Jello and Toast Par-tay

I originally was going to title this post “How to Get Over the Stomach Flu” but I wasn’t sure how exciting that might seem to read, so instead I thought I’d jazz it up with a fun description of what I’ve been doing for a few days.

Last Friday, a student of mine got violently ill. All over my classroom. Yes, it is as bad as whatever you are imagining- possibly worse. Whatever is was is apparently ridiculously contagious since at least 50% of my students have caught it so far. I had the fun pleasure of being stricken down by the plague Saturday night, and spent a sleepless night unable to keep anything down. Sunday morning I set off for the Urgent Care, feeling so wretched I was willing to fork over the pricey copay just for the hope of relief. The doctor diagnosed me with some sort of bacterial gastroenteritis – regular ole’ stomach flu. Fortunately I was given some antibiotics, anti-nausea meds, and a fun fact sheet about how to recover more quickly.

Despite being a very independent, twentysomething woman, I felt like I had very little idea how to make myself feel any better. Sinus infections, allergies, I got those downpat. But stomach flu….shooooot I was stumped. I remember always drinking 7Up, and Gatorade, and something about the BRAT diet, but beyond that…psssh

So, for future reference (and hopefully you will never have to use these tips)

5 Tips to Recover from a Stomach Flu

1. DON’T drink water while actively throwing up.

I kept feeling so dehydrated and drinking after getting sick, but then it would all come back up. Logic was clearly not prevailing though at 3 in the morning, and time and again I’d sneak a little sip of water only to be back in that rodeo. Apparently ice is the way to go, so you feel some relief from the thirst, but aren’t flooding yo’ tummy

2. Follow the BRAT diet once you are able to keep something down.

As a reminder, Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast. Broth based soups are also okay. I ate a couple of non-bratty things too soon, and boy did I pay the hard way. Clear liquids are all good too, hence the gatorade, water, 7Up BUT you are supposed to let the soda go flat before you drink because the bubbles can be uncomfortable. Also, Jell-o is a clear liquid- makes sense! But after a sleepless night, I totally would not have thought of it, thanks info sheet from the dr!

3. REST as much as possible. 

And for this, I will also include taking anti-nausea medication. Maybe an OTC, maybe a prescription if you end up at the Dr. Cool thing is, most make you sleepy, win win! I cannot describe how much of a relief it was to finally stop the madness, and be able to stay in bed for more than a few mins at a time, and take a long, restful nap. If possible, make sure you take work off and milk it as long as you can. My logic is the more rest you can frontload in, the more quickly you will bounce back. I could only take 1 day off due to it being a very busy time of the year right before my students exams, and still feel thrown off. I’m pretty sure if I could have taken it easy another day I’d be doing better.

4. Don’t be afraid of the heating pad and some Tylenol

I had really bad stomach pains for a couple of days, and felt achy all over my body. It was very soothing to put a heating pad on my stomach and alternate that with other muscles and joints that were spent. The doc also recommended Tylenol, as its supposed to be less harsh on the stomach than ibuprofen.

5. Never underestimate the power of jammies, Netflix and some kitteh snuggles

Once my stomach had mostly settled it was so nice to just lay in bed, with my wiimote in hand, watching American Dad, and other random shows. The two cats were at my feel, knowing their momma was not feeling too fab at the moment, and understood that their job was to snuggle in and with their sweet faces imply, its okay mom. You’re gonna be alright

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or nurse or anything close to it, I just followed the advice on a pamphlet about the stomach flu my dr gave me, and wanted to present the tips that most helped me.

Bloody Mary

Did you know about the legend of Bloody Mary being some child killer ghost people tell campfire ghost stories about? I didn’t until I just googled it. Thanks Google, enlightening people one search at a time.

Today a friend of mine told me she and her girlfriend happened to be on my side of the bridge.

Geography Lesson: In the Tampa area, Tampa is to the east of Tampa Bay, and St. Petersburg is to the west of the bay, so in order to get to St. Pete  you have to “cross the bridge”. A lot of people around here seem to think St. Pete is like traveling to another state or something, when in reality its only a 15-20 min drive depending on where you are going to/from. I happen to make this drive daily to get to work, so maybe I’m just used to it.

Anyways, so we decided to hit up the Saturday Morning Market, which is downtown and has all sorts of artisan crafts, food items, fresh produce, cheeses and plants to buy. They also have a bunch of food trucks so you can eat there, and live bands each week, which makes it a very fun and festive event. I ended up buying a blackberry bush (think they are considered bushes?) to plant in our Earth Box, which has been sitting empty for months- post to come on how it ends up  working out.

