As far as being sick goes, these two days have been very kind to me. I'm feverish and achy enough where I definitely had to take off from work, but not so horribly bad that I was immobile or vomiting. Even the congestion has been moderate and I could sleep to my heart's content without coughing or breathing problems.
So how have I been spending my "pleasant" sick time thus far?
- The number one priority is SLEEP. I've been sleeping and half-sleeping and thinking about sleeping when I'm awake. At first I slept because my head and body both hurt. Then I slept some more just because it was so nice getting to sleep as much as I wanted.
- For nourishment I've had mom's homemade chicken soup for 2 days.
- I almost finished reading a book. (Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science by Lawrence M. Krauss. ) Still have 50 pages or so left. Even though much of the physics in it is not fully clear to me, I feel some connection to the way that Feynman works. Throughout the book, he's described as having an intuitive approach where he can picture the answer and arrive at the answer in his own way, but then has to go back and figure out how to have that make sense in acceptable science jargon. When I'm painting. I have an image in mind of where I'm going and I somehow try to arrive there. Along the way, I don't think about it very technically. After I've put my brushes down, someone might say to me, "I see you used warm vs cool colors there." Then I do go back and put some thought into what I did in art terms in order to communicate with other people about it. But, on my own, my mind is usually quiet while I'm painting and I just do what feels intuitively right to me.
- I also experimented with drawing on a wood panel while resting in bed. Oil painting is too physically taxing in my current state but gimme a pen, a handful of color pencils plus a couple pillows to prop me up and I'm a happy gal.