Under the weather

Today was a weird day. I was up a lot of the night just feeling coldy and horrible, then finally woke up at 5am absolutely starving and unable to sleep. There was nothing to do but proceed to breakfast.

Diary for Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Bircher muesli with bananas

Bircher Muesli with Banana

The Bircher seemed to reflect my somewhat sloppy, hazy feeling. This latest batch of oats is very granular, and my cereal ended up really watery and sloppy. Oh well, can’t win em’ all!

Nap and a swim

7am may seem really early for a nap, but it felt like the right thing to do. I got about an extra hour of sleep which made a big difference. Even though I felt achy all over, I went to the pool. The cool water felt so good, and since I got a lane to myself, I could relax and take it really slow. I felt so much better after this. As Tim says, “nothing like a good dose of chlorine to clear the sinuses.”





Leftover Indian: dal, cabbage salad and raita

Dal with Raita and Cabbage Salad

Stroll around the park

I had to get out of the house in the afternoon and get some fresh air, so I went to the park for a quiet stroll to clear my head and get me through the afternoon. Times like these it’s hard to be a freelancer. It would be so easy to spend the day in bed with a book, but I’ve really gotta push on and be disciplined. Speaking of books, though, I did finish Sky Burial over lunch. I’m not the kind of person who cries over books, but if I were, this would have left teardrops in my dal. I give it five out of five stars.


Minestrone with butter beans and avocado on toast

Minestrone Soup with Butter Beans

This picture is bit of a blur, but the soup really hit the spot. It was super (souper?) simple:

1/2 onion
2 cloves garlic
1 carrot
2 stalks of celery
1/2 red bell pepper
1/2 green pepper
1 bunch of Swiss chard
a handful of chopped parsley
16oz can tomatoes
1 liter veggie stock
lots of black pepper

When I make minestrone I like to put some raw spinach at the bottom of the bowl then pour the soup on top of it – you can see some of the spinach bits poking out.

I had my soup with a slice of toast and avocado, not pictured – I was too busy eating.

One thought on “Under the weather

  1. Mom

    Monica…. you have a bug of some sort! Soups are a great way to boost your fluid intake. Such dedication, swimming when under the weather!

    It was “Sky Burial” that really struck me reading your post…. oh my, what a BOOK it is…. talk about survival of the human spirit, talk about patience and deep, lasting love… and talk about the beauty of ritual as a way of honoring all we stand for. A wonderful book I do agree… I did cry.


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