After a stroll around the market, we decided to go to Red Mesa Cantina, which turns into a club at night, but also offers a nice brunch menu. Evyan and Lindsay decided on pomegranate mimosas, and after having an epic rap battle between mimosas and bloody marys in my brain, decided to go with a bloody mary.

My mom turned me onto the marys because she would usually have one when flying. I didn’t exactly feel like a fancy-schmancy pantsy today, so no mimosa. Let me tell you, I took a lot of flack for that “tomato soup in a glass”, but it was well worth the $3.50…times a few.


 So what do you prefer for a brunch drink: mimosas or bloody marys?

Silly Little Survey

Hey remember those surveys everyone used to post on MySpace? Well….I stumbled across one on Teri’s blog, A Foodie Stays Fit and after the day I’ve had, this is the extent of creativity (or lack thereof) that’s left. Also, I like to read random stuff by random people, so have a gander:

A is for age: 23 22, I keep forgetting my birthday is not for another couple of weeks, and already feel more 23ish

B is for breakfast today: 2 cups o’ coffee, packet of instant oatmeal (my work breakfasts are ever so sad and depressing, I need to do something about this)

C is for currently craving: anything sweet.

D is for dinner tonight: Kids burger from a BBQ place Ryan wanted ribs from.

E is for favorite type of exercise: run run run

F is for an irrational fear: stepping on grates in the sidewalk and falling in (hence why I avoid them, makes for interesting running during races, let me tell ya) Also: eels. Their little faces are so scary to me.

G is for gross food: Mayonnaise

H is for hometown: Hobart, IN/Tampa, FL

I is for something important: common sense

J is for current favorite jam: strawberry

K is for kids: 2 cat sons, Aedan and Cuddles

L is for current location: my cozy spot on the couch in the living room

M is for the most recent way you spent money: new hair straightener, cheapo one tho because I straighten my hair roughly once every leap year

N is for something you need: AP exams to be over so my job becomes about 100 times less stressful

O is for occupation: High school history teacher

P is for pet peeve: the sound of someone biting their nails loudly

Q is for a quote: On my work email (appropriate for a teacher, if I do say so myself) “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better.”

R is for random fact about you: I love being at home more than almost anywhere else 

S is for favorite healthy snack: a really tasty piece of fresh fruit

T is for favorite treat: cookies

U is for something that makes you unique: My mom and I have always been very close, and we have matching tattoos of 2 hearts linked together

V is for favorite vegetable: broccoli

W is for today’s workout: does herding children away from a throwing up kid count? If not…sigh…nothing

X is for X-rays you’ve had: face, arm

Y is for yesterday’s highlight: Wine Thursday w/friends then dinner with family

Z is for your time zone: EST

What is a random fact you like sharing about yourself?

Cute Cat Monday

I didn’t forget this weeks cute cat Monday, and I have 2 adorable pics of my own little cat sons:

After the long long weekend up in Long Island (heheh lots of length), and the midnight flight arrival, I needed an extra day off to catch up on life. I was washing the sheets, cleaning the bedroom etc, and the cats wanted to help me.

This is their idea of cleaning.



Run, Don’t Walk Back in Action

Today, I went on my first REAL run in over a month: 5 miles in an hr. They were slow and spread out by some short walks.

It’s amazing how much fitness I feel like I’ve lost in that short time. After my last half marathon (Disney Princess, plan to do an uber belated review at some point) I kind of wanted a little break from running for a week or two, then planned to get back to training for the IronGirl Half here in Clearwater. However, a week after the race, I had an unfortunate encounter between my pinkie toe and the couch. The couch won :-/ Since then my running was non-existent for nearly a month to allow the toe to heal- let me tell you, that little broken toe HURT– and even when I started again, was infrequent and very leisurely, with no race on the books til Nov.

However, I realized my birthday is coming up very shortly, and my goal to lose 10 lbs by May 6 is only 2-3 lbs away, soooooooo I’m cleaning up my eats, and runnin like I have somewhere to be!

So until May 6, I’m going to do the following to kinda “tone it up”:
-as much clean eats as possible
-runs 2-3 x’s a week
-HIIT 2-3 x’s per week
-drinks only on the weekend (except maybe Wine Wednesday…)

Make some noise if you think I can do it!

