dad then

starlight - have to take care of meself, see

ted - you either caught the flu or the insanity (and actually do hope i didn't pass the lurgy or the virii to you last night)

marisa - no, it wsn't you ... had only just begun to relise how rotten i felt ...

machinist - thanks - and yes, those links re. jargon are very interesting

read@peace - honey and lemon is my favourite comfort drink when i have a cold or sore throat (and i sometimes add a drop of something a wee bit stronger - it doesn't cure the virus but stops me caring about it!) - have bought 'black swan green' and it's waiting (for too much else!) to be read ... after your recommendation i should more it towards the top of the pile!

Chet said...

Good morning - you're up early!

Carol Shields' character woke at 1 am to find that she is well again (after being ill for almost a month), and goes to her kitchen to cook up a feast.

Hope you're feeling much better than when you posted this entry.

bibliobibuli said...

am a bit up and down really, chet ... had a nightmare about london being flattened in the blitz (thanks, sarah waters!) and then got the shivers a while later and had to wake up to make a hot cup of tea and take more panadol.

it's better to blog than to lie awake and i can nap later.

namra said...

hello there! long time no see. How's things around? just thought of dropping by to say hi.

just to inform you, I've moved blog. right now residing at my new domain hence the new url.

do come by sometime.

see you prata or some other time.

bibliobibuli said...

hi namra - nice to hear from you, and was wondering how you are ... i like the new blog - intriguing