This was the view on my run, btw- the Dogwood trees are so pretty!

“So, Would You Ever Go on a Date with Leonardo DiCaprio?”



Ryan knows I’ve been wanting to see Titanic in 3D, since its basically one of the best love stories/tragedies since…I don’t know some Shakespeare ish. He flatly refused to go, much to my dismay, since I was really lookin forward to weeping quietly to myself in a movie theatre, while alternately going “whoa, its like the ship is coming right at me!” Who knows, the weekend is young, I might have some Sunday afternoon sadness. More so than usual, when I start thinking about the upcoming work week.

Awesomely Sappy



So, {warning: history nerd moment coming atcha} to memorialize the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, overnight from April 14th-15th, I decided to DVR some Titanic documentaries, and spend my Saturday night watching not only “Nazi Titanic” but also “Titanic’s Achilles Heel”. Hey, I’m a cat lady, what more do you expect?

So now that I’ve told you that story, I’m gonna tell you this story.

Ryan, clearly remembering my desire to see Titanic a la Kate Winslet and Leo swoon DiCaprio, turns to me and asks “So, would you ever go on a date with Leonardo DiCaprio?”.  “Ermmmmm…….” I’m trying to think of what the appropriate response would be here, since I maaaay have mentioned how I had a giant huge crush on Leo since elementary school, and kinda still was completely in love with him had a teensy crush on him still, being such a talented actor and all… A tentative “yes?” was matched with Ry’s, “good, because I’d totally want to go with you, he’s awesome!”

Whew, relationship crisis averted. And this is why he’s my man.

BTW- you like how I Tarantino’d this? Good, because he’s also awesome, although not crush-worthy awesome. Another story, for another day.

Road Trippin’

After a very long work week, Ryan and I received some unfortunate news, his grandmother is not doing well, and is in hospice. We immediately began making plans to go be with his family, who are located in -wait for it- Long Island, New York. So, after one of the most harried packing sessions, much cat snuggling, and car snack packing, we are in the first leg of our 20, count ’em TWENTY or so odd hour journey by car.

Despite the sad occasion, I am trying to look at this as an adventure and have as much fun with it as possible. After all, what better opportunity to remember and embrace the time we each have to truly live


UPDATE: Margaret “Peggy” McLaughlin ended up passing Saturday morning. We were able to stay until the funeral Tuesday morning, and fly back home that evening, so we didn’t miss TOO much work. While funerals are always a sad occasion, it was great to finally meet all of Ryan’s HUGE Irish family. I have also never seen so many people show up at a wake and with so much joy and love expressed about the person who has passed on. She left behind an amazing legacy in her 9 children, and 26 grandchildren.

My Cats Make Even Mondays Better

After a long case of the Mondays, I figured a post on the one thing that can make even a Monday better is in order:


(sung to the Shots, Shots, Shots song)

This is me holding armfuls of cats. This is basically my bliss.


Posing as a Parrothead

This past Friday I had the pleasure to be invited to a Jimmy Buffet concert by my mom and her boyfriend. I’ve never considered myself what they call a “Parrothead”, and wasn’t quite sure how island living might translate to an arena at night.

According to Wikipedia, “The common stereotype is of a person wearing a Hawaiian shirt, flip-flops and board shorts, or a grass skirt and a coconut bra while drinking a margarita…The more “professional” aspect is to wear high-end tropical vacation clothing.”

This guy, Parrothead.

Mix of casual and "fancy" Parrotheads

I decided I could get behind a group of people trying to bring some Spring Break into everyday life. Now, maybe I’m just not on the up and up of concert-going, or maybe I just keep going to venues who have stupid rules, but I have never seen so many pre-concert tailgaters. I have also never seen such a happy go-lucky mass of people, but I guess thats what happens when you mix one part luau, with one part pool toys, and top it off with a floater of Malibu, in the middle of a dirt parking lot.

Who woulda thunk?

The concert itself was AWESOME.

This guy knows how to put on a show.

The Buffmeister himself.

All the hits were played. I “finned” to the left AND the right. Wasted away in Margaritaville, and swayed along to many more songs I’ve heard on various cruises/beach days (come on now, I AM a Floridian).

The next time JBuff is in town, I will proudly don a tropical shirt, pool floaties and maaaaaybe even a fin hat, and sway away happily, not a care in the world. Or my margarita 😉